Sunday, 29 July 2018

The 'I love' Series - Throwback to a First Fave Song

Sometimes I get a flashback and see a young version of myself, sitting on a swing at the park in my hometown, singing along to a song being blasted out of the speakers of a casual eatery close by.

I still remember the name of the song because it used to be my fave; my very first favourite song. It is Laura Pausini's La Solitudine, a ballad in Italian that talks of young love lost when a male youngster must move across the country and how the girl who remains behind misses him so.

Twenty-five years since its release, the song still gives me goosebumps and sits in my top ten favourites of all time. I don't remember been so transfixed by any other song in the same way.

Love transcends time and so did this love-song. Whoever the 'Marco' mentioned in the song was, real or imaginary, he seemed to give the singer a sense of belonging that left her both melancholy and hopeful after his departure as well as making her feel as though a part of her had been lost once he was gone.

Being a teenager in the nineties meant I heard pop love songs around me all the time and yet I will still harp on the fact that no other song from the same decade hit me as hard. It could be that Pausini's yearning for lost love mirrored my own hopeful young self as I dreamt of what love could be like.

I have since found love and lost it, more than once, and will never again be that awkward girl with dreams in her eyes as she hummed along to the Italian song that asked 'Ti prego aspettami' ('I beg you to wait for me') for now I know that in reality, no one will wait for you and you must be your own dream come true.

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