Locarno (Ticino) – PHOTO September’22 [2]

I’ve been to Locarno before. I came back this summer … When I arrived I noticed an incredible thing: there was not even one person out of thousands of people in the city who wore the mask …
The city always leaves something special inside the soul … It is a city on a human scale overlooking a lake shared with Italy. The border to the Italian territory is not far away .. despite this it does not seem like a city in Italy or Switzerland. Sometimes there are indescribable impressions – this is one of them …

Goodbye August

August is over and summer is probably over …
One of the hottest summers I remember …
August is often a ferocious month, it dominates the summer at its peak and sets in the blink of an eye after mid-August …
When I was a boy, August was always the last month of vacation, the saddest .. while when I was in university August it was already time to get back to studying …

♬ Elton John & Britney Spears – Hold Me Closer

LYRIC

I saw you dancin’ at the ocean
Runnin’ fast along the sand
A spirit born of earth and water
Fire flying from your hands (oh)
Hold me closer, tiny dancer
Count the headlights on the highway
Lay me down in sheets of linen
You had a busy day today (oh)
Hold me closer
Hold me closer (hold me closer)
Hold me closer
Hold me closer
There are caravans we follow
Drunken nights in dark hotels, baby (yeah)
When chances breathe between the silence
When sex and love no longer gel (oh, yeah)
Hold me closer, tiny dancer
Count the headlights on the highway (baby)
Lay me down in sheets of linen
You had a busy day today
Hold me closer
Hold me closer (baby, baby)
Hold me closer
Hold me closer (oh, yeah)
Hold me closer
(Hold me closer) me closer, me closer
(Hold me closer) mm, yeah

♬ Eros Ramazzotti, Alejandro Sanz – Sono

LYRIC

Quante cose cambiano
E noi restiamo in bilico
A prendere ogni giorno come viene
Tra pioggia e cieli limpidi
Sul filo come acrobati
Che si danno il tempo di cadere
Sono qua, con le mie novità
Sono io

Sono quello che sono
Una vita che sale e che scende
Una bella canzone
Un ricordo che mi torna in mente

E stasera fa meno paura
La malinconia
Sono quello che sono
La mia anima, nuova musica
Ma gli amici di sempre

Tú ya sabes que es mejor
No mirar alrededor ni buscar
A nadie que te salve
Porque he aprendido a reír para saber
Superar mis límites y a veces
Tan sólo aceptarlos
Soy yo
Soy lo que soy, fui
Siempre yo

Soy tal como soy, una vida abajo y arriba (abajo y arriba)
Una buena canción, un recuerdo que nunca se olvida (que nunca se olvida)
Esta noche no muerde tan fuerte la melanconía
Porque soy como soy
En mi alma ya nueva música
Y los amigos de siempre

Recojo señales del cielo
Mañana ¿qué es lo que seremos?
Con algo de más ser feliz con menos
Siempre yo
Abrazo las cosas que amo
Y el corazón viaja liviano
Con algo de más ser feliz con menos
Pero este soy yo, somos

Sono quello che sono
Una vita che sale e che scende
Una bella stagione che arriva
Que será más bonita y más viva (y más viva)

Esta noche me siento contento, contento por nada
Porque soy lo que soy
En mi alma ya nueva música
Con los amigos de siempre

Soy yo, somos

24th august (’22): International Strange Music Day

For those who have a tendency to lean toward the unique and bizarre, this is one day that will feed that strange musical soul! International Strange Music Day pulls out all the stops when it comes to going beyond the normal and opening up to a world with new horizons.

When it comes to the ‘strange’ part, this can mean either unfamiliar or bizarre – or both! The choice is entirely personal and up to the individual. In either case, International Strange Music Day is meant to expand the ear toward new sounds.

History of International Strange Music Day
International Strange Music Day was created by Patrick Grant, who was a New York City musician and composer at the time. The premise of the day is simple: to get people to play and listen to types of music they have never experienced before.

Patrick Grant believed that broadening people’s musical spectrums can also change the way that society looks at other aspects of life – his mantra is ‘listening without prejudice’.

Honestly, Strange Music Day also started out as a way for Grant to promote his new album, “Fields Amaze” in 1997. He picked August 24 because it was his girlfriend’s dad’s birthday, who had been a sort of artistic mentor to him.

By 2002, the day had been growing and picked up by various artists and venues. When he discovered the day had made its way to Europe, he decided to add the “International” portion to the name.

This growing movement now is attached to concerts, hosts a record label and gains strong support from summer schools, where it is appreciated as a great way to stimulate young minds.

The year 2012 brought added inspiration when Patrick Grant challenged the musicians of New York to participate in an International Strange Music Day Performance Soiree. Various strange bands and musicians such as Jolly Ramey, The Dreamscape Floppies, Da Groove Commanders, Micro-tons o’ Fun, and many more.

Since that time, other events have been hosted in honor of the day in New York as well as other towns and cities all over the United States. Other places in the world have been known to get in on the fun as well, including the University of London.

How to Celebrate International Strange Music Day
For those who are musical as well as those who don’t consider themselves to be, this day is for anyone! Whether listening or playing, celebrating International Music Day offers a myriad of opportunities to enjoy music and open up minds to new ideas. Try out these ways to celebrate, or come up with other unique ideas:

Listen to Strange Music Online
For those whose taste in music is already a bit on the edge, this is the perfect day to celebrate by listening to something even more out of the ordinary. Whether it’s a strange artist, a strange genre or a song with strange words, try out these ideas to get started on a playlist that will be inspirational for International Strange Music Day:

The Sound of Burning Chairs (2016) by Tilted Axes. One of Patrick Grant’s own projects, this group brings to public spaces the music of especially composed electric guitars. Sound Strange? It is!
International Freak (2018) by The Egyptian Lover. Part of the LA dance and rap music movement of the early ‘80s, this band features front man Gregory Broussard.
Rock N Roll McDonalds (1995) by Wesley Willis. This underground singer songwriter from the late eighties and early nineties gained a unique cult following, he also fronted his own punk rock band called the Wesley Willis Fiasco.


Create Some Strange Music
Ever wanted to combine a tight Wonder Woman costume, a frozen turkey drumstick and an inflatable wildebeest into a percussion concert? International Strange Music Day gives everyone the perfect excuse to do just that! What you do with these items once the music stops, of course, is something more personal…

https://www.daysoftheyear.com/days/international-strange-music-day/

Netflix and subscriptions with advertising: you cannot download content to watch offline

Netflix, as you know, is working to prepare a subscription plan at a reduced price but supported by advertisements. We now learn this subscription plan could be affected by an important limitation: the inability to download content for offline viewing.

Bloomberg divulges the news, having discovered that in the code of the Netflix app for iOS devices there is still, not operational, this restriction intended for plans with advertisements. This alone is not a sufficient element that this is actually the case, but it must nevertheless be considered as an important indication and a probable possibility.

It was the same co-CEO of Netflix, Ted Sarandos, in the past months that the company is working on the introduction of a more convenient subscription plan aimed at those users who want to face a lower economic outlay and, at the same time, not have no problem putting up with some advertisements. In the current state of things, there is still no precise information on the characteristics of this piano, but the company in the past has provided some general indications, explaining for example that the ads cannot be skipped and that the user will not have the controls available. Netflix also indicated that some content may contain “restricted” statuses in the plan with advertising, which somehow dovetails with Bloomberg’s findings.

Another unknown element is the price of this piano. Currently Netflix offers – we are referring to the US market, also because it is not given whether the plan with advertising will also arrive in Italy and with what timing – a basic subscription at a price of $ 9.99 with 480p streaming and a “Standard” subscription with resolution FullHD at $ 15.49. At $ 19.99 a month there is the Premium plan which includes streaming in 4K HDR. We can choose that for the plan with Netflix advertisements it could at least initially use the cheapest subscription as a starting point and perhaps in the future experiment with other offers.

The company decided to work on an ad-supported subscription plan in response to the decline in subscribers and revenue it experienced in the first half of the year, when for the first time in 10 years it had to acknowledge a decline in number of registered users. However, this strategy also includes the repressive action towards the practice of sharing subscriptions. Netflix says some 222 million “paying households” have their subscription with another 100 million households and in the future it aims to include a more effective monetization mechanism for subscription sharing, with some testing underway in select countries.

Ad-supported subscriptions won’t see the light until early 2023, so in the next few months to learn more detailed information and details as Netflix finalizes its plans.

♬ Sophie and the Giants – We Own The Night

LYRIC

I feel the tension between you and me (Me)
It’s like a cosmic reaction that we won’t fight
Lose inhibitions, come closer to me (Closer to me)
Drunk on self-esteem, ’cause I don’t wanna think twice (Twice)

Let’s get dramatic tearin’ up this room (Tearin’ up this room)
What comes unquestioned like we always do
Oh-oh-oh, breaking rules
But we’re no good at nothing else

So let’s get drunk, fall in love
I don’t wanna be alone
Keep dancing, keep dancing
Like we own the night
So what if you’re not who I’m takin’ home?
Let’s just keep dancing, keep dancing
Like we own the night

Na-na-na-na-na-na
Na-na-na-na-na-na
Na-na-na-na-na-na, na-na, na, na
Na-na-na-na-na-na
Na-na-na-na-na-na
Na-na-na-na-na-na, na-na, na, na
(Like we own the night)

Move with the motion, keep breathin’ with me (Me)
Yeah, our bodies magnetic when we’re alone (Na-na-na)
Wish we could just live right now on repeat (Repeat)
It’s so bitter sweet, yeah, losin’ my mind

Let’s get dramatic tearin’ up this room (Tearin’ up this room)
What comes unquestioned like we always do
Oh-oh-oh, breaking rules
But we’re no good at nothing else

So let’s get drunk, fall in love
I don’t wanna be alone
Keep dancing, keep dancing
Like we own the night
So what if you’re not who I’m takin’ home?
Let’s just keep dancing, keep dancing
Like we own the night

Na-na-na-na-na-na
Na-na-na-na-na-na
Na-na-na-na-na-na, na-na, na, na
(Like we own the night)
Na-na-na-na-na-na
Na-na-na-na-na-na
Na-na-na-na-na-na, na-na, na, na
(Like we own the night)

Let’s get dramatic tearin’ up this room (Tearin’ up this room)
What comes unquestioned like we always do
Oh-oh-oh, breaking rules
But we’re no good at nothing else

So let’s get drunk, fall in love
I don’t wanna be alone
Keep dancing, keep dancing
Like we own the night
So what if you’re not who I’m takin’ home?
Let’s just keep dancing, keep dancing
Like we own the night