My last night in Goito, I got to perform for the town. The kids love American music, even though most of them don’t speak English. I had a blast performing there, especially because I recognized myself in the crowd. One little girl told me she wanted to be a dancer, but she didn’t think she could do it. I tried to teach them that if they want something bad enough, there’s always a way to make it happen. The next morning after an emotional goodbye at the station, I boarded the train to Milan.
I ran off the platform and immediately recognized the familiar face waiting for me in the crowd. It was my friend from Nashville, Alessandro. He’s originally from Italy, and it just so happened that we were in the country at the same time. Alessandro and his friend Alecoma are both hip-hop producers. I did a song with Alessandro earlier this year called “Demons,” with a rapper named Brandyn Kaine. Alecoma owns a recording studio in Milan called “La Maison.” I walked into the studio and was greeted by an Italian rapper named, Karma. The boys started talking and I snuck off into a side room to start writing. They were excited to have an American artist sing in English on their track. I wasn’t exactly sure what they were looking for, but I decided I’d just write about what was going on in my life and that would have to suffice.
(Alessandro and me at Lake Como)
There was definitely a language barrier between Karma and I; however, slowly but surely we began to understand each other. Turns out we had a lot more in common than I realized. I’d tell you all what the song was about, but I’d rather just let it speak for itself.
After touring Milan with Alessandro, I couldn’t believe it was time to leave the country. Many people have asked me why I chose to spend two and a half months in Italy. I have many reasons, but my main reason was to understand my roots. My Nonno (Grandpa), on my father’s side was Italian. Before he passed away he wrote me a letter saying, I want you to be proud of where you come from. I’ve always been proud to be Italian, but after living here this summer I have an even greater sense of pride and appreciation for my heritage.
Now I’m back in Nashville, but I’m not the same. I’ve returned with new ideas, different goals, and fresh perspective on creativity and life. My time in Italy served as a creative rebirth and I’m ready to put in the energy to share it with you all through my music.
I’m performing in Nashville: Thursday July 14th at 12th and Porter. I go on 8pm and I’d love to see you all there. Tickets are on sale up above under the "Shows" tab. Thank you for following my adventures these past two months, but just because I’m back in America doesn’t mean the adventures will stop. Be on the look out for new projects, shows, and whatever else might be up my sleeve…
All my love,
L I V