Hard Act to Follow?

11 October 2009 at 12:56 am 6 comments

Ciao Bloggisti!

By now you’ve all heard about Obama winning the Nobel Peace Prize. Boy, was that a surprise! Not that the man didn’t deserve it. Just wasn’t expecting it, is all. Am looking forward to seeing what the folks at SNL are going to make of the whole thing.

But I had an even bigger surprise a couple weeks ago. While on my way to work, listening to the fantabulous Luca Bottura on Radio Capital, I had the shock of my (relatively) young life. Bottura announced that (gasp, horror!) there was an official committee to promote the nomination of Silvio Berlusconi for the 2010 Nobel Peace Prize. And it was no joke! There’s an official site and everything, in Italian and Itanglish, where you can find out how to make donations to “back Silvio Berlusconi’s candidady (huh?!? Is that like becoming his sugar daddy??? Eww, no grazie!). You can also find out  why Silvio is on a par with Jimmy Carter, Muhammad Yunus and Al Gore. Truly thrilling science fiction.

But it gets more awesome. There’s even an official song/anthem, called La Pace Può (Peace Can). Are you ready for it, kids?? (warning: children, expectant mothers and diabetics are advised against watching this masterpiece)

Now be honest, did you throw up in your mouth just a little?

For those of you who don’t know Italian and couldn’t grasp the pure poetry of Loriana Lana’s lyrics, here’s an approximate translation of the first verse. Barf bags ready?

Peace can,
I will repeat
these words endlessly.
And the wind will be the one to spread it
and the world shall listen.
Peace can,
see for yourself
Abruzzo wakes up in disbelief.
Snow and sun
that meet,
and your hand is here.
There is a President
always present
that will accompany us.

He put his hand where?!? Now, how can our Silvio win the Nobel Peace Prize with lyrics like that? At least Obama had Michael Franti. Berluska clearly needs our help. Let’s come up with something better so that the great man at least has  a fighting chance. Am very much looking forward to your suggestions (anche in Italiano se volete)!

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Entry filed under: Cavolate, Italy, Music, Politics.

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6 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Val  |  11 October 2009 at 7:28 pm

    Ha, great blog! My suggestion? Well, for some reason the song that popped into my head when I heard about this was

    Wow! I haven’t heard that song in ages. Ha! Well, it certainly is more profound than La Pace Può. Thanks for the fab suggestion!

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  • 2. Val  |  11 October 2009 at 7:28 pm

    it’s about as deep as he is.

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  • 3. nyc/caribbean ragazza  |  12 October 2009 at 12:19 pm

    bwahahahah. That’s all I gotta say.

    Reply
  • 4. Anna  |  17 November 2009 at 6:16 pm

    Hi!
    this post is fantastic! all that I can say is…mio Dio!!! anche questa no!
    My name is Anna, I live in Genoa and started a blog on travelling in Liguria! I would like to exchange our links, what do you think?

    http://beautiful-liguria.blogspot.com/
    Please let me know 🙂
    Ciao!
    Anna

    Purtroppo, sì!! Yeah sure, Anna. Link away! Love your pics by the way, especially the food (focaccia, farinata, etc.) I’m often in Liguria so it would be nice to meet up one day. Ciao!

    Reply
  • 5. Anna  |  26 November 2009 at 12:40 pm

    Hi!
    grazie for adding 🙂
    I’ll let you know sagre here in Genoa and province. I would be glad to meet one day…
    Ciao
    Anna

    Reply
  • 6. Anna  |  26 November 2009 at 4:22 pm

    Hi!
    again me…I found this blog about sagre in Liguria..and I thought of you, but if there is an interesting one I will say it to you!
    http://sagreliguria.blogspot.com/

    Anna

    Reply

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