Friday, November 9, 2012

A Little Italian Music

This morning at breakfast, Emmanuelle asked me what kind of music I liked to listen to.  Phew.  That's one of the most difficult questions for me to answer.  I can safely say that classical music, more specifically piano and choral music, is my favorite...and that's already a pretty broad category.  After that, it's hard for me to put a label on what I like.  I kind of go through phases where I discover one musician or group and listen to lots of it until I get tired of it or find another musician or group.  Added to that is the fact that I don't have a lot of time to listen to music because I really like to listen to it, rather than have it on in the background.

We also talked about whether we liked Italian music.  I think I like some Italian music more than I would if it were in English, simply because it sounds more cool in a different language.  Then there's some Italian music I really, truly like.  Mina is a singer from the 60s and 70s who has a really powerful voice.  She also has a really unique style.  See if you like this song...


I just learned that the song was written by Ennio Morricone, an Italian composer whose music I also really like.  If any of you have seen The Mission, he wrote the soundtrack for that movie.  My roommate Laura had a CD of Yo-Yo Ma playing the music of Morricone, and I used to hear  the most beautiful sounds coming out of her room.  I always asked her about it, and eventually learned it was this...


I know it's an extremely small sample of Italian music, but it's some of my favorite.  Does anyone else have trouble describing their favorite music?

3 comments:

Emily said...

I agree, favorite music is a difficult question!

Katie Becker said...

It really is! Maybe I need to prepare an answer for when people ask me (or at least develop my vocabulary in Italian).

Emily said...

Oh, yes! To answer in Italian would add another level of difficulty to the question!

Friday, November 9, 2012

A Little Italian Music

This morning at breakfast, Emmanuelle asked me what kind of music I liked to listen to.  Phew.  That's one of the most difficult questions for me to answer.  I can safely say that classical music, more specifically piano and choral music, is my favorite...and that's already a pretty broad category.  After that, it's hard for me to put a label on what I like.  I kind of go through phases where I discover one musician or group and listen to lots of it until I get tired of it or find another musician or group.  Added to that is the fact that I don't have a lot of time to listen to music because I really like to listen to it, rather than have it on in the background.

We also talked about whether we liked Italian music.  I think I like some Italian music more than I would if it were in English, simply because it sounds more cool in a different language.  Then there's some Italian music I really, truly like.  Mina is a singer from the 60s and 70s who has a really powerful voice.  She also has a really unique style.  See if you like this song...


I just learned that the song was written by Ennio Morricone, an Italian composer whose music I also really like.  If any of you have seen The Mission, he wrote the soundtrack for that movie.  My roommate Laura had a CD of Yo-Yo Ma playing the music of Morricone, and I used to hear  the most beautiful sounds coming out of her room.  I always asked her about it, and eventually learned it was this...


I know it's an extremely small sample of Italian music, but it's some of my favorite.  Does anyone else have trouble describing their favorite music?

3 comments:

Emily said...

I agree, favorite music is a difficult question!

Katie Becker said...

It really is! Maybe I need to prepare an answer for when people ask me (or at least develop my vocabulary in Italian).

Emily said...

Oh, yes! To answer in Italian would add another level of difficulty to the question!