All posts by Jana

Administrative Assistant to the Chief

Tanti Auguri, Ignazio! October 4, 2018

Yes, once again, the Detroit Il Volo gals, celebrated Ignazio’s birthday!  It was a smaller gathering, just 7 of us, but we still had lots of fun!

Again, the day was threatened by rain and storms, but when the time arrived for the party to begin, the skies cleared and it was beautiful.  One of our last warmer 1-igna decweekends for the year, actually!

We did not grill outside, but had homemade lasagna, green bean casserole, tomato and basil salad, lots of appetizers and of course lots of wine and 2 special bottles of 1-igna foodNero d’avola from Sicily!

No games were played, but we did have some fun hanging Ignazio over the fireplace… the old joke comes to mind – “how many does it take to hang a canvas over a fireplace?”  A video was taken of this even and I 1-igna 2think it’s somewhere on Facebook, but I’m not sure where!  🙂

And of course, we had cake!  Chocolate with chocolate filling.  Always so good!  :)1-igna cake

Alas, that is all for the parties for this year – we always save the favorite one for last!  Happy 24th, dear friend! Haha!

Next year, will be Gian’s – maybe he’ll be spending it in New York?  We can only hope!

 

 

Jana

Il Volo – As Close as your Nearest Bar!

Hello Ilvolovers!

There was a bar and grill that closed many months ago in Dearborn, but it finally opened up again in September.  It was just a few miles away, so we had to check it out.  It was nicely redone and a bit more modern with electronic dart boards, video games, about 5 or 6 big screen TVs and this electronic juke box.  We happened to sit right in front of it, so I was forced to stare at it.

I was in awe of all of its blue flashing lights and various songs and artists were glowing back at me.  It said it had over a million songs.  Yeah, ok, but surely not the guys!?

My curiosity finally got the better of me and I daringly went up to the selection pane.  It was 2 credits a song and it was already preloaded by some kind patron. So… I cautiously and excitedly punched in… I L V O L O and with some trepidation, I hit the enter key!

Much to my surprise and delight, TWO of their albums popped up!  Ok, let’s just say this is my favorite Saturday afternoon bar!  🙂  They had the Grande Amore album, as well as the “Takes Flight” album.  I didn’t want to scare off the patrons, so I played it safe – lol – and chose Delilah!  There were a lot of people in there, so it was only somewhat audible, but a few said “hey, good song!”  As I sat there with a smug grin on my face, thinking, if they only knew who they were listening to!  🙂  Needless to say I was pretty happy.

Ok, next time I was there, I tried it again.  Not sure how, but THIS time, FIVE albums came up, including Noche Sin Dia, as the single and others’ albums they were featured on!  OMG, almost ALL of their albums?  We could have an entire concert of them and drive out the whole bar!  Ha, ha!

Just to be nice, I played Delilah again and a few others in English.

What electronic jukebox you say?  The APP is called AMI Music.  You can download it from your favorite App store and once you do, it asks for your location, or you can set it that way, I can’t remember now.  Anyway, when you set your location, just click on it and it tells you all of the nearby bars/restaurants that have this digital jukebox.  The songs are mostly 2 credits and a credit is a quarter or fifty cents – I can’t remember, but not bad, huh?   🙂

So, those that are daring enough – download this app and tell us where you can hear the guys!  🙂  In taking a quick look, they even have it at some nearby bowling alleys around here and other restaurants.  You might be surprised!  If we can’t see them in concert, annoy your local neighbors, or maybe even go out of town!  It also appears to be at several “mens” clubs, like Vet’s Posts, Stitt Posts, American Legion, Moose Lodges, etc.   (see picture below…)

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I imagine this is international, so any of you in other countries, let us know if it works for you?  🙂

Jana

p.s.  It’s also Boss’s Day – not sure if international or not, but all you bosses out there, current and retired – have an awesome day – we couldn’t do it without you (ok, maybe we could if you ever saw the movie “9 to 5?”  🙂 )  But have a great day, anyway!!

 

Piero’s 25th Birthday! June 24, 2018

Ok folks, so it’s a little late, but I promised to have it before Ignazio’s birthday!!  🙂

The Detroit gals celebrated Piero’s birthday a day early this year, but it was a beautiful afternoon and evening.  The rain was a small threat the whole day and we got a few sprinkles, but nothing could ruin the festivities for us!

Betty flew in all the way from New Orleans and Jeannette joined us from the west coast of Michigan!  Also, Magdalena joined us from Toledo.  It was certainly a multi-state party!  We always seem to get the best turnout for Piero’s party – probably due to the weather!

As always there was lots of good food, singing, and even a few presents, compliments of Chris.  We got a lovely plate and placemat with a picture of the 3 of them on it.  🙂 

Believe it or not, we ran out of some snacks and wine, so Gin and I went to the party store for a refill!

Enjoy our collage picture below….  up next – Ignazio!  🙂

And cheers to Piero for finding a lovely girl!

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Jana

It’s Time Again… Another Birthday…

hi, I corrected the email address,  but you can continue to post on this posting…

Ignazio’s Birthday Is Coming!!

 

You know what to do, right?

 

Send your birthday message to us at:

ilvoloflightcrw@outlook.com

Deadline: 10/2

 

In your message, include a song suggestion for the video that will go with the birthday post.  If you idea is chosen,  your name will be included in the credits at the close of the video.

Thank you for participating!

~~ Kelly

 

 

Watch Out Montepagano, Gian is on the Road!!

Yes, our youngest Il Volo guy, has finally attained his last rite of passage into official adulthood!

Today, he got his driver’s license.  No more riding around with mom and dad, he can now cruise the highways and byways of Italy, along with Ignazio and Piero!

Congratulations, amico mio!  Take it easy out there and always wear your seatbelt. 🙂

And of course if you are not driving your car, you are out riding the waves of the beautiful Adriatic.   Thanks for these gorgeous pictures and to Rock me il volo on Instagram for posting as well.

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Grazie mille for making these old hearts go a-flutter! Lol!

Jana

 

A Sad Loss – The Tragic Fire of National Museum of Brazil

It is with heavy hearts that we share in the sadness of this grave tragedy that afflicted Rio on Sunday.  To AAIV and all fans of Il Volo in Brazil and South America, please know our thoughts are with you.  My current boss was born in Rio, Brazil, so I, too, have a connection to this.  😦

There is a very nice and in-depth article published by the NY Times, of which I am providing the link:  https://www.nytimes.com/2018/09/03/world/americas/brazil-museum-fire.html

 

It said the museum did not have a fire suppression system, but was due to get a $5 million dollar grant/overhaul soon, which included a fire suppression system.

From Wikipedia & https://travel.sygic.com/en/poi/national-museum-of-brazil-poi:29978 :

The picture above is also from this site…

National Museum of Brazil
Local name:  Museu Nacional
Location:  Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

The National Museum is the oldest scientific institution of Brazil and one of the largest museums of natural history and anthropology in the Americas. The museum is located inside the Quinta da Boa Vista park, in the city of Rio de Janeiro, and is installed in the Paço de São Cristóvão. The palace served as residence for the Portuguese Royal Family between 1808 and 1821, housed the Brazilian Imperial Family between 1822 and 1889, and also hosted the Republican Constituent Assembly from 1889 to 1891, before being assigned to the use of the museum in 1892.
Wikipedia

 

Jana