It's time to turn off the TV and go back to the square: in presenting his 'Self-Portrait' in music, 13 new songs to be released on December 8th, Renato Zero launches an appeal to his audience "not to stay within the four walls to feel sorry for themselves". If the title of the album refers to something absolutely personal, and there are several songs where Zero comes face to face with himself, from Io sono un avventuriero to Non ti cambierei, the new work opens with a love card like Quel bellissimo niente, dedicated to his Rome and his faithful people of Zerofolli, And it closes with a message of hope for a better tomorrow, which sweeps away the mists of war and hatred.
And even before talking about the album, the Roman artist's thoughts immediately run to the dramas of today. "Women today," he said on the day of Giulia Cecchettin's funeral, "pay for everything that men fail to accomplish and suffer all their anger." "If men could give birth," he said, "certain things wouldn't happen. In the face of certain facts, I find it incredible that we still haven't learned our lesson." To those who accuse trap music of fomenting a violent attitude towards women, however, Zero explains that "if a father turns to the mother and tells her 'you're a slut' this expression is picked up by the children and when they reach a microphone this becomes the involuntary vehicle of a mismanagement of an attitude that does not befit an eighteen-year-old or a twenty-year-old. We don't have to be the ones to judge the boy, we have to go to the families and the answer - he explains - we will certainly find it in that sort of non-education". The 73-year-old singer-songwriter tells him that it often happens that young people, even very young ones, stop him on the street and call him 'maestro': "it's almost embarrassing, it's a role that I don't feel like playing, mine is a game that has become a job". Yet, after more than 50 years of career, there is the awareness that this job is also a bit "an emergency room, and I say this with pride," he points out, "because my songs have healed people's souls."
Now, however, the time has come to return to caring for society as a whole. "We persist in taking an attitude of revenge against a power that is not legitimate, does not deserve to exist. I invited my audience to take to the streets and not stay within the four walls to feel sorry for themselves. The achievement of certain victories has always taken place in the square, putting one's face and one's name, and in a serious moment like this one that we are going through, never before - he says - should this square be repopulated. We have taken to the streets in the past for much lighter situations than these. Now that there is an urgency to make this appearance in front of power and these abstract entities, instead we stay at home in front of the television, which is another sleeping pill, another lie, another machinations." "It's a vicious circle, where we are no longer actors but helpless spectators precisely because - his reflection - we lack that millimeter of courage that would lead us to regain our identity: the person has disappeared, there is a lying registry because if you don't show up at the roll call who do you want to be?". Renato Zero will be back to ask him live, to his loyal audience, in a series of concerts scheduled for March in Rome and Florence.
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