Casa Mika has been a wonderful project and a lot of fun for us to follow so I wanted to do one more blog post related to the topic and list my favorite moments of the season. I added links to episodes with subtitles and to separate performances (sign in to watch).
My biggest favorite during the first episode was the emotional performance for Any Other World including the introduction to the song. I’ve seen many Any Other World performances during years and this was a good one even from that point of view. It was emotional to hear Mika singing again – I hadn’t heard him the whole year – and it was touching to see the instant and very genuine response from the audience and his reaction to that as well.
As my second favorite I mention Mika’s visit to the shepherd’s farm in Sardinia. Not only because it was cute (even it was) but also because I generally like this part of the concept where Mika is visiting further parts of Italy meeting people who’s everyday life is so different compared to his, learning to know and understand their thoughts and kind of putting himself in their shoes. I loved watching the visit, extremely touching and funny at the same time.
I add the fiction part as my third favorite here even of course it was not only in the first episode but in all of them and I’m not only referring to the story or idea but especially the styling and the whole visual part, very well done.
Massimo Ranieri was my favorite guest of the whole season and his performance together with Mika, introducing Mariangela Melato and Mika interviewing Alessio Boni related to the subject was all together definitely my favorite part of the second episode. I got the instant feeling I was watching a star and it looked to me Mika felt the same way and even though the song they did together was originally done before I was born it still felt familiar from my childhood and took me quickly back to the 70’s and made me in a good mood.
The orchestra performance with Mickey Mouse was adorable and very special so I want it to be on my list. Mickey wasn’t an ordinary guest at all. I felt very lucky to be at the recordings to see him live.
Unfortunately I didn’t see Pick Up Off The Floor live (so I don’t have a personal memory of it and for that reason it’s not something I will watch over and over) but I saw the whole episode later and the performance was extremely elegant and the singing carefully done. Absolutely stunning.
The 3rd episode included my favorite parts of the season. I loved the performance for One Of Us (Uno di noi) and knew the moment Mika sat at his piano it will be my biggest favorite this year and immediately thought how grateful I was to be there to see it. Beautiful arrangement with violins and beautiful, beautiful performance and such a warm and important speech before the song about opening our homes and hearts to those who are in need of help.
In the end of the episode Mika did an amazing visit to Casa Verdi and met retired musicians living there. This little clip made me cry, I couldn’t help it, I was in tears while watching it at home. I could see the respect on Mika’s face and how special it was to him as well and all I could think was that this is why I love him. For things like this. Later I thought of the Italian television audience who (according to the numbers) didn’t seem to like the second season as much as the first one. Even he offered them moments like this? How shallow can they be?
The last episode went from the colorful confetti party (which I loved) to the sadness of Happy Ending (which I loved as well but for different reasons). To choose something between them I link the Mademe Butterfly scene I found very impressive.
Can you choose your favorites? xxx