On 11 February 2019 I set myself the challenge of reading 1001 Songs You Must Hear Before You Die by Robert Dimery (ed.) and following the book’s advice to the letter. I’ve previously read 1001 Films… and started 1001 Albums… but felt 1001 Songs… would be a sensible place to start for what I have in mind here.
My challenge is to read about one song per day and listen to it (YouTube and Spotify, I need you tonight!) before sharing my own thoughts. Some songs I will love, others I’ll hate, and I’m sure there will be those that leave me perplexed but listen to them I shall.
I’ll also try, and most likely fail, to pinpoint the best song from the 1001 on offer but I’m nothing if not foolhardy. Instead of one song, I’m predicting I’ll have about 100 favourites by the end and may have to resort to a Top 10 so far to maintain any semblance of sanity.
So long as I post every day (including Christmas) then this challenge should come to an end on Wednesday 8 November 2021. Staying with the Barney Stinson theme I am hoping that the whole experience will prove to be…
Laura Pausini – La solitudine (1993)
” La solitudine” ( Loneliness) is an Italian ballad recorded by pop singer Laura Pausini and released as her debut single by CGD in February 1993. The song is included in Pausini’s self-titled first album, released on 18 May 1993. Pausini sang it for the first time on 23 February 1993, during the 43rd Sanremo Music Festival.
We’re leaving the UK today, dear reader, and heading deep into Europe and to Ravenna in Italy. Laura Pausini was just 19 when she began her career in 1993 and focused on pop music. We are looking at her self-titled debut album and from there 1001 Songs have gone with a song by the name of La solitudine.
La solitudine translates as “loneliness” and sees Laura Pausini take on the role of a heartbroken girl longing for her lover. Her lover goes by the name of Marco and we are given the impression that he has been taken away by his disapproving father to work with him. The narrator regales us with the pain and suffering her loneliness brings to her, Marco no longer there to soothe her aching heart. This isn’t just about her though, the narrator contemplates how Marco is coping with this enforced separation that has ripped their worlds apart. She hopes they can survive this terrible ordeal and that their love will endure.
La solitudine is a beautiful tale of longing and heartbreak, with the English translation of the lyrics throwing in some truly evocative imagery. What you need here is an exceptional voice to bring the words home and Laura Pausini delivers with what is a poignant rendition. Both the song and debut album would prove hugely successful for Pausini and she continues to go from strength to strength having won many awards and released more than a dozen albums.
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