So true. I was teaching last summer outside of Florence and the guy, Nino, who was the cook in the villa-and "cook" hardly even gets near it-was an amateur singer. "Amateur" in the best of senses-for the love of it-. He sang "Santa Lucia" one night with piano accompaniment. Knocked me out. It was as if I never heard it before. Amazing.
I played "Vesti La Giubba" on the mando sitting on his kitchen table. He sang. I was weeping.
This trove of songs from Matt via Bruce Zweig's site is amazing. What a treasure! I'm headed to SF next break and check this out in person.
Ever tried, ever failed, no matter. Try again, fail again, fail better.--Samuel Beckett