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Easy listenin' muzik.
The new regime is shaking things up. They're going younger. They're cutting payroll. They're building a stadium. They're hiring Bohemians who smell like widowed toll booth attendants. Things are happenin'.
But no change has been so great as the addition of the music section on the official website, offering us a glimpse into the musical tastes - and often hearts - of the men and men (so far) who run - who are - AS Roma. We've been able to go clubbing with Maarten, sink slowly into the back of the couch with Pablo, speak Spanish with NicoLo, croon with Cangelosi, and learn to do the exact opposite of any suggestion Mattia Destro makes. Ever.
We've also learned there is some strange fascination with the Dire Straits despite the calendar reading 2012. Someone can probably explain that; no one is listening.
It's been, in a word or two, titillating. So of course this opportunity couldn't pass us up - time to join the fun, and no better patch of moments than the international break. Some will probably do so Pallotta style - club presidents apparently get to do double discs - others, well....there's no template.
Nonetheless, everybody's a president around here.
Some tunes will be genuinely Roma-related (you know the obvious ones), some will be "Roma-related", while others will be a little bit more personal, more intimate, so you can get to know us as vibrant, passionate and masculine yet vulnerable human beings, and as a collection of people with whom you'd never want to do Rock Band.*
* - Video game reference. Kid's learnin'.
On a personal note, my music taste and exposure are both equally awful - full admission, no fightin' it. There's some variation, but I'm still hanging on to scraps of knowledge from my younger years; new bands aren't something I pop across often, since I rarely wander away from the classical stations on TuneIn. I mean....why would you? (You're welcome.)
Fortunately I have recently acquired a tutor to work alongside the only man with the qualifications to be my - or anyone's, for that matter - new life coach, Vincenzo Cangelosi. We might have to update this thing, full with progress reports, to be photographed while wearing XXXL Givenchy t-shirts.
Some Dude on the Internet ft. Guido De Angelis - Non e giusto... The YouTube from this was stripped from the interwebs, and I have only the mp3, meaning I don't know who's behind this generational chef d'oeuvre. Unmistakably Marco Cassetti's finest moment after The Worm.
The Romans - La Roma Che Conosco - There's a lot of heartache lying inside there. 50/50, really.
Marco Conidi - Mai Sola Mai - Fair warning: tissues at the ready.
Muse - Map of the Problematique
THESE DUDES (Sorry. Got excited.)
Sergei Rachmaninov - Piano Concerto No. 2, Op. 18 (Yeah, yeah, yeah.)
Nuuro - She's On My Mind (Good luck finding this.)
A lot of those could probably describe Roma, especially Generique, Sunset Boulevard, Butterflies & Hurricanes, She's On My Mind and Who's Makin' Love with Advanced as Zeman's desired metronomic tempo.