Morgan: “No appointment missed, but today we are afraid of ideas”

“In Italy ideas are held back, they are not put into practice, everyone is frightened and the end result is ‘flatness’…” – “Battiato was the courage of ideas, his songs nourished me”, he says introducing the documentary film ‘The Voice of the Master’

“No missed appointments: my collaboration with the ministry of culture is to give, I do not ask for anything and I have never asked to be nominated, beyond the sensationalism that has been created in the press. The appointment of Beatrice Venice she is perfect, she is absolutely right: her role has always been that of coordinator. I am an artist, a popularizer, a showman, who however has ideas about the world of culture in Italy. But I’m not a politician, I don’t do politics…”. That’s what she clarifies morganon the sidelines of the presentation of the documentary film ‘The Master’s Voice’ on Franco Battiatoto the Barberini cinema in Rome.

“I’ll pitch these ideas of mine to politicians and then I hope they’ll turn them into laws or turn them into something concrete anyway; I’m not a legislator.” In this regard, he adds, “I was very pleased with the words of Sugar – that in Reggio Emilia, answering the AdnKronoshad assumed a double adviser for music in Micone for ‘cultured’ music for Beatrice Venezi and one for ‘other’ music to be entrusted to a personality like Morgan, defined by Zucchero as “a genius – He was very nice and he knows what he’s talking about, he understands of music”.

Points out morgan: “Educated music is beautiful, classical music is fundamental, but Franco Battiato himself was a model for breaking down every musical barrier between classical and light, creating perfect combinations and balances. Music is a vast universe and all music it has a cultural value. In our country – Morgan denounces however – there is a very serious problem and in this sense a cultural alarm must be sounded. We are the most creative in the world and if we learn to value ourselves we risk transforming this characteristic into power. However, today there is fear of ideas, in Italy ideas are held back, they are not put into practice, everyone is afraid and the final result is ‘flatness’…”.

Franco Battiatounderlines Morgan, “he had the courage to do different things: when I had a doubt, he always advised me the strongest, most daring thing, not necessarily the easiest thing… Battiato was the courage of ideas, as a man and as an artist “, he says, speaking at the presentation at the Barberini cinema in Rome of the docufim ‘La Voce del Padrone’ directed by Marco Spagnoli – in cinemas throughout Italy, with over two hundred copies, for one week, from 28 November to 4 December, after the preview ‘Taormina Film Fest’ of this summer – dedicated to Franco Battiato and in particular to the album that decreed the definitive success of the Sicilian singer-songwriter.

That record, of which the documentary film contains all seven songs, as well as three other ‘iconic’ songs by Battiato such as ‘And I’ll come looking for you’, ‘The cure’ And ‘Stranizza d’amuri’ in Sicilian, “it fed me as a child – says Morgan – and I continued to buy it a lot of times: first at the stall, then the original record, the vinyl, then the cassette, then when the CD came out… I don’t know plus how many copies I have at home of ‘The Master’s Voice’. I always listened to it all, from start to finish, never just a single song; silently and without interruption. Each song on the album is a masterpiece and that record marks one of the absolute high points of Italian music: not every song but even every sentence of each song is a theme developed”.

beatremember again morgan“showed an unaltered passion, a youthful freshness, a crazy enthusiasm: it was an explosion of creativity: he did extravagant things, not tied to fashions, in a free way and based only on his tastes, not conforming. In this sense, he was literally a authentic nonconformist, as a man and as an artist.He is the greatest musician we have had in Italy, because he was a man who had the courage of freedom, he was a man and an artist of ideas, the ones feared in Italy today “.

(from Enzo Bonaiuto)