Thursday, 1 October 2009

13 Things About Samuele Bersani

Whoops! I got all caught up in writing this week and completely forgot to do a Thursday Thirteen! However, I had some handy inspiration available, provided by my favorite Italian singer/songwriter (and sometime Facebook buddy). And so, I give you:

13 Things About
Samuele Bersani

1) Today is his birthday! Samuele was born on October 1st, 1970.

2) He was born in the city of Rimini, Italy.

3) His first album, C'hanno preso tutto (They Have Taken Everything) was released in 1992. The cover featured the famous sweater, seen here in the first single, "Chicco e Spillo."

4) In 2000, Samuele won the Critics Prize at the Sanremo Music Festival for his song, "Replay."

Samuele, last year, in a pic taken on his videocam and published on MySpace.

5) He has released six albums and a "Greatest Hits" compilation (called Che Vita!) to date.

6) His career was launched by Italian singer/songwriter Lucio Dalla.

7) Samuele is a huge admirer of the late Fabrizio de Andre', and recently covered the song "Il Bombarolo" as a tribute.

8) The majority of his publicity photos are done by his longtime partner, photographer Monica Silva.

Good eye, Monica! (Whew!)

9) He is frequently found out and about in Bologna, Italy, where he has lived since the early nineties.

Ah, young, so innocent... (yeah, sure...)

10) The city of Bologna honored several famous residents by displaying their images on the ancient city doors, last year. Samuele was one of those chosen for the honor.

11) On a more personal note, his song, "Chiedimi se Sono Felice" is the source of the title of my previous novel, "Ask Me if I'm Happy."

12) In July, he released a single called "Ferragosto," named after the Italian summer holiday period from mid-to-late August.

He has a new album coming out tomorrow (Yay!) called Manifesto Abusivo! Can't wait to get my copy.

Tanti Auguri e Buon Compleanno, Samuele!

And for those of you who only come here for one thing...

I give you one of the other inspirations for Davide in "Ask Me if I'm Happy."

He's a favorite of mine, too, you know.

And well worth a scrolling, you'll agree, I'm sure.

Here you go, ladies (and gents of a certain persuasion):

Luca Argentero, Italian actor/eyecandy


Hootin' Anni said...

I've not heard of Samuele here in the USA....

Your eye!!

My 13 is a mixture of funny and fact this week! I also started my 3rd year of October Halloween Treat hand outs on my blog to all the 'visitors' [trick r treaters] who stop by! Come on over!!!! [You'll need to scroll down a bit below my Thursday Thunks Meme entry to view my 13] Happy day to you....see you at my October Abode!

Anonymous said...

Oh yeah, your eye-candy was well worth the scroll down. lol.

Great 13! Can I take him home with me?

Ms Menozzi said...

You wanna take him home? Get in line! LOL! :)

Adelle Laudan said...

Very nice. I love his music, even though I don't speaka da language. lol Happy T13!

Stephanie Adkins said...

He's really good looking, and that eye candy isn't bad either. *wink* LOL Happy Thursday!

Inez Kelley said...

Mark me down as one who had never heard of him either but he is a cutey, isn't he?

Ella Drake said...

Wow, he's cute & my age! I'll need to look him up & take a listen.

Anonymous said...

He's Italian and he can sing? Nice :) I've never heard of him but I do like his music, very inspiring indeed. Happy Thursday!

Alice Audrey said...

Happy B-day Samuele. What? Couldn't find any pictures of him in full-candy mode? ;) And I'll have you know the eye candy is hardly the ONLY thing I come here for.

Calico Crazy said...

I'd never heard of Samuele; but I did enjoy listening here. The eye candy definitely made the scroll worth while.

Calico Contemplations

Ms Menozzi said...

@Anni - Samuele is at best a cult listen, in the US. Well worth seeking out, though. And Luca is rather "Wow!" at times, isn't he?
@Alice - trust me, I've looked!
@Adelle - understanding the words? Is that important? LOL! That's how I've learned half the Italian I know, anyway. ;-)
@Inez - indeed...
@Sophia - he sings like a dream, trust me.
@Calico - glad you liked it! Come back soon! :-)
@Ella - I assure you, he's matured very well. Just like us! ;-)
@Stephanie - ;-) right back at'cha!

Jennifer Leeland said...

Oh wow! There's just something about a man singing in Italian. Mmmmm. Great videos.
And how cool that most of his photos are taken by his partner.

Ms Menozzi said...

@Jennifer - Samuele and Monica are a quadruple threat - they're *both* gorgeous and talented. How is that FAIR?


Heather said...

Have not heard of him before but...nice!

(Adelle - You don't have to speak the language to appreciate good music!)

Felicia Holt said...

I had not heard of him either - thanks for teaching me something new!

Paige Tyler said...

Interesting facts! Love the eye candy! LOL!


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Elise Logan said...

Fun facts. And, of course, nice eye candy. Thanks!

Angeleque Ford said...

Great eye candy. Great Thursday 13. Never heard of Samuele but I enjoyed learning about him.

Cambria Dillon said...

Never heard of him and I'm glad his Mr. Huxtabel sweater didn't deter me from scrolling down to see his eye-candy pic!

Shelley Munro said...

I haven't heard of Samuele, but I liked what I heard. :)

Ms Menozzi said...

Lest there be any confusion, ladies, remember - the eye candy is Luca Argentero, an actor and model here in Italy... :)

Janice said...

Deep soulful eyes, and the eye candy was sweet too.

Happy belated TT.