On a street corner near where we live, Johnson Chijioke has created a job of sorts for himself. Every morning he can be found in front of a local supermarket, available to help the elderly with their groceries. He also accepts small contributions from passersby, some of whom donate coins.
The young refugee from Nigeria is a friendly as possible as he tries to make a place for himself in the local community.
Al Di Meola grew up hearing the name of an Italian village throughout his life: Cerreto Sannita in Benevento province. And it continues to resonate in him like a guitar on reverb.
We met the jazz fusion and world music legend at the Blue Note Jazz Club in Milano where he had a wonderful show together with two other virtuosos, Sardinian guitarist Peo Alfonsi and accordion player Fausto Beccalossi.
My dad had a bright red Moto Guzzi motorbike that in its day was quite cool and sporty with its eagle wings logo. He was dating my mother, who rode sidesaddle like women did in the ’50s and ’60s.
He bought his Guzzi directly from the plant in Mandello del Lario where the Anonymous Moto Guzzi Society moved in 1921 a few months after its formal registration in Genoa.