Because songs are a school of life


Exist songs so powerful that, from the first listening, they “settle” in the ear: we recognize them on the fly, we hum their melody, we let ourselves be carried away by their rhythm. And the beauty is that this happens even if they are foreigners and we don’t understand their words. Welcome, then, the book A song for you by Alberto Pellai and Barbara Tamborini (DeAgostini 16.90 €), respectively developmental psychotherapist and educational psychologist, who talks about the meaning of the lyrics of 50 of the most incisive hits of the twentieth century, songs that accompanied their youth and which today they share gladly with the four children.

Beyond the notes

«Songs can be little fragments oflife training, poetic and intense ways of leaving traces full of meaning in a world where contradictions and overcrowding of stimuli prevail», explain the authors. «The passages that we have identified invite us to look up from ourselves and also to believe that a better world could existthat it is our right and that it depends on the choices we decide to make every day”.

Here are three meaningful and motivating evergreen songs that deserve to be known better.


What a wonderful world(“What a wonderful world”), Louis Armstrong1967. The incipit: “I look around, I see the trees, the flowers, the sky and I can only reflect on how wonderful the world is”.
For the authors, «it is a text capable of encourage positive thinking and to enjoy the little things that can transform existence and give it meaning».


I will survive(“I will Survive”), Gloria Gaynor1978.
“A disco classic: it tells the story of a woman who knows how to put a boundary between herself and the partner who abandoned her and, as if nothing had happened, would like to restart the relationship”, write Pellai and Tamborini. “It is based on the importance of being able to assert one’s pride and one’s dignity in the face of those who try to take them away from us”.


True colors(“True nature”), Cyndi Lauper1986. The artist addresses a person close to her heart, singing “I see your true nature emerging from your sad eyes: it’s what I love you for and it’s so beautiful, so don’t be afraid to show it”.
«The ballad is a hymn for appreciation, acceptance and celebration of diversity», explain the experts».