Luigi can tell a story that’s for sure, and I was hooked. I told him about TapestOry, and he was interested in it, especially as it is connected in with people around the globe and he was happy for me to share his music and his words.
I asked him about when he started playing music and he told me about how he had been living in Italy in the 2nd World War, and there were occupying forces in the town he was living (near to the Swiss border). Whenever someone would kill a pig for food, and the pig made a noise, the soldiers would know what had happened, and come and take the meat away. So Luigi used to play the Piano accordion at full pelt to drown out the noise of the pig squealing. After the war, him and a friend, used to play in the street. This was at a time when work was hard to come by, and he used to earn a little bit of money and also spread music around the place.
I know I could write much more about Luigi, but I want you to see his music, and the songs he chose (just the old stuff, the new stuff is not so good he feels). I love the history behind his music, which talks so much about his life, as well as giving a slice of unique history. He can only play piano for up to 30 minutes (which he does daily) these days, as he has bad arthritis in his hands, but still he can play his old favourite classics.
If you’ve got a minute, please do write something for Luigi, as we have his address to post back a response document to him.