“Be Italian”

Of course, I should’ve known… I have been so busy studying for my finals and going to drama practice that I forgot how to… be Italian!

I’m sure many people have seen “Nine”, the musical, and if you haven’t; do! The director made sure to include women to satisfy all tastes. Penelope Cruz for those who love voluptuous latin drama and secret affairs gone bad. Marion Cotillard (the wife) for those who are into the vintage French look, very Audrey Hepburn in “Breakfast at Tiffany’s”… with a twist. There is of course Kate Hudson for classic American looks and accent. Nicole Kidman… a fine wine that cannot grow old but only mature… and then there’s Fergie to remind us all to… BE ITALIAN!

Women… do not despair, Daniel Day Lewis, the tortured writer is man enough to hold the fort all by his wonderful self!

Back to Fergie, telling us to “be daring and uncaring…. be a singer be a lover
pick the flower now before the chance is past… live today as if it may become your last”

Now, whether this is a “gather ye rosebuds while ye may” song, a tribute to a “Carpe Diem” state of mind, or whether it is a song that is mocking monogamy… it’s none of our concern.

The metaphor here is an unconventional one; the dare is to be Italian, to be someone we are not (except for those who are actually Italian, I’m afraid). It is calling for a certain way of life, a certain je ne sais quoi, a certain… certainty.

It’s the kind of song that makes you regret that you didn’t say hello to that guy in your class, or offer that girl a drink the night before. It’s Fergie telling us to Seize the Day! Sure, it’s weird receiving life lessons from a singer playing a prostitute in a Hollywood musical, but this is a good chance as any.

Uncertainty has been outdated since Hamlet died, lonely internal monologues unfortunately do not fit in a text message… However, being Italian is short, concise, and all in all a good piece of advice.

Italian-ly yours,

Dima M.


About dimamatta

There is not much to tell... but everything to discover. *says I with a total lack of seriousness* I am a 22 year old English Literature BA holder, teaching English in Lebanon, at the Louaizeh Evangelical School. I mainly spend my time reading, writing, watching and acting in plays. View all posts by dimamatta

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