The adventure of our fantastic friends Deborah and Jeannette continues …
Enjoy reading and ……. keep your jealousy !!!
Saturday, March 9
Now here is the scoop for Saturday night!!
After we left Max Cream, we went to the mall to get our passes for the instore tour on Sunday in Castrofilippo, then checked into our B&B in Canicattì.
So what should we do for dinner tonight!! Well, let’s go to Naro and eat at Ristorante Pizzeria Maison. This is a lovely restaurant we visited last year….and of course we knew that the boys were in Catania that day for the instore tour there. So we also figured there was no chance in “hell” that we would accidentally run into them!!
The two waiters recognized us from last year, and were excited to see us back! We had a great conversation with them and had a several course, fantastic long dinner, in typical Sicilian style.
Well….while we were sitting there, suddenly we noticed some familiar faces coming into the restaurant. I looked up and there was Gaetano Barone coming towards us with a huge smile. He gave us hugs and a warm welcome to Naro. It appeared to be a family gathering along with a few friends, as Eleonora, Mariagrazia, Nonno Pietro and Nonna were all there!!It was nice to see the family enjoying each other’s company!
As we were served our delicious dessert, we received an extra special treat! Walking towards our table was none other than….you guessed it….our gorgeous Piero!!! He gave us a warm welcome and was happily surprised to see us as we were him, because we thought he was still in Catania. He had a little conversation with us, and then rejoined his family and friends!
As we were leaving, we got hugs & kisses from Eleonora ….. Piero with an absolutely gorgeous smile, waved to us and said, “See you tomorrow!”
Sorry, we did not take any photos as we wanted to respect their privacy!!!
Sunday, March 10
Instore tour at Centro Commerciale LaVigne
We arrived several hours early to get a good spot…Unfortunately Mall Security had other ideas!!! They explained in detail to us, what we needed to do and where to go…. however … Non ho capito!!!
So we wandered around until we saw a group of people gathered together and thought “Are these other Ilvolovers???”
As we approached them, we asked if they were there to see IL VOLO…the only thing they understood from us was…IL VOLO!!!! They said Sì! So we got in line! … We decided to mingle with the fans there…so unable to adequately communicate in Italian…Jeannette pulled out her special IL VOLO picture book that the boys had signed previously and that’s all the communication we needed!!!
We were actually adopted by this very nice couple that was in line in front of us!! They spoke no English and we spoke no Italian, however through Google Translate, sign language and “The now famous Book” we had a blast!!!
As we were standing in line waiting, it became apparent that crowds of people we going up the escalator for the CD signing!! We were getting upset because we came early to get a good spot and we were going nowhere!! To our surprise, when they finally let us go up the escalator, there was a lane that lead us to a special area with seats for the pass holders!! (Sure beats standing for hours like we did in Carini.)
The MC entertained us (in Italian) and was very funny even though we had no clue what was being said…He picked three girls out of our area..and named them…Ignaciette, Pieramia and Gianlita or something to that effect…and had them sing 🎶Musica Che Resta🎶!! They sang very well!!…
It was finally time for our boys to enter and everyone went wild!! The CD signing went pretty quickly this time, but we received their love and attention before we were hauled off the stage by the the big burley bouncer that was waiting for us!! 😉😂😊 As we went off the stage, who do we first see??? Eleonora and Mariagrazia!!! Once again we get big hugs and kisses!! We also saw Dario, Piero’s good friend, and talked with him for a bit and spent some time with Max Messina and his beautiful girlfriend!
The instore tours have now come to an end…with wonderful memories for us to cherish….Until our next IL VOLO adventure….we say ….
I am sure that after you read this beautiful and long adventure of the instore in Sicily of our friends Jeannette Giglio and Deborah GeorginiBeaupre, you will all want to come to Italy, preferably to Sicily, to participate in an instore ……. Jeannette and Deborah are just two forces of nature: Daniela
Centro Commerciale Poseidon is where the IL VOLO adventure of a life time started for Deborah Georgini Beaupre and Jeannette Giglio, oh that’s me… We went to the CD signing two hours early and there we met Giovanna and Nino Leone, Daniela Galati-LaFata’s sister and brother-in-law… They were up front and we were able to get to them with a great view of IL VOLO when they came onto the stage…Deborah purchased our CD’s a couple of days before I arrived and had our passes for our CD signing with the boys…We met some nice people in line and did our best to communicate with our limited Italian and their limited English. With the help of our new found friend, Giovanna, we were able to share stories of the love we have for IL VOLO…Nino took pictures of us all together and then surprised us by taking pictures of us on stage withlL VOLO...
In 2016 after the Las Vegas fanfare I had a beautiful book made up with pictures of IL VOLO when they were young boys and through the years…In the middle of the book was pictures of the fanfare and lastly pictures of them in 2016 , Notte Magica pictures with Placido Domingo, and some of Michele and Barbara mixed in. The Italian ladies and a few Italian men were thrilled to see the book and it was funny to see Deborah and I trying to explain the activities in the pictures to them, you have to remember we are trying to explain to them in English and a few Italian words sprinkled in and them talking fast in Italian to us and we just had the best time with them in spite of the language barrier…
It was finally our turn to get in line to see our boys and get the CD’s signed … There were about 400 to 500 people crowded around the stage. We pushed our way out of the crowd and tried going around to the left side of the stage where the fans were lining up… The people standing there watching our guys would not let us through even though we were holding up our passes to show why we had to get ahead of them… We gave up and went around the entire crowd of people and went to the right side of the stage and around the back of the stage to where the ticket holders were lining up and the mall cop would not let us in!!! He said we had to go back around and just work our way through the crowd…Now we are angry and hot from jogging around the mall of 500 people so this time we just pushed our way through the crowd and let them yell at us in Italian, we didn’t care, we didn’t understand them anyway, we were not going to miss our time with “our boys.”
Deborah went up first and said, “Ciao guys!!” They were very surprised to see her and recognized her right away!! Ignazio gave her a big hug and smile and Gianluca a big smile and said to her, “Come stai?” She drew a blank and almost said “Bueno”!!! The words “Molto bene” just wouldn’t come out, until Gianluca said you need to speak in Italian “Va bene”? As she was speaking to both of them, we found out later it was being filmed, as you probably already saw in her post. As security was about to have her move on, Piero said wait, grabbed her hand and told the MC that she was from America, so he came to her with the microphone and asked her what her name was and where she was from and also gave her a big hug!! What an special moment!
Now it was my turn. I went up the first two steps and Ignazio was the first to see me and he wrapped his arms around me and gave me a big warm hug… I was flabbergasted almost at a loss for words… but this is mighty mouth Jeannette and I recovered my vocabulary quickly and asked him if they would sign my book… He took the book and smiled as he looked at some of the pictures and then signed on the front page.
As this was happening, Gianluca saw me and with his biggest most loving smile said, oh you are here tooooo!!! He gave me a big hug and double cheek kisses then played tug of war with Ignazio trying to grab the book away from him… Ignazio said something in Italian and made one of his angry funny faces in his comical style and let Gianluca have the book… Gianluca got all excited and started looking through each page and commented how great he thought the book was… Then by this time Piero noticed the book and pictures and wanted to see it… Gianluca said no, no, no and continued looking through pages until he saw a picture of him and me, he then signed the picture and handed the book to Piero and asked if we would be going to Catania… I said no but we will see you Sunday… His face lit up again with that million dollar smile and said good, see you there and gave me a little hug as I turned to Piero…
By this time Piero found a place to sign and we had a minute to hug and talk… He wanted to know how long I would be in Sicily and would I see them again. I said yes on Sunday… He smiled that big smile and said you mean you are coming to my hometown? I said yes and I got a hug for that… The guys were just surprised and very happy to see Deborah and I. We certainly had more time with them than most fans did…What can I say, it was better than any meet and greet because they made the extra time for us and we have been on cloud nine ever since…
Today was a long drive from Palermo to Canicatti .. We had our GPS take us to places we had never been before, however after the third time around we figured that was not where we wanted to be. After about and hour or more returning to dead ends, unpaved roads with paths that could not even be called a road, with huge pot holes so big that we were afraid we would lose the car in one of them. We decided to give up on the GPS and find the sign that said Canicatti … We were there in a short period of time but so stressed out that we just had to go to Max Cream and have a gelato to calm our nerves. We had a great conversation with our friend Max Messina…We checked into our B&B and relaxed and put this first episode together for all of you…
We had another great adventure tonight but we will keep you in suspense until tomorrow as our adventure continues…
Crew, I do not know which way to start telling my day.
I just came back from Milan, where there was the instore for the presentation of the new CD, MUSICA.
My feet are broken, and I’m very tired, but I want to fix immediately, the emotions that have marked the day.
I had already decided to go to Milan on Friday, but on Thursday, I received a letter from the official fan club, which warned me that I had been drawn, to take part in the mini-live that would take place a couple of hours before the instore.
Here I am with, in my hand, my copy of MUSICA, the new CD.
Waiting for the mini-live.
What about the Duomo behind me? Always beautiful to see!
After a couple of hours they call us for the mini-live. After going through the check of documents, here we are all lined up in the corridor, waiting.
We will spend more than an hour in the corridor, with an incredible heat, because it was a beautiful spring day.
Meanwhile, we fans talk, and who should I see but Veronica. She bought tickets for Jana, for the Verona Arena.
Veronica sends you her greetings, Jana !!
Really nice, Veronica!
And finally they let us in and tell us to sit on the ground ….. is not the best of the comfort, but they explain that they can stand up only at the bottom, otherwise nobody can see before.
Ok, I sit on the ground …. what we would not do for these guys !!! 😜
We are 150 people admitted to the mini live.
The director of Radio Subasio comes and begins to present the event.
He says that during the week in Sanremo he was able to know Ignazio, Piero and Gianluca well and he says they are really special people (we already knew that) and he says that Radio Subasio will always play the music of IL VOLO.
Begin, the notes of, “MUSICA CHE RESTA” …
But now here they are ……. IL VOLO….. Ignazio, Piero and Gianluca !!!
Did you manage to see me in the video?
They are really beautiful and funny, they sing and we all sing with them. This is a video of mine and of course what you hear is my voice!!
And here’s another video, of the same time, we were all singing. There was a very relaxed atmosphere.
My legs hurt so much to stay in that position, but it did not matter!!
Gianluca also made a video!
A small interview follows from the director of Radio Subasio:
RS = In this CD there is music present and also of the past.
G = Yes, it is a slightly different album from the others we did in the past, because however there are more contemporary sounds, the choice of songs, also, but without abandoning the classic, such as “Be My Love” sung by Mario Lanza, but also by all the greatest tenors.
This represents a new beginning, a new path, which will lead us to have “a new face”, we sing with what are our true voices, our musical styles, which are different. It represents us 100%.
RS = Are you a little more pop, compared to the past, is it true Piero?
P= We have undertaken this collaboration with Michele Canova, we are fans of Mengoni, Tiziano Ferro, Jovanotti, and Canova has produced all the albums of these great artists and we have decided to collaborate with him and I must tell you that we are very satisfied and surprised of the work he did.
RS = Well, Ignazio, in the meantime, congratulations.
Congratulations because of you, this week, there was the image of you give a caress on the cheek to Mahmood (applause).
A gesture of great class, “chapeau” to Il Volo but above all to Ignazio, because this is the thing that remains of this Sanremo, as you have accepted this result.
P = The most famous profile of Italy (that of Ignazio)
RS = Proving that it is absolutely not true that they did not like the result, and that they are envious …. the envious one is another (Ultimo).
I = There is a whole story behind that caress. Because behind the scenes, while we finalists were waiting, Mahmood was sad and I asked him:
“Excuse me, because your face is so sad, you are living a beautiful experience, we are in Sanremo” and he said, “The microphone did not open when the song started.” I told him, “What are you saying, you have a good song, you’re good, you’re among the first, you have to be happy and not sad.”
So when they said he was the winner I went to him and whispered to him, “What did I tell you?”
RS = So, you won the festival 4 years ago, in 2015, this year you came back, because you had to celebrate 10 years of IL VOLO activity, and you showed that, despite having won a Sanremo, and after having participated as super-guests, you are back in the race.
G = Because you do not have to live Sanremo only with the spirit of competition, certainly it was a courageous choice, but from guests to competitors, should not be understood as a step back, it was our choice, we did it for you fans, that you’ve been waiting for us for a long time. (applause)
It’s nice to be able to live Sanremo and sing for four nights in a row, even for you who have followed us, and voted.
RS = Yes, voted, because IL VOLO on Friday evening are splashed at the televoting. What did I tell you? Televoting !!
P = Now, girls, we know that in Sanremo you have voted so much, now give your banking code to Ignazio, who will think about making the wire transfers to you.
I = Besides giving them to Mahmood, I give them money too !! (laughs)
RS = It is nice to feel the warmth and the affection of your audience, now they have bought the cd and then they will come to see you on tour in concert.
P = One important thing, I read that you ask for dates in Sicily, in other places ….. in a few days, we will publish many other dates, now we have announced 7/8, there will be many.
I = It will be a summer tour.
RS = Long
I = It will be a summer tour and then there will be other surprises, indoors (indoor concerts).
RS = Let’s say that they are back in Italy and do not leave us, they want to be heard and sing live. We listen to another song, because we have to get ready for the tour, for the concerts, from today the new album is out, we need to learn the new songs, like “VICINISSIMO”.
I= We decide, “A CHI MI DICE” or “VICINISSIMO”
G = “A CHI MI DICE” because they already know it.
I = Let’s say to “A CHI MI DICE” and then we end up with “VICINISSIMO”.
RS = “A CHI MI DICE” in the version of IL VOLO is the track number 4. This song was brought to success by the BLUE and was written by Tiziano Ferro.
After the song, the director of Radio Subasio, asks if there are any questions, no one raises his hand.
Only a 10 year old girl, name’s Chiara, close to me, asks to speak.
Chiara tells the boys, that they are very beautiful and that she feels Gianluca as a brother!!
Here is the short video.
The boys are very relaxed, Gianluca is the most elegant, with light trousers and gray jacket, Piero has a grey turtleneck sweater and black trousers but wearing fluorescent yellow sneakers, very showy, and at some point asks the fans if his shoes are beautiful.
Ignazio wears a flannel trousers and a simple mustard-colored sweater, he looks a lot thinner in person and all three are really young, young men.
The director of Radio Subasio, still asks if anyone wants to ask questions.
A boy takes courage and says that he follows IL VOLO since they won Sanremo and he likes them a lot.
A woman says they are very good and would like their greetings, for her 86-year-old mother.
Another boy says that thanks to IL VOLO he has established many true friendships.
In short, no real question, and then I make a sign, I have a question, or rather two.
They give me the microphone and they tell me to stand up. My legs are numb for the position on my knees, but I get up, too bad that there is no video of my intervention ….
Me = I’m Daniela and I’m from Brescia. First of all, congratulations for Sanremo, you were really great.
In the fourth evening, that of the duets, you did a wonderful duet with Alessandro Quarta, do you think that, in any of your concerts, we will see the participation of Alessandro Quarta?
G = We cannot say anything but there is the idea.
P = It’s possible, let’s see.
I = First of all we must say that with Alessandro we have a good friendship and then everything is possible.
Me = I have another question, the American fans . . . I have been advised to tell you that when you go to do concerts in the USA, they would like a less classic program, because at the end of the concert they would like to stand up and sing and dance like Italian fans.
G= Now our program will be this, it is no longer Notte Magica.
I= Of course, the program that we will bring will be that of the CD …..
Me = … yes, but when you talk of concert on American soil you say you will do a more classic program.
I = ….. but if you let me finish (everyone laughs), I was saying that before we were bound by Notte Magica, but now we’ll bring more pop there too.
Me = Thank you.
I must say that I was not at all troubled to talk on the microphone and in front of everyone, in fact, I felt in the family.
I took the opportunity to talk about the American concerts, because then during the signature-copies, they stop for a few minutes.
After the series of questions, ended with my speech, they asked to pose for the final group photo and then we had to get out and queue for signature-copies.
These are the last shots I took before going down.
There were fans waiting to sign-copies, so we had to get off.
In a short time it became dark.
We who were at mini-live had precedence, so we all started waiting for our turn.
We were on the second floor, for the mini-live, about two hours of which one of waiting and one of mini-live.
I arrived in Milan by train, accompanied by my husband, but he was not admitted to the mini-live, so he had to wait outside …. what a treasure! When I got out, he said the voices were heard downstairs, so he figured out that I was talking at the microphone.
And here are some photos, while we are in the queue and we approach the boys.
Finally our turn has arrived, and here is our official photo – me and Beppe and IL VOLO.
I was able to make a few words with the boys to whom I brought your greetings, they signed the CD and also the book UN’AVVENTURA STRORDINARIA that I had brought with me.
I gave two kisses to each of them.
A few moments and it was all over.
Outside the library, there were Torpedine and Barbara Vitali sitting outside a bar talking to a couple of friends. I wanted to stop and talk to them, but I did not want to be inappropriate.
And so we headed to the train station, about 3 km to do on foot, as we had already done on arrival, under a hot sun.
We arrived at the station, everywhere there were great videos that projected the event of IL VOLO.
Finally on the return train, I was able to rethink that frantic afternoon.
It was worth it.
I was finally holding my new CD and I was so close to the boys.
They are really simple and genuine.
I hope this CD will lead to their sales success, which is really deserved.
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!!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 Volo, give us your melodies for a thousand years more!
My friend Valeria Bosch wrote a beautiful parallel between the song de IL VOLO, “Si Me Falta Tu Mirada” and the poem of the famous Italian poet Eugenio Montale (Nobel Prize 1975) “LA CASA DEI DOGANIERI”, I translate it for you.
As many Ilvolovers are doing in this period, waiting for IL VOLO to give us a new prodigious production for the celebrations of the tenth anniversary next year, I am also looking for their past interpretations and just yesterday I was reminded of the poem “La casa dei doganieri” by Eugenio Montale. While reading the poem perhaps for the first time with real attention, the text of “Si me falta tu mirada”, the beautiful song, one of my favorites, of which there is also a video clip turned between the ancient walls of the Arena of Verona, my city. Of this song there are both the Spanish and Italian versions, and the authors are two composers and lyricists, Marco Marinangeli and Claudia Brant, well known in the musical world; the first even in 1996 had a nomination for a Grammy.
The theme of the song is the emptiness that is created in a person still in love when it is left: the house suddenly becomes deserted, the coffee takes on a bitter taste, the rain falls and more than a rain, it seems a cry, of the sky. The abandoned lover feels that he no longer has tomorrow, he thought he was on his way to happiness, but as soon as they missed him, the look and the smile of his beloved, the world collapsed on him and now he can no longer tighten nothing, there is nothing left in that hand that previously contained the whole world.
Likewise, Montale’s poem speaks of an abandoned house, since the woman, loved by the poet, beautiful and vivacious, has gone away. The poet has only been left holding the thread of memory that she has instead let fall. Love vanished and the poet can no longer overcome his loneliness.
As is easy to understand, the common elements in the two texts are many: in addition to the underlying theme (abandonment in love and the pain of the person left), they are represented by the house, which becomes a symbol of abandonment, from the objective elements that express all the suffering and the disorientation of those who remain alone (in the text of the song, the coffee that tastes bitter, and the rain that has become crying), from the smile of the woman who in both cases represents the vivid and tormenting memory of herself that she has left, the inability to find the “passage”: “my heart has stopped, I have no more tomorrow if I miss your look”.
Of course, far from the intent of comparing the lyrics of a song with the immortal verses of the poet of the pain of life: I just wanted to highlight a similar inspiration and a similar approach to a theme that affects us all closely, much to close.
~ Valeria Bosch ~
SI ME FALTA TU MIRADA (IF I MISS YOUR LOOK)
This house, now a foreigner
now nothing is as it was
and only the memory remains in place
and it happens every evening
your absence poisons me
like a drop it digs the rock.
and you broke in half
every day of happiness,
Leave it on pause,
of my tired heart
of waiting for you in vain
but do not pass a moment
that your look is missing
in every street every city, everywhere
oooh oohh oohh
in a hurry of a moment,
we did not have the time
to catch us,
to look like you,
and I do not know where I was wrong
if in the end it was enough for us to just turn around,
for, do not find ourselves again
and you broke in half every day of happiness
I leave on pause the beat
of my heart tired of waiting you in vain
but do not pass a moment
that your look is missing
in every street every city, wherever I go.
Valeria was really good at making this beautiful parallel.
I do not know how many of you know the Italian poet E. Montale, but I believe that the depth of the reflections made by Valeria has intrigued and interested you.
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