Good day inmates!

Even at my age, I’m not sure I understand grief. I know that it manifests differently for different people but I’m not sure I get my reaction to it. Traditionally I would have expected to be moping and crying. Not that I’m much of a weeper anyways, but that’s what you picture when somebody says they’re in grieving. Yet I just find myself feeling blank. Empty. Like I’m not feeling anything. I feel loss, but little else. I’m unsure how to feel about the whole thing. Is that normal? I’m genuinely asking cause I can’t work it out. Anyways, sorry about that tangent, but I felt you lovely folks out there may have an answer. How are you all anyways? Doing great I hope!

Speaking of great, did anybody see my clue for todays musical theme? It wasn’t great really, I’m being facetious. It wasn’t exactly an elusive one anyways. Anybody who saw it could have probably guessed the music we’re going to be enjoying today.

So, let’s get to it eh? The musical theme for this weeks Harlequins writing music is Italy! Yes indeed, one of the great pillars of Europe and home of the once-great Roman Empire. It’s among the most supposedly romantic places in the world (Or at least Rome is), second only to the likes of Paris. It’s a cultural icon, as most will attest, and a centre for industries such as fashion and the automotive sector. Italians can be a funny lot, but they’re very community-focussed and nobody knows style like an Italian. Just look at a Lamborghini. I’m not a car person, but still. I think that translates into some of their music as well. Italy is known for some of the best Opera singers in history, some underrated alternative bands and if my cursory research is evenly remotely correct, a pretty strong punk presence as well. It’s hard to boil a nation down to just music though. You’ll find all genres in practically all countries if you look hard enough so I won’t focus on that too much. So, rather than speak from a clueless Anglo-centric view any longer, let’s get to the songs eh?

Please join me as we delve into the musical minds of Italian artists!

Vanilla Sky – Umbrella

Lacuna Coil – Our Truth

Luciano Pavarotti – Ave Maria (Schubert)

Bull Brigade – Ultima città

Måneskin – Don’t Wanna Sleep

And there we have it for another week! I strangely have a strong desire for pasta and pizza all of a sudden. Oh, you thought I’d forgotten about the wonders of Italian food above? Hell no! I can’t live without pizza in my life. Who’s with me? Anyway, before I start drooling, I hope that you all enjoy the musical choices for this week and be sure to check them all out. There’s some really cool ones in Italy right now and they deserve the attention.

Speaking of attention, mind allowing me a bit? I say it every week I know! The asylum has social media sites that desire to hear from you all. It’d mean a lot to me if you’d drop a like or follow over on those as well as here at on WordPress. The asylum has a page over on Facebook, an account on Instagram and lastly a page over on Twitter as well. Check them out! Also, if you really enjoy what I do here at the asylum, please consider supporting me over on the Ko-Fi page as well. Thanks for everything!

Until next week, have a very crazy day inmates!

  1. Cassa Bassa says:

    I am personally going through grief now. I think there is no right or wrong way to grief. Feeling different emotions, feelings and sensations are all part of the grief.
    The fact that you are asking questions and talking about it, is a sign that you are active in griefing.
    Griefing is not easy. I observe that each family members grief in various different ways.

    • Osharlequin says:

      I am so sorry to hear that my friend. My condolences to you and your loved ones. I definitely understand what you mean there, I simply worry as it may appear I don’t care, you know? Perhaps I shouldn’t worry about what I appear like.

      Thank you so much for your comment though and again, I hope that you are getting on alright.

      The Oldschool Harlequin

  2. shauna says:

    I tried to reply to the post the other day and then granddaughter woke up from her nap, lol. As Cassa comments, there is no right or wrong way to grieve. I think I have mentioned before that our family has had multiple losses the past few years. Little things will trigger memories and tears just when I think I have “dealt with it.” Yeah. We’re never done dealing with it. Our responses may shift somewhat, but the scars can still be ripped open without warning.

    Interesting music this week. I was familiar with Pavarotti…of course I think a lot of folks associate Italy with opera more than other forms of music, so it was quite eye opening to hear other artists. Thanks for sharing!

    • Osharlequin says:

      I think you’re completely right and though I know we have spoken briefly about your losses previously, I’m sending condolences again. I think it’s something that’ll just linger there in the background, grief doesn’t go away, as you say.

      I tried to get a decent mix there, I’m very glad that you enjoyed my choices this time. Thank you for reading!

      The Oldschool Harlequin

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