Category Archives: I’m Smiling Because

A Special Treat from our Favorite Marie!

Ciao a tutti!  I challenged Marie to come out of semi-retirement and write something for us.  I figured she was getting bored looking at palm trees, sunshine and sandy beaches!  This is what she quipped… 🙂   Jana

Something’s Wrong With Me ~ Marie Crider

With the world in a sad and humbled state right now I thought you might like a little something on the lighter side:

~I just listened to an hour interview. It was all in Italian. I don’t understand Italian.

~I can’t lay in the sun without humming “O Sole Mio.”

~I go to concerts with a camera on my lap, but I’m afraid to use it in case I miss something.

~When in the front row at a concert and a security guy walks in front of me I want to shout, “How dare you come between me and THEM!?”  What does he think I might do, jump up on the stage?  Ok…I might jump on the stage, but I’ve got Leelee, my concert buddy, holding me down.  Oh, I could get past security anyway.  He doesn’t have a club big enough to pry me off Ignazio’s leg.

~All Il Volo CDs in my car are copies of the originals. Just in case someone should steal my car.

~When St. Mark’s Basilica started flooding, I panicked. I wanted to book a flight, grab a bucket and go.

~Piero neglected to ask me if he could change the color of his glasses.  (I may never get over that one.)

~The only pictures on my dresser are my Mom, my Dad and Gianluca.

~I have a strong urge to confess to the murder of someone named Delilah. Just to keep the heat off the Boys.

~I want to stand on a balcony in Italy and sing my heart out.  It wouldn’t matter that I can’t leave my hotel room…the air is Italian and that’s good enough for me.

~I have 17 Il Volo t-shirts (actually 16 plus one nightshirt thanks to Jana) but I can’t wear them. Cause…well, what if one should get a stain on it… or fade…or get lost with luggage at an airport…or destroyed by a rabid dog…or snagged on a barbed wire fence? Makes me sick thinking about the horrible things that could possibly happen to one of them.

~I have “Il Volo” tattooed on my left ankle and an “Il Volo” license plate on my car.

Yep, something is definitely wrong with me.  I may need professional help.


Grazie Mille, Marie, for sharing your thoughts with us and coming out of semi-retirement!  I’m sure we all feel the same in many ways!  But, just one question, why is Gianluca on your dresser and not Ignazio??  🙂



It is with sadness that we announce officially the last 2 concerts being cancelled.  But we also know the guys would have sung for us if they could, but they needed to get home.  I’m sure we will all meet again, hopefully soon – but another time and place.  I am also saddened that I am not able to meet all of you (old friends and new!) who were planning on being in Vegas and those I missed in Verona.   I think it is fitting to post this video of SMILE, along with the words.  I’m sure this is in the hearts of all of Il Volo, management, crew, and fans!


Smile though your heart is aching
Smile even though it’s breaking
When there are clouds in the sky, you’ll get by
If you smile through your fear and sorrow
Smile and maybe tomorrow
You’ll see the sun come shining through for you
Light up your face with gladness
Hide every trace of sadness
Although a tear may be ever so near
That’s the time you must keep on trying
Smile, what’s the use of crying?
You’ll find that life is still worthwhile
If you just smile
That’s the time you must keep on trying
Smile, what’s the use of crying?
You’ll find that life is still worthwhile
If you just smile


I know many of us are trying to smile through our tears (myself included), it is not easy, but hopefully there will be a next time for all of us to meet again.  In the words of an old Irish blessing… (St. Patrick’s Day is next week….)

May the road rise to meet you. May the wind be always at your back. May the sun shine warm upon your face. The rains fall soft upon your fields. And until we meet again, until we meet again. May God hold you in the palm of his hand. And until we meet again, until we meet again.


I think this almost says it all…. ciao amici!  🙂 


I’m Smiling Because ….

Hello Everyone!

It’s kind of rainy here, but I was  thinking of a couple of reasons to smile…

1.) My new nephew, Garrett, arrived safe and sound last week.  I absolutely can’t wait to meet him!

2.) Though it is rainy, it’s 70 degrees, and the trees are  blooming, so I think winter is finally over!!!


What about you?


~~ Kelly

I’m Smiling Because …


It’s been a little while since we’ve had one of these…

In a world that gives us more than enough reasons to frown, let’s give each other reasons to smile!




I’ll start…


I’m smiling because … today is Friday (TGIF)!!!  And because my best friend is finally feeling better as she goes into the 2nd trimester of her 2nd pregnancy … <3

Oh!  And that we get extra sleep this weekend… 



This is a Public Service Announcement from the guys of Il Volo:



Remember to Fall Back 1 hour on Saturday night/Sunday Morning!


~~ Kelly