«I still don't understand why my mother and father chose a guitar as my Christmas present. Maybe because they didn't know what to give me, and wanted to try to be a bit original. And they were, really: but the sad truth is that I would probably have appreciated more a "normal" present, something like a puppet or a toy or a bicycle...».
So like any other child, Christian is more troubled than enthused by
the idea that he has to learn how to play a musical instrument;
however, he soon discovers that this new form of learning is something
he really loves, to such a point that he leaps ahead even before he
reaches his teens, to the realisation that playing has become his favourite
pastime - partly because he has discovered that he can find the notes
of any song just by listening to it carefully.
«He was so taken with the lifestyle of the USA that I used
to tease him by comparing him to the American in Alberto Sordi's film».