AMUNINNI RAZZIETTA (lu Weekend)

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Amuninni Razzietta (lu Weekend)
(Michael Occhipinti)

I teach an adult amateur jazz ensemble at the Royal Conservatory in Toronto. One day I ran into one of my students in the parking lot of the downtown Long & McQuade music store, and he gave me an old banjo he longer wanted (thanks Brian Smegal).

I'm not really a banjo player, but new instruments often do inspire ideas, and one day I came up with a pattern I liked while I was goofing around with my kids. I got them to record it with our iPad so I wouldn't forget it, and that became the basis for this song.

Lyrically, the song documents a conversation I heard my parents have many times. My father had his own small construction company in Toronto, and worked very hard all week. Although he was generally a very social person, on the weekend he sometimes would tell my mother that he was tired and didn't want to go out anywhere. My mother was mostly a homemaker when I was a child, so she of course was home all week taking care of me and our house. She would not hesitate to let my father know quite forcefully that she needed to get out and have some fun and see people (we lived on a crescent in the suburbs, and sometimes I'm sure it felt like there was no one around to see). My father would try to argue, but my mom could be incredibly persistent, and in the end he'd say "ok get dressed, we're going out." In the case of this song, they're going dancing.

"Amuninni" is one of my favourite Sicilian words, meaning "let's go" (the Italian equivalent is "andiamo") and it's usually how my father would declare that he was going out the door, whether anyone else was ready to leave or not. "Razzietta" is the affectionate name everyone used with my mother instead of her given name "Graziella."

lyrics

Saturday evening
My father was exhausted
I've worked the whole day and I don't want to do anything.

My mother was cooking dinner
Her temper boiled over
All week long I’m stuck in this house, I want to go out

(pre-chorus)
You get to see people
I get to see this house
You can do what you want
But I want to go dancing

(chorus)
Let's Go, Razzietta, dancing
We're going, dancing, Razzietta

My mother was happier
Mingling with people
All the week long, stuck in this house waiting for the weekend

(pre-chorus)
The streets aren't made of money
Our expenses are many
The kids need something to eat
but then I want to go dancing!

(alternate chorus)
Everyone has to go dancing
Singing, dancing, doing
Give life a kiss
to make love
Everyone has to go dancing
Singing, dancing, doing

(chorus)
Let's go, Razzietta, dancing
We're going, dancing, Razzietta

credits

from Muorica, released June 15, 2015
Music and Lyrics by Michael Occhipinti.
Michael Occhipinti - guitar
Dominic Mancuso - vocals
Pilar - vocals
Yvette Tollar - backup vocals
Kevin Turcotte - trumpet
Louis Simao - accordion
Ernie Tollar - flute
Mark Kelso - drums
Roberto Occhipinti - bass

Produced by Michael Occhipinti and Roberto Occhipinti
Recorded, mixed, and edited at the Drive Shed, Toronto, 2015 by John Bailey, assisted by Taylor Koernohan. Mastered by Peter Letros at Wreckhouse Mastering, Toronto

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Michael Occhipinti & The Sicilian Project Toronto, Ontario

“A triumphant recording on many levels” Michael G. Nastos Billboard

Michael Occhipinti’s Sicilian Jazz Project dazzles audiences with its mix of Sicilian folk & jazz, global grooves, & chamber music, with old world Sicily meeting the global sound of Toronto. The group received a 2009 JUNO Award nomination (Canada’s Grammy) & the prestigious Ragusani nel Mondo Award ... more

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