Another Year Is Over by Susan

It’s December 26th and I am sitting at my desk putting together my last story for 2022! So much has happened this last year that it is so hard to decide where to start!
They let us loose from our houses and we all moved forward quite quickly. No one more so than our guys! They were everywhere!  And, as the year comes to a close, they already have the South America concerts in place for 2023!
As New Year’s Eve approaches, we think about the past. What do we do on New Year’s Eve? We always made resolutions but, now we’ve forgotten about resolutions! Our world has changed over the last two or so years! We look at life differently now! What was good about these past few years? We had the perfect opportunity to spend time with our families and find out who they really are and, I must say it left us all the better for it. Many of us got closer to the ones we love. Family! It’s so important! God had a good plan! Stay home and love your family!
I guess it wouldn’t be New Year’s if I didn’t start by saying what I say every year, “This is my least favorite holiday!” To me it’s a sad day because we remember all those who we lost over the years, and we think of them in a different way than we do on other days. We think that they left us too soon and over the last few years too quickly!
So, Another Year is Over but let’s stop for a moment and take a step back before we move on to 2023….
2022 ~ A year in review! What have we gained and what have we lost?
Let’s begin with the great loss for Piero.

When I wrote about this great loss, I started by saying, “Pietro Ognibene…. was a great discoverer! No, he didn’t discover lands or the cure for anything, he discovered something even better; he discovered Piero Barone!”
When we heard the news that Mr. Ognibene had died, we immediately felt the loss because he is a man we are all familiar with and he played an important role in Piero’s life. In fact, Piero would probably not be a singer today if it had not been for this man. 
Piero recalled the story of how he was discovered in the guys’ book, “Un’avventure straordinaria, la nostra storia”….
Picture this, in front of the terrace there was a typical swing from the past hanging from a mulberry tree.  One morning, my grandfather sat in a cool place on the terrace with his faithful stereo next to him. He enjoyed the peace of the countryside. And, then he sang a song that I believe, he had made up: ‘E lu suli talia, talia, talia. Sopra ‘sta petra luci ci duna,’ that is ‘And the sun, look, look, look, to this stone gives the light.’
I was swinging on the swing, I was about four or five years old, I was really, very, small. I listened to him a little and at a certain point, when he stops singing, I started: “E lu suli, talia, talia, talia. Sopra ‘sta pedra luci ci duna”.  
What can I tell you? It just came out like that.  My grandfather turned off the recorder and stood there on the balcony: imagine the terrace and the swing right there in front of you and he says loudly to my grandmother:
‘Rina, veni ca’ (Rina come here)
‘Chi è Pitri?’ (What do you want Pietro?)
 ‘Unni è Piero?’ (Where is Piero?)
‘In altalena’ (On the swing)
‘Ma cu cantava? Iddru?’ (But who was singing? He?)
‘Eh, sì.’ (Yes)
‘Chiamalo’ (Call him)
So, this is where Piero’s musical journey began! He grew up breathing the musical environment that has surrounded him since the age of 5. We are all grateful to Mr. Ognibene for his great love of his grandson. Because of him, we have the great pleasure of listening to this amazing tenor who grows more and more amazing each day!
These were Piero’s final words to his grandfather….
Hi Grandfather, 
This is for all the times I turned, and you were close to me.
For all the stages I went up hoping to find you underneath listening to me.
For all the days when I couldn’t, and you made me find the strength to continue.
For all the joys we have shared and the hardships we have shared.
Because even if it seems incredible, it was you who showed me that all of this really could come true!
So, we all bid you “Farewell Mr. Ognibene.”
Let’s move on to what made this year different. Certainly, some amazing achievements by our guys.

In June, the guys and their families had the great honor of being invited to the World Meeting of Families.
The Festival of Families was held in Rome on Wednesday, June 22, 2022. The 10th edition of the World Meeting was an event that was entitled “The Beauty of the Family.” The guys performed for the event and along with their families, gave witness to the beautiful events that made their families who they are. Their lives show that even when you find yourself in difficult situations, you can work through anything with love and understanding.

This is what the guys had to say about being invited to the event….
GianlucaWe are excited to come to Papa Francesco’s house. Hello everyone! We are very happy and excited to come to Pope Francis’ house and celebrate together with the families of Rome, families of the world and our families.
Piero: On that day we will witness to the importance of the strength and support of our families in our lives.
Ignazio: I come personally with my mother and my sister.
Piero: I will bring, Mom, Dad, my sister Mariagrazia my brother Francesco and I can’t wait to be able to hug Papa Francesco.
Gianluca: I will come with my family, we are numerous, but the best thing is that I will be able to bring my grandfather Ernesto who, at the age of 88, will be able to shake hands with Pope Francis. These are the most important things, the most beautiful emotions in life, like a mother who is a refuge, a father who is a guide, and this is really the importance of the family.
Ignazio: In all these years we have always reiterated how important our family is and they will always be important for us and for our careers, like a lighthouse in the middle of the ocean, a meeting point at this moment with them. We are really happy to be able to share this moment with them.
Piero: In addition to our families, we will also bring our music.

After the event, I wrote…. Where do you begin to tell the story of three child prodigies who have brought so much joy to people around the world with their wonderful voices. It’s simple you start with the families! And this week the families have received their reward for all they have done for their families and especially for their three incredible sons!

This was a great honor for our guys and their families! So well deserved! Congratulations to all the Families!
I said the guys were everywhere and they certainly were….
The concerts were in Italy, Europe, Japan, Canada, the United States and Australia! All the concerts were phenomenal!

They started the concerts by showing up in white tuxedos! My first reaction, SHOCK! But then I must say when the shock wore off and I saw them in person, they were drop dead gorgeous!

So, they started by shocking us in white tuxedos and ended by shocking us in their dazzling tuxedos. Talk about gorgeous!!!

And what’s a concert without one of Ignazio’s special performances. “Ignazio the Disco Ball.”

The guys returned to Disney World after 8 years for Disney’s Magical Holiday Celebration 2022

What have we gained in 2022….
Now it was time to give us something we’ve been waiting for, for a long time, a new book….

Il Volo “Quello Che Porta Nel Cuore” ~ “What I Carry in My Heart”
This beautiful book brings us up to date on all that’s happened since they wrote “Un’avventure straordinaria, la nostra storia” ~ “An Extraordinary Adventure, Our Story.” Sorry the book is not in English, but we can hope that someday they will translate it!
And if that wasn’t enough, they surprised us with a new Christmas song, “Happy Xmas.” (War is over). Written by John Lennon and Yoko Ono. The song was launched as a Christmas gift for the fans. Thank you, guys!

So how do you end such an amazing year? By doing another concert, of course! But not just any concert, a concert in the Holy Land to honor the Birth of the Christ Child. A Christmas Eve concert that had people in Italy glued to their TV’s for 2 ½ hours. I know I was glued to my TV! 

To see the entire concert with English subtitles, go to Danielas’ post here in Flight Crew “Natale a Gerusalemme” by Danilea, 
This is what “AllMusic Italia,” had to say about it:
THE NIGHT OF THE TELEVISED CHRISTMAS EVE MARKS THE TRIUMPH OF IL VOLO WITH THE CONCERT FROM JERUSALEM

Il Volo in concert in Jerusalem for the night of Christmas, an event broadcast on TV in the early evening of Canale 5, has conquered the public and made excellent numbers in TV ratings.
Piero Barone, Gianluca Ginoble and Ignazio Boschetto performed under the Tower of David in the Holy Land going to interpret beautiful Italian and international songs, including Happy Xmas (War is over) by John Lennon and Yoko Ono, a song launched as a Christmas gift for fans in recent weeks.
The concert broadcast on Canale 5 was produced by the manager of Il Volo, Michele Torpedine. Let’s find out the numbers of the television success of the event. “The Christmas Flight in Jerusalem.”
The three artists glued on TV, from 21:31 to 23:59, as many as 3,169,000 viewers with an average share of 23.6%.
And, in truth, it was a very beautiful, very emotional concert! Thank you, guys!
And so, we come to the Picture of the Year 2022.
Every year I say this year will be different. This year it will be someone else’s picture but, who am I kidding! We know who it is, who it always is? But before I tell you which picture won; I have to tell you that I had a different picture in mind for quite some time. It was a picture of one of the fans who nearly knocked Ignazio over. I actually think he was overwhelmed. I was so sure this was the one then…. BOOM! It was knocked out of the box! Why, because you never know when one of Ignazio’s friends is going to show up!

                                    Picture of the Year 2022
They say, “A picture is worth a thousand words” and I could certainly write a 1,000-word essay on this picture, but I can sum up this picture of Ignazio and his friend Nicola in five! That’s what friends are for!
So, now I leave you now with the words I left you with last year!
Every morning when I get up, I sing. What do I sing? “Smile!” Is it because of the guys? Well, I certainly love when the guys sing “Smile,” but no, I’ve been singing this song since I was a child because….

I believe no matter what happened yesterday, today has the possibility to be better, so, “Smile, just Smile.”

This year, I’m dedicating this final column to the fans. “I’m thinking about the smile on everyone’s face the day they unlocked their doors and set their lives in motion again!  That day we took a step back and leaped forward into the new world! And now Another Year (Is) Over, and (soon) A New One Just Begun!”
To all the fans let me say, never stop smiling! I recently said to a friend, “Always be happy! Happiness is the one thing that never goes out of style and never goes away if you keep it in your heart!” Keep happiness in your heart today and always!

                     A Happy New Year to All the Fans!

And from myself, all the staff at Flight Crew and all the Fans we wish you guys a very Happy New Year filled with many new Adventures!
We also wish all the Il Volo Family including Michele Torpedine, Barbara Vitali and all the crew that work so hard to bring us the best productions a very Happy New Year!
And I wish my personal crew in Italy. Alessandra Torma and Stefi Bonometti (the ladies who prepare the pictures for my stories) a Happy New Year full of love and joy!

See you in 2023!

I thought you might like all the lyrics to the song….

Happy Xmas (War Is Over)
So this is Christmas
And what have you done
Another year over
And a new one just begun
And so this is Christmas
I hope you have fun
The near and the dear ones
The old and the young
A very Merry Christmas
And a Happy New Year
Let’s hope it’s a good one
Without any fear
And so this is Christmas
For weak and for strong
For rich and the poor ones
The war is so long
And so happy Christmas
For black and for white
For yellow and red ones
Let’s stop all the fight
A very Merry Christmas
And a Happy New Year
Let’s hope it’s a good one
Without any fear
And so this is Christmas (war is over)
And what have we done (if you want it)
Another year over (war is over)
And a new one just begun (now)
And so happy Christmas (war is over)
We hope you have fun (if you want it)
The near and the dear ones (war is over)
The old and the young (now)
A very Merry Christmas
And a Happy New Year
Let’s hope it’s a good one
It’ a good, it’s a good one
Without any fear
And so this is Christmas (war is over)
And what have we done (if you want it)
Another year over (war is over)
And a new one just begun (now)
Join me next week as I go back Through the Fields of My Mind and open the door to a new adventure!
If you would like to share a story with me, please email:  susan.flightcrew@yahoo.com
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33 thoughts on “Another Year Is Over by Susan”

  1. Beautiful words for the end of another year of IL Volo. Thank you! My dream came true this year when I saw them in person in Florida! What a night!

  2. Thank you Susan for this beautiful recap of such a wonderful year for Ignazio, Gianluca & Piero and all of us Il Voli lovers. I just love reliving the memories of the past year and want to thank you for bringing your wonderful stories and videos to us. It truly is an amazing new year gift! Happy New Year to you all😘❤️

  3. Thank you very much for an interesting and touching story. I’am very happy that in May I willi be able to see their koncert in Poland,in Kracow.

  4. Thank you again for more news ,you realy bring greatstories of the guys to us ,now my wish is to see them in concert in 2023 even if i have to get a flight to see them in Europe if thats where they might be , Happy New Year to you all

  5. What a great story to finish off the year with! Thank you Susan for writing, thanks to Alessandra and Stefi for the photos, I wish you all a very happy, healthy and prosperous New Year 2023! I wish for our boys to stay as beautiful and united as they are now, for them to continue showering us with the thrills and emotions they’ve been giving. I call it my therapy. Hope to see more live Il Volo concerts next year, hope to see you there! Hugs ❤️ 💞

  6. Susan, what a wonderful story of our gentle men, who are also gentlemen! The concert in Jerusalem is one I will never forget. Such beautiful music in such an historic setting! Thank you for your untiring devotion to Il Volo and their fans over the years. Stay healthy and happy, hugs Dol.

  7. Obrigada pelas historias. Foi um prazer conhecer essa página. Obrigada a toda equipe. Feliz Ano Novo, muito sucesso e saúde para Il Volo e para vocês. Espero Il Volo, em março, no Brasil
    Dalva Nunes

  8. Thank you for keeping us in touch with our guys! I look forward to finding your emails and reading about them. Their music always brings me joy! Happy New Year!!

  9. 2022 virtual hugs 🤗 to you; your team and families for sharing so much inspiration and joy! Grazie.

  10. What a beautiful story to end the year I loved the picture of Piero with his grandpa so heartwarming
    Love you Jenny

  11. Thank you for yet another wonderful article – what a lovely way to end the year! Not sure if you saw the note I sent (I’m sure you get so many) but according to my Spotify Wrapped, while I listened to 980 different artists this year, I spent over 16,000 minutes with Il Volo! I wish everyone here a happy new year!

      1. lol… hmmm… you’re right. that math doesn’t work. Spotify needs to check their work. Imagine a “Time with Il Volo” contest

  12. Oh Susan, thank you for this wonderful look back on this year and our fellas! What a great year, so much fun reading everything all of you write about the guys and translations, videos, lots of amazing photos and to end with that spectacular and moving Christmas concert from Jerusalem (one I’ll listen to over and over). The best part of this year was to see them in person at RCMH! We had so much fun and I’d like to thank you again for your kindness towards me, hoping to see another one with you…maybe Italy this time!
    Wishing you and the whole crew, the three wonders that bring so much joy, peace and love to all of us and all your families and management crew (special thank you for all you do and taking such good care of our special guys) a Blessed Christmas season (after all it’s not over yet😉) and Happy Healthy and Safe New Year.
    I’m loving your advent book with Padre Pio, beautiful, thank you! Peace and Love to you and your family, Carol🎄🦋❤️🙏🎼🎤☮️

    1. Thank you, Carol! I’m happy you’re enjoying the book! Happy & Healthy New Year to you and your family!

  13. Thank you Susan for your wonderful article. However, I was wondering why you did not mention Ignazio’s Dad as a memory of 2022.

  14. THANKYOU so much. I didn’t know about the “this is Christmas” song. I check it out now. I saw il Volo in Sydney Australia. Phenomenal. And when I was walking back to my hotel who should be coming toward me but the amazing pianist. I stopped the poor man and we had a wee chat. Great to see a photo in your column of him with the lads! I’m desperately hoping they will come down south here next year, if so I’ll be there. Sydney has a huge Italian population who came to the concert in droves!! And loved it, as did I.

  15. Thank you Susan and staff for a beautiful recap of Il Volvo’s journey of 2022! I love all the pictures you shared of these three incredibly talented gentlemen. My wish came true this year when I finally got to see them live in concert. I hope they will continue to share their beautiful voices with the rest of the world for many years to come. Wishing you all much health and happiness in 2023! ❤️🎉🥂

  16. Dear Susan – first I would like to thank you & your supportive staff for putting this very stunning article together – the concert in Jerusalem was heavenly – if it hadn’t been for the kindness of Daniela I would never have seen it – I see a lot of interviews & reports on YouTube – but sadly they are always spoken in Italian – I love & respect the Italian culture very much for their love of family – but Piero – Ignazio & Gianluca have millions of fans across the Globe who speak English – surely this could be rectified somehow?? much love for sharing with us all – very much appreciated. Happy New Year to you & your family Susan from Queensland Australia.

  17. Bedankt Suzan voor de mooie woorden en foto’s van onze boy’ s, ik heb het geluk gehad om in Milaan het concert te mogen meemaken en als alles goed is zie ik IL VOLO volgent jaar terug in Polen op 27 mei
    Een zeer gelukkig nieuwjaar en een goede gezondheid
    HAPPY 2023 !🍀
    Suzanne vanuit België 🇧🇪

  18. Thank you, Susan for your reports! I love reading them and look forward to finding out even more about the Il Volo guys. This recap of the year was outstanding!

  19. Thank you so very much for these beautiful memories and words. I would likewise to than you, Daniela and the other staff og Flight Crew for your never ending hard work in efforts of feeding us fans with the latest updates, great articles, fantastic footage and videos and for creating a warm and welcoming environment for us to exchange thoughts and feelings that can be difficult to understand by others. With these words I should like to wish everyone here a Happy New Year and a healthy, prosperous and great 2023!
    Love from Kirsten🇩🇰

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