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 weekends 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 Nero 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 think it’s somewhere on Facebook, but I’m not sure where! 🙂
And of course, we had cake! Chocolate with chocolate filling. Always so good! :)
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!
A few days ago was Ignazio’s birthday and my friend Valeria Bosch wrote a beautiful post.
Once again Valeria interpreted our thoughts and managed to analyze some of the attitudes of our dear Ignatius, who certainly did not escape those who love him.
I translate for you, with great pleasure: Daniela
What makes us feel so much fondness, so much affection, so much continuous interest for a public figure, be it actor, singer, writer or other? Of course, first of all is the emotion that he knows how to communicate to us with his art, the feeling of enchantment and uniqueness that he creates around him, and, of course, also what means a lot is his physical appearance, his way of posing himself, what in short is commonly called “body language”.
But what do we really know about these characters? If we want to know them in depth, we must not rely on the tamed, plasticized official biographies or even the news we read in newspapers and mass media, always affected by interested intentions, positive or negative, but we must rely only on our eyes, on our ability to observe, especially small details, signs that can act as a litmus test to define with confidence the personality of our darling.
So I did for Ignazio, intending to pay him a tribute for his 24th birthday: I closed my eyes and I tried to review, among many images that crowded in my mind, some moments, some gesture that could work as a mirror or introspector for understanding his feelings, his intimate reactions. And I share them here with you, chronologically rearranged, although obviously this is not the sequence with which they resurface to my memory.
1. The embarrassment of the boy – 2009
We are at “TI LASCIO UNA CANZONE”, the guys (future “IL VOLO”), from soloists who were, have recently been composed in a trio that debuted with “ ’O sole mio”. Antonella Clerici, who admires the three teenagers , says to them with great affection: “In short, they already call you ‘the three tenors’ – which of you is Pavarotti?” The three little boys, frightened and awkward in their little clothes, remain silent. Only Ignazio, the most plump, manages to murmur with a voice that barely comes out, almost choked: “We do not know ……” A boy a more grown up would have responded with a joke or a brilliant answer. He takes seriously that strange question, still unaware of the incredible future that fate was preparing them.
2. The childish joy of Sanremo – 2015
It is the evening of 11 February 2015 and the trio Il Volo has performed for the first time on the stage of the festival with “Grande Amore”. As soon as the performance is finished, the audience snaps up and gives to the very young singers a resounding and interminable “standing ovation”. An applause never seen in Sanremo at the first performance, a round of applause that leaves them breathless: Piero is annihilated, cannot even grumble thanks, Gian (who turns 20 that day) breaks out in tears and takes refuge on the shoulders of Carlo Conti, Ignazio tries in every way to cope with the situation, thanks the audience, but, just like a happy child, he cannot help but let slip a smile, which he covers childishly with his hand. It is a gesture of infinite tenderness, which I will never forget.
3. The tears of “Alleria” – 2016
During the concert at the Forum Mediolanum of Assago, 29 January 2016, Ignazio performs as a soloist the wonderful song by Pino Daniele, “Alleria” – a cry that rises from a sad soul, who suffers a lot for love and continues to suffer, despite the passing of time. Ignazio is in symbiosis with Pino, it is as if he had tattooed it on the heart, in the head, on the skin: he interprets the song with such force, such an identification that, at the end of the execution, he cannot hold back the tears. The intensity of the interpretation has overwhelmed him, his emotion is true and profound. Tears are the testimony.
4. The wonder for the beauty of Florence – 2016
A date that will remain a milestone in the history of IL VOLO: 1 July 2016, the joke of the words of Antonella Clerici has become incredibly real. With great humility and without wanting to compare themselves to the Three Tenors in the slightest, but as an act of homage and remembrance, the three boys who became incredibly beautiful and elegant, perform an unforgettable concert in the presence, and partly direct, just from one of the three celebrated tenors of the last century, Placido Domingo. The concert is a sum of excellences: the beauty of music, the skill of the boys, but above all the beauty of Florence. It takes place in Piazza Santa Croce, dominated by one of the most beautiful churches of our Renaissance, an inestimable example of art, culture and Italian genius. The church stands out against the backdrop of the square in the dim light of the evening, a square full of people, the lights are turning on, the show is breathtaking: Ignazio, on the stage with the master Domingo and his companions, cannot restrain himself from saying, “Look how beautiful Piazza Santa Croce is!” and joins hands, raising his eyes to the sky in a gesture moved and full of amazement. Master Domingo uses the right adjective to answer him: “Divine!”
5. The disarming sincerity in the Red Ronnie study -2018
On 3 May, in a long 4-hour interview, the boys met with Red Ronnie. An evening of positive sign, jokes, joy, interaction with fans of all the continents. The old musician was amazed in the face of fame and the international success of the three boys, and of course, also confidences, revelations, work projects. Ignazio as usual is the fool, jokes, not standing still for a minute, makes Red desperate because it causes a small failure to a precious jukebox that stands in the studio. But to specific questions of Red, responds to questions with an unexpected and disarming sincerity.
The person Ignazio most loves in the world?His sister, who acted as stand-in mother and a reference point in the sad period when his mother was forced to long absences to cure a serious illness.
Relationships of love?To be taken with great seriousness, to be men also means to prove to be able to resist temptations, a principle that he never failed during an engagement lasting more than two years, even if now that bond is over “Because we grow, we change, and there are new demands that life inevitably puts in front of you.”
An Ignazio, in short, who is very mature and very sincere.
The portrait of Ignazio that emerges from the small episodes recalled here is that of a boy with disarming sincerity, not yet counterfeited or “corrupt” from the environment in which he is forced to live for work. Contrary to what is his outward attitude, especially on the stage where he is lively and restless, often comedian and joker, is a serious and concrete boy. He once said, “The first thing for me is to stay down to earth.” But Ignazio is also very emotional, strong and fragile at the same time. His particular sensitivity leads him to live emotions in a profound way, with an intensity that puts everything in his song, and it is precisely for this reason that he manages to establish a special pathos with the audience. For him, music is everything. When he closes his eyes and sings he seems to leave for distant lands, of which only he possesses the key of access; music is his second skin, and it is perhaps also for this that he has made contact with Gian and Piero, who are certainly not less, a perfect artistic and professional alliance!
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! 🙂
Last Last Call for birthday greetings for Piero’s Birthday!!
We have received the messages from the following people:
1,) Annette Simonini 2.) Carolina Ogren 3.) Beverly Krueger 4.) Susan & Graham Hemshall 5.) Linda Parks 6.) Barbara Ara 7.) Maureen Perucca 8.) Janet Dong 9.) Daniela 10.) Christina Q 11.) Pat Ward 12.) Laura e Ugo 13.) Anne Quinto 14.) Allene Shipman 15.) Margaret Ladolcetta 16.) Sandi E. 17.) Jane from Minnesota 18.) Maria Marques 19.) REGINA HANNA 20.) Julie Bernache
The video will be going up on this birthday this weekend, so feel free to send messages up to his birthday!
Yes, I know it’s been a little while since Gian’s birthday, just about a month to be exact! Thought we could use a little party to perk us up, while waiting for their new CD and movie to come out!
Due to various other parties being booked on Feb 11, we had our Gianluca celebration on Feb 10, instead! It was our 4th annual party at Antonio’s, celebrating Gian’s birthday. Can you believe it was 3 years ago, that we celebrated on their Sanremo night of honor?
Our little corp group of six were there, along with Barb from Sterling Heights. Due to this rough flu season, as well as the Fri – Sun snowstorm, several couldn’t make it. We missed those that could not make it, especially Magdalena, from Toledo; Barb, from Westland; and Betty, from New Orleans!!
We met about 5p at Antonio’s in Dearborn Heights – our favorite haunt for Gian’s birthday! 🙂 As always, there was good food, conversation, cake, and lovely presents from Donna.
We even had a surprise, special guest – Mama Rita!! We saw her when we met there at Christmas time and told her we’d be back for Gian’s birthday. She must have seen us on the reservation list, as she made a point of stopping by our table to say hello. We invited her back to share dessert with us. We went on our way to eating, drinking, and opening our presents… We saw Mama flitting around the restaurant in her hat and scarf and had to ask the waitress to send her over for cake. She said she thought she had left. But we waited patiently and there she was!! She graciously joined us for cake and sat down at our table for a little while. She was definitely the “hostess with the mostest” as she offered us limoncello or Sambuca, and cappuccino or espressos!We graciously accepted both offers! I have to say, it was one of the best caps I had ever had! 🙂
Again, it was a lovely evening and we were honored with such a special guest at our table!
We were lucky, the snow had pretty much stopped by the time we had left. We did get a wallop that Friday before! I think we did get nearly 6 to 8 inches. Spring is right around the corner now and we are already planning our party for Piero.
If you live in the Detroit area, everyone is welcome!! Let’s make some new friends and fans! 🙂
Tanti Auguri!! Next stop, Piero! June 24! Can you believe our beloved Piero will be a quarter century old? Hey, he’s catching up to us!! 🙂
Picture of Mama Rita used with her permission.
Come in and share the love of life, friends and Il Volo!