Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Berlin life, i've been two months here

A post before the end of the year, this was necessary. Amidst all my delays this year I should direct my intention more to write consistently and regularly instead of scattered in periods.
But I don't know how active you reader are on the social media, but I am active in twitter/facebook/reverbnation/blogger/myspace/soundcloud/bandcamp and lots of others and that takes so much time!
It approximates to 5hours a week...so this is the hard truth. If you want to reach high you have to work hard. And in the music business this means even harder actually.
In these two months here in Berlin, I have indeed played live and met a lot of musicians. This is just the beginning,because I can see there are many more places where music is made that I have visited so I know the next few months are going to be full of happy surprises.
So, after moving here just before Halloween and quickly found a very very sweet room, which looks like a Barbie room I started to work as a volunteer for the Berlin Music Video Awards, which is a cool event that will take place in May. Through the meetings I met there a very nice group of people and we hang out also out of the meetings.
So yesterday for example I worked in the recording studio of Lunakid, on 4new songs ( In Italian) that I will present in the next few months to record labels but that I have already performed live.

I am very happy of how my songwriting has evolved in this 2013 and how lately I have managed more to make lyrics in my native language Italian, as well as express myself by singing more in Italian. The language you sing in, changes the atmosphere, changes the flavour of the song. No matter how exactly the same the words pronounced are, the sounds of a language and the way the voice comes out makes a different aroma. 
I love that. It is my fascination with languages, sound and music together.
And this last year 2013, started for me in Australia, with a swim at 2am Byron Bay time in New South Wales in the ocean, at the bottom of the world, thousands and thousands of airmiles from
where I was born. In 2013 I made one of my dreams come true: smell a gum-tree leaf while standing on australian soil. I did it. Then I challenged myself by leaving for another unknown continent to me: Asia. Travelling by myself for 5months and staying, volunteering and growing, for 3 months in the North of Thailand, in the town of Chiang Rai. A special place, because it's called " the golden triangle" for its position, a triangle between Thailand, Burma and Laos. A place which was famous for  opium trafficking and drug smuggling. Tropical weather for 5 months, sweet spicy Asian food for 5 months, looking like a foreigner no matter how local you want to sound for 5 months, meeting hundred of travellers and smart people from all over the world for 5 months.
I am a different person, I have played, improvised,cried, opened up, listened with love, cherished, hugged people that from strangers and citizens of parts of the world to me unknown, have become friends, like brothers and sisters. I feel different, i can welcome people even when we don't agree.
I see the value and worth in every leaf of the nature, a meaning in every tear of a kid, even the hurt and pain of others, I do feel it very strongly, but I let go realizing it too will pass and just leave a lesson to all of us, that will enrich us.

In 2013 I have finally realized how me and my songs could be of great service and use to the world, for its betterment, for our goodness, for real peace.
And I'm optimist, that this 2014 will bring betterment for everyone in the world, because I meet more and more loving persons and i feel this is the direction we are going!

WELCOME and HAPPY 2014!!!!

Wednesday, December 4, 2013

What I left

5 weeks ago I moved to Berlin, leaving my old friends, my dog and the town i had called home for the past 3 years: Amsterdam.

And i left behind things that i don't need anymore, because i am downsizing and appreciating more and more living life with LESS and MORE space.
In a charming neighbourhood in the south east of Amsterdam, i discovered some time ago this:

A shelf organized on the wall of a block of apartments, on the sidewalk.
A shelf for every one to donate or bring home.
Imagine my surprise when cycling one day i found this little " treasure" and i left a lot of things behind: cds ( YES BOUGHT CDs ...there was a time) that i used to listen to, pencils that coloured my agendas, some clothes, some art books that are enriching some one else's life with beauty.
Then i packed all the rest, took my car and came to Berlin:

Berlin has got lots of cool things, abandoned buildings, huge green parks, vast lakes and...lots of music venues and events.
I immediately jumped into the open stage on Thursday night at KUSSKUSS ( meaning: kiss kiss) in Nogatstrasse and loved the cosy small stage with custom built arena style seats:

So in the next few weeks i plan to explore Berlin more and more, I know i will stay here until end of April 2014 for sure because of the project i have started to collaborate with the BERLIN MUSIC VIDEO AWARDS and it is such a cool project! Soon i'll post about it so you know too!