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MUSINGS #26 (article first published : 2006-12-4)

As I write this I’m listening to Patrizio Buanne crooning away (on Track 2 of Forever Begins Tonight) his Italian version (Un Angelo) of the Robbie Williams number, Angels - and I have to say it translates rather well, as it’s actually a pretty excellent piece of writing, both musically and lyrically, winning for Robbie the accolade of Best Pop Song for the Past 25 Years! I was highly intrigued to learn that the music companies involved had a bit of controversy going about Patrizio’s right to include this piece on his latest release, until the passionate crooner actually met The Robster, who was suitably impressed and happily gave his personal blessing.

When quizzed about whether there’s any formula involved in cracking the UK market, the charming Patrizio responded that he felt English people didn’t like to feel artists took themselves too seriously and that, although he is serious about what he’s doing with his music, he’s come to realise that some things require to be treated with tongue-in-cheek and perhaps with his first album he may have been too serious but that he is personally just a cheesy romantic and that, in his view, it’s probably just a case of chemistry and/or timing. When asked whether he’s toned down the romance with Forever Begins Tonight he responds with fervour, No! I am still VERY passionate. And he goes on to say that, to begin with, his knowledge of English was very average but that now he thinks he can express himself better.

Someone asked him whether he knows the key to romancing a female, to which he responded that there IS no key, that it is all chemistry. He opines that most men spend too much time watching sport rather than looking at the ladies and that males need to pay more attention to chivalry. He reckons he’d like to become a role model for those men who don’t know how to go about romancing a woman. Watch me, he says, and you’ll score some points - by which I take it he means pick up some pointers!

When asked whether he receives lots of female attention these days, his response is that he is not a playboy, that I’m not MACHO PATRIZIO or that he’s out to prove himself such a talented boy! He reckons romanticism is a lifestyle, not a formula!

Well, that takes care of The Passionate One! Now to reflect on the dashing MD on television who’s come to be known as Dr McDreamy if you’ve been following the award-winning series Grey’s Anatomy, a title obviously based on the spelling of the main character (Meredith’s) surname but also a play on the title of the famous medical textbook called GrAy’s Anatomy.

I’m talking now, of course, of the delectable Patrick Dempsey. This man’s gorgeous face and charming thatch of dark curly hair first caught my attention in a movie of the thriller genre several years ago, a psychological drama about a group of young boys approaching adulthood who got themselves into a dire situation when an evening of booze-and-sex got out of control and resulted in the murder of a beautiful young woman. Patrick Dempsey’s youthful character, the only one in the group NOT embroiled in the incident and resultant cover-up, was caught between a rock and a hard place, torn between friendship and doing the right thing, and I was absolutely riveted by his performance, and made a note of this actor’s name, even though he couldn’t have been much more than twenty-something at the time – if that!

Now, some time later, along comes Grey’s Anatomy, and the cast of nurses in this exciting medical drama series, with a great deal of play on relationships (which is what always interests me most, rather than the blood-and-gore), dub this particular medico as “Dr McDreamy” (which I can assure you is no misnomer!) - and as each week’s episode draws to a conclusion I’m left absolutely breathless, waiting for NEXT week’s instalment.

Well, by sheer chance I spotted the name Patrick Dempsey in the billing for a somewhat ancient (1989) movie playing on E-tv one recent Saturday night - and what a rollicking roller-coaster of ribaldry as this particular hunk of a pizza delivery chap soon came to earn the title of LoverBoy by his colleagues working at Senor Pizza. His talents soon became much in demand, riding around in the colourful mini-jeeps topped (if you’ll forgive the intentional pun) by an enormous sombrero, servicing bored housewives who soon came to learn the code of ordering EXTRA anchovies would ensure a delivery by the (ridiculously colourfully-attired) mock-Mexican moustachioed lothario with a little on the side thrown in for good measure!

Though Dempsey the Delicious was sporting a rather immaturely concave chest and, to my eagle eye, a slightly more bulbous nose than we’re seeing on his visage these days, the movie provided a vehicle for demonstrating his talent (even at such a young age) for playing comedy every bit as well as drama, not to mention some dancing scenes where his tripping the light fandango could easily have rivalled Gene Kelly or Fred Astaire, particularly when paired up with an extremely youthful (and skinny) Kirstie Alley.

Just out of interest, other familiar names in the cast of characters in Lover Boy included Carrie Fisher, Barbara Carreras and the Charlies Angel I was most fond of from the ORIGINAL series, namely Kate Jackson, who I always felt possessed THE most sexily husky voice of her era.

Towards the hilarious finale of the film our hero displayed further nifty footwork while spinning about on a ceiling fan trying to sort out a comedy of errors during his parents’ wedding anniversary party - when a manic melee had ensued from a marital misunderstanding - while the merry Mexican band played on regardless! Though I’m not one who’s all that fond of watching old movies this one really made for a delightfully pleasant change, I have to say, and sent me off to bed with a big smile on my dial!

I’m really hard pressed to say just which of these two hunks I’m more passionate about right now – the musically gifted Patrizio or the talented actor Patrick. I’m certain the Italian Crooner will continue to win hearts for a long time to come, and I shall certainly be adding ALL further albums released to my ever-growing music collection. As for pretty-boy Patrick, well, all I can say is that I now look forward to following Dr McDreamy’s movie career – to discover possible FURTHER talents – with breathless anticipation! - Bev Pulé




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