Italian Song Challenge

Of all the tools I used to help me through the pandemic lockdown of 2020 in Italy, apart from friends and family, was music.

Music, with its unique kind of magic was the one of the main things that helped to lift my spirits.

After endless restless nights filled with fears, nightmares and insecurities the music I listened managed to shift my mood away from dark places.

During the pandemic I didn’t have the concentration or peace of mind to read or write too much, but editing and creative practices have been a welcomed blessing.

I did have the intention of getting back to blogging full time, but distractions have come hard and fast.

Life has been complicated over the past few years, to say the least, and COVID 19 was just one more thing to add to the list.

I hope you made it through everything as best you could during such a challenging, unprecedented and difficult moment of history.

Who would have imagined such a thing sweeping throughout the world, affecting everyone at the same time?

My energy was spent mostly on keeping my child happy and navigating the nightmare of homeschooling during Italian lockdown.

A welcomed distraction was the rise of popularity in Social media, in particular the 30-day song challenge which was a viral trend on Instagram.

The challenge invited people to share their favourite songs in response to specific prompts.

It was an excellent way of sharing whatever you are listening to. I also recalled music I hadn’t listen to for years.

While completing my second 30-day song challenge (because why not!?) I realised I hadn’t posted a single song in Italian despite my love for Italian music.

So I thought I would share my own version in Italiano and introduce you to my favourite artists from Italy.

Italian music is rich and filled with creativity. Some artists are totally unique to Italy while others seem to reflect trends from all over the world.

I’ve made my selection from old and new artists to introduce people to Italian pop music. A kind of 30 Days of Italian music or a 101: a basic introduction to Italian pop.

Listening to music in another language is an excellent tool to pick up everyday phrases and see how the language works.

I am always encouraging my ESL students to translate English music, primarily classic rock like the Beatles.

I’m sharing my favourite artists here according to the prompts and allowing you to pick up a few words in Italian here and there.

Day one: A song you like with a colour in the title.
Giorno uno: Una canzone che ami che abbia un colore nel titolo.

Day two: A song you like with a number in the title.
Giorno due: Una canzone che ami che abbia un numero nel titolo.

Day three: A song that reminds you of summertime.
Giorno tre: Una canzone che ti ricorda l’estate.

Day four: A song that reminds you of someone you’d rather forget.
Giorno quattro: Una canzone che ti ricorda di qualcuno che preferiresti dimenticare

Day five: A song that needs to be played loud.
Giorno cinque: Una canzone che va suonata ad altissimo volume.

Day six: A song that makes you want to dance.
Giorno sei: Una canzone che ti fa venire voglia di ballare.

Day seven: A song to drive to.
Giorno sette: Una canzone con cui e’ piacevole guidare.

Day eight: A song about drugs or alcohol.
Girono otto: Una canzone sulla droga o sull’alcool.

Day nine: A song that makes you happy.
Giorno nove: Una canzone che ti mette allegria.

Day ten: A song that makes you sad.
Girono dieci: Una canzone che ti mette tristezza.

Day eleven: A song you never get tired of.
Giorno undici: Una canzone di cui non ti potrai mai stancare.

Day twelve: A song from your preteen years.
Giorno dodici: Una canzone della tua pre-adolescenza.

Day thirteen: A song you like from the 70’s.
Giorno tredici: Una canzone che ami degli anni 70.

Day fourteen: A song you’d love to be played at your wedding.
Giorno quattordici: Una canzone che faresti suonare al tuo matrimonio.

Day fifteen: A song you like that’s a cover by another artist.
Giorno quindici: Una canzone di cui ami la cover fatto da un altro artista.

Day sixteen: A song that’s a classic favourite.
Giorno seidici: La tua canzone classic preferita.

Day seventeen: A song you would sing as a duet with someone on karaoke.
Giorno dicasette: Una canzone che canteresti in Duetto, al karaoke.

Day eighteen: A song from the year you were born.
Giorno dicotto: Una canzone dell’anno in cui sei nato.

Day nineteen: A song that makes you think about life.
Giorno dicanove: Una canzone che ti fa riflettere sulla vita.

Day twenty: A song that has many meanings to you.
Giorno venti: Una canzone cui attribuisci molti significati.

Day twenty one: A song you like with a person’s name in the title.
Giorno ventuno: Una canzone con un nome di persona nel titolo.

Day twenty-two: A song that moves you forward.
Giorno ventidue: Una canzone per andare avanti.

Day twenty-three: A song you think everybody should listen to.
Giorno ventitre: La canzone che secondo te tutti dovrebbero ascoltare.

Day twenty-four: A song by a band you wish were still together.
Giorno ventiquattro: Una canzone di una band ache vorresti non si fosse sciolta.

Day twenty-five: A song you like by an artist no longer living.
Giorno venticinque: Una canzone di un artist ache ci ha lasciati.

Day twenty-six: A song that makes you want to fall in love.
Giorno ventisei: Una canzone in grado di farti desiderare di essere innamorato.

Day twenty-seven: A song that breaks your heart.
Giorno ventisette: Una canzone in grado di spezzare il cuore.

Day twenty-eight: A song by an artist whose voice you love.
Giorno ventotto: Una canzone di una artista di cui adori la voce

Day twenty-nine: A song that reminds you of yourself.
Giorno ventinove: Una canzone in cui ti rispecchi.

Day thirty: A song you remember from your childhood
Giorno trenta: Una canzone dalla tua infanzia.