|Greta Panettieri, CD "Brazilian Nights"|
She has now returned to her home, Italy.
One of the most talented and versatile singers I have ever heard in the Greenwich Village club circuit, has left us, but not only are her friends and followers sad, Greta has a constant Big Apple mania tugging at her from New York as well.
Here is my last review of Greta.http://streetcredmusic.blogspot.com/2011/02/greta-is-back-with-brand-new-sound.html
I spoke with Greta last week, I wanted to see how she was doing;
Q; How much do you miss New York?
Greta; I miss New York City a lot, I feel like I'm more of a New Yorker than an Italian...sometimes I'm so New York sick that I can't think about it!
Q; I know the way of life there must seem to be in slow motion, how do you stay busy?
Greta; Well yes it's slower but it's got its good sides, Italy is going through some hard times, you must work really hard to get gigs and "break the wall" and stuff, but as you know art is more inspired during dark times, so there is a lot to do, and it's nice to find out that there is a lot of people that are trying to change things here, so it's not too bad...
Q; What do you think of your Prime Minister's problems? (I know that answer already)
Greta; You can post "Astroprincipe" and you'll have an elegant answer...But I'll try to give you some more without getting too nasty ( he can get the worst out of me)...I think the situation got to a very dramatic point, it's clear to everybody that this man is involved not only in corruption scandals, tax evasion (we're talking about millions of euros) sex scandals etc...he's destroying this country, all his ministers are not capable and not even legally eligible to do their job, they are seriously damaging the financial, schools, sanitary work even the postal system...Italy has always had a corrupt political scene but at least the public system worked, they were stealing money but at least they were covering it up. Berlusconi has no shame he can do whatever he wants under the sun, and still it's really difficult to stop him. I mean it's a complicated matter we could talk about this for hours, they will write history books about this case. Anyway I can't wait for him to go...
Q; Do you have a circle of friends there like you had here in New York?
Greta; I am one of those very lucky people that has really good friends spread around the world, and it has been really good to find out that with almost all of my old friends, nothing has changed. It almost feels like we've been in touch all along, even though some have kids, changed career, moved away and came back, you know 11 years have passed...
Q; How do you find the audiences in Italy?
Greta; Well there is not one kind of audience anywhere, NYC can be great and can be really rough, and it's the same here, but generally speaking NYC is of course better trained to listen to new sounds, it can be straight ahead jazz or experimental punk, and you will always find someone ready to enjoy it, here you have to work your way to the listener but once you get through of course you feel really special...
Q; So all in all, you are working hard, and bringing your beautiful voice to everyone?
I feel good knowing Great and Andrea are working and doing well, but we all here in New York, miss them sooo much!
Here is Greta's "Astroprincipe" http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dwd-VIDnA7g
Here is Greta "live" in Perugia, Italy http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kjK0Mc8Pvqk
Here is Greta's page...http://www.gretapanettieri.com/
by Pete Cataldo...follow Pete www.twitter.com/petecarma