$6.86/second…Is It Worth It?

Hello all…. I’m going to cheat a little bit here (but I still have to pack, as I’m leaving for an exciting weekend with hot and sandy beaches – already getting chilly here in MI!) and repost this one I wrote last year, just about a year ago now.  It seemed to be a well-loved post, so I hope you enjoy it again.  I know there are some newbies out there that have not seen this!


Just an update… I still have this addiction and my pusher skills are still going strong, just recently I converted another admin at work.  It started out she was having a stressful day, trying to schedule some meetings.  I viciously sent her Gianluca’s version of Bridge Over Troubled Water from the first LA appearance.  I waited and waited, knowing she was busy.  I wondered… did she like it?  did she think I was crazy?  I started out with something in English and well-known.  I figured she’d at least like the song.  Ok, sent an email back “thanks, she said, that was wonderful!”  Oh whew!  So glad.  She’s a director’s admin!  lol!  🙂  Another week or two pass….another stressful day.  But finally, it was almost over.  I told her she need an Il Volo break.  I sent her the “new” Ave Maria and told her that even if she did not know the song or words, the melody was hauntingly beautiful.  I waited some more…. YES!  She loved that one as well…  Ok, time to really reel her in!  I pretty much had her hook, line, and sinker!  I think I sent her Nessun Dorma as well and then told her a “little bit” more about me and the guys.  Then I sent her this article!  Days passed… I knew she was busy.  Finally!  The email was returned.  She loved this article!  And she says… yeah, they aren’t too bad to look at, either!  lol!  Yes, folks… there are more fans to conquer.  You never know when some poor, unsuspecting person will just fall into your evil web of deception with those 3 innocent-looking faces!  I challenge all of you to make a new fan this week!


Hi, my name is Jana, and I’m an Ivolover. My obsession started about 3 years ago or so, and like many obsessions, it started out slow. But along the way, I had to find a friend or two to help feed my obsession and help it grow. It started with just watching them on PBS, with a 1 me 2concert or two. Then, I went to the concert. After that one concert, it became apparent that this obsession turned into an addiction! I just had to have them – their faces, their music, their voices, the sound, it filled my soul like no other euphoric thing I’d ever experienced! I became a fanatic, ordering every CD I could find and scouring You Tube each night for a video or interview, so I could experience this amazing phenomenon. I got my fill most nights, but I just had to have more. I started listening to them all day at work, playing the same CD over and over. The bad thing was, I became a pusher! Yes, every time someone came to my desk and asked what I was listening to, I couldn’t wait to start pushing my addiction on to them. And it was so easy, too. Just showed them the CD cover and told them how awesome they were. Then I brought in the DVDs for them to watch. I was so bad…. Pushing my addiction on others like that. When we thought we couldn’t possibly get more of them, it becomes our ring tones on our cell phones, and their pictures are our wallpapers on our phones and computers, and to really annoy those that aren’t our fellow Ilvolovers, we have their songs on our ringback tones on our phones! There we were, 3 ignaexposing innocent persons to just a snippet of their voices, every time they called us! I just had to stop, but I couldn’t. Then, I found what I thought was a support group. We met and shared our stories about our addiction, and they were all so similar. Kindred spirits! I’d also found this blog site, where I found more addicted and obsessed persons! This obsession was rampant, and I quickly found it was spreading like wildfire all around the world. The scary thing was that no one tried to stop it! We just kept adding more people to our group. Like all addictions, it was getting a bit expensive, too! We just had to have their latest CD or DVD and we had to have it now. We could not wait and thought nothing of paying expedited shipping costs, just so we could have it first! We went to concerts and fought to get front row seats. We did not care what they cost, it was “the guys!” Then there were the meet & greets. Were we afraid of overdosing? No, never! We knew our friends were there to help us. The cost of the meet & greets and concerts? Hundreds…to some, maybe even thousands! It didn’t matter. We were there. Even when we’d thought 3 gianwe’d had enough, we just kept needing more to feed this habit of ours. We kept pushing others, so they would share in our glorious addiction; this untold high we got when we heard our favorite guy sing “that” note! It was pure ecstasy for those precious seconds! The cost of those meet & greets become a distant past when you see their faces up close and personal.  Oh, and it doesn’t stop there….all of a sudden, we find out there is a concert in Italy!  The next thing we know we are buying a ticket to Florence or Verona and then we are afraid.  Afraid to tell our loved ones we are going to see the guys, yet again  – that part is not so bad, but we are afraid to tell them it’s in Italy (because we are sure they will be calling the men in the little white coats!)!  What a joy it will be to hear them in their own country.  We’ve yet to experience the joy and beauty of our own country, but don’t think twice about jetting off to Italy!  They don’t know it, but for those 30 seconds or less when you are looking into those innocent and talented eyes, they are yours! They belong to you. When you hold their hands, the power of your touch, matches 3 pierotheirs and it’s electric. The fire courses through your veins, their eyes penetrate yours and you are lost in those few seconds; you get dizzy, and lightheaded. You cannot speak; your legs feel like fettuccine, and your feet like cement blocks. You are rudely brought back to reality when they say to turn around and smile, and snap! You turn around one last time. You look at them and the moment is gone.

 

Many say, after one, or even two meet & greets, and the money it cost; that’s it, no more, won’t do it again. Won’t spend all that money on a ticket, or to get first, their latest CD…they are done. They are calling it quits. They try to be strong, but peer pressure is overwhelming. The date of their next concert is drawing near. Ok, you decide, you will go – just to keep your friends company. Well, maybe you’ll try to get good seats, but definitely no meet & greet. The time is getting closer and closer…you start to feel it again, as hard as you try to push it way, it overtakes your very being again. All of a sudden, you realize, your addiction is back. It’s this craving, this thing, it’s just so overpowering; you can’t stop it. You buy the ticket, you check your bank account, it’s nearly overdrawn, you buy the meet & greet!

 

No, no, you said you wouldn’t get caught up in this thing again. It’s not worth all the money, and the waiting, and anticipation. It’s too much stress! But, like the words in Unchained Melody, it’s a hunger; a hungering, for their touch. A need, only they can fill.

So, is it worth it you ask?

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There they are, standing before you, looking at you with those innocent, sparkling, and playful eyes;

your hand reaches forth…1 hand

(Photo credits:  PBS 2015)

Happy 23rd Birthday, Ignazio!! October 4, 2017

 

Picture1“I just called, to say, I love you…”♥♥♥♥

We love you, from the Flight Crew!

(Thank you to Kristine Kelly for the photo from the PBS 2016 meet/greet!)


Ciao Ignazio. We wish you so much happiness on your Birthday. Your voice and personality charm everyone. We appreciate all your hard work and dedication to developing that fabulous voice of yours. You have grown so much since we first saw you on American Idol and have BirthdayBalloons2Clipartbeen devoted ever since. We saw you in Minneapolis this year and immediately made arrangements to see you in Rome in May. I came in my wheelchair with my little service dog. It was the most amazing celebration of our 50th wedding anniversary. We cannot thank you enough for all you are giving to the world. America loves you. Blessings to you and also Gianluca and Piero for working so hard to spread your love everywhere. May you have many happy Birthdays.  ~~ Dr. Jay and Victoria Wilson

 

Dear Ignazio,  with all my heart I want to wish you a very, very, happy birthday!  Hope your day is  very special. Love from Minnesota,  USA — Alene Shipman

“Love is the most important thing in the world,  but baseball is pretty good, too!”


Ciao, dear Ignazio, I am sending sincere, loving Happy Birthday wishes to you. May you enjoy a splendid day at home with your family and dear Alessandra!! Thank you from my heart for your wonderful voice, beautiful music, and kindness you always show to your fans…including me. ♥ I am one of the many Nonna’s, who love you, especially in the U.S. Thank you for helping me stand steadily at the Opera House in Chicago last March. Looking forward to another U.S. Concert!!! Success and blessings abound for you in your future, dear Ignazio!!! ♥Harriett from Illinois U.S.A.


Happy Birthday to Ignazio the sweetest man I have ever known. God has blessed you with the most handsomest smile that lights up my day when watching videos of you singing or if I see you on stage. I am so glad I discovered Il Volo 8 or so years ago. I have had the pleasure of listening to your solos & singing with your brothers. I hope you have the best Birthday ever with your friends & your brothers & if Alessandra is traveling with you or if your get home. You are constantly in my prayers that God keeps you safe in your travels. I always remember you coming off the stage to see if I got back to Toronto safely from the concert the day before a few years ago. You are a class act to this fan. Sending you loads of love. Love you & always in my prayers. Looking forward to the next concert. Please take good care of yourself. Loretta from Toronto


Best wishes for a wonderful birthday that you will be able to spend with your family and friends. Thank you birthday-boys_1so much for the pleasure that your wonderful voice has brought to us all over the years. Enjoy your special day.
Marion Ferrari, Florida. USA


Happy Birthday, dear Ignazio! You and Piero and Gianluca have enriched my life so much since I first saw and heard you in Detroit on my public TV station here in Milwaukee. You have grown into a handsome, caring, full of life and terrific young man. And that voice!! Stay happy, enjoy your special day and I wish you the best all your life. I was lucky to see you in Milwaukee in 2014. PLEASE come back here soon.

Carol


For Ignazio: Wish you a wonderful HAPPY BIRTHDAY.  You, your music, your voice are my Grande Amore.

LOVE,  Liz Vines


Ignazio,
Have a happy, happy birthday. So nice you will be celebrating your birthday at home this year with your loved ones. I want to thank you for all joy you have brought me over the years. I have been a big fan of Il Volo since 2011. I have watched you mature into a wonderful person. You have worked hard to reach your success and deserve every good thing that has happened to you. Have a wonderful birthday…you deserve it!! I can’t wait for your next American tour.  ~~ Sharon Mullarkey


Ignazio ~ auguri per il tuo compleanno e potrai avere molti felici ritorni di questo importante giorno nella tua vita. Vorrei anche ringraziarvi per aver condiviso il vostro bel canto con tutti noi di godere. Da Ineke in Sud Africa.


Dear Ignazio, I am so grateful for all the happy times you have brought me and thousands of others over the years since you came to our attention when you were only fourteen. We could not have dreamt how wonderful life would be for the three of you. With your sunny personality you have amazing years ahead of you. I wish you the happiest of birthdays and many, many years of splendid celebrations. With love from Vancouver Island – Lesley Newall.


Happy birthday. May you year be fill with happiness. You bring happiness to me with your beautiful voice.igna amici  ~~ Janet Pilkington


Hey Amazing One, have the best birthday ever. (And amazingly they probably will just get better each year with more and more fans wishing you happy wonderful things!). Sharon (from Detroit)


Dear Ignazio
It is hard to believe I have been watching you and listening to you for 9 years! Every year has brought more and more pleasure as you have matured and expanded your capabilities and repertoire. I love listening and watching you every day! May all your dreams come true. Wishing you every happiness on your birthday. (and please come back to Toronto!)
Penina Honig, Toronto


Ignazio, I couldn’t let Hurricane Irma stop me from wishing you a very Happy Birthday and many, many more.
Alice in Florida


Dear Ignazio, have a wonderful birthday, filled with love, family, friends, and fans. We love you. ~~ Linda P.



AUGURI BUON COMPLEANNO IGNA BEAUTIFUL DAY~~ Louise Hemert


Happy Birthday Ignazio!  Hope you come back to Boston Mass very soon!  We missed you!  I love your voice.  Have a wonderful day!  — Rosemary Westgate


Happy birthday Ignazio. Hope you have the greatest of ignadays and may God bless you ~~ Teresa Carosi


Dear. Ignazio. Buon. Compleanno. Have. A. Wonderful. Birthday. And. Many. More. We. Love. You ~~ Jean Leto


Ignazio – have a wonderful birthday ~~ Camille Greco


Dear Ignazio,
Thank you for all of the smiles, giggles and laughs with which you have gifted us. Thank you for the thoughtfulness, enthusiasm, passion and honesty in your performances. Thank you for the love you show to others in large and small ways. Thank you for sharing your wonderful talent with us. May you have a wonderful birthday and a blessed year.
Sincerely,
Jeanette Hicks


Lieber Ignazio,

die allerherzlichsten Glückwünsche zum Geburtstag ! 😙🎂🥂🎉🎁

 

Ich wünsche dir Gesundheit, viel Freude und Erfolg bei deinen Projekten und gemeinsam mit Gianluca und Piero.

 

Alles Liebe aus Deutschland

 

        von Paula Schneider 🙋‍♀️


BUON COMPLEANNO IGNAZIO!!!

23 ANNI!

 ti diverti con la tua famiglia e con i tuoi amici 

Ti vogliamo bene,

Angelica, Ines and Miguel Rosas

 Las Vegas, NV


Ignazio, Happiest of birthdays to you today!  May all of your wishes and dreams fill your heart with joy!
Much love,
Big birthday hugs,
A fan from Arizona,
Barbara A.  🎈🎂🎈❤️

Sue Hemshell


Carissimo Ignazio,

che dire, tu hai tutto,

sei un’artista incredibile,

hai un grande seguito di fans che ti adorano,

sei bello, dolce, affascinante, responsabile
 
hai una famiglia che ti protegge
 
e una giovane e bella donna che ti ama.
 
La vita ti sorride e tu sorridi a lei ,
 
salute e amore non ti manchino mai.
 
La tua voce si alzi sempre gioiosa e pura
 
e faccia sognare tutte noi che ti vogliamo tanto bene.
 
             A  U  G  U  R  I  ………………Daniela

BUON COMPLEANNO,  IGNAZIO !!!  ~~ Jean Haines


Buon Compleano, dear Ignazio! 23 anni!

I met you for the first time in March at your Chicago concert and got a birthday hug from you as my birthday was only two days before.

Now I am wishing YOU the best of birthdays with your family and friends. I hope you have a great day!

I can’t wait to see you in person again and hear your beautiful voice. I just may have to fly to Italy next time!

Auguri é molto amore,  Patricia W. (pitterpat0) from Missouri


“Happy Birthday“ Ignazio.  I hope you all come back to the United States in 2018.  ~~ Rose Bilotta


 OCTOBER 4,  2017 

I wish you a HAPPY BIRTHDAY  IGNAZIO..  You show your gift of singing talent is not for yourself alone, but as an instrument of joy and hope to give to the rest of humanity.   I believe you respect the dignity and worth of others.  HAPPY 23rd BIRTHDAY to a delightful young man.  May God bless you today and for a lifetime.  Gale Wall


Ignazio, I wish you a year of…
Soaring Joy
Amazing Accomplishments
Great Gratitude
And Knowing you are Deeply Loved!
All this I’ve already sent from My Heart to Yours!
And of course, all of this already IS YOU!
Loving awe from Jeanine

 


It’s Party Time!!

Twenty three years ago a Star was born who would become our treasured Ignazio.  Hope you never change and stay the way you are.  You are always entertaining. making us sigh, smile or laugh.

Happy Birthday Darlin’.  Sending hugs, kisses and wishes for a great day with all your friends and loved ones.

Luv Ya,

Julie Bernache


Happy birthday wishes for a wonderful day…especially, enjoying your birthday  at home with family and all your loved ones!

Additionally, congratulations for continuing to stretch your musical muscles by learning to conduct an orchestra.  I am so proud of you!  You continue to grow and become even more musically talented with each passing year.  Hugs!

Sandi Eyman

Flight Crew member from Ohio🎂🎶


Best wishes from one Libra to another love you 🎶💕  ~~ Maureen Perucca


Happy, Happy Birthday Dear Ignazio. You are such a sweet young man. Enjoy your day to the fullest. You definitely deserve it.
🎂🎉🎊🎁💙💙🎂 ~~ Maria Marques


Hi!  Ignazio.    A great big Happy Birthday from the Las Vegas team –

Myron and Jeannette from the

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Las Vegas  Il  Volo  Fan

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Myron Heaton & Jeannette Giglio


 

Buon Compleanno Ignazio!! Wow, you are turning 23!! You have already accomplished so much in your young life, and I am sure that there will be many more successes in your future. I have attended several concerts and you always leave your fans wanting more not only for your beautiful voice but for your infectious personality when on stage. You are a “Package of Perfection.”  Your smile says it all! Love my picture from M&G Notte  Magica Concert in Miami🤗 Tanti Auguri Annette Naples, Fl ❤️❤️


Dear Ignazio,
I wish you the most joyful of birthdays spent with your family and loved ones. I will be thinking of you on your special day with love and gratitude for you for your beautiful music, your beautiful heart and your beautiful soul. Listening to you and Piero and Gianluca transports me to the most peaceful serene place each and every time I hear your gorgeous voices. May you enjoy every happiness in your personal and professional life and may God bless you and your brothers and keep you in the palm of His hand always. Love and blessings
Margaret D. Mirailh


I HAVE ENJOYED “IL VOLO” AT CONCERTS IN LOS ANGELES AND LAS VEGAS. ALL THREE YOUNG MEN ARE VERY TALENTED. WHEN I HEAR IGNAZIO, PIERO, AND GIANLUCA SING IT IS TRULY A BEAUTIFUL DAY. I WISH “IL VOLO” ALL OF MY LOVE.
 
                    
               HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO…..
                           
             IGNAZIO…..
Edward Hawkins

Dear Ignazio.  Wishing you a very special  23rd birthday. I hope your day is filled with love and happiness .  Your beautiful voice is such a gift , and one that I hope to be able to listen for many years to come.  You and your Il Volo brothers touch my heart and always make me smile.
Blessings on you as you begin another successful year your life.
Janet
San Francisco, California
 

Happy Birthday Ignazio!

 I wish you a year filled with love, joy, peace and much happiness!

 “Una Notte Magica” was just that!  Love all the songs, and I am so grateful to have seen you, Piero and Gianluca in Easton and at Radio City Music Hall in March.  The concerts were wonderful and you all were perfect. Hopefully you can make some visits to the US in 2018, and I know we can look forward to more beautiful music!

Thank you for all the joy and love you give. Love and blessings to all!

Margaret Ladolcetta


-THE VERY BEST WISHES FROM GINA IN TEXAS-


I WISH YOU THE BEST ALWAYS AND FOREVER. ENJOY YOUR DAY. LOTS OF LOVE LINDA


Ignazio,
 Can You Feel the Love Tonight for all the Little Things you do for us?
You make me Smile when you sing.  I hope you have a Beautiful Day,
Buon Compleano,  Eternally yours, 

 

Rose Marie Paliobeis, Cleveland, Ohio


Ignazio,

Hard to believe it’s time to wish you Happy Birthday once again. As one who has witnessed your professional growth for several years now, the best I can wish for you is even more of the brilliant success you have earned.

Buon Compleanno, my dear young man. 🎂

~Marie Crider

🎈🎀💌🎂✈


Happy Birthday, Ignazio!You light up our world with your beautiful smile and superb voice.  
I wish you a year of fun, love, and pure joy.  The kind you give to others so freely.
Sincerely,
Jane from Minnesota


Caro Ignazio,
  Buon Compleanno!!   23 annos!!   Tanti Aguri
Have a wonderful Day!!  You will “Be On The Road Again” for your Special Day!!  Enjoy it with your Musical Family!!  Ignazio, I love all your music!!   Your wonderful tenor voice gets better & better!!  Any of your songs give me many emotions & happiness!! This year is sure to bring many more honors & awards fullfilling more of your musical goals & dreams!! Notte Magica is a magnificent tribute to The Three Tenors!!!  Thank you for being so sweet & charming to me when we meet!! That is who your are. A talented, humorous, gracious, loving, precious young man whose  love of music is his life!! Again, let me thank your wonderful Parents for sharing their cherished son with the World!!
   Amore, Nonna Anne


May your guardian angels keep you from all harm that you may find on your flight. You have become a beautiful swan, your voice developed to be more stunning every year, bringing joy in so many lives. It’s a soothing, and quickening delight. Thank you for all the BirthdayBalloons2Cliparthard work, strength and endurance, your family and the crew are going through since 2009, to achieve this perfection. Thank you, Igna, grazie i molti baci, from Astrid from Bavaria, who met you this year on the train track from Düsseldorf to Hamburg!

 


 

Dearest Ignazio as you turn “23” I am thankful that you came into my life as an adorable 14 year old and are still in my life today enchanting me with your magnificent voice, big heart, captivating smile and playful amore della vita !! You make me and millions of other Il Volovers all around the world very happy everyday !! You will be home for your birthday this year so have a beautiful day with your family, friends and your lovely sweetheart Alessandra !!
Happy “23rd ” Birthday
All My Love, Joan Brenin


Peace and Happiness today and always and may the Good Lord grant you so many more wonderful birthdays!  God bless you!

Margaret Camilleri Pace


Tanti Auguri, Ignazio!!  Happy 23rd!

The Detroit Il Volo Gals!CAKE

Jana/Virginia/Emilia/Sharon/Chris/Barb T/Barb D/Lorna/Donna/Magdalena


Unfortunately, it appears Igna was not able to go home for his birthday, but is in sunny Miami with the Estefan’s!  I’m sure he will have a great party with them!

 

 

Thoughts on Ignazio, by Daniela

Ignazio has posted on Instagram this  beautiful photo.

 

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Ignazio’s sincere look gives a deep affection and respect to the person who is close to him.

From this shot, these comments were born.

Melina AnastasiThis photo does not require comments !!! 

Ignazio has called it “life lessons.” It is infinite delicacy, affection, depth and attention, Ignazio’s glance is a caress of the soul!

Carmen Verdi = After the summer fun, the sea, the car races, the laughter with friends, the carefree, the time comes to stop, listen, and follow the advice. To listen carefully to the story of a difficult and tiring life as it would have been for the elderly relative and to take lessons. Not everything is taken in life, I imagine the wise man, strong in his experience, and Ignazio seems to hang from his lips, looks at him with respect, admiration, and even affection. These meetings are good, they bring to reality, they do not lose sight of reality, they remind, if they ever need to, always have their feet well planted on the floor and never forget where they left. We know how Ignazio is ready to listen.

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Ignazio always amazes us, what is your thought?

Credit to all owners of photos.

~Jane~

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Quito, Ecuador – September 17, 2017

(Sorry, posting this a little early tonight, necessito duerma!)


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From a photo from Piero in the plane, they landed safely in Quito and were greeted by adoring fans!  They have been pretty lucky so far escaping the earthquakes and hurricanes. Prayers again to Mexico and Puerto Rico.  I think it helped last time, let’s do it again!

Enjoy the photos and videos from Quito!  Thank you to all owners of videos and pictures and to Gary Istok for his picture of Ecuador.

Let’s start with the meet/greet first this time…not too many of them, looks like most got a few pictures!

https://www.omgvip.com/il-volo-september-17-2017/

gary's photo

 

 

 

 

Here is a nice review of their concert:review

 

 

ILVOLO PRESENT ‘TRIBUTE TO THE THREE TENORES’, IN QUITO
On Saturday, September 16, 2017, in the evening they gave a private concert in Puerto Rico. Yesterday (September 17, 2017) Il Volo arrived in Quito in the morning and at 6:00 p.m., dressed in black suits and white shirts, arrived on stage of the theater of the House of Ecuadorian Culture to pay homage to Luciano Pavarotti, José Carreras and Plácido Domingo, The Three Tenors. Il Volo, a trio of young Italians made up of Gianluca Ginoble (baritone), Ignazio Boschetto (tenor) and Piero Barone (tenor), have been closely watched by The Three Tenors since April 25, 2009, when they performed Sole Mio. From that day the Italian public nicknamed them ‘The little tenors’. Since that presentation that was part of Ti lascio una canzione, an Italian Rai 1 reality show, eight years have gone by, four studio albums, five live shows, two Eps and 12 international tours including ‘Noche mágica’, a tribute to The Three Tenors, with whose music they came to the country to show two things: their talent in lyric singing and their ability to interact with the public.
From the shows of The Three Tenors, all you have to do is go to YouTube and see one of their performances. The lyrical singing concerts are no longer solemnity, and that is what Ginoble, Boschetto and Barone showed from the first song on Sunday night which was Nessun dorma until Grande Amore, one of the current lyric pop hits played in the team’s jersey and hundreds of fans stuck to the stage taking photographs. In the first part of this sound journey, which lasted two hours, Il Volo performed songs like Grenada, A Stealthy Tear, The Dance, E luceva le stelle, Torna a surriento and Ave Maria Mater. The first part ended with The Prelude of the Carmen interpreted by the orchestra, of 40 musicians, directed by the teacher Larry Salgado, that narrowed the hands of the musicians in several occasions.
The tenacity and vocal extension of the members of Il Volo reached their best levels in the performances of Maria, My Way, Tonight, Cielito lindo and En Aranjuez with your love. Boschetto, the member of the trio who has changed the most in these eight years, was responsible for fostering interaction with the public, which included jokes with his handling of Spanish and with his fans. The final part of his presentation was marked by the interpretation of Italian popular music classics such as Sole mio, Libiamo ne ‘lieti calici and Volare, the most international of the Italian pieces and songs from his repertoire such as Mas que amor, Si me missing your look and Grande amore, with which they won the Song Festival of San Remo, in 2015.

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Gabriel Flores
September 18, 2017 | 09:51

n.d.r .: grazie semper a Morena per la segnalazione


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From Top Show…

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Here is a nice little video of little clips of the concert… for some reason I could not download it…

 

 

 

Granada…

 

 

 

 

Ok, and I couldn’t resist putting this one in for all of the Ignazio fans from the Panama concert, I just found it the other night.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Gracias Quito!!   Please forward to your friends in Quito.  I saw we have at least 2 readers in Ecuador!  🙂 

Up next – Brasilia!

Adios!

Jana

 

Ignazio’s Birthday is Coming Up!

EDIT:  PLEASE HAVE GREETINGS IN BY OCTOBER 2nd……thank you!


 

 

Happy #23!!!

It’s hard to believe that we’re coming into Fall.   Already … I’m not a happy camper … about that… really.  No, really; I’m not.

It’s a good thing that the season is all about Ignazio, then, because wishing him a happy birthday cheers me right up!

His big day is only 4 weeks away, and it was time for his birthday post.  You know the drill…

Send your birthday greeting to us at ilvoloflightcrw@outlook.com by the evening of October 3rd.  If you send your message and don’t receive an automated message, and then a personal confirmation from me with 48 hours of sending your message, please reach out to us via comment to this post.

 

Also…I need a little help…

Finding music for the birthday videos is always a process.  I’m always worried about finding something each guy will love as well as something that is meaningful and can help tell their story.  Will you help me?  Post your ideas for music in the comments below.  If I use your song, I will add your name to the video credits.  Thank you!

And I’m sorry, Ignazio.  I didn’t mean to cover your post in Disney Fairies… let me close with this:

 

~~ Kelly

 

23 Sicilian Dishes to Die For…courtesy of Ann Cruise

This great little link was sent to us by Ann!  For me, you can leave out the sardines, eggplant, and ricotta, but several of the desserts sound awesome, like the 7-layer chocolate cake!  The actual article is from 2014, but food never goes out of date!

The National Italian American Foundation (NIAF)

14 hrs · 

Happy #FoodieFriday! Which of these Sicilian dishes is your favorite?

http://ow.ly/smtb30eDgT5

 

However, surprise, surprise, no Chicken Marsala?    Here is my favorite chicken marsala recipe, based on Ignazio’s!

Jana’s Chicken Marsala

Take your pounded thin skinless chicken breasts and pat them in a mixture of 3 parts flour, and 1 part cocoa, and about a tablespoon of cinnamon.  Season with salt, pepper, and Italian seasonings. Saute them in a mixture of about a 1/4 to 1/2 cup of olive oil and half stick of butter.  And can’t forget the freshly sliced/chopped whole clove of garlic, or leave the little cloves whole, and another tablespoon of cinnamon.  🙂 After getting crispy on both sides, add in about a cup of Marsala wine, use the darker sweet version.  I also  make another pan of the Marsala wine with more butter and olive oil and add my mushrooms to that.  There never seems to be enough!  Thicken the sauce if you like.  Take out the chicken, spoon the mushroom sauce over chicken, garnish with freshly chopped Italian parsley, and serve immediately with your favorite pasta, and vegetable.  Although, it seems common to serve with little roasted potatoes in Italy.  Why not try it with a blood orange salad, also popular in Sicily?  I found this recipe here:

http://www.thekitchn.com/colorful-recipe-sicilianinspired-blood-orange-salad-167371

And who can forget the famous and cute little video of Ignazio teaching us how to cook chicken Scalloppine alla Marsala!  We’ve posted it before, but ever so cute!!  (although, someone needs to tell him you really don’t want to use cooking Marsala…you want the real stuff!)

 

MANGIA!!

 

CIAO!

Flashback – 1 Year ago today: Detroit’s Notte Magica! Aug 24, 2016

Wow – it’s been a year already!  Where does the time go?  We’ve had an incredible year, the guys are enjoying their time off and the Latin Tour awaits.  Saw them 3 times this year – certainly not enough!

(thank you to those that have answered the survey from Tuesday – let’s get some more answers!  So far there are over 100 responses!)  🙂


Ciao a tutti!  Ok, this might be even a little longer than normal, but I think I if I didn’t have all the details in here, some would be upset!  🙂  Here’s the inside scoop…

Lorna and I had barely been back a week from Italy and on July 14, Chris and I received the email to volunteer for the upcoming pledge drive at PBS.   A quick check on Aug 24 said it was a live event – YES! Il Volo was coming! We quickly signed up to work the phones as we did last year, not knowing how things were going to go and we wanted to be sure we were there. Later that afternoon, we received the official email from Michelle Gaisser at PBS.  schedule Per Il Volo management, there were only to be 35 tickets available for sale at a cost of $350 a ticket! Oh no, our odds just dipped! She announced they would go on sale on July 26 at 10a sharp and enclosed the website link to the PBS site. Wow, there were over 10 of us in our little group. What if we all didn’t get tickets? Operation “get tickets” went into motion! Of course, we went to the website and as she had said, there was nothing there yet. We later found out this email went to about 250 persons. Our odds of getting tickets were getting slimmer by the moment. Ok, we quickly mobilized the troupes and our plan went into action on the morning of July 26. Ginny and Lorna were at Jana’s with fingers ready on the keyboards at 9:55am. Chris was at work and unable to order, so Ginny had her info. Donna went to Sharon’s, so they could help each other. Sherry was at home, at the ready, too! I was at the office, behind closed doors, waiting nervously for the laptop I had borrowed to strike 10am! I had preset the link to the website on the computer. I believe we all did. All we had to do was hit refresh, and boom, order as fast as our fingers allowed! We all agreed we would sign on and order at least 2 tickets so everyone in our group would be able to go. If there was a chance someone didn’t get tickets, we would work it out.

 

Ok, it was 10a – refresh! Refresh!! Refresh!! Wait, it wasn’t working, I was starting to panic and break out in a cold sweat! I quickly emailed Michelle and said it wasn’t working. Plan B. I went back to the original email, on my phone and clicked on the link! Presto! It worked, by then it was at least 5 after 10a and I was in panic mode. I quickly chose 2 tickets, that said that was our limit, put in my information and voila! It said I was confirmed for 2 tickets! Yea! I quickly texted the others and said I had 2 tickets. Oh, no, Sharon and Donna could not connect. I told them to go back to the original email, said they did, but that didn’t work. Ok, I told Sharon to send me her info ASAP and I would try to order them. She sent the info and I believe I got the last 2 tickets, from what I heard later. By about 10:20a, the tickets were sold out. We later learned that Lorna had gotten 4 tickets. So, between the 5 of us, we had gotten 12 tickets!! Just about 1/3 of the tickets were ours!

 

As usual, the anticipation grew, and clothes were getting chosen. OK, fast-forward…..August 24th!

 

It was a beautiful day, however there was a threat of rain in the forecast. We all met at my apartment (Ignazio’s Blessing – lol!) and took off shortly after 4:30p. A group of us, about 15 or so, met at Antonio’s the night before for a meet/greet/celebration of our own.

It was to start at 6:30p. After almost a 1.5 hour car ride out to Wixom from Dearborn, while dodging a few rain showers, we finally arrived about 6:15p. We got our badges, mingled a bit and took a few pictures. At just about 6:30p, they led us to the dining area. The food was all set up and waiting for us and the wine on the tables.   We were table #1. There were 7 of us sitting at a table for ten. Mingled some more and took more pictures. Had a glass of wine.ginny It was really warm in there and it wasn’t the wine! There appeared to be something wrong with the A/C! (Chris and I later found out on Sunday, while we were volunteering that the guys were too cold and they asked to turn off the air. A room full of 40 year-old plus women and they turn the air off!) Dinner was pretty good; better than last year. It was a little after 7:30p and we were anxiously awaiting for 8p to get there. Finally, about 7:55p or so, Il Volo security announced we could not personally give them any gifts we brought, but we had to put them on a table and they would take them to them. That was very disappointing for everyone. But at least they will get them and I could get rid of those t-shirts! They started calling the tables about 8:10p – late again. We were told they were rehearsing and on a tight schedule. However, they called table 3 first! That was ok though, I didn’t really want to be first. We ended up being the 3rd table to be called. There were 4 tables.food

 

We went in and it was nothing like last year. It was dull and almost sterile. They didn’t allow the others to stay in the room. They were ushering you out as soon as you were done. However, I did stay as I had put my bag on the floor and went back to get it and then stayed until our group was finished.

 

The guys were just standing up there, kind of looking bored, no presents, no fun, no extra lights. Red carpet, but dull and boring beige backdrop for pictures. We had nametags on and Gianluca was calling out everyone’s name, kind of announcing us – that was nice.

 

I was next. “Jana!” “Gianluca!” I exclaimed. I excitedly walked up to them, clutching my book and bear. I asked Gian and Piero to sign my book and Igna to sign my bear. After they signed my items, I brought them all close to me and told them all that I saw them in both all 3 - 2the Florence and Verona concerts. They seemed mildly amused that I had attended both concerts. I told Gian we went to Montepagano and how much we loved it. I told Piero how perfect he always was and he grinned broadly. I told Igna how awesome his note was in Per Te Ci Saro in Verona and he loved that as well. I then gave them all a hug and was time for the pictures.

 

 

 

Snap! Poof Scree-eech wait, rewind….!!

 

 

 

Sadly, that was how I wished it had gone!

 

Here is what really happened… I may have to turn in my official membership card (and I have one lol!) after I ashamedly admit the true story….

 

Some of it was true…. I was excited to walk up there, a bit nervous, but not too bad. I had already seen them up close and personal 3 or 4 times already this year! I handed Gian and Piero my book and asked them to sign it, then turned to Igna and asked him if he would sign my bear. He did seem to grin a bit at the picture, but signed it no questions asked… I did tell Ignaigna 3 that I had gone to Italy and was at both the Florence and Verona concerts. I think he said, “yeah?” At least I think he looked at me with questioning eyes? Then I had to tell him that I had to go 4,400 miles to hear them sing Per Te Ci Saro and that I/we were very sad they didn’t sing it in the United States. I felt so bad, I really did, because of his reaction – “yes,” he said, “we, know…” Then, I just turned around and said, ok, now what, and they said “look here” and took our picture. I then put my arm around Igna’s waist and said to him that Alessandra was beautiful and I hoped they were happy together. He said thank you with a little smile. I wanted him to feel a little better after I made him sad… I started to walk away and realized that I was missing the cap from my pen, so turned around and Piero had it. I took the cap, looked into beautiful eyes and said “grazie!” I then went down the red carpet to gather my bag…  Marie put my picture that Chris took up on the site, so you can see that. (the other professional pictures have not been posted yet)gian and piero

 

Yes, that was it – no hugs – at all, unless you count my arm around Ignazio! I hang my Flight Crew head in shame! Others were more successful than I – getting hugs and selfies, even, with Gianluca! Well, I guess I have to keep doing this until I get it right! Next time, I’m going to write everything down so I don’t forget it.

I WANT A DO-OVER!!!

 

Then it was back in the dining area for some dessert and coffee and the raffle prize giveaway. We also sang Happy Birthday to Mary to celebrate her 87th birthday! Some lucky lady won a HUGE signed poster of the guys. That same gracious lady, gave it to Mary, for her birthday! Mary was tickled – but how was she going to get it home to Minnesota!? I heard today she had it shipped UPS.

 

It was really roasting in there and suddenly the air seemed to kick in, I felt a cooler breeze every so often. Finally, 9:30p and the show was already starting. They gave us a lecture, yet again, on cameras, videoing (we could not), when we could take pictures, etc. That was a bummer! Ok, we got to go into the studio. The guys were sitting behind the desk, all prim and proper. They really HAD matured since last year. But they were also pretty tired. I knew, first hand, how exhausted they must feel, as Lorna and I were on the exact same flight they were from Rome to Detroit. I remember, about the 2nd day home, it really hit me about 8 or 9p and I wanted to just collapse. They all had coffee in front of them! Everyone always says, “oh, they are young…” but when jet lag hits, you can’t help it! Another lecture on when you could take pictures – only when he said we could, so many of the pictures you see are almost identical, except for the possible angle. Or for those that snuck pictures, somehow, when security wasn’t looking! I see there were a few of those pictures out on Facebook… I may have snuck a few also, but my new camera made a lot of noise and they threatened (and already did) take someone’s camera away if they took pictures when they weren’t supposed to! I wasn’t taking any chances. There were only about 3 or 4 times we could take pictures during the whole 1.5 hours of taping. Very disappointing. all 3And to top it off, the guys did not MOVE from their chairs behind that desk until the very end. I was so looking forward to that this year, since Chris and I were stuck on the phones last year.

 

They had a different gal this year doing the interviewing – oh good, we thought. Maybe she won’t screw up their names! What were we thinking? Agggghhh! She introduces Il Volo – “here we are with GianlucO, Piero, and Ig – naz – io!” Ugh, you should have heard the audience groan! I’m still surprised you did not hear it on the taping! She screwed up their names a few more times, we kept trying to tell those in charge to stop butchering their names. At one point, one of the security persons asked the audience, how many think she is messing up their names? Just about everyone raised their hands – I’m thinking now, those on the end didn’t because maybe they didn’t hear him? I raised BOTH my hands!! Finally, please, someone tell her!! Shortly after that, they started doing these promos for different cities. They went into their old routine of “I’m Gianluca, I’m Piero, and I’m Ignazio, and we are Il Volo!” Ah, finally, after about 10 times of doing this, we figured she’d get it right!? Like, why didn’t they do that in the first place?? Well, after that, I think she was too afraid to say any of their names, but did, finally, get Gianluca’s name right! I think she even screwed up Piero, but I’m not sure how. Such an embarrassment for PBS. I think the guys thought it was funny. Once or twice, even Ignazio said “GianlucO” with great emphasis on the “O” part. Lol! Good ol’ Igna – I hope she got the hint!

 

Ok, they did a few retakes and a few more promos. Finally, they were coming out from behind the barrier of the desk and coming toward us. Gianluca made a few donors happy, as I saw him with the headphones on. Ignazio must have really wanted to get out of there and he was coming down first. Ok, maybe I can get my membership card reinstated here, maybe…. I was being bold, not my usual style, and stood out in the aisleway, waiting for him to get near me. ignaI called out to him and then he stood still, and took my hand and shook it. Ok, no hug, but his soft, cool hands, were nice. He held his one hand over mine, as I shook his other one. So sweet. I told him, “if you see t-shirts, they are from me…” Ok, he said, and he walked away, out the door… Then Gianluca finally got near. Lorna had her moment cut short, so security promised her a few extra minutes with the guys. Gianluca came by and he purposely stopped him so she could take a picture with him. We finally convinced her to stand up, and she did. I tried to get his attention afterward, but it was a no go. Sadly, I was not able to tell him we went to Montepagano. And he walked out. Ok, Piero was last and the ladies up front were keeping him close. He was finally walking toward me and I took my big chance…I reached out to him and the guard was just about to push me away when he heard me say “I’ve never had a hug from Piero!” Ah, my saving grace, he backed off and I got a small hug from the deep, tenor, himself. Even though it lasted just a few seconds, he was sweet. He kept walking down the aisle, getting hugs from all the ladies on the ends. And then, they were gone! That was it, that was our “mingling with the audience” we were promised, by PBS!

 

Needless to say, we were quite disappointed. They really sat up there like bumps on a log, pretty much the entire night. No cutting up like last year. Maybe Barbara had warned them this time? Every so often the guys were really watching their performance. I opted to sit in the back row so I could stand up and take pictures without bothering anyone and of course, everyone else stood up in front of me! I got a few shots, but nothing great. Others were able to take better pictures that I’ve seen on FaceBook. I think the coffee may have finally taken effect near the end of the program and once in a while, Ignazio would sing a little phrase here and there from Mamma, or some other song. I’m sure it was just to stay awake! Like, that’s how boring it was!

 

One cute little tidbit… a few days before the show, a select few were emailed and asked to give some questions to ask the guys. Wow, ok, that was cool. Chris was one of the select few and she forwarded the email to me. I submitted 5 questions. They said there was no guarantee they would use them. Well, lo and behold, they actually used 2 of my questions! One, directly aimed at Gianluca… ”Being the only baritone of the group, how was it different, or was it any different to prepare for the concert for the 3 Tenors?” Well, I was tickled when I heard that – didn’t realize it until I was watching it the next night, as we couldn’t hear a thing in the audience. He gave a really strange answer and did not even really answer it. He said he sang this song by so-and-so and he was a tenor (I guess?), so in literally so many words, I guess he said he didn’t really have to prepare any differently? The other question I asked was, “if you could tell the fans anything, what would you tell them?” That was even the more oddest answer (I know that’s not good English, but Gianluca’s answer was bizarre!) Something about wanting to bring opera to young people? I really have to go watch it again.

 

I was happy to hear Ignazio say he was interested in studying more operahim being such the “pop” guy and all? And, I’m saving the best for last, this was not on the program….THEY ARE COMING BACK! In MARCH, to Detroit!

 

Yes, this hand will reach for her credit card, once again! Do you think I can get it right next time? Let’s wait and see!

p.s. well, as many of you know, I did get to do a “do-over” when they came back in March, and it was perfect.

 

A PRESTO, IL VOLO! Ciao!