Farewell to Pino Daniele: A Lifelong Musical Journey to the Center of the Heart

January 7, 2015 2:22 PM

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In the lovely summer of 1981, while travelling through my beloved territories in Italy, my free compass after visiting the Umbria Jazz Festival took me to Sardegna. There, in a 'campeggio libero' at at beach near Santa Lucia, I met a free-spirited group of people from Naples. As with meeting any Napolitan, we became immediately close friends, cooking together, and enjoying the sun.

One night, across the campfire, sharing wine, they started to hum some tunes, in the lovely, sweet dialect of theirs. I was instantly all ears, and hooked by the melodies.

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