il sogno del marinaio – “the sailor’s dream” is the name I picked for this collaboration w/musicians stefano pilia and andrea belfi and why did I pick it? first off, it’s in italian and this important cuz it’s the first time I collaborate w/artists from that land and also in their land (by the way, my ma’s people come from italy). I am the son of a sailor and so you now a little about both my parents! my first time playing in italy was in 1983 and I’ve done lots of gigs since but never like this, collaborating w/her native sons. I am intrigued by the works of both stefano and andrea and am quite interested in sailing their seas of music and how they merge w/mine. I think I learn more about myself this way, that is my dream – and to do the best I can for them. I feel for me it’s a voyage back home in a trippy sense, a sailor’s dream of discovery through connections that baffle linear thinking… that is part of the magical ocean of music I dearly believe in.
– mike watt
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