“Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness…” July 4, 1776! (2017)

 

First, let’s wish Signora Eleonora Barone, a very happy birthday!!  🙂

Now, a short lesson in American history…

IN CONGRESS, JULY 4, 1776
The unanimous Declaration of the thirteen united States of America

When in the Course of human events it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another and to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the Laws of Nature and of Nature’s God entitle them, a decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the separation.

We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.

(from US History.org)


Congress debated and revised the wording of the Declaration, finally approving it two days later on July 4. A day earlier, John Adams had written to his wife Abigail:

The second day of July, 1776, will be the most memorable epoch in the history of America. I am apt to believe that it will be celebrated by succeeding generations as the great anniversary festival. It ought to be commemorated as the day of deliverance, by solemn acts of devotion to God Almighty. It ought to be solemnized with pomp and parade, with shows, games, sports, guns, bells, bonfires, and illuminations, from one end of this continent to the other, from this time forward forever more.[7]

(from Wikipedia) 

Ok, I admit, American history was probably my most hated and boring of classes I ever had to take in high school.  It was not helped by Sr. Angela Marie, a well-meaning, 4 ft,, soft-spoken, 80 year-old, little Felician nun.  I barely passed with a grade of C.  I can’t say I remember much of that entire year of American history, except I was so glad when it was over!  I don’t ever recall having to read the declaration of independence, but I do remember Whitney invented the first steamboat, or was that Robert Fulton?  (yes, I think Whitney did the cotton gin!) Ah, I probably slept through most of it.
However, as we grow older, we learn to appreciate the things we often hated most, like rules, and how important some of those things were; like understanding American history!  (did you know that in an interview many years ago, Ignazio said he loved history – so smart at such a young age!)   I can’t say I recall ever having heard the first paragraph of the declaration of independence, although as a class field trip in 1976, we went to see the movie 1776!  It was our 200 year birthday of independence for the United States.  I recall getting these HUGE chocolate candy bars, wrapped in red, white, and blue and I think Betsy Ross was on there somewhere.  I also remember thinking the chocolate was not that great, not even Hershey grade.  Ok I was about 11 – I was discerning, even back then…
Ah, “the pursuit of happiness…”  Yes, I must tie this into the guys….  This declaration of independence gave us our freedom to be happy.  And to follow our guys, is our greatest freedom, joy, and happiness!  We know the guys love America and America loves the guys – at least our little part of it!

So, on this one special day of the year for the United States, let’s all join, from every nation, country, and continent, and stand tall, proud, and brave, and united together, in pursuing our happiness and greatest passion – Il Volo!

Wishing everyone a safe, and happy, Fourth of July!  Wherever you may be.  Last year, Lorna and I were in Verona at their “last” concert from the Grande Amore tour.  Talk about fireworks!  Best 4th of July I ever had!!  🙂

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Since everyone seemed to love it on the last post, I thought I’d post it again!  Here they are, our beloved Il Volo, singing our cherished national anthem, the Star-Spangled Banner!  From 2013, at Dodger Stadium! (did you know the star-spangled banner refers to the American flag?)


 

I hope you enjoyed this as much as I did!  🙂

Jana

The Land of the Free and the Home of the Brave!

1-flagOh say, can you see, by the dawn’s early light,

What so proudly we hailed at the twilight’s last gleaming,
Whose broad stripes and bright stars, through the perilous fight,
O’er the ramparts we watched, were so gallantly streaming?
And the rockets’ red glare, the bombs bursting in air,
Gave proof thru the night that our flag was still there.
Oh say, does that star-spangled banner yet wave
O’er the land of the free and the home of the brave.
The first verse of the United States national anthem.  A poem written by Francis Scott Key in 1814, set to music written in 1773 by John Stafford Smith, and adopted as the US national anthem in March 1931, signed by President Herbert Hoover.
The land of the free and the home of the brave.  We owe that today to our many veterans and current armed forces.  Today, we thank our brave men and women who continue to fight for us and keep us safe.  Thanks also goes out to Gina and Lorna, two, proud veterans, from our Il Volo group!  Is there anyone else out there?  🙂
As we know, our guys love America and their US fans.  In fact, they learned to sing our national anthem and they have been wowing American fans over in Italy the last few weeks by shouting out refrains of it along with America the Beautiful!  Here is my favorite version of the Star-Spangled Banner!  From 2013, at Dodger Stadium!

I hope you enjoyed this as much as I did!  🙂

Jana

Buona Pasqua/Happy Easter

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*Note: links to corresponding articles are in bold dark blue*

 

In Italy, Pasqua is a very important feast and one of the biggest holidays in the Italian calendar. A visit to any part of Italy during this period is an event not to be missed with processions, religious rituals, celebrations and of course wonderful food.  ~~  Celebrating Easter in Italy ~~ citalia.com

 

pastiera di grano, citalia.com

 

While you probably won’t see the famous bunny if you’re in Italy for Easter, it’s a huge holiday celebrated as only Italians can.  ~~  Easter in Italy ~~ goitaly.about.com

 

Easter in Florence, secretitaly.it

 

Easter for Italians has the same importance of Thanksgiving for Americans. ~~ Buona Pasqua – The History and Tradition Of Easter In Italy ~~ Life in Italy; lifeinitaly.com

 

“That’s Some Easter Egg”, Corrado Nuccini/flickr

 

 

For our friends that are not celebrating Easter, your Flight Crew Board wishes you a wonderfully blessed day! 

 

~~ Kelly

 

Welcome to 2017!

🎉HAPPY NEW YEAR, CREW!🎈

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Will we see more fun like this in 2017?

“Without You” –  We won’t be without Il Volo in 2017, 2018, 2019….!

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“Momma” –  So funny!  Fortunately for us the Guys will never be “head-bangers” this year or any year.  Ignazio and Gianluca, be careful straining your voices here!  Tell ’em Piero.

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“Somebody to Love” – This song was originally done by “Queen”, but these are the KINGS this year and every year!  I simply adore this!  Think they were having fun?

Can’t wait to find out what new and exciting things are waiting for Gianluca, Ignazio, Piero and us in 2017!

Have a Happy, Healthy and Peaceful New Year, everyone! 

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