Mattia's Musical Quotes

Music is a discipline, and a mistress of order and good manners,
she makes the people milder and gentler, more moral and more reasonable.

Martin Luther (1483 - 1546)


Well, perhaps not always quite as above, and certainly quite the opposite in the case of most of the songs you can find below: usually (more than) a little rough (not only) at the edges, invariably and sometimes mysteriously linked to good and bad times, for

After silence, that which comes nearest to expressing the inexpressible is music.

Aldous Huxley (1894 - 1963)


It'll thus be hardly surprising if "my" songs below frequently happen NOT to be the "best" (whatever this might mean) songs I've been listening to over the years, but rather those whose lyrics or general spirit seemed to point to something interesting for me at that time. Likewise, my choosing a song a song doesn't necessarily imply that I enthustiastically endorse(d) the concepts therein expressed (even if I admit this is/was mostly the case), but simply means that I think/thought they are/were worth thinking about.

Enjoy (or otherwise), then, and "Fight for your mind!" (Ben Harper, 1995)

01 - August 2000 - "Comuntwist", 99 Posse, 2000, from "La vida que viendrá"

02 - September 2000 - "Rock N Roll Nigger", Patti Smith Group, 1978, from "Easter"

03 - October 2000 - "The Ghost of Tom Joad", Bruce Springsteen, 1995, from "The Ghost of Tom Joad"

04 - November 2000 - "Cupe Vampe", CSI (Consorzio Suonatori Indipendenti), 1996, from "Linea Gotica"

05 - December 2000 - "Hallelujah", Leonard Cohen, 1994, from "Cohen Live - Leonard Cohen Live in Concert"

06 - January 2001 - "Gimma tha Power", Molotov, 1997, from "¿Dónde jugarán las niñas?"

07 - February 2001 - "I Know It's Over", The Smiths, 1986, from "The Queen is Dead"

08 - July 2001 - "Excuse me Mr.", Ben Harper, 1995, from "Fight for your mind"

09 - November 2001 - "Cohiba", Daniele Silvestri, 1996, from "Il Dado"

10 - December 2001 - "Canzone del Maggio", Fabrizio De André, 1973, from "Storia di un impiegato"

11 - January 2002 - "Testify", Rage Against The Machine, 1999, from "The Battle of Los Angeles"

12 - June 2002 - "Io sto bene", CSI (Consorzio Suonatori Indipendenti), 1997, from Davide Ferrario's "Tutti giù per terra" O.S.T.

13 - July 2002 - "Montesole", PGR (Per Grazia Ricevuta), 2002, from "PGR"

14 - November 2002 - "The Bravery Of Being Out Of Range", Roger Waters, 1992, from "Amused To Death"

15 - December 2002 - "How soon is now?", The Smiths, 1984, from "Hatful of Hollow"

16 - January 2003 - "L'equazione", Giorgio Gaber, 1994, from "E pensare che c'era il pensiero"

17 - March 2003 - "Walk Away", Ben Harper, 1993, from "Welcome To The Cruel World"

18 - July 2003 - "Um Raio De Luz Ardente", Madredeus, 2001, from "Movimento"

19 - August 2003 - "You Owe Me Nothing In Return", Alanis Morissette, 2002, from "Under Rug Swept"

20 - November 2003 - "London Calling", The Clash, 1979, from "London Calling"

21 - June 2004 - "Everybody's Free (To Wear Sunscreen), The Sunscreen Song (Class of '99)", Baz Luhrmann, 1999

22 - Feb 2005 - "Please, Please, Please, Let Me Get What I Want", The Smiths, 1984, from "Hatful Of Hollow"

23 - Mar 2005 - "Burnin' Streets", Joe Strummer & The Mescaleros, 2003, from "Streetcore"

24 - May 2005 - "Misty Morning, Albert Bridge", The Pogues, 1989, from "Peace and Love"

25 - September 2005 - "Rainy Night In Soho", The Pogues, 1986/1991, from "The Best Of The Pogues"

26 - October 2005 - "Amen Omen", Ben Harper, 2003, from "Diamonds On The Inside"

27 - November 2005 - "L'Odore", Subsonica, 2005, from "Terrestre"

28 - December 2005 - "Fairytale Of New York", The Pogues, 1988, from "If I Should Fall From Grace With God"

29 - February 2006 - "La Prima Volta", Amari, 2005, from "Grand Master Mogol"

30 - October 2006 - "There Is An End", The Greenhornes, 2002, from "Dual Mono"

31 - December 2006 - "Ovunque Proteggi", Vinicio Capossela, 2006, from "Ovunque Proteggi"

32 - April 2007 - "Someday You Will Be Loved", Death Cab for Cutie, 2005, from "Plans"

10 November 2002 : my musical quotes from August 2000 to November 2002 have now been collected into a proper CD, "Mattia's Musical Quotes : Volume I", which will be sent to those who e-mail me for it! Here you can preview the vintage CD insert (PDF file)!


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