Once again, it’s that time of year when I take a moment to reflect on the momentous day (August 12, 2008) when my dear friend, Sharlene, stumbled upon Paolo in an internet search and shared her find with me.
So what’s happened this last year in this fan’s Paolo world, you ask?
Well, there was the continued wait for the new album – it really tested my patience, but then when the album was released there was no surprise to anyone (least of all me) that it was more than worth the wait. When I heard Scream for the first time, I literally did just that. When I was actually able to hold the physical CD in my hands, I squealed. Let’s just sum up by saying there was much rejoicing.
The highlight of my year so far has been attending Paolo’s first U.S. show since 2009 with Mary Anna and some of our other good friends.
Paolo @ NYC Webster Hall, Image by Mike Pont for Getty
It was absolutely epic – I just don’t possess the words to describe how absolutely terrific and mind blowing it was. It seems that our Paolo’s become even more of an entertainer in his break from touring; he’s really come into his own. (You can see our post about it HERE).
I also took the opportunity this year to turn my home office into a sort of Paolo shrine if you will (for lack of a better/less ‘I’m an obsessive fan’ name).
Of course this was also the year I was actually labeled ‘Obsessed’ by Normal Silvester in a piece he did on Mary Anna and me for the Scottish Sunday Mail. As I said to some friends, I suppose there are worse things to be called than ‘besotted’ or ‘obsessed’ – especially when in conjunction with Paolo Nutini. And hey, it’s the absolute truth, so…
We obviously didn’t fly 5,000 to eat at the Nutini’s chippy, but well, saying we were visiting our friends Paula and Jacqueline in Scotland after Paolo’s London shows probably wouldn’t sound as exciting (to some).
Anyway, here’s to yet another amazing year of being a Paolo fan!