The end of October sees the welcome return of one of the most interesting singer-songwriters of the Italian music scene who gives his fans a small and unexpected gem that goes to "fill" the void he left in the hearts of his admirers during his year sabbatical.
Ermal returns to compose for his colleague Francesco Renga to whom he ties him a deep friendship and he does it by signing and interpreting with him in a highly calibrated duet a piece entitled "Normal" which speaks in a simple and direct manner of what has become difficult on the day of today to give value to the beauty of "normality".
The song emphasizes the fragility of our society, deeply based on the desire to appear and not to be, held in check by the social media and the true or supposed news published on the net; on the need we have to always seek something different, exceptional, that is able to give our existence that extra thrill, that glossy finish that seems to be the only way to happiness, to complete realization .
In this frantic search for perfection, for a life full of successes and twists, we constantly lose sight of the true essence of what represents our existence, neglecting what is important, what is beauty but since it is so close at hand it seems obvious. And so our beautiful and reassuring normality, true key to living a serene and satisfying existence, is diminished, undervalued, almost derided. Our dreams of glory broken by the daily events, from real life, become a cause of great suffering, lead us to blame ourselves as if we considered frustrating and not enough to live as a normal person who loves his family, does an honest job and maybe humanly expects the weekend to rest. Too little for a social model that always takes on a brilliant form, which always gives us the feeling of not being adequate, of not being enough.
The song, underlining how important and rewarding it is to appreciate normalcy, is above all a hymn to hope, an encouragement to trust in tomorrow.
Because it will be precisely that tomorrow that has yet to come to surprise us, to probably give us the greatest joys. He emphasizes how exciting it is to be masters and creators of one's future, always looking at the positive side, aware that there are no discounts for anyone, that life can be learned by living, that nature itself takes its course independently of everything and from everyone. It is "normal" for the sun to rise and set every day without our consent, without fear. The secret is to close our eyes, to regain our ever-ordinary "normality" and proudly make it a masterpiece.
The concepts that Ermal Meta and Francesco Renga sing are simple concepts, but they really deserve so much attention from us listeners. Our normality made up of smiles, fears, doubts, joys, tears, madness, affections, pains, errors, made of the thousand normal nuances that life can take, must be encouraged and preserved. It's not a fault. There is nothing healthier and more beautiful than being "normal".
With this piece, Ermal Meta and Francesco Renga give insights of considerable importance, once again underlining that music, art in general, is capable of conveying beautiful messages, breaking down barriers, boundaries and prejudices.
/ Serena Sammartino