ITALIAN FOR THE EARTH
CALABRIAN GRASSROOTS MUSIC TO LIFT YOUR SPIRITS
Italian is surely a musical language, one to lift the spirits of a person.
This course will present the rudiments of the modern Italian language using music.
Each week for sixteen weeks, we will learn a new song.
One of the artists we will look at is Adriano Celentano.
More than Elvis, Adriano has always been involved in environmental politics, a huge issue in agricultural Italy at the time.
This love for the natural world may have kept him from the suicidal lifestyle that claimed Elvis in the end.
Whatever the case, the course studies his worldwide hit "the Boy from Gluck Street" as well as several other songs and movies that illustrate the destruction of the Italian countryside.
WEEK ONE: EHI CUMPARI
WEEK TWO: ALLA FIERA DELL EST--A EUCATASTROPHIC TALE
RAGAZZO DELLA VIA GLUCK
This song, like many of Celentano's, has a "green" flavor to it,
with Celentano lamenting the destruction of the natural beauty of Italy by the urban sprawl
The economic boom of the post war period hit Italy thanks to US dollars.
Tragically, the money was often used, as in the US, to destroy vital farmland and wild places, playing into the hands of the materialist ideology.
The story is told from the point of view of a boy who comes back to his old neighborhood hoping to buy his old house with the money he has made in the world,
only to find the entire Gluck Street neighborhood paved over like a parking lot.