Throwback Thursday! – They are coming back! Aren’t they? (orig post April 2015)

Hello Everyone!  Thought I’d do a way throwback Thursday today.   Although the theme of this post was “Il Volo Day” – April 25, I thought it a bit fitting with the title.  We, again, are all anxiously awaiting their return, especially to the  United States.  It’s hard to believe how much has happened in these last 2.5 years or so, since I wrote this post.  Most of you know, my heart was filled – again, and again, and again!  I was looking back at past posts I’d done, reading through a few of them, and thinking “I wrote that?” lol!  They were pretty good.  🙂  I wrote with such excitement and wonderment.  Lately, I admit, that my time has been spent and devoted elsewhere.  To a busy and time-consuming job – both mentally and emotionally draining at times, to where I come home and just literally crash – at times where sleep overcomes eating.  As some of you know, I will be getting a new boss soon.  My current boss was promoted to director of our organization, but alas, I get to work for the new person, once named.  I told my current boss, whoever it is, must understand my passion for the guys!  And that I could announce a quick weekend departure at any given moment!  I have the final meet/greet photo of me and the guys as my wallpaper on my monitor.  You would not believe how many people come up to me and ask me if they are my kids – “oh, how I wish” I often respond!  So, sit back and relax a little, as you read below.  Think how lucky many of us are to have had our hearts filled again, and again by those 3 adorably cute guys!  For those of you that are still waiting, our wish for you, is that it may one day be fulfilled – maybe in 2018.  If not, we will wait, although never patiently, for concert tours and appearances in 2019.  Until then, we will have to cope with their Instagram, Twitter, short video clips, news, info, etc. – all from afar.  Gian – keep those selfies coming!  However, just wish we could have some kind of warning, so when we are sitting at our desks, or in a public place and our phone dings of a tweet or Instagram, we don’t have a mild heart attack when we look at our phones!  🙂  Or those sudden hot flashes that come out of nowhere!  Ciao!  Enjoy!

p.s.   technically, I’ve really yet to fill that frame, as I have so many awesome pictures now, it’s hard to choose just one!  And I always loved how Marie staged this post – so incredible – I hope everyone understood the meaning…


Ciao tutti!

I just wanted to take a little break from the Italian lessons to take some time to reflect on today – IlVolover’s Day!  Yes, just six short years ago, they met and sang O Sole Mio and truly the rest, as they say, is history!  I’m sure that six years ago, the guys could never have dreamed back then, of what they have achieved already in a relatively short time?  Imagine if they would have said no to the American contract?  How empty our lives would be right now and we would have never met each other, or the rest of the other ilvolovely fans around the world?

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I take them with me each day on my walks.  I’m up to about 2.5 miles now and they are truly my inspiration that keeps me going for the almost one hour trek.  There are days when I come home from work and am pretty exhausted after a long day, but I know they are there waiting for me and the feeling I get when I put them in my ears is invigorating!

They fill my heart and soul with their voices and reminds me that there is still hope for the world.  The theme for Eurovision is Building Bridges and I can’t think of another artist that truly just lives that theme every time they sing and share their joy with the rest of us.  They should win just by their living example alone!  Oh yeah, and they sing pretty good, too!  Lol!

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Yes, they fill my heart, however, I made this special picture frame with their name on it and, unfortunately, it will remain empty until I can fill it with me and the guys!  I made this frame last fall with a group of close friends.  One asked what picture I was going to put in it.  “I don’t have it yet…,” I replied.

Springtime in Michigan is very special, as well as for other states that have to battle the ice, cold, and snow of harsh winters.  The smell of spring was in the air today as I went for my walk.  The sight of tulips, daffodils, crocuses, and hyacinths, greeted my eyes and nose with a wonderful hope that it was going to get warmer and warmer each day and the blossoms on the trees lent promises of leaves that were to be there soon!

With that same promise of warmth and spring, we must keep that eternal flame of hope that they will be back to visit us this year!!  I keep remembering the anonymous Ilvolover that rewrote the song of Il Volo is Coming to Town and the ending words of “can’t wait to see their smiles, can’t wait to feel their touch!”  You could say that those who have not seen them in person don’t know what they are missing and you would think, no, that is not true, they DO know what they are missing!  But for those of us that HAVE seen them in person – we KNOW what we are missing (and why our hearts ache) and as much as you say you think you know,  you really don’t… With that first note they sing, just like Gianluca as Spiderman, they spin their web and envelope you with their magic net that keeps you hypnotically stunned until their final notes are sung!  (will we ever run out of adjectives, similes, or metaphors to describe them?)

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They say distance makes the heart grow fonder, but not sure our hearts could grow any fonder of the guys if we tried?  However, if they don’t come back until next year, our hearts are pretty much going to explode until we can see them again!  Let’s also hope that all of us Ilvolovers are still of this earth and don’t become Ivoloangels watching from above!

In the song, “American Pie” by Don McLean, he says it was “the day the music died…” – a remembrance of that fatal crash on Feb 3, 1959… that killed Buddy HollyRitchie Valens and  J. P. “The Big Bopper” Richardson. How ironic is it that 50 years, 2 months, and 22 days later, the music was once again “reborn” with the 3 voices of Il Volo on April 25, 2009?

So, my friends, my heart and soul are filled daily with their most precious gift, but the frame around my heart will remain forever empty until I can fill it with a picture of me and the guys!

So, guys, if you are reading this, in the words of the lyrics sung by your own countrywoman, Sophia Loren…from the song “Bing! Bang! Bong!” (and movie Houseboat) please hurry back “presto, presto, do your very besto!”  Grazie, grazie!

Ciao, for now…

Jana

6 thoughts on “Throwback Thursday! – They are coming back! Aren’t they? (orig post April 2015)

  1. Marie if you want a good laugh go back to August 13,2013.
    The antics we went through has had me laughing for the last couple of hours. We had so much fun. Hope you can find the fun also.

  2. Hi Jana ( and Loretta)! I really like this throw-back. I wasn’t aware of Il Volo in 2013. “…Ilvolovely fans…” — that’s nice. I felt moved by your description of Winter turning into Spring in the North. It’s been far too long since I experienced it in that glorious way. (It’s definite, but very subtle in the States where I’ve lived since. In the one I’m living now, for me, the coming of Spring is very saddening, not something I anticipate gladly, as it means the (increasingly) long, humid, hot summer is fast approaching. (Yes; I’m one who needs to move away). Never met Il Volo, but now I’m not so sure that I want to after reading what you all endure who have met them. I just don’t want to set myself up for additional sadness of the heart. I found it touching when you described how you feel when people ask if they are your kids. I see how that could feel in the moment. I’d call that a true love. Jana, may your very pretty picture frame be filled up with the picture of the four of you sweet spirits all together, at a point in this upcoming new year. 🌠 ((hug!))

  3. Hi Laura its Loretta I have been reading your letter & I am sorry that you are going through a hard time. One thing I am sure of that if you would let yourself experience Il Volo that you would come away with the feeling of love & not what you are expecting. The purity of themselves is genuine. their voices are pure heaven & the songs they choose are uplifting that leave you wanting more. It is worth giving yourself another try at listening to their singing & looking for the love they exude. I know from experience that is how I feel & I hope you can also.

    • Thank you so much, Loretta. I think you’re very intuitive. I’ll re-consider meeting them one day. Played “Buon Natale” DVD for Christmas and enjoy it very much, but had to keep bringing my attention to the present moment, away from a time about which they remind me now when I hear them singing. I really appreciate what you wrote to me, Loretta. Yes; I’ll keep trying because I know you’re right about them. Your message comes at the right time, as from an angel, bless you.

  4. Thanks for reposting that, Jana! I had never read it before! It was great! Here lately I have to be careful when looking at the selfies that Gianluca posts. HOLY MOLY! I usually gasp out loud! – at least if I’m not around a bunch of people! LOL I show my 83 year old mother-in-law his pictures and she can’t believe it! 🙂 She says he has “bedroom eyes”! My Mom used to use the same expression and it is the very first thing that came to my mind when I first saw their photos on the IL VOLO CD. Some of the looks Gian gives the camera (and all of us!) literally takes my breath away! That alone is enough to keep me going until I can see them all again! Ciao and grazie mille!

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