First music of the new year was Stay High followed by Tiny Love chez moi and that is the way I intend the rest of this year to go
obsessively checking Mika’s socials in case he posted vs. wishing for him to have a proper break away from responsibilities and feeling happy that he’s MIA
Mika for Elle France
Mika for Elle France
Mika is a gay icon go stream My Name is Michael Holbrook (2019)
My name is Michael Holbrook: Sanremo🌼
I love Sanremo in a special way, since the “Riviera dei Fiori” is my home :)
In fact, these were the same places that Mika visited as a kid: Sanremo, Bordighera … places that are very familiar to me, and with which I have a love-hate relationship, just like him.
Sanremo is a beautiful city and it represents a shining Italy, which my generation no longer knows, blocked in the past.
We can also find this “vintage” vibe in Mika’s song, which talks about Campari and Fellini, in a way that is more reminiscent of a stereotype than the tired reality of the city, a dream looked at through the eyes of a foreigner.
The songs also has a dreamy vibe, a whole mental projection that comes from: “what a beautiful place, I would like to take someone with me here”, a youthful innocence, an inevitable mechanism, surrounded by a feeling of discomfort .
It’s when you feel wrong, inadequate, that you try to refuge in dull and fantastic thoughts.
That’s how adolescence works.
The video gives us a new perspective on the song, that discomfort has become fear, the image of that same rich Italy, that was also intolerant and conservative.
It’s a very strong, explicit, courageous video.
It’s something you could never expect from Mika, but this 2019 has surprised us in the most disparate ways, am I right?
There are some breathtaking shots (the flower, the final scene) and that black and white puts a big dose of anxiety on the screen, and we feel like that fear is still with us, even if we are in a completely different time (not for nothing the Universal recommended to block the video in Italy).
Mika took all that discomfort, that feeling of being different, and he transformed it into a masterpiece, singing of the city where he found it and where, years later, he pronounced a monologue on national TV about the importance of the colors of the rainbow with millions of viewers. It’s the perfect, sweet and at the same time strong “revenge”.
That said, in the drawing you can see that I added the words “FUORI!” (Get out!).
After seeing the Sanremo video, I remembered that in ‘72 the so-called “Italian Stonewall” was born there.
From wikipedia: “The first public demonstration of homosexuals in Italy, today considered the event from which the homosexual liberation movement was born in our country, took place in Sanremo, in protest against the” International Congress on sexual deviance “organized by the Center Italian of sexology, of Catholic inspiration, a direct ancestor of the groups that today support reparative therapies.
It was the first public demonstration in Italy to defend the dignity and rights of homosexual persons. […] Among the therapies recommended to homosexuals by the Congress we can find «A projector shows a slide of a naked man seen from behind in front of a homosexual. If he turns more than eight seconds to admire it he gets a shock, a small shock, through the electrodes applied to his fingertips. Then the man’s slide disappears, replaced by that of a beautiful woman who is also naked. In this case the homosexual doesn’t receive any shock. »
The "sense of pain”, according to the psychiatrist, would have reconverted the “sense of pleasure” towards a normal sexuality.
[…] The militants of the F.U.O.R.I. presented themselves at the Congress on the morning of its inauguration, and welcomed the delegates with posters, in Italian, English and French, and slogans such as: “Normal, normal”. The signs showed writings like: “Psychiatrists, we’ve come to cure you ”,“ Psychiatrists, stick your electrodes in your brains ”,“ Normality doesn’t exist ”,“ First and last congress of sexual phobia "and so on.
The forty protesters present were absolutely aware of the fact that they were doing a historic gesture. For the first time, homosexuals fought openly. ”
I’m not sure Mika was aware of this when he wrote the song, but I think it’s a nice connection to make.
The old and small city so full of discomfort for the young Mika had been the first to open its eyes to the country on the subject.
After having tortured you with some local history, I only hope that Mika sooner or late will come to Sanremo to sing it.
I’m waiting for him 💫
Yessss and it was truly magical!! I felt like hugging the entire world afterwards… when he says stay high he really means it hahaha 🤩
A baby! (Bercy, Paris, 22nd December)