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‘TWAS THE NIGHT BEFORE CHRISTMAS by Marie Crider

This is a re-post of an original poem by Marie Crider written in 2014. It is so cute that we just had to post it again this year! 😀 👏

 

I have to post this poem I wrote (mangled) last Christmas. It’s my favorite for obvious reasons. Just had to change one word.

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‘Twas the night before Christmas when all through the villa,
not a creature was stirring, not even Godzilla (couldn’t think of another rhyme)

When, what to my wondering eyes should I hear, (I take liberties)
but a song and three Boys, not tiny, but Dear! (lots of liberties)

I saw Piero, Gianluca and Ignazio too,
up to my rooftop, to my living room they flew!

They were dressed all in Brioni, from their head to their foot,
but their clothes were all tarnished, with ashes and soot.

A bundle of love they had in their pack,
and they looked just like heaven, when I calmly stared back!

His eyes how they twinkled! His dimples how merry! (that really is a line!)
Piero’s glasses were there, the color of cherry! (that one’s not)

Gian said not a word but went straight to his work
and filled all my dreams with songs and a perk!

He’d left me Ignazio all covered with bows
and giving a nod up the chimney he rose!

He sprang to his Fiat, to Piero gave a whistle,
and away they both flew, like the down of a thistle.

But I heard him exclaim as they drove out of site,
“Happy Christmas to all, I hope Marie doesn’t bite!”

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CHRISTMAS IS COMING by Daniela

In a few days it’s Christmas. 

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My wish is that you can spend a beautiful and serene day, surrounded by the affection of your loved ones, reviewing in your thoughts of those no longer with us ….. cheering the whole, with beautiful songs of our sweet PIERO, IGNAZIO and GIANLUCA .

GREETINGS TO EVERYONE FROM THE DEEP OF THE HEART

Daniela

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These days many pages have published many fan art or collage, concerning Christmas and our guys, I enjoyed gathering them all, they are many and all beautiful, have fun watching them. 

Jeannette also found some very funny videos, which made me laugh a lot, thanks Jeannette.

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CHRISTMAS IN VOLOLANDIA by Valeria

Our talented Valeria Bosch, gave us this beautiful story-summary of the path of our dear boys.

I translate it immediately and I renew my best wishes!!

Daniela.

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A DREAM LONG 10 YEARS

There is a country on this earth which is called Vololandia: it is a country without walls, without borders, without limits of horizon, because it is everywhere, wherever there are women and men endowed with musical passion, sensitive to love, to beauty and harmony. This country is governed by three princes, all three very nice for the truth, but above all with an incomparable voice, a voice that makes the soul of those who listen to them fly above the clouds, up to the sky, a voice that it is more powerful than a bomb, because it does not destroy, but builds joy, love, and passion, as well as melancholy, emotion, tenderness …

When they were little more than children, the three princes, led by their mentor Michele, began to travel the world, from Canada to the United States, from Latin America to Australia and New Zealand, from Japan to Europe and their dear land, Italy. Just in Italy they debuted in 2009, participating in a talent of RAI, “TI LASCIO UNA CANZONE”, where for the first time they had enjoyed the joy of applause, their name known by the public, the pride of their image transmitted throughout the nation. 

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From there began their incredible adventure, a kind of dream that was difficult even to believe: they, the three kids from the Italian province, who conquered the world, an immediate success, thousands of copies of records sold, the celebrity, the their name that began to be known from one continent to another, and to bounce on all the media, including social media.

And in a vertiginous follow-up, a whole series of events that would have seemed unimaginable until a short time before, the participation in 2010, as unique Italians, to “We are the world for Haiti” with 85 internationally renowned artists; the trip the following year in Australia and New Zealand; in 2012 the invitation from a legend, Barbra Streisand, to participate in his tour “Back to Brooklyn”, and in December of the same year the performance of “We are Love” and “The World” in Oslo, before the Royals of Norway and Sweden, for the conferment of the Nobel Peace Prize to the European Union.

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And in 2014 the Billboard victory for Latin Music, plus various Billboard and Grammy nominations, repeated gold and platinum records, collaborations with the most established names in music, Eros Ramazzotti, Placido Domingo, the Pooh, Laura Pausini, and the virtual duet with Elvis in “It’s Now or Never” in the posthumous album “If I Can Dream”. In December 2014 it was a particularly important event, not only because of the meaning it contained in itself, but because it marked a trend reversal for Il Volo with respect to the goals that until then had been set: from many foreign nations to Italy, to homeland, and right from its institutional heart, the Senate where they performed an unforgettable Christmas concert in the presence of the highest personalities of the State.

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The rest is recent history, of the last three years, with the victory at Sanremo in 2015 and the song “Grande Amore” became a worldwide hit, with 138 million views on You tube; the “stolen victory” (stolen to them!) at the Eurovision in Vienna, where they are declared third, but in reality they are first in terms of public votes and where the prestigious “Marcel Bezancon” critics award is assigned to them by accredited journalists ; and then the appointments to UNICEF ambassadors, ambassadors of Abruzzo in the world, of Sicily in the world, of lyric for young people in the world (title given by the city of Verona).

But it is not over, a new leap in quality awaits them: 2016 sees the launch of the project “Notte Magica”, a tribute that the three young artists want to address, with admiration and respect, to the great tenors of the past Luciano Pavarotti, Placido Domingo and José Carreras. The project starts from the beautiful S.Croce di Firenze, precisely with the collaboration and support of one of the three great, the maestro Domingo, and will then continue with tours all over the world, in the most prestigious theaters of the major American and European cities and even in Japan, with cheering crowds, and places all exhausted, more and more numerous.

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Often the three young princes, which the long tradition has turned them into brothers rather than friends, gather in Bologna, in their recording studio that is the beating heart of Vololandia, the forge where they forge their work and the products that in 2019 they will donate to the millions of admirers on the anniversary of the beginning of their successful union in trio. They often abandon themselves to memories and then, in front of their eyes, the images of what they have lived in these 10 years, the theaters always overflowing, the enthusiastic crowds, the audience standing in the frequent standing ovations, the contact with many authoritative people, the laurels obtained, the love shown to them by people of all ages, all races and all continents.

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And now? ten years later? do you stop, did you struggle enough? not even for a dream, now it starts again, for new adventures, for new beaches, for new productions: because three princes that are called Il Volo cannot be stopped, they know that their audience awaits them because they need their closeness and their music , that reassures, that comforts, that keeps company, that makes the smile bloom on the lips.

Merry Christmas, guys of Il Vologive us your melodies for a thousand years more!

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We Are Thankful!

Today is Thursday,  November 22.  A day we celebrate in the United States as Thanksgiving.  This holiday is supposed to be set aside to be thankful for the things we have and to celebrate the first meal of peace with the Indians and Pilgrims.  Ok, so maybe the original meaning has been lost, and replaced with a 4-day weekend for many working folks, sales of the year and Black Friday, etc.  However, let’s remember how thankful we are for our guys and the “thanks for giving” that they bring us each day!

(it’s not perfect, but I beg artistic license! 🙂 )

Grazie Mille, Il Volo….

We are thankful for Il Volo

If only they’d go solo

To hear their glorious sound

Accolades would abound

We are thankful for our guys

Still so young, yet aptly wise

Sharing their wit and wisdom

To all who will listen

We are thankful for Gianluca

And his mama, Leonora

He reigns from Abruzzo

On top of Montepagano

 

We are thankful for Piero

Our Sicilian prince of Naro

He sings arias with ease

Oh, sing to me, pretty please?

 

We are thankful for Ignazio

Our adorably dimpled Romeo

His razzle-dazzle we treasure

He gives us so much pleasure

We are thankful for this site

We can read it day or night

We love our loyal followers

Our faithful Ilvololovers!

Jana…

So, let us remember what brought us all together, all of the friends we’ve made, and met on this site, and the new ones yet to come – all because of these 3 happy little faces.  Happy Thanksgiving a tutti! 

Pictures below and featured photo, are courtesy of Mary Strickler, who just happened to be going through some old photos on her computer and sent them to me.  They are of the concert from many years ago now, at the Wolf Trap in northern Virginia.  Thank you, Mary!  Just love the feet!

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Wishing everyone on this site and all friends and family a wonderful, safe, and happy Thanksgiving day.  I hope you find all of the deals you are looking for!  🙂  Take care – hope to see everyone soon at their next concert!  Whenever and wherever that may be!

A special shout-out to Marie, who is now in South Carolina!  🙂

My Favorite Videos of The Week

 

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Summer is going to be over soon (boo hoo!), so I’m loving these videos of The Guys enjoying the outdoors and their friends this week….

They sing and dance...

…and drive fast cars,

… and sometimes take us on a Sea Cruise.

But this is my favorite:

Three Voices, One Soul…strong as ever.  😀

~~ Kelly

“Summertime….and the livin’ is easy…”

Ah… summertime – in only the way Ignazio can sing it and marvel us with his piano-playing skills!  Hard to believe this video was from nearly 4 years ago!

 

It’s August and the guys are officially on vacation, as noted by their Instagram postings with many pictures and videos!  🙂

As in the story from yesterday, with Rose Marie and Piero, the guys graciously toured several areas of Italy and their beloved Taormina in Sicily.  There were many lucky fans that were able to attend that concert.  Always being the gentlemen they are and entertaining the endless fans they meet wherever they go!

Below are just a few of their many pictures sent to us hungry fans that weren’t lucky enough to see them in person the last month…thanks so much always to the “boys” and others that took the pictures!  (and thanks to Lisa’s FB page, where I borrowed these photos!)  🙂 

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Oh, to be those lucky girls – “just friends” of Igna’s!!  🙂 

 

Ok, start saving those pennies folks!  Their concert tour schedule will be published before we know it for the USA and the rest of the world!  🙂 

 

Wanted to also say a special thanks… I feel like a broken record, but thanks to always Daniela, for whom we are forever grateful!  To Pat, who tirelessly, always makes sure there is something up there for me to post in the mornings.  To Lisa, always our reliable “girl Friday!” (and of course best nurse, ever!) and to Jane – for graciously stepping in while Pat was away on her Italia vacanze Romane!  Jana – yes, it feels good to be back writing again.  This year has been filled with incredible emotions and challenges.  But, I have to say, I love saying, “Alexa, play Il Volo!”  🙂 

Ciao!

Jana

Happy Mother’s Day!

 

A Mother’s Prayer For You
~ Anon

I said a Mother’s Day prayer for you
to thank the Lord above
for blessing me with a lifetime
of your tender-hearted love.
I thanked God for the caring
you’ve shown me through the years,
for the closeness we’ve enjoyed
in time of laughter and of tears.
And so, I thank you from the heart
for all you’ve done for me
and I bless the Lord for giving me
the best mother there could be!

 

 

Happy Mother’s Day

to the amazing Il Volo mothers and mothers of The Flight Crew!!