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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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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‘Twas The Night

I have a need to post this poem I adapted (mangled) in 2013.  It’s my favorite for obvious reasons.   Yes…I plan to post it every year.  So, for the fourth time…

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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 Armani, 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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