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Page 4 POST-GAZETTE, SEPTEMBER 9, 2011 Saturday, October 29 at the Berklee Performance Center the rhythm of life in the Ital- ian countryside: "The grapes are gathered, the wine is by Sal Giarratani pressed/ And despite the rain/ It's been a good year to The View ofLong Island ;~ walk these fields again," I'm glad to see State Rep- where there are no neigh- ~ Zucchero sings, his voice ris- resentative Bruce Ayers is bors to complain. He also i ing in a soulful refrain above a bed of shimmering key- still advocating the usage of likes Camp Harbor View boards that include harpsi- Long Island for recreational, where 800 young people can historical and environmen- be taken out of their urban chord and a church organ, tel activities. Currently, the environment to enjoy sum- "I've been a friend of Bone's ;! for a long time," Zucchero only way to gain access to mertime on an island. says. "He wrote the lyrics for this harbor gem is via the I question the comments .~my song 'Blue' and also for deteriorating Long Island by Bruce Jacobsen, superin- 'Miserere,' the song I per- Bridge built back in 1953- tendent of the Boston Harbor i formed with Pavarotti. Bone 54. I knew when I read Islands when he states it doesn't speak Italian at all, the Boston Herald story in "is not appropriate to mix "Every country produces one singer in each generation who but he heard this song and which Boston Mayor, The- the general public with the i represents that country, the way Bruce Springsteen then came out with these mas Menino, vowed to keep populations that are served." ! represents America or Bone does Ireland. Zucchero is the beautiful lyrics that exactly this two-mile island off lim- Currently, the island is far c Italian voice for everyone in the worM." -- Sting matched my idea of what it its to Boston residents, never- underutilized for all its was about -- life in the coun- mind Quincy residents, who untapped potential. ! Zucchero ("Sugar") is Italy's Tears for Fears. Chocabeck try, making wine, enjoying put up with all that traffic I was last on'Long Island I most beloved rock star and will also be released as an the simpl~ things. It's true between the Boston side of about six years ago when I ~ one of the top Italian artists all-ltalian, stand-alone al- what they say -- the music the Neponset Bridge and the escorted a DMH client to a worldwide, having sold 40 bum on October 4th. already has the lyric inside Boston-owned Long Island. program using one the old i million records. As a singer- Zucchero's tour on behalf of it." I agree with Representa- Tobin Building once part of songwriter, guitarist and Chocabeck includes a hand- Contributing to the Choca- tive Ayers that spending the old hospital. However, key-boardist, Zucchero has ful of dates in select cities beck sessions were such top- $3 million dollars to repair get behind the old hospital collaborated with the royalty across North America. flight session virtuosos as this crumbling bridge is "a area, the place still seems .,~ of international rock, blues, Born Adelmo Fornaciari, Grog Leisz (guitars, pedal- misuse of taxpayers' dollars." pristine. Too bad that Boston l R&B, jazz and classical Zucchero - like only the very steel, banjo, mandolin) and Currently, Long Island has Mayor Menino can't see the music -- from Bone, Sting brightest luminaries in pop Josh Freese (drums), with co- basically been turned into a beauty on the island and how ~i and Eric Clapton to Miles -- has become known far and producer Brendan O'Brien "Shutter's Island" for- folks it can only benefit the entire i Davis, John Lee Hooker and wide by his one-word nick- also playing guitars on a that City Hall has no other city to use a part of it for the Solomon Burke to Luciano name, bestowed on him by a number of tracks in addition place to put. Back when I was activities being pushed by Pavarotti and Andrea Bocelli. schoolteacher back in his to mixing the album. Several a child, I actually remember Representative Ayers. On October 4, 2011, Decca hometown in northern Italy. songs are colored by the taking a ferry from Rowe's Long Island by the way, is Records releases the North The 11 songs of Chocabeck string arrangements of Wharf to Long Island to visit represented on the City American edition of Zuc- loosely follow the cycle of life Davide Rossi (who arranged my father's stepdad in Long Council by District 1 City chore's Chocabeck, a record- in an imaginary countryside the strings on Coldplay's el- Island. Even as a five-year- Councilor Sal LaMattina, ing that is simultaneously a location not dissimilar to the bum Viva La Vide and has old, I recognized the view who happens to also repro- concept album about his roots village where Zucchero was worked for years with Gold- from the hospital's windows sent me over in East Boston in traditional village life and raised. "This album is all frapp). Beach Boys idol Brian into the harbor and won- where I now live. Perhaps, .~ a milestone in his excep- about my roots," he says. Wilson adds distinctive her- dered why people didn't want he and Representative ~i tional international career. "Fragments of life and emo- monies to the song "Spirit to live there. Bruce who has served North t Chocabeck-co-produced with tions on a typical Sunday Together," which features I can assume the only Quincy since first getting Don Was (the Rolling Stones, from dawn to dusk in the vii- words by Iggy Pop, who also reason to rebuild the bridge elected 20 years ago as Ward Bob Dylan) and Brendan lage where I grew up." adapted English lyrics to is because of the police and 6 Quincy councilor can sit O'Brien (Pearl Jam, Bruce Zucchero teamed with Zucchero's Italian-language fire training areas on nearby down over the Long Island ;i Springsteen) -- includes Bone for the track "Someone song "Alia Fine," now titled Moon Island. You can't be impasse. There are so many English lyrics by Bone, Iggy Else's Tears," a delicate ferrying fire trucks to Moon possibilities there that could Pop and Roland Orzabal of acoustic song that captures (Continued on Page 15) Island. There is a Boston benefit both the people of firehouse next to the potter's Boston and Quincy. i field burial ground but in As I viewed the photo of case of a large fire, how Bruce Ayers standing in would that firehouse get Squantum with the bridge additional help? behind him, I thought it PROTECT YOUR RIGHTS! Apparently Mayor Menino would be nice to see Bruce . supports keeping a large city on the other side of the homeless shelter out there bridge viewing Quincy's Law Offices of David Grossack, P.C. ,n the middle of the harbor horizon. "Lawyer of the Year" LAW OFFICES OF 1999 Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly FRANK J. 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