Annotated Bib #3 – Jamie, Abby, Angela
Find a venue with live music and sit in (don’t pay more than a cover charge, and don’t see a band that you already know-unless they’re cool). Again, write up the experience from the perspectives of the audience you are trying to reach.
The venue I am writing this annotated bibliography on is one I happened to stumble upon by accident. After a planned trip during the week, Catie and I went off on our own exploring. We happened to find Piazza Navona. We were amazed by all the massive buildings, two gorgeous churches, and a giant obelisk in the center of the piazza. There were also tons of artists selling hand-painted pictures of different churches and scenery around Rome. The weather was gorgeous this day, and it was so refreshing to see a piazza full of life and with a fountain gushing with water. What was the best, though, was the live music. As we finished our tour around the piazza, we ran into a band playing phenomenal music. It was unlike any live band I’ve seen before. All the musicians were smiling and laughing with each other, and the saxophone player literally walked around and continued to play even while smiling for pictures. As I stood there, I couldn’t help but tap my feet and get the urge to dance. Catie immediately crushed this urge, as I didn’t want to embarrass her, but their songs were so original and catchy. We were inquiring about their CD, thinking they would wait until the end of the song to answer our questions, but the saxophone player came right up and told us how much it was and what song they were currently playing. The members of the band were older, but it seemed like they all enjoyed each other’s company even if they weren’t playing their instruments.
I looked around to see if other tourists stopped, and there was a huge crowd behind us. It seemed like everyone was mesmerized by the music, and it just completed the whole atmosphere of the piazza. The music was loud enough that it could be heard throughout most of the piazza, it was like a scene you would see in a movie or something. I usually don’t pay much attention to street bands like this, especially since most of them aren’t very good. I was so happy that Catie bought their CD, as I sit here listening to it now, their songs are even better on the recording. I wish the second time we visited the piazza the weather was nicer, it would’ve been a great experience for the rest of the group to hear the band play in the type of atmosphere we heard them the first time.
When I think of New York, I immediately think of street performers and young people trying to bring their talents to the ‘Big City’. Bands like Musicisstii di Piazza Navona would be the type of band that would play in restaurants or on street corners, but would never succeed in the American music industry. However, what I like about the Sex and the City movies and TV show is the diverse neighborhoods the characters take themselves too. They find unique restaurants that are ‘out-of-the-way’ and off the beaten path. I can totally see Carrie and Guy taking in a performance in piazza Navona with this band, sitting at one of the near-by restaurants having a bottle of wine and some exquisite Italian cuisine. It’s the type of date girls dream about, one so unique to Italian culture that you just couldn’t go wrong. With late summer/early fall weather, you couldn’t go wrong. piazza Navona captures all the essences of Italy in one simple square, and the Musicisstii di Piazza Navona just puts the icing on the cake.
When walking into Gianni’s market, a small store in Castel Gandolfo that sells grocery items and more, you are struck by how comfortable, homey, and family oriented the atmosphere is within the store. This feeling becomes even more present when you discover that the business is owned, ran, and operated by family members. The small store is filled with items that represent the Italian food culture. For example, Gianni’s sells authentic pastas native to Italy, the bakery makes cookies and bread, and a deli that displays an array of meats, cheeses, and breads that entice one to create their own sandwich. Any visitor is greeted when walking into the store with a hearty boun giorno and a smile. All shoppers are made to feel like family, so much in fact that the owners know many of the shoppers by name. For instance, one day when shopping at Gianni’s, a woman came in with peppermint leaves in her hand, and after the owner greeted the woman by name, they began talking about the peppermint leaves and their lives. Although the discussion was in Italian, it was clear that the women knew each other well. As shoppers come in and out of Gianni’s, they grow acquainted with the family that owns the business, and a mutual friendship forms. This provides a welcoming atmosphere to the environment and makes the store a pleasant place to shop.
Gianni’s market would be a great place to include in Sex and the City Three because it showcases not only the culture of fresh and rich Italian food, but also how important family and friends are within all aspects of the Italian culture. This is a very important piece ofItaly that viewers of the movie would fall in love with and appreciate. Family is emphasized within the store by its ownership and employment, but also in the customers, who are treated like family. The relationships between customers and store owners in other countries is not always as strong or friendly, so I believe that the movie audience would enjoy viewing an environment that is unique to the Italian way of life. Gianni’s also represents a life away from the stress and anxiety of a big city. The store is very relaxed inside, operating on independent hours, and because it is not a chain it is very unique. These aspects of Gianni’s are unlike many of the stores that can be seen inRome. Gianni’s proves that the Italian way of life is a beautiful one, filled with business, family, and friends.
Via Del Corso
The Via Del Corso is a long, straight road in the heart of historical Rome. It runs from the Piazza del Populo to Piazza Venezia. Along the road, there are many historical buildings and churches. In the evenings, the city shuts the road off for cars so that it’s exclusively for pedestrians. I walked down the road on a Saturday and was amazed by the way that the street brought together so many things, such as art, culture, shopping, food and religion. There were street artists, locals, and tourists. I didn’t see near as many illegal street vendors as in other parts of the city. There were plenty of shops, but in between them were beautiful churches. There were also many resturants and cafes. The beautiful column of Marcus Aurelius is also right off of the road, it is very close to the Spanish Steps. In my opinion, that single road encompasses everything that Rome is about.
To me, the Via Del Corso seems like the best possible place for Sex and The City to take place, as it offers everything. Il Corso is one of the few places in town where you see many locals shopping right beside tourists. Just the fact that it’s perfectly straight means that from either direction one usually has a good view of Piazza de Populo or Piazza Venezia. Ibelieve that the movie should be focused around this road as there are many beautiful things to be seen, outside of the normal “shopping” that one immediately thinks of.