Ticket To Heaven

Before it became the ’famous love theme from the Godfather’ Speak softly to me – which was the English title for the song (with similar translation in other languages) – it already had its more comic origin in the movie Fortunella from 1958 (that was the reason why Rota didn’t get the Oscar for music […]

Silence Around The Piano

Softly, in the dusk, a woman is singing to me; Taking me back down the vista of years, till I see A child sitting under the piano, in the boom of the tingling strings And pressing the small, poised feet of a mother who smiles as she sings. In spite of myself, the insidious mastery […]

Nona And Her Madam

Dies slowly he who does not travel, who does not read,  who does not listen to music, who finds no charm in himself. …  Dies slowly he who transforms himself to a slave of habit, repeating every day on the same path, who does not change routine, who does not risk to wear a new […]

The Timeless Gospel Of The Ultimate Survivor

Before becoming ’’the Godfather of soul’’ and ’’the hardest working man in show-biz’’, he was just a cute boy called ’Little Junior’ or later ’Music Box’. His aunt once told him ’’the world will hear about you’ one day’ and she was right! Born on May 3rd in 1933. in a poor family in South […]