Saturday, September 13, 2008

Oh, I adore you . . .

I am listening to a recording of Vin DeAraugo singing GiaNina Mia. A scratchy old recording that brings tears to my eyes.

"Oh I adore, I adore you, Gia Nina mia . . .
More, more and more I adore you Gia Nina mia . . . "

It's an old sentimental song popularized in the early 20th century by Jeanette MacDonald (strangely, since it's a love song to a woman) and reminds me of myself as a child of 7 or 8 sitting in an Italian restaurant with my family. My first memory of lasagna, of real Parmesan cheese, my first taste of dry red wine --- how un-politically correct!

The song made me blush---I was certain it was meant for me. I can still remember every note, and it brings back smells and tastes and memories of a happy time.

6 comments:

Andrea said...

It's NOT about you???? I always thought it was. And surely this song has a place on your iPod.

Nina said...
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Nina said...

It is on my ipod--but only recently. Itunes is so great! how great to be able to remember lyrics, google them, find the song, and then buy it for 99 cents!

convergence!

Gianina said...

Hello! I came across this post by accident. I happen to be named after that song and felt so proud when I finally tracked down the song (on a cassette tape I had to order from an obscure online vendor) when I was 18. I'm glad the song has other fans!

Nina said...

Gianina,

so happy to hear from you! I am more named for the song than you can tell by my blog name, which is shortened a bit.

I do love that song, and I'm very happy to share it with you. It is available on itunes, btw.

Have a great day, Gianina, and keep in touch! THere aren't that many of us . . . .

Gianina said...

You're right, there aren't many of us! I've bookmarked your blog site and will march on over to itunes for a download. Thanks for the head's up!