Congrats on the Oscar, Maestro!

Please allow me for once to show off some of my patriotism, which I usually tend to smother.
Last night, at the 88th Academy Awards ceremony, Maestro Ennio Morricone won the Oscar for Best Original Score for Quentin Tarantino’s movie The Hateful Eight. This important acknowledgement made the proud Italian inside of me scream and shout out of happiness.

Film score music undoubtedly has a heavy influence on us Ancient Bards as musicians, especially on Daniele who usually writes all that we play,  and along with other great composers such as John Williams, Hans Zimmer and Thomas Bergersen (to name a few), Ennio Morricone is one of our greatest sources of inspiration, both music and career wise. The fact that Morricone happens to be Italian too makes us all very proud, ’cause us Italians are people of art and poetry, but we often forget it, undermining our own value.
Morricone had already received an honorary Oscar back in 2007, but this time it was at “actual” Oscar and I loved seeing an 87 year old genius receive recognition for his work, take the statuette and deliver a speech (in Italian) with his voice broken by that tender mix of emotion and genuine gratitude. I also loved how he thought of his other esteemed competitors and, above all, how he dedicated the award to his wife Maria, because any manifestation of long-lasting true love and profound respect makes my heart melt (life goals!).
I was happy to see that a couple of days ago Ennio also received his star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame and, I have to say, this was long overdue!

I have two pieces that I rank among my most favorites of all time.
The firs is Finale di un Concerto Romantico Interrotto (literally Finale of an interrupted romantic concert) from the movie Making Love (Ricky Tognazzi’s Canone Inverso, taken from the book of the same name written by Paolo Maurensig).
I swear to you guys, whenever I listen to this piece of art I have to concentrate to avoid crying! I can’t contain myself, the melody is from another world and the whole composition is the poetic and pure expression of passion, love, sacrifice, sadness, glory. Everything is so perfect to me I let myself bathe into the piano and the violins. Give it a listen and tell me if it isn’t beautiful!

 My other favorite is one of Morricone’s most famous pieces, Gabriel’s Oboe from The Mission and, quite frankly, this one doesn’t even really need anymore words.

Actually, no piece of good music at all should ever be ruined, categorized, shrunk, minimized, impoverished by using words. I say when music touches your heart just enjoy it, because that heavenly feeling you feel needs no explanation, it’s yours and nobody else’s, treasure it.

So, all there’s left to say is, yet again, another THANK YOU to the incomparable Maestro Ennio Morricone, for giving us the privilege of listening to his music, for being a solid example of modesty in greatness, and for providing us with a whole lot of precious inspiration. Grazie Maestro ❤

Tons of love,
Sara

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I’m back!

Hey there everyone, I hope you’re all ok!
I’ve been off the radar lately because I’ve been fully absorbed by the preparation of my dissertation… That’s right, I finally got my college degree in building engineering and architecture!

Being a student while trying to make it as a singer wasn’t easy and I still have a long way to go in both directions, but you’ll definitely see more from me from now on. What’s for sure now is that this is the final week of LT’s Rhapsoody’s European tour and Ancient Bards will perform as supporting act in the final three Italian shows, in Bologna, Rome and Milan, together with Temperance.

It’s been a busy month full of events for me and I hope everyone who shows up to the concerts will help me celebrate!

See you on the road my friends!
Lots of love,

 

Sara

These are a few of my favorite things – May

I know I shouldn’t begin all my blog post with this but… Really? May’s already over? It’s unbelievable, thank God I made all the days count this month. What about you? Did you enjoy your time?
The time has come again for my monthly favorites, let’s get to it!

EGGPLANT PIZZA

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I have always felt lucky to be born in Italy, this is a special place that has a lot of good things to offer, from art, to music, fashion, cars… and obviously food. And I think it is safe to say that we gave the world one of the best things ever: PIZZA! Can we agree on this? If you have the chance you should definitely come to Italy and taste a real one, in Napoli, where it originated, it’ll be worth the trip. I could live on pizza, but abusing it isn’t exactly too good for the scale, so this month I hacked my diet and made me pretty often these tasty eggplant pizzas. Trust me they are delicious and fast too, you gust grill the eggplant, put on tomato sauce, mozzarella, a dust of oregano and then put everything in the oven to make the cheese melt. And there you have it, a light and tasty dish!

ESSENCE LONGLASTING LIPSTICK NUDE

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I got this very inexpensive lipstick in the shade 03- Come Naturally. I didn’t expect much from it when I bought it, but I really came to love this nice dusty rose shade! I think it suits my skin undertone pretty well, it’s fresh, easy and comfortable to wear. Whenever I wear lipstick it’s always red or a dark color, because I normally hate pink on me, but this is just perfect. Plus, the quality and staying power is amazing for a product under 3 Euros!

THESE SANDALS

Is this post getting really, really girly? I got these this morning because I needed a pair of sandals for my cousin’s wedding. I freaking love them! I am a huge sucker for shoes, in any form, and when I find a pair I like I literally worship them! Clearly I don’t mind my high heels and I’m willing to suffer to wear them 😀

HUMANS OF NEW YORK

Citing from Wikipedia, “Humans of New York (HONY) is a Photoblog and bestselling book featuring street portraits and interviews collected in New York City.”. I’ve been following HONY on Facebook for quite a long time now and I decided to insert it in this post because I think it’s really worth checking out. It’s full of real stories of real and genuine people. The thing that I like the most about it is that it gives speech to both positive and negative “heroes” . The photographer Brandon Santon can capture the most inner truth of the people he photographs and interviews, he provides a little quote from everyone. Some of them are great, healthy and happy, some of them are struggling or have suffered in the past, some of them are regretful, some are proud.
The result is the picture of the many shades, shapes and colors humanity uses to walk through life, simply astonishing. Another thing that I like is the comment people leave under the pictures, it is very rare to read something negative, the HONY followers are a positive and supporting community, I’ve read some of the nicest things on the web, I more than once felt my faith in humanity had been restored when visiting the page.

So this is it, the list is rather short, but I’ve been enjoying some of the less material things this month, so I feel blessed and happy!

See you soon guys,
Take care!

Sara

A New Dawn Ending Tour 2014

We are overwhelmed by the great enthusiasm you all are showing for our tour, it’s so flattering we can’t wait to live this experience and have a good time together! We are also amazed by the number of those of you who ask us to come to the Uk, the USA, South America, Australia, Indonesia, etc… Please know that we’d LOVE to come, everywhere you are, our aim is to reach as many of you as possible and we promise you that, if you stick with us and help us spread our music, one day we will ring your doorbell!

You and us are making a pretty awesome army after all 😉

Read ROCKSHOTS‘ news release here.

Thank you for your priceless support, hope to see you soon.

Cheers,

Sara