Tuesday, August 20, 2013
Milanese singer Laura Luca's hit single 'Inutilmente Tu' (1978)
Laura Luca was a mainstream Italian singer from Milan. I don't quite feel like saying that she was a "pop singer," but she was perhaps something close to that. I found this charming hit song by accident, as I was unfamiliar with her. She was active from 1978 to 1998, and appears to be retired, at least officially. A music video of this song can be found here, but you may prefer to just listen without distraction. The YouTube channel "LauraLucaFanClub" has other hit songs by her taken live or in music video form, and there are other songs by her on YouTube if you prefer the studio quality.
When I first listened to this song one evening last week, I guess I was in my daydreaming mode; as I imagined a special town I'm long familiar with, and what it may have been like there in 1978 when this song was popular in Italy but not in the U.S. So it was like comparing the 70's California and the 70's Europe. I imagined the typical sunny day there overlooking the tree covered northern California mountains, then I imagine the sunny Italian peninsula.. Lombardy. The landscapes and weather of California is very similar to Italy. It was like a spiritual-connection for me, as she is Lombardian like me; and the quasi-connecting of time and place via this nice song. Anyway, I imagine that special place as it may have been in 1978 when I listen.