My name is Giovanna, I live in LA, my native language is Spanish, but I speak some others. Currently I am a language teacher, I switch from Math lo Roman languages😆. I love teaching not only the language, but the culture, and this how my story with Mika began. Thank you for giving me this space to talk about my road to Mika.
Like many of you, I can say that Mika saved my life, perhaps not in way many people might think, more of mental/ personal issue. I am in a much better place right now. Part of my well being has to do with Mika’s music. I cannot explain how, but I just feel alive and vibrant 😊🙃
First of all, I signed up to MFC in 2018, but for some reason this platform is not so friendly to me😅. Seriously, I do not know how to work it out. Please forgive me if I do not comment or do not reply in this site, I am still working on it. So this year I’m giving it another try. All thanks to the live video chats on IG. Which by the way, thank you Debrah❤️love them.
Well, so let me begin...🤔I heard “Grace Kelly” song around 2007. I just remember saying to myself: who sings about “Grace Kelly” ? ( I admire her and due to my passion for movies, I knew who she was and I learned her story since I was a little girl). So the name Mika did not click. Although, I like the beat of the song. Years went by and then again by 2012-2013, I saw a video click with Ariana Grande : “Popular Song”, I love the lyrics, the beat, the rhythm; more importantly, the song is about bulling, and that is a huge problem in our schools, that’s way I took notes. Overall I 💕 the song. But still, dots did not connect in my brain. It was Mika singing along. So, more years past by and in 2016-17, I was teaching French language and I always incorporate culture in my lessons, so I showed to my students clips of French music, many French artist new and old. I even introduced the original Kids United group. 🙃 I researched and found out about the voice French version and I found Mika as a judge who one of his protégés was Kendji. Kendji was one of my artist that I included in my teachings, some of his songs have words in French & Spanish, great for my classes. So going through Pop French music ( for some reason, Mika and Kendji will always be linked together on the Internet , thanks to the voice) I discovered many of Mika’s French songs for my classes, “Boum Boum Boum”; “ Elle m’a dit”; J’ai pas envie”; etc. by this time I was getting to know who Mika was, a French singer🤔or is he? Out of my research, I found “ Tant que j’ai le solei” et voilà, my favorite song❣️even better, I found the English version. yes🙌 I said to myself, oh this guy sings in more than one language, perfect 👌🏻 for my students to encourage them to speak more than one language. Now my real research began, as the scholar I am🤓 I did a lot of research about Mika. I spend the next year almost writing a paper about him. All I could fine was so pleasant and unbelievably facts about his life. For instance when he did the French show : Le Divan (de Marc Olivier Fogiel). Mika was so candid when he revealed important moments and struggles of his early years. 😯 wow, it surprised me how Mika overcame so many obstacles. Great episode, I recommended in case you haven’t see it😙. Also, I can mention that I was so glad to learn that he learned Italian in 2 months, but in a way he forgot his Spanish😕. Thank Goodness 😅 he recuperated his skills in Spanish, so adorable😍 especially when he wishes Feliz Navidad ( I saved the greetings in IG😄). I was definitely falling in love with Mika, his creativity, his kindness, his madness, his looks, a great man😜. So many fun facts about him, like when he broke his foot when he was making his audience jump😆😅. Or the time he took a hike to a waterfall on his 25 th 🎂. How he worked in 🇮🇹 and had his show “Stasera Casa Mika” It’s my house” the theme song became one of favorites😝songs. I ended up watching most episodes online. Questo show è una esplosione 💥 d’energia 🤪Mika even had a Monica Bellucci in his show! 😲 I loved the segment when he drove the 🚕 and heard the cute stories, especially the one of the old lady taking care of her ill husband, oh so sweet😚and a little sad😢. I found the documentary of him visiting refugees from Syria, his travels to Beirut, etc. what a human being Mika really is😘. So many talents, so many good deeds, I went back to all his early music and started collecting them. Finally, I really learned who Mika is, well still learning...😚🤩 I watched a lot of videos that talks about the stories behind the songs, such as the “Staring at the sun” Lovely story about his ancestors. I really enjoy everything he does. His shows in Europe, his music, his collaborations, his human efforts in this society. Suddenly, I had to face major problems in my life😱. Despite many things I did, I was still underwater🌊. Little by little, I began to listen to Mikas’s songs and pay attention to the lyrics. I felt that they were speaking to me. It did not matter in what language; I started to see the light and feel that “I can live under water”, tant que j’ai le solei, “staring at the sun, distant land, we share the same one”.. . “don’t need a thousand guards to lock me in...” Not true. ”doesn’t take a fool to start a fire 🔥 A solitary spark and wars begin... that’s our heart gets Hurt”😞 , I continued listening “My life I'd gave away for this. Don't care what anybody sees,
I know I am doing this for me. It’s a beautiful disaster” and peacefully, I realized “I Took a right to the end of the line Where no one ever goes.
Ended up on a broken train with nobody I know.
But the pain and the longings the same...😖😢
Now I'm lost and I'm screaming for help.
Relax, take it easy” 😔🙃🙂☺️ “ I kept repeating to myself: take it easy... “If you could look into the future, would ya? — not really—
If you could see it, would you even want to?
Got a feeling that there's bad news coming
But I don't want to find it out
If it's the end of the world, let's party
Like it's the end of the world, let's party
Wrap your arms around everybody”🎵🎶🎵 ...I came up with my own survival interpretation 😌 No, it was not the end of the world, there is so much to live for🌎
Oh my God, I went in a roller coaster ride of my life. During this time Mika’s music was a true comfort and survival kit. And this is how I got to know the real Mika, the one who saved my life. I’m thankful for him. For the first time, I decided to join the social media outlets( J'ai eu le courage, de sortir de ma zone de confort ) and started to follow people with the same fan love towards Mika💞; therefore, I participated in some outlets to show the beauty of nature and my passions. They’re worth to let the world know that I am still here. I’m still standing and for that I am very grateful.
I joined the fan club in late 2018, but is not until now, due to the Pandemic, that I am following some of you closely and got the courage to join the frenzy of social media networks (Je suis fière de moi même parce que je suis d’une autre génération😬).
As final note, I was so blessed to have the opportunity to see Mika in a live concert. The year 2019☺️, the city LA😎. I was for the first time face to face with the person that means so much to me. 💝I feel deep in my soul that Mika knows he has help so many of us through his music. And in my particular case music in many languages, that’s how my brain is wired🤪😝. Life is not all about receiving, but giving♥️💯
For those of you who had a similar transformational moment due to Mika, let me tell you that we are together 🤞in this boat ⛵️and we will survive. 🤗😘
Oh sorry, I apologize for my writing, I am a story teller✍️. I can’t help it. Mika is part of my therapy 🙃😉💜...he still is...
Thanks for understanding 🙏 more importantly, thanks for reading to the end🙏✌️I sent you comfortable hugs from the distance 🤗 and blowing friendship kisses😘 to all of you.
Thank you for letting me be part of this magnificent group🙏💜