Old Guy Plays “Volare”

June 18, 2015 at 7:01 pm Leave a comment

If you were around when this song came out, you need no reminders. It was huge. Written by Domenico Modugno and Franco Migliacci, it won a European song-writing contest in 1958. The word “volare” is the infinitive form of the verb and means “to fly”. Modugno also took the song to #1 in 1958.

This song has to be one of the most covered in history, and reached the top-40 again in versions by Dean Martin and Bobby Rydell. It is also associated with Sergio Franchi whose version was featured in commercials for the Plymouth Volare which was sold between 1976 and 1980.

This tune truly is one my personal all-time favorites. It is beautifully crafted with a captivating melody and very interesting harmonies. The harmonies are fairly sophisticated, with quite a bit of chromatic motion and changes of key.

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