The Life of Gian

Hello!

Gian has always been a fan of using social media, and he has certainly mastered the art of doing so.  His pictures always look so inviting, and one immediately wishes that they could go to wherever he is…or maybe that’s just me…  😉  Anyway, its his turn for me to highlight favorites from his account as reshared by another.

~~ Kelly

 

Who doesn’t love pictures of him with his beautiful mom and brother?

 

Speaking of brothers, there is way too much handsomeness between these two…

Most of us would sing along with Gian anytime!

@gianginoble11 #LetMe #Zayn #instagianluca #morningsingalong

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But if he’s not careful, I’m sure one of the top modeling agencies will be itching to snatch him up in no time…

@gianginoble11 Hace calor ☀️🔥 It's hot ☀️ 🔥 #beachscene #model

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Hmmm…Gian with a guitar?  I could probably get behind that…  😀

@gianginoble11 #guitar #newhobby? #beach #instagianluca

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~ GIANLUCA E L’ ABRUZZO ~ by Daniela

While we all await the release of the new single, Gianluca managed to spend a beautiful day in the mountains in Fara San Martino, in his beautiful Abruzzo.

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We all know the deep affection that Gianluca nourishes towards the territory that gave him his origins.

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Gianluca writes:

“Immersed in nature, we rediscover our deepest self.”

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Gianluca is very proud of being from Abruzzo and does not miss an opportunity to remember this.

Piero and Ignazio often tease Gianluca because he always names Abruzzo, poor man, will feel in the minority against two Sicilians!

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Gianluca has sent us very beautiful images of this place.

The town of Fara San Martino is known above all because it is one of the world capitals of pasta. Pasta De Cecco is produced here.

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And to finish the day, a visit to a museum.

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Very well, Gianluca, thanks to your testimonies, Abruzzo has become more and more known all over the world!

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Credit to all owners of video and photos.

Smile! It’s “tax day” in the US!

Ok, many of us in the upper Midwest of the United States had a very wintery weekend with snow and ice storms and I’m sorry, but the East coast is going to get hit very soon! (if not already)  There have also been some other nasty “spring-like” weather with tornadoes and such.  I hope everyone was able to stay safe.

I thought we could all use a smile this morning, to help us forget about our taxes being due, unless you’ve already gotten your refund!  🙂  And to also help us forget, for at least a moment, what it has done, or is going to do outside your window today!

Grazie mille, Gian!  🙂  Buongiorno to you!

I think we all saw the video posted by Kelly where Ignazio was playing and singing one of the Pino Daniele songs.  Did anyone else notice the video where Piero was playing and you saw only his hand for about 10 seconds?  What he is playing is a little faster, but it’s the same song?  🙂  You can’t tell until about the very end of Ignazio’s, but if you find both of them, play them back a few times and you will hear it.  I saw it come through on Instagram and they weren’t too far away from each other, so I was able to replay them several times over until I was pretty sure!  Remember, they have the Pino tribute coming up in June and it looks like they are practicing!  Is Gian suddenly taking up guitar, too?

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Tanti Auguri, Gianluca!! Happy 23rd!

Ciao a tutti!!

bd gg 1Yes, 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?

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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 lovelybd gg 5 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 bd gg 4table 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!bd gg 3

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!!  🙂

 

Jana

 

Picture of Mama Rita used with her permission.

 

 

Personally Speaking~Though you are grown…

Though You Are Grown

I remember years ago,
you were so young then.
Sometimes,
I can’t help but wish,
that you were small again.
I’ve ached when you’ve faced heartaches,
and saw, that as you grew,
nothing broke your Spirit,
instead it strengthened you.
I’m filled with mixed emotions,
as I hold back all the tears
and, with much pride remember,
back so many years.
When I first saw you
if only I’d have known,
the years would feel like moments,
after you had grown.
You aren’t a child,
though in my eyes,
I guess you’ll always be,
that young boy who changed my life,
and means the world to me.

 

I stumbled across this touching poem that made me think of watching Ignazio, Piero and Gianluca growing up before our very eyes, and of us, their devoted fans.  So many of us have said how finding Il Volo has changed our lives for the better.  Deepening our love of  bel canto,  discovering new friendships, traveling adventures to concerts and for some, to their beautiful Italy, and being witness to three genuine young men who are making the world a better place just by being themselves, have been but a few of the joys these boys have given us.

I wish someone had documented on film little Gianluca standing in the town square singing at the age of 3.  Or the first time Piero’s Nonno heard him sing and asked who that was?  Or  Ignazio banging away on his drums in his bedroom at a tender young age.

I love going back and looking at footage of our boys at young ages as their talents were beginning to be recognized.  Daniela sent me this first video of Ignazio , back in 2007, performing at Marsala Impero Theater in a re-adaptation of Gen Rosso’s musical, STREETLIGHT.  I found the second video filmed during the same performance.  Ignazio knew his way around the spot light way back then.  This boy was meant to be on a stage!

 

 

 

The next video is of Piero singing with Nonno Pietro in what looks like the town piazza.  Note how Piero is directing the children’s choir right behind him.  How adorable!

 

 

And finally we have Gianluca with his younger version of Il Mare Calmo Della Sera.  His voice was so strong and powerful way back then.  Note the sweet quick smile he breaks into when the audience applauds.  I remember in an interview with his parents they stated he was so shy when he was young, he would look upwards the entire song or turn and face the wall, so as not to have to look at people while he sang.  Here he actually sneaks a few glances at the camera.

 

 

Yes, Gianluca, Piero and Ignazio…you will always be…the young boys who changed our lives and mean the world to us.

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Credit to all owners of videos.

Poem author: Cynthia A. Sieving

~Personally Speaking ~ Perfect…Perfetto!

Gianluca and two of his friends singing Ed Sheeran’s mesmerizing song,  “Perfect.”  Mr. Sheeran sure has an all time gem of a song here.

 

I know a lot of you have probably seen this as it was posted on FB, but it’s worth repeating here.

These three sound very good together, but I can only IMAGINE how divine this song would be coming from the hearts of IL VOLO!  It is the grace of the lyrics and gentle melody that make it so beautiful.  I saw Ed Sheeran singing this with Andrea Bocelli also.  Another gorgeous version.  Yet hearing Gianluca’s amazing baritone voice in this song makes me long to hear our beloved three sing this song on their own.

I can’t stop listening to this.  It keeps me coming back over and over.  So beautiful…Perfetto for Il Volo!

 

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Credit to owner of video.

Homage to Gianluca – by Daniela

Daniela sent us this touching story….


In these days there was Gianluca’s birthday. All the fan pages were invaded by beautiful wishes that started from all our hearts. Certainly there is so much love for this sweet boy.
One of these comments has attracted me a lot, it is written by Maura Pucci who is a big fan of him, she is 84 years old.

 

On the occasion of his 23rd birthday…

 

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In 2009 he immediately hit my imagination. Indeed, it struck me straight to the heart.

I was already a grandmother of ten grandchildren, two of them roughly his age. I was disconcerted, but also bewitched, by his deep voice, coming, incredibly, from a boy with an angelic face and dreamy eyes.

Almost nine years have passed and his voice has taken over time all the nuances that the age, still unripe, still not allowed. A versatile voice, so many different and easily distinguishable voices.

I think of the amazing WIRE OF VOICE that concludes the first verse of Notte Stellata, tenuous and subtle as a sigh, to WHISPERED PARTS  of many of his interpretations, but, at the same time, to the DRAMATIC and THEATRICAL voice of Aranjuez. I think about the CARESSING and LIGHT voice with which he tackles the beginning of many songs, at the SOFT and SENSUAL voice of a true crooner, but also at the AGGRESSIVE voice of Delilah; I think of the POWERFUL and JOKING voice of Rossini’s Dance, the HOT and PASSIONATE of Musica Proibita, the POWERFUL and TRIUMPHAL of the “Vincerò!” by Nessun dorma. And I can not forget that DEEP and SOLEMN of the religious and / or Christmas songs, to which it gives the indispensable touch of majesty and sacredness. These are his voices … from concert. I add that CHARGE OF RHYTHM AND SWING, exhibited  till now in particular interpretations outside the stage.

 

 

So many voices for a chameleonic singer, as was defined by an expert, an American vocal coach, who, after praising the excellent VOCALITY, added << … His voice is a tool >>
More than singing, Gianluca interprets. Because he sings with all of himself, with his eyes, with the expression of his face, with the movements of his hands, sometimes even with the posture of the body. In one word, with FEELING. Does not give the feeling of doing a job, but a mission: to transfer to those who listen to the passion for music that accompanies him since he was a child.
He brings on stage all the qualities that distinguish him in private life. Always in pursuit of perfection, he is PROFESSIONAL AND SIGNORY in behavior, but willing to “let go” when necessary; CHEERFUL AND SMILING, sometimes also VIVACY, never too exuberant, SPIRITUS, with measure, CONFIDENTIAL, but not as timid as it used to be, AFFECTIVE AND AVAILABLE with the fans.a1-g3
Even in private life, this is the quality that connotes it in every circumstance. It is in fact a boy ROMANTIC, SWEET, TENERO, CHARGE OF AFFECTIVITY, towards family members, friends, children, the disabled, and always AVAILABLE with everyone, even with the fans who visit him at home in his rare moments rest. Finally, I would like to underline it, HE is SINCERELY MODEST. I have not forgotten what he said in an interview, which, despite having had idols that sing, since childhood, and still having them, he found it hard to believe that he, in turn, became an idol for many people.
This is “my” Gianluca, these are the qualities that I personally perceive in him: a son, a brother, a nephew, an ideal friend, beyond his indisputable qualities of singer and performer.
a1-g2Happy birthday, my boy! I wish you all the best in the world.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Here is also this! (works only in Italian) translation
G rande Amore – Great Love
I ncantevole sorriso – Lovely smile
A nimo sensibile  – Sensitive soul
N aturalmente elegante –  Naturally elegant
L uce nel suo sguardo  – Light in your look
U nica dolcezza  – Unique sweetness
C arezzevole timbro  – Caressing stamp
A rmonia nella sua voce  – Harmony in the voice
G entilezza innata –  Innocent kindness
I deale amico –  Ideal friend
N on solo attraente –  Not just attractive
O cchi che parlano – Eyes that speak
B ello anche “dentro ” –  Beautiful also “inside”
L ineamenti perfetti  – Perfect features
E ccezionale veramente  – Truly exceptional

………really beautiful words wrote Maura for Gianluca, but you have understood who is the American vocal coach of which she speaks?

Thank you Daniela for sending this beautiful story.   I’m wondering if it is Myron she may be referring to?  🙂