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I'll Be There

Link to my "I'll Be There" playlist on Spotify Ciao! This week’s theme is “I’ll Be There”, and our first song has that phrase as a subtitle, but the full title of the song is “Reach Out” (I’ll Be There)”, and it was recorded by the Four Tops in 1967. “Say Me Say You” by Lionel Richie, from 1986, talks about how it seems hard to find someone who understands you, who is always there to help you when you feel you’ve lost your way, and he promises to be there for the one he loves. This next song by Arisa was released in 2014. The title, “Controvento”, literally means “against the wind”, but it is more about struggling against difficult odds. She promises to be there for the person she loves, and to travel with them, side by side, down the road of life, “controvento”. The lyrics of “Love Song” by Tesla, from 1989, say that “love is all around you”, “love will find a way”, and “love will find its way back to you” and “I’ll be right there for you, when you need a friend”. When

Goodbye My Love

Link to my "Goodbye My Love" playlist on Spotify The theme of this week’s episode is "Goodbye My Love", and our first song has that same title. It is by Demis Roussos from his album “Forever and Ever” which was released in 1973. “Arrivederci Roma” by Dean Martin from 1962 has got to be one of the most romantic songs ever recorded, and Dino’s voice makes it even more romantic. “Io Me Ne Andrei” is by Claudio Baglioni, from 1973. The title of the song means “I would leave”, and he seems to be trying to convince himself to leave, listing all of the reasons why it doesn’t make sense any more to stay, but he doesn’t seem 100% convinced to actually go. Now let’s listen to “Leaving on a Jet Plane” which was written and recorded by John Denver in 1966, but I’ve chosen the version by Peter, Paul & Mary. They recorded it in 1967 for their album 1700, but it didn’t become a hit for them until 1969 when it was released as a single. It was their biggest (and final) hit, beco

Remember

Link to my "Remember" playlist on Spotify The theme of this week’s episode is “Remember” and our first song is “The Way We Were” by Barbra Streisand from the 1974 movie of the same title. “You Were Always on My Mind” by Willie Nelson from his 1982 album “Always on My Mind” was written by Wayne Carson, Johnny Christopher, and Mark James. It was first released by Gwen McCrae in 1972. There are over 300 recorded releases of the song, including versions by Brenda Lee, Elvis Presley, John Wesley Ryles, and the Pet Shop Boys. Willie Nelson's recording went almost immediately to number one on Billboard's Hot Country Singles chart, spending two weeks on top and a total of 21 weeks on the chart. It also reached number five on the Billboard Hot 100 and stayed on that chart for 23 weeks. Nelson's version resulted in three Grammy Awards in 1983, and various other awards over the years. Here is “You Were Always on My Mind” by Willie Nelson. “Mi Ritorni in Mente” by Lucio Batti

You Are My Everything

Link to my "You Are My Everything" playlist on Spotify The theme of this week’s episode is “You Are My Everything” and our first song is Anima Mia by Claudio Baglioni from 1997. Anima mia means my soul, and he is referring to his loved one as his soul, meaning that she is the most precious thing in the world to him. In 1969 The Beatles released their album “Abbey Road”, which included the song “Something”, written by George Harrison. The single topped the Billboard Hot 100 in the United States as well as charts in Australia, Canada, New Zealand and West Germany, and peaked at number 4 in the UK. Now let’s listen to “Un Amore Così Grande” which means “a love so great”, sung by Pavarotti. Debby Boone released “You Light Up My Life” in 1977 on her album of the same name. The song instantly became a huge success, spending 10 weeks at the top of the charts and going on to win a Grammy, a Golden Globe, and an Oscar for Best Original Song. Our next song is “Grande Grande Grande” b

Afraid to Love

Link to my "Afraid to Love" playlist on Spotify The theme of this week’s episode is “Afraid to Love” and our first song is “Half of My Heart” by John Mayer, from 2009 and features Taylor Swift in the duet parts. In Italian “Afraid to Love” is “Paura d’Amare”, and our next song has that title. It is by Marco Masini from 1992. In 1975 the English band 10cc released “I’m Not In Love”. It was the second single from the band's third album, The Original Soundtrack, and it topped the UK singles chart for two weeks, reached number one in Ireland and Canada, and number two on the Billboard Hot 100 in the US. It also reached the top 10 in Australia, New Zealand and several European countries. “Dimentica” by Raf from 2006. The title means “forget” and he is asking his love to forget the past so that they can move forward and make a future together. Now let’s listen to “Ghost Story” by Sting from his 1999 album “Brand New Day”. And now, “It Must Have Been Love” by Roxette from 1986.

Unlucky in Love

Link to my "Unlucky in Love" playlist on Spotify The theme I have chosen for this week is “Unlucky in Love”. To start out, let’s listen to “Jamaica Farewell” by Harry Belafonte, from 1957. Our next song is by Eros Ramazzotti. It is “Parla Con Me”, which means “talk to me”. He is asking his love to talk to him about what’s going wrong, instead of just suffering in silence. Now let’s listen to “Rain and Tears” by Demis Roussos from 1993. Next up is “Un’Altra Storia” by Zucchero, from 2017. The title means “another story”. As usual he sings part of the song in Italian and part in English. For non-Italian speakers, the part where he says “il cielo è nero” means “the sky is black”, and this refers to how the possible end of their relationship is making him feel. In 1971 The Bee Gees released “How Can You Mend a Broken Heart”. It was written by Barry and Robin Gibb and was the first single on the group's 1971 album Trafalgar. It was their first US No. 1 single and also reached

The Power of Love

Ciao! Here is the playlist from the "Power of Love" episode. Scroll down for the translation of the songs that are in Italian. Mistero - Enrico Ruggeri (1993) *translation of lyrics below* And I Love You So - Elvis Presley (1975) Ti Sento - Luciano Ligabue (2002) *translation of lyrics below* How Deep is Your Love - The BeeGees (1977) Love Power - Dionne Warwick (1987) Più Bella Cosa - Eros Ramazzoti 1996 *translation of lyrics below* Glory of Love - Peter Cetera (1986) L’Incanto - Miguel Bosé (2014) *translation of lyrics below* How Sweet It Is (To Be Loved by You) - James Taylor (1975) Vattene Amore - Amedeo Minghi and Mietta (1990) *translation of lyrics below* You Really Got Me - Van Halen (1978) T'innamorerai - Marco Masini (1993) *translation of lyrics below* Mystery of Love - Sufjan Stevens (2017) If - Bread (1971)

Can’t Help Loving You

Ciao! Here is the playlist from my "Can't Help Loving You" episode. Scroll down for the translation of the songs that are in Italian. Can’t Help Falling in Love - Elvis Presley (1961) Ti Amo - Umberto Tozzi (1977) *translation of lyrics below* Please Forgive Me - Bryan Adams (1993) Ti Amo Troppo - Studio 3 (2012) *translation of lyrics below* Can’t Stop Lovin’ You - Van Halen (1995) Sabato Pomeriggio - Claudio Baglioni (1975) *translation of lyrics below* Crazy - Patsy Cline (1961) I Go Crazy - Paul Davis (1977) Tu Sei L’Unica Donna Per Me - Alan Sorrenti (1979) *translation of lyrics below*   I Just Wanna Love You - The Shires (2014) Cercami - Renato Zero (1998) *translation of lyrics below*   Can’t Help But Love You - The Whispers (1972) Scusa Se Ti Chiamo Amore - Massimo Di Cataldo (2005) *translation of lyrics below*  

I Need You

Ciao! Here is the playlist from the "I Need You" episode. Scroll down for the translation of the songs that are in Italian. Baby I Need Your Loving - The Four Tops (1964) Se Tu Non Torni - Miguel Bosè (1993) *translation of lyrics below* Alone - Heart (1987) I Need You Now - Lady Antebellum [aka Lady A] (2009) Ho Bisogno di Te - Eros Ramazzoti (2018) *translation of lyrics below* When I Need You - Leo Sayer (1977) Dammi Solo Un Minuto - Pooh 1977 *translation of lyrics below* I Won’t Last a Day Without You - The Carpenters (1972) Ho Bisogno di Te - Massimo Ranieri (2016) *translation of lyrics below* Shiver - Coldplay (2000) Ovunque Sei - Renato Zero (2005) *translation of lyrics below* Just When I Needed You Most - Randy Vanwarmer (1979)

Dreaming

Ciao! Here is the playlist from my "Dreaming" episode. Scroll down for the translation of the songs that are in Italian. Sweet Dreams by Patsy Cline (1963) All I Have to Do is Dream by The Everly Brothers (1958) Girl of My Dream by The Manhattans (1980) Dreaming by Barry White and The Love Unlimited Orchestra (1974) Nel Mondo dei Sogni by Marco Masini (2005) *translation of lyrics below* Dream a Little Dream of Me by Michael Bublé (2010) These Dreams by Heart (1986) In Sogno by Amedeo Minghi (1992) *translation of lyrics below* Dream Lover by Mariah Carey (1993) Un Azzurro Lungo un Sogno by Claudio Baglioni (1998) *translation of lyrics below* Sweet Dreams by The Eurythmics (1983) Dreams by Van Halen (1986) You Make My Dreams Come True by Hall & Oates (1980) Dreams by Fleetwood Mac (1977)