Springtime in Barcelona
It’s the time of the year when I switch from hot cups of Joe to iced coffees in the mornings and from red wine to white in the evenings. I’m currently working on the repertoire for a brand new musical project, still nameless at present, but we should be ready to start looking for gigs in a month or two. More info to come. Aside from that, the original David Cevoli Band is actually reconvening in May for a show in Colera up on the Costa Brava. It’s a gorgeous town with a fine hotel/restaurant, and we encourage you to book a room and spend the weekend up there with us… it will be very fun. The place is called Tots Som Pops, and the link is on the “Concerts” page. We recorded this video in Colera. Have a watch to check out the beautiful coastal scenery:
Additionally, I’ve just completed my first novel… still contemplating whether to self-publish or search for an agent & aim for the traditional publishing route. Got any advice? Feel free to email me via the contact page. In the meanwhile, here’s a synopsis:
It’s a literary romance in the first person about a young Italian-American from New York who, upon completion of his university degree, goes to live with some distant relatives on the coast of southern Italy, in the town where his grandfather was born and raised. While there, he works every night in the bakery of the family with whom he’s residing, and although the length of his stay is never clearly established with them, it’s understood he’s at least there to help them through the busy summer period, but perhaps longer. Ignoring the warnings of various acquaintances, he gets involved with an enchanting local girl who is originally from Naples. He indulges in his infatuation with her partially as a means of assisting his recovery from a recent and devastating romantic breakup back home. The girl’s parents condone their connection, most likely because they hope to see their daughter’s prospects improve by marrying an American. As the relationship develops, however, the protagonist becomes more and more aware of her brother’s involvement in the illegitimate business world of Naples, and he even witnesses first-hand the brother’s violent tendencies. He also begins uncovering some deep-rooted tension between his own family and the relatives with whom he’s living and working. This tension, which stems from a longstanding legal battle over property rights, eventually culminates, and he decides to leave and go back to New York. He quickly realizes, however, that he should have heeded the warnings he received about his new girlfriend’s family; abandoning the life he’s created there is not going to be as easy or safe as he thinks.