Tonino Amurri – Monday afternoon, treacherously, Raiuno broadcast a full hour of Mina – Il Giorno 21.03.1989

By Tonino Amurri – il Giorno

“Monday afternoon, treacherously, Raiuno broadcast a full hour of Mina. Which is not nice. To those of us who watch the poor non-stop performances of the singers currently on the public square and unfortunately on video, such a musical and visual shock could provide dangerous bouts of rejection. Mina is a miracle of musicality that millions of us judge to be unrepeatable (in fact, it has yet to be repeated). However, it is good for RAI to provide us with the pleasure of reviewing it, yes, but in small doses, so as not to upset our balance as Festivalbar viewers. Give us Mina, what do I know, in the morning at 9:30. Then at 10 o’clock. Then maybe at 11:15. Then much later, at 12 noon. Then after the 1:30 p.m. TG1. Then at 4 p.m., 5 p.m., 6 p.m., 7 p.m. and 8 p.m., then 10 p.m. And at 24. Of every day.
Here, no more.”
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