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I was crazy about Sicily even before I went over to Palermo for The Europe Files. It was spring 2010 when I went there with friends for only a few days. We stayed in Trapani – in the North-West of Sicily. From there we visited Palermo for a day and the minute we got off the bus in Sicily’s capital I fell madly in love with the city.
When I got home after the trip I knew I had to get back to Palermo. And fast please! Back then I hadn't come up with The Europe Files - project replica watches yet, so I was trying to find an excuse for a long stay in the city. Before I found one I started an online search for an apartment. Almost immediately I stumbled on visitpalermo.com. I contacted them - Maurizio and Andrea, as I would later find out - and they offered me a great place, an apartment called Casa Dante. I booked it right away. A rather impulsive action, I guess.
The ‘excuse’ showed up right after booking the apartment: I had just released the album The Secrets We Keep and was deciding on which song of the album was to be replica watches the next single. My friend, director Maarten J. Boer (Turbo Turbo/Minimal Video), told me he was leaning towards the song Homewrecker. As it turned out Maarten already had a great scenario in mind. A scenario that begged for sultry surroundings. The sort that Sicily can easily offer. So here’s what happenend: a while after I arrived in Palermo Maarten and cameraman Ewoud Bon came to Sicily to film the video for Homewrecker starring Sicilian actor Ludovico Vitrano and the stunning actress Lidiya Liberman. I myself enjoyed playing the homewrecking musician.
That cool place at the beach is Nino's beach in Cinisi, a nice beach near Palermo. I'm still very happy that Nino let us film there! Visitpalermo's Maurizio brought us to him and was also happy to let us film in Casa Dante! And guess what: when nearly a year after filming - and after my time in Paris - I was ready to move to the second city in The Europe Files I felt there was only one cheap replica watches place I could go and one place I could stay: Casa Dante, Palermo.
It's the greatest thing, I believe, to arrive someplace new with a mission. In my case part of the mission was - and is - to perform as much as I can. This is hard to achieve without actually getting out there and meeting people, which helps in getting to know a city and getting the slightest idea of what it's like to live there. Palermo - all of Sicily actually - is such a great place to replica rolex do this as the people are so kind and welcoming. In, for instance, the city Marsala I went to a winebar called La Sirena Ubriaca where I met Angela Amato who worked there. She invited me to play at the winebar and she even acted like a real agent getting me more gigs. Unbelievably cool, this lady!
As I mentioned before I felt at home in Palermo the moment I first set foot there. Well, that feeling kept deepening all the while I was there. There's something about Palermo. I think it has to do with it being a raw city, with it being filthy and fine at the same time. It's very crowded, lots of traffic. Chaos in the air. It's hot. Passionate. And the food! The wine! Fantastic! It really had a tight grip on me. I even wrote the city a lovesong -Difficult - that ended up on The Palermo File. And when the time to leave came I realized I was going to need a hard reset to get over Palermo and get back to life rolex replica watches in The Netherlands. So yeah, obviously that turned into a song as well: Reset. Reset was the single for The Palermo File which consists of five songs. Director Maarten J. Boer returned to Palermo too to shoot yet another video:
I still miss Palermo, although Lisbon healed a bit of the heartache. Indeed Lisbon: the third city in The Europe Files!