Here I am, finally, to talk about love. Saint Valentine's Day, February 14, is a worldwide tradition: the celebration of sweethearts. I think it's also the perfect occasion for simply telling people that you care about them, that they're fundamental and irreplaceable and the most important persons in your life. And we mustn't forget the dress code. So, look sharp, dress elegantly, and invite your better half out for a romantic candlelit dinner for two, with flowers. You can wear a formal suit – midnight blue is best – with a tie and white shirt or if you want to surprise her with special effects, you can wear a tux, especially if you organize the dinner at home or in an unexpected, stunning, evocative location. I can assure you that the results will be immediate. Napoli is a "terra de l'ammore", the quintessential land of love: a fact that has been repeated countless times in fabulous songs known around the globe. Like certain ballads from Brazil, these songs are sheer poetry with meaningful, moving words that tell a simple or complex story filled with emotion, romanticism and sentiment.
It is joyous, profound, dazzling love. A little gem from the fifties immediately comes to mind – "Anema e core" by Salve D'Esposito and Tito Manlio – which Roberto Murolo sung in a stupendous heartfelt rendition with Amalia Rodrigues, the queen of the Portuguese fado folk song. Murolo sang another duet with Mia Martini, known for her earthy, smoky voice: "Cu 'mme", written in 1992, one of the most marvelous pieces in the last fifty years, a sort of short story with Mediterranean moods by the brilliant Enzo Gragnaniello.