Belle Epoque by the singer Cali’s childhood memories in the Pyrénées-Orientales

Cali, Bruno Caliciuri for civil status, honorary citizen since 2013 in his hometown of Pyrénées-Orientales, in Vernet-les-Bains in the guts. He wrote it in his book “Only children know how to love” (published in 2018 on Cherche Midi). “When I arrive and pass the Vernet sign, I feel my clock ticking again, it is a nurturing country that puts my feet back on the ground, I think we all have a refuge, it is important to make a pilgrimage to the places. of the first kiss. ”

“The village is insanely beautiful. If I close my eyes and concentrate, I will go back there. I am in Vernet-les-Bains, writes Cali in his book “Only children know how to love”. I was lucky to grow up in this village where everyone watches over the others where freedom comes with confidence. This gives a different life poetry. I just have to think about it to find the smells. Every feeling is intact. I see again the Cave of Love, Casino Park, the place where I first loved, the place where people still hang out. When places do not change, we all become old children. “

I have a board with Vernet. I owe him everything, my psychology is his reflection and I would give it back

“We can link all the songs on the disc to Vernet. All my first times were there”Ten years ago, Cali entrusted the release of his album with the title … “Vernet-les-Bains”.

“I have a board against Vernet. I owe him everything, my psychology is his reflection, and I would give it back.”he then insisted on justifying the name of his childhood town as an album title “I called this album Vernet-les-Bains because it was where I was born and where I lived until I was 25. I’m talking about places where I knew all my early times. The Lovers’ Cave really did exist. Protection is mine This is where I can rediscover the smell of my childhood, but also people who know me and who protect me. People with whom I do not necessarily talk about music. “

Cali was built on error. He was six years old when his mother, a teacher, died of cancer at the age of 33. He tells of his childhood in the book “Only children know how to love” and on his album “Vernet-les-Bains”. He recently dismissed his teenage memories in his latest album, “Cavale” (2020), and in a novel, “Cavale means to flee. I went to look for he said, emotions that make me feel good, adolescence, carousel rides, the moments where we build ourselves up, where we have not loved yet, but we only think about it ”.

“Spinning and fighting”

Cali is the king of blends. Italian, Spanish and French blood runs through his veins. “My grandfather was Italian and fought against Mussolini. Together with friends, they came across a newspaper clipping that talked about the situation in Spain. And when he did not want what happened to the Spanish people already living in Italy, he went to fight. there, in the international brigades. His grandfather was a bricklayer, boxer, communist and Catalan.

Two committed characters, for a grandson who has also never been surpassed. Cali does not stick his tongue in his pocket, supports Ségolène Royal in the 2007 presidential election, is twice a (unhappy) candidate in his village Vernet, revokes fathers’ right to custody, signs the 2018 appeal of 200 personalities to save the planet.

As a youngster, he was expelled from Prades High School after christening his rock band Anal Penetration. “Spinning and fighting” in rugby he had been seen by Usap, the Perpignan club. He could have broken through, who knows, if he had not fallen in love with an Englishman who ran away across the Channel.

Add to the cocktail a bit of petanque (he was French junior champion in triplet), musical performances at village balls, jumping into the concert crowd to the point where he jerks his knees, breaks both shins, a collarbone and the ribs. That’s what it’s ready for. It’s Cali. Stuck in an emergency. He repeats often We die tomorrow! “Like an indomitable desire for life. A call to energy. Cali leaps, cheers, bites into life. We die tomorrow.

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