Well, I guess we have controversy. And perhaps I started it. I was trying to give our Guys a feather in their cap with the rise in the sales of Jackie Evancho’s Christmas album. It wasn’t until Natzio1 gave me a real round-house punch that I realized I opened the wrong door. My post ran prior to any knowledge of the Boys refusal to perform during the inauguration ceremonies. None-the-less I have been inundated with emails asking how I really feel about the boys refusal to sing. I have, for the last day or so, been uncertain how I feel. Should I be offended? Then this morning I saw that Myron, Patricia (pittypatO) and Laura were commenting on my “With Every Fiber” piece from the other day. They reminded me of a line I wrote in that piece about loving our Guys “unconditionally”. I do and I always will. I did not vote for our soon-to-be President. However, he will be my President and I must support him. Like Jana said in her email, I might be surprised. I am hoping for surprises.
I do not pretend to know why IL Volo refused the invitation. I have, of course, heard reasons, but not from them. I have to trust the advice given to them by their team. Like Daniela wrote in her email, they would have nay-sayers no matter what their decision was. Here is what I do know…This had to be a tough decision for the Guys. They said recently that they really want to sing at the White House and I believe they do. I also know they have great friends and fans they truly care about in this country. I am sorry they have been thrown into this countries politics. I am sorry that politics have interfered with their goals. I will always love them unconditionally and back their personal and professional decisions.
Now…Here is something much more pleasant from Daniela.
Hello Flight Crew! Guess what? Dario has published an essay on Ignazio.
Get it here translated. I find it very beautiful.
(All translated from Italian)