Personally Speaking~Do You Remember When…

 

Gina sent in this amazing video from Piero from yesteryear!   Not only does the song caress the heart, but it shows such creativity on his part.  I remember when this came out.  We were all just blown away.

Gina, this got me thinking that many of our readers may not have been following the guys back then, so I am including some other priceless videos from the archives.  I remember spending hours on Youtube looking for any and all videos of theirs back in the day.  As much as I love seeing all of their new songs, I also love taking a step back to relive some very special moments in time.

This next video is before Il Volo sang, Maria, as a group.  Gianluca sang Maria as a solo and  he owned that song!   Before the song, Ignazio and Piero are bantering back and forth with how to pronounce the word, “world.”

 

 

And here we have their precious little friend, Mia.  Ignazio’s mother became friends with this family through a social media site, and you will see why.  The video her mother made of her singing and reacting to watching Il Volo on TV is priceless.  The genuine love and affection they show for this little girl is captivating.  The song is divine.

The next song, This Time, is an all time favorite as well.

 

More fun on the stage in Westbury, PA, before Ignazio sings Memory.  He has always been known for instigating the impromptu  comedy sketches with Gianluca being the straight guy, back then.  Gianluca has come full circle with his comfort level on stage.  But, there were times where he would look at them acting up, walk away shaking his head in humorous disbelief.   

 

I love  remembering how Ignazio had trouble standing still when songs were being sung.  The music pulses through him like blood through your veins.  He has good moves all the way!

 

 

 

 

I wonder if any of the people sitting in that room listening to them that day have continued to follow their stunning careers?  I sure hope so.  

 

And the rest…is history…

 

 

Thank you, Gina, for the great idea to look back at yesterday.

Credit to all owners of videos.

 

~Jane~

 

 

 

Personally Speaking ~ Pivotal Moments!

One of our Flight Crew, Tricianna, has written us to request seeing the lyrics in English to Grande Amore.  As I was preparing this for you all to see, I was struck by the thought that three of their songs stand out to me as being Pivotal Moments in their careers.  I know there are MANY songs of theirs that  fall into this category, but these three did it for me!  Watching these videos again I am in awe at how powerful these performances were and the power was all theirs!

So Tricianna, here is your Grande Amore, as sung at the Eurovision Contest.  Piero, Gianluca and Ignazio were beams of light that night.  They looked so incredibly handsome, mature, self confident and sang with pure perfection.  They earned the Popular vote that night and for the millions of il volo lovers out there they earned the title in our minds as well.  A Pivotal Moment in their young careers.

Great Love

I close my eyes and think of her
The sweet scent of her skin
It’s a voice inside that is taking me where the sun rises
Alone, are the words
But if they should be written everything can change
No more fear I’ll want to shout this great love
Love, only love is what I feel
Tell me why when I think, I just think of you
Tell me why when I see, I see only you
Tell me why when I believe, I believe in you only great love
Tell me you never
That will never leave me
Tell me who you are
Breath of my days of love
Tell me what you know
That only me choose
Now you know
You are my only, great love
Pass springs,
Cold days and stupid to remember
Cursed nights, lost no sleep other to make love
Love, you are my love
Forever, for me.
Tell me why when I think, I just think of you
Tell me why when I love, love only you
Tell me why I live, I live only in you great love
Tell me you never
That will never leave me.
Tell me who you are
Breath of my days of love
Tell me what you know
I do not ever be wrong
Tell me you’re
What are my only, great love
 
 

O SOLE MIO

 One NEVER gets tired of seeing these adorable young boys in their American Idol debut!!  HUGE Pivotal Moment.

 

My sun (O Sole Mio)

My sun
What a beautiful thing, it’s a sunny day
The gentle breeze after the storm
The air’s so fresh, it feels like a celebration
What a beautiful thing, it’s a sunny day
But another sun,
That’s even brighter
It’s my own sun
That’s upon your face!
When night comes and the sun sets down
I almost start to feel blue
I’d stay below your window
When night comes and the sun sets down
But another sun,
That’s even brighter
It’s my own sun
That’s upon your face!
The sun, my own sun
It’s upon your face
It’s upon your face
But another sun,
That’s even brighter
It’s my own sun
That’s upon your face!

It’s now or never

(the English/Elvis version)

It’s now or never,
come hold me tight
Kiss me my darling,
be mine tonight
Tomorrow will be too late,
it’s now or never
My love won’t wait.

When I first saw you
with your smile so tender
My heart was captured,
my soul surrendered
I’d spend a lifetime
waiting for the right time
Now that you’re near
the time is here at last.

It’s now or never,
come hold me tight
Kiss me my darling,
be mine tonight
Tomorrow will be too late,
it’s now or never
My love won’t wait.

Just like a willow,
we would cry an ocean
If we lost true love
and sweet devotion
Your lips excite me,
let your arms invite me
For who knows when
we’ll meet again this way

It’s now or never,
come hold me tight
Kiss me my darling,
be mine tonight
Tomorrow will be too late,
it’s now or never
My love won’t wait.

 

 

IL MONDO

And who can forget the time they sang  Il Mondo,  at the 2012 Nobel Peace Concert.  This was a huge honor for them and a spectacular way to showcase them to the world!

 

The World

Tonight, My Love
I am not thinking of you anymore
I open my eyes
for the whole world
The world
goes around as usual
 
Spiraling, The world goes around
in limitless space
where the Love has just begun
where the love has been over
where people are happy or hurt
as me
 
The World
Until now I look at you
I am lost in your silence world
I am nothing beside you
 
The World
never stops
Night is always following day
And the daylight will come
 
Tonight, My Love
I am not thinking of you anymore
I open my eyes
for the whole world
The world
goes around as usual
 
Spiraling, The world goes around
in limitless space
where the Love has just begun
where the love has been over
where people are happy or hurt
as me
 
The World
Until now I look at you
I am lost in your silence world
I am nothing beside you
 
The World
never stops
Night is always following day
And the daylight will come
 
The World
never stops
Night is always following day
And the daylight will come
 
Tonight, My Love
I am not thinking of you anymore
About you

We know they will continue to experience many more pivotal moments  and we will be right here loving them and watching them every step of the way!

Credit to all owners of videos.

Lyric translations from lyricstranslate.com

~~Jane~~

~~The X-Factor~~ by Mary Bohling

THE  X FACTOR??

What  is it  that makes Il Volo so special, so uniquely outstanding?  They are mega-talented, of course.  They are strikingly handsome.  Their personalities are genuinely warm and personable.  All wonderful qualities, but there is something else that has caused them to rise so high in a tough and competitive business.  Is it the magical glow of their faces as they light up when they are performing….something about them that just jumps out and grabs hold of you, drawing you into their aura?

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How did they achieve this unique magnetic attraction?  It is so much an intrinsic part of their  natures that it would seem that they were born with it.  The way that they were drawn together in the beginning is magical in itself.  The perfect match of their voices and personalities is remarkable.  What are the odds that that first concept of putting them together would prove to be the perfect blending of their voices and their charisma?

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Webster puts it this way:  “The X Factor is a variable in a given situation that could have the most significant impact on the outcome.”

 

Urban dictionary: “an indescribable quality about a person that you cannot put your finger on.”

Il Volo—The X Factor personified.

Photo credits to: Getty Images and Il Volo Facebook Russia
 
~~Jane~~

Personally Speaking ~ Italian Correspondent Extraordinaire!!

  Some companies have CEOs…  Well, the Flight Crew is so fortunate to have an ICE…ITALIAN CORRESPONDENT EXTRAORDINAIRE!  I am speaking of our very own Daniela Perani.  She is no doubt blushing about now, but hang on Daniela, you deserve every word that is coming.

  Having had the pleasure of meeting her in person last year I can tell you she is a genuine treasure for many reasons.

 I thought it would be interesting every now and then to tell you a little bit about those of us who love the men of Il Volo just as much as you do and whose words you come here to  read everyday.  Daniela has graciously allowed me to give you a little insight into her life.  

Did you know she used to be a ballerina??  Just look at these beautiful photos of this young woman at the age of 19!20170620_075556

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She carries herself with style and grace to this very day.

 

Daniela and her Sicilian husband, Beppe, reside in the beautiful town of Brescia.  They have two grown children and one precious granddaughter.  She also owns and runs a Bridal Store business with her daughter, Stephanie!  How special is that?  🙂

 Both she and Beppe  possess a passion for Il Volo that runs deep.  Maybe it’s the boys from Sicily that he connects with so easily, but either way he is right there next to Daniela at concerts and listens to Il Volo music cranked up real loud!  The best way! 

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Daniela is always there for us to help with translations, stories, explaining the meaning of Italian ways as well as providing translators for others who have written for us.   She is never too busy when asked to do anything for us, except if it’s the middle of the night in Italy and evening here in the states. She will say she has to sleep and get back to it in the morning.  Ok Daniela, if you insist!   She even gives HUGS and KISSES to us on the site in the classic Italian way.

Thank you, Daniela, for being our very own ICE!

~~Jane~~ 

Summer Is Here! Choose Your Brew!

Ann (Anncruise) sent in a photo of a delicious looking cup of Italian iced coffee.  I love iced coffee year round, which got me wondering about how many other types of  summer Italian coffee drinks there may be out there.  Here is but a few of the many tempting delights I found!  Thank you Ann, for the wonderful idea to research yet one more thing we love about Italians…their specialty coffee drinks!

As the temperatures begin to rise, bars all over Italy start serving iced coffee, a beloved summer tradition many Italians enjoy. How do you like yours?

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Italy’s Answer to Iced Coffee

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It makes sense that the Italians would invent a most exquisite coffee drink for the summer. It’s a shaken-over-ice, slightly sweetened espresso called shakerato, served in a stemmed glass, prepared in bars all over the county.

The shaking process yields a thick crema that floats on the espresso. In Italy, ice is viewed with suspicion, and you’d never be served a tall glass of coffee over lots of ice, the way iced coffee is in the U.S. Too dangerous!

(From The Atlantic.)

 

Coffee granita

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You have surely heard of granita, the Italian dessert consisting of sugar, ice and flavorings. The original recipe comes from the town of Messina, in the region of Sicily – that’s why it is also called “granita siciliana” – and it derives from sherbet, an Arabic dessert. Today we teach you how to make a real granita siciliana al caffè (Sicilian coffee granita).

The original granita siciliana is made from three simple ingredients: coffee, sugar and ice.

Prepare 10 ounces coffee using a good Italian blend. A strong Arabica blend is the best choice. In a small pot, pour 16 ounces water, 9 ounces sugar and one vanilla bean. Cook over low heat until the sugar has completely melted and has turned into syrup. Take out the vanilla bean. In a steel pan combine coffee and syrup and stir using a wooden spoon. Let chill, then put the pan in the freezer.

Now comes the most important part. After one hour, take the pan out of the freezer and use a whisk to scrape the ice. Put the pan back in the freezer and do this every 30 minutes for three or four times. Serve the coffee granita in small glass cups and add some fresh whipped cream on top. Garnish with coffee beans or a dust of cinnamon powder.

Fun fact: granita siciliana was historically eaten along with fresh crisp bread. In today’s cafes it comes served with “brioscia”, a typical Sicilian pastry.
Enjoy your granita al caffè!

 

Coffee frappe

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In Italian it’s called “frappè al caffè” and it’s usually consumed during an afternoon break rather than as a dessert. A coffee frappè is a milkshake made with Italian espresso, milk, sugar, ice cubes and chocolate powder. Some recipes also feature two scoops of coffee gelato

 

Coffee soda

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This coffee drink can’t be found everywhere in Italy: it’s a recipe from the southern region of Calabria, where it’s known by the name of Brasilena. It’s a sweet, cold drink made of Italian espresso, sparkly water, sugar, caramel and lemon juice

 

Coffee cocktail

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How about an alcoholic drink with your favorite Italian beverage, to enjoy with your friends after a nice dinner? To make a high-quality coffee cocktail you will need an Italian coffee blend, vodka, coffee liquor and some ice cubes

 

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I do not know what Piero and Max  are drinking, but it sure looks like it could be some sort of coffee cocktail!!  Looks good what ever it is!

(Credits to Filicori Zecchinis Usa…one of the most ancient coffee roasters in Italy, founded in Bologna in 1919.)

 

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Well I don’t know about you,

but I am ready to settle down in a comfy lawn chair on the beach

gazing out over the Adriatic Sea,

while sipping on my coffee cocktail listening to Il Volo.

(Oh yes, and it would be perfectly alright with me if that nice young man in the blue shirt and glasses wanted to sit right next to me.)

  Anyone want to join me?

~~Jane~~ 

 

 

 

Personally Speaking ~ Dream On And Dream BIG ~

Here’s how to get a FREE CASTLE in Italy, your Majesty!

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Want a free castle in Italy? Sure, take one, your highness. But, as with everything good, there’s a catch.

As part of an initiative called the Strategic Tourist Plan, Italy is giving away 103 historic buildings — villas, inns, houses, towers, etc. to entrepreneurs willing to take them. (Yes, that means it could be you!)

All the recipient must do is pledge to renovate the buildings, which are mainly in more remote areas of the country, in a way that will diversify Italy’s tourism industry. This means transforming them into hotels, restaurants, visitor centers, spas, shops — anything that will attract tourist traffic.

This will ideally help ease crowding in popular Italian tourist hubs like Venice and Milan, instead drawing crowds to chill, lesser-known spots along cycling paths, hiking trails, or religious walking routes.

Does the work seem worth it? You’ll need to submit a proposal to the State Property Agency by June 26. So, if you’ve dreamed for years of turning a beautiful castle into a go-kart track, now’s your chance!

We always knew you were royalty. :’)

Above author, Chloe Bryan from mashable.com

 

Dream on and Dream BIG…WHY NOT?

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This could be the view out your back door!

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This could be your next door neighbor!!

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As I said…dream on and dream big!

Writing up my proposal.  I will have a new address soon for a lovely B&B, I’m sure.  I will make the croissants and Marie will make the blood orange juice!    I’ll be sure and look for a place big enough to fit ALL of the FLIGHT CREW in…and of course the guys when they are in town!

Credit to all owners of photos.

~~Jane~~ 

 

 

Personally Speaking ~ Aspirations ~ by Mary Bohling

 

ASPIRATIONS….ASPIRAZIONE

We know that the highest aspiration of Gianluca, Piero and Ignazio has always been to bring appreciation of the Bel Canto music of their native Italy to the whole world, but are there other things that they also aspire to?  Do they sometimes lose themselves in thoughts and dreams (aspirazione)?

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IGNAZIO:  THE NURTURER

Ignazio seems to be deep in thought.  He is serious, but not sad.  Perhaps he is thinking of all the dogs in the world who are homeless or neglected.  How many of the unfortunate ones could he rescue?  He might be thinking, “Since I can’t rescue all of them by myself, maybe I could start a rescue program that would change the lives of some of these desperate animals….maybe it would be worldwide.  It would be in honor of my two beloved dogs.  They have opened up a whole new world to me.  To nurture them and watch them grow up has brought me joy and comfort.

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GIANLUCA:  THE THINKER

He looks so serene….might he be thinking, “And now, some time alone to meditate and reflect on the meaning of life.

The meaning of life may well be Love…to love and be loved, really.  Il Volo is bringing love to the world with our music….after all WE ARE LOVE as the song says.  We were raised on familial love and that has taught us well what love is.  We aspire to show heartfelt love to our fans, and we can feel it radiating back to us.  Love completes our lives.”

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PIERO:  THE DOER

Might Piero be thinking, “I believe that I could fly if I can just jump high enough.  Ever since we sang “Volare” I have dreamed of soaring into the blue where everything is peaceful and serene….like diving into a blue lagoon…to fly and sing as I glide through the clouds…to escape from reality into a calm and surreal world.  Of course I would eventually have to come back to earth to rejoin Gian and Igny.  They couldn’t get along without me, and I love our life, but sometimes I just want to escape into the blue to bask in its’ beauty and revive my soul.

Photo credit:  Maria Renata Pina Williams and Facebook

~~Mary Bohling~~