First, just let me say a big thank you to Jane and Daniela, who, without them right now, there would likely be no site! As many know, I have been going through a lot of stress in the last several months. I am feeling better, but need to take care of myself a bit better. Just knowing their new album will be coming out soon, is starting to cheer me a bit! 🙂
I remember several weeks ago, when I saw this picture come through on Instagram… how much it really touched me and reminded me of another picture, where Ignazio and Piero had similar positions. Of course I can’t remember where I saw it, but I know it’s out there somewhere! “Sony is our family,” says Ignazio. His gentle hand is on Piero’s shoulder and the serious, yet consoling look on Ignazio’s face, seems to convey so much. The apprehensive and maybe even scared look on Piero’s face, under his Panama hat, also tells us a story. They are there, at Sony studios, likely putting the final touches on the new album. They did what they wanted to do this time. Pop, hip-hop, rap, a duet with Gloria and who knows what else? The look on Piero’s face, says it all… Is it good enough? Will people like it? Will we lose some fans? Will we get some new ones? We’ve put all our trust in Sony, Michele, and the Estefan’s – is it enough? Will we finally get that Grammy we’ve been waiting for, for so long? Piero, being the eldest of the group, looks exhausted and anxious. Does he feel more pressure than the others? Is he fearing his opera career going awry after this album comes out? Even his glasses look a bit precarious, sitting close to the edge of the table.
Whoever took that picture, truly captured a moment in time. That split-second of emotion; the picture that says a thousand words. For all we know they burst into laughter and had a good joke right after that moment, but did they? Did Ignazio reach over and give Piero one of his big, bear hugs? Did Piero respond in kind, with maybe a kiss on the cheek as well? Did they cry? Was Ignazio scared, too, but wanted to reassure Piero? We’ll never know.
“Sony is our family….” When you think of this, it’s also kind of sad, in a way. But you tend to trust your family and your family looks out for you – at least you hope they do. I hope they think their fans are their family, too! We give them the unconditional love that everyone deserves, especially when they are down, or make mistakes. We tend to forget that they are human also and young. And, sometimes as families do, they/we sometimes forget who our families are. In times of need, we often feel we are alone in the world. Like the “Footprints” poem, when the person in the poem is in such despair and feels that God has abandoned him in his time of sorrow, since there is only one set of footprints in the sand. God says, “My son, when you see there are only one set of footprints, it is when I carried you!”
Let us hope that, in the months to come, that the guys always know who their families are. Not only their blood relatives, but their extended families in Sony, the Estefan’s, and of course, their adoring fans! We will always carry Il Volo figuratively in our hearts, and if necessary, literally – to wherever they need to journey!
We love you guys – unconditionally! 🙂
(A very big credit to whomever took that photo!)