Thank god it’s saturday

November 8 2011

I’m almost done.

rush to finish preparing stuff ’till late night yesterday, today I trained giving my team a preview, and I collected valuable feedback… but yep, I’m almost done! what the hell am I talking about? well, that’s my session for the Italian Agile Day 2011 conference, which is going to hosted saturday November 19th in Rome.

on my side, this is going to be the fourth year in a row preseting at the conference, and I’m very pleased. this time I’m experimenting something new, and potentially off-topic: telling a story about me as a musician, using this stuff as a medium to bridge a well-known domain with a relatively new field, at least for the newbies amoung the audience: live bands performance and successful XP teams. my hope is having the people not focusing too much on the (almost funny) story-telling, but picking some helpful hints.

conference got quickly sold-out, 600 people are expected to come, and there’s a huge waiting list. 25 session scheduled, as 5 parallel tracks. conference organization team did a great job, valuating and selecting sessions from more than 40 proposals: this is going to be the biggest event ever for the Italian Agile community, so far. what else? see you in Rome!

it’s no secret: music gives your mood a direction, being road to happiness or rush to depression. focusing on the former for today, I just did this experiment: I tracked which songs I’ve been nodding to while in the underground, (shyly) singing under the shower or singing alound while biking downtown. curious enough? here they are:

I’m sure this list would have been completely different just a few years ago. can’t really imagine how it would look like in 5 years! setting a memo.. and you, want to share yours?

Under the covers

May 24 2009

i’ve grown up listening to my father’s Beatles tapes, that’s where my melodic soul come from, even if i later chose stronger and heavier tones.

yesterday i was a bit ill, and i spent a few hours surfing the web. i started looking for some great cover of one of my favourite Beatles song, “Eleanor Rigby”: it’s great both for music and lyrics. i suppose everyone know that song (“Ah, look at all the lonely people…”), even if it’s not one of the most famous.

i already knew the cover by Thrice, one of best one ever in my view, taken from the album “If We Could Only See Us Now”.

here they are some other good covers i’ve found on youtube:

finally, i’ve found a lot of very bad just-scream-along metal versions. they probably don’t understand what a cover is: a re-arrangement, it’s not enough just to play with a different sound (as an ex-song-writer and musician, i’ve done the same mistake in the past). maybe, the only good one i’ve found is the old Realm cover, as performed in 1988.

it’s definetively a nice experiment to do, and it helped me forget my illness for a bit!

How long…

April 28 2009

it has been a long time since i had my heart beating sooo fast!

thanks to Propagandhi for an extremely emotional show last sunday in Bologna.