Just back from a quick break in Venice - my first time, what an amazing, beautiful city. Luckily it was the first day of their famous 10 day carnivale which leads up to Lent. In Venice, this involves everyone (locals, tourists, dogs...) dressing up. Mostly they dress up in traditional Venetian attire - gowns, capes, 3 pointed hats, long curly grey wigs and most importantly masks. Everyone has a mask on. It's a lot of fun.
Hang on though, this is a music blog isn't it? So I was expecting Venice to be very classical, very old-fashioned with its music. I thought opera, and I thought Verdi. I got none of that at all. Instead the romantic meals were accompanied by what appeared to be the world's largest collection of 80s compilations. One evening, a lovely Italian meal, red wine, candles and all that was punctuated by,
Cameo - Word Up
Kylie & Jason - Especially For You
Colonel Abrahams - Trapped
A (steaming) pile of Abba
Prince - I Wanna Be Your Lover
I don't hate all of those songs (specifically the first and last) but it was a surprise to hear that selection, and there was a lot more like it. But the musical highlight came on the last night, last Saturday. We found a local bar, a great place which I wish I could name and recommend here. It was on a corner, by a canal (naturally) and it was a joyful outdoor party to the sound of an Italian Elvis covers band and a raucous crowd of people (about 100) in fancy dress. The sight of a large two legged tiger enjoying it right in the singer's face is a splendid memory. They sounded exactly as you would imagine an Italian Elvis covers band would, which is fun. They were called All Inside, and if you ever get the chance... possibly even better though was the band due to play this week by the name of "Johnny Selfish & The Worried Men Band" - I can only imigine.
Lastly, one of the best things about this bar was the warning sign on the toilet door, which you may enjoy below. Ciao!