Can you believe that it’s been two years? I can’t; the time has really flown. Thank you so much for you comments. I hope that you have enjoyed the time as much as I and are looking forward to many more years. 🙂
Marie mentioned that we had something planned for today, and I hope you’ll be as excited as we are. But first, you might need a little back history. When we started here on WordPress, we got started and then learned a lot of things as we went; we didn’t know all the functions/capabilities of the website. One of these areas was with our pictures.
You know we have lots of them here, and we will keep putting them up until we run out of space for storage….but….. that created a bit of a problem for us. When we went to our media library everything was so disorganized that we couldn’t find pictures that we knew we had used before, and we realized that our readers couldn’t go back to look at pictures easily either. Since we are always looking for ways to make this site better, we came up with a way to fix it, and thank our lucky stars that a volunteer answered Marie’s plea for “clerical” help.
Julie B. has been a godsend and somehow has been able organize all of our pictures into Photo Galleries for everyone’s enjoyment…and we are opening those galleries today!
Julie has done an amazing job organizing all the photos and suggesting how best they should be featured, and we are really happy with the results. Thank you, Julie! Marie and I so appreciate you doing this for us — all of us!
I think everyone is a pro at using the site now, but for anyone that isn’t sure, here is a quick tutorial of our GALLERIES and how to browse them:
Find the GALLERIES link on the left side of you screen.
Hover over the link with your cursor, and a sub-menu will pop up. If you click on GALLERIES instead of hovering, there is a pretty introduction page only; there are no interactive links.
Slide you cursor over to the year you would like to look through, and a list of that year’s months will show up. If you click on the YEAR you want, there is a pretty introduction page only; there are no interactive links.
You can slide your cursor again over the month you would like to search through for a list of events in that month, or you can click on the month itself. Clicking on the month will bring up a Table of Contents page. Each event listed on that page is a link that will also take you into the gallery…
You can look through the pictures on the gallery page, or you can click on a photo to look at it more closely.
Easily scroll through the pictures with the arrows on the side.
Go back to the blog home page by clicking the “x” .
I hope you’ll enjoy looking through all the photos — they go all the way back to when we started in August of 2013. Happy Anniversary, everyone!
I hope you are all proud of yourselves!We are! For two years we have all kept this site running with Il Volo news, photo’s, video’s, history, geography, recipes, reviews, editorials, poetry, and your amazing, informative and heartfelt stories and comments.
We have all “Shared the Love” of those three young Gentlemen from Italy enough to be viewed
725,000 times. 162 countries* have looked in on us Including The Vatican City!
With the many, many new Il Volo sites springing up all over the world in the past 6 months, we are happy we are still read an average of
1,000 times a day.
What? You thought there were only about 20 of us?
Tomorrow Kelly will announce something new and special to begin our third year.
Congratulations you wonderful Crew!
Special thanks to our Affiliates: All About Il Volo, All Things Il Volo and Team Il Volo
News Contributors: Lisa Joy Mary Strickler Regina Hanna (Gina) ~ Music Reviewer/Education Contributor: Myron Heaton ~ Art Contributor: Elizabeth Vancoevorden ~ Contributing Authors: Danielle Ciarelli~ Jeannette Giglio Jana VandeLaare ~ Kathryn “Kitty” Mason ~ Food Contributor: Leelee (Alicia) ~ Clerical: Julie Bernache ~ Varied Contributions Provided by: Ann Scavo
* From our stats page, Click to enlarge (most to least viewed)
These are a few of the things we reported to you in our first year. How much do you remember? Answers below.
No, I don’t plan on using this picture in every post. Just leave me alone! Besides, it’s my best side. His too!
♥ August 9th was our proud startup. We held our breaths hoping some of you would follow. You all did!
♥Paul Sorvino sang with the Boys in los Angeles. (thanks Anne)
♥ We were all up in arms about a newspaper review of Il Volo in Vancouver. “Opera is in trouble.” Complaints were followed by an “apology” from the editor. What was the name of that paper? How about the name of the author?
♥North American Concert Tour – “We Are Love 2013”. We reported on all of them!
♥Our Guys realized a dream come true this month. What was it?
♥♥ Happy Birthday Ignazio
♥ We reviewed the South American Tour this month. Screaming Senorita’s and all.
♥ We asked you to “Rock the Vote”. For what award?
♥ The Boys were back! We followed them to the Tree lighting at the Grove in L.A. and the CD signing in Santa Monica.
♥ Three of our Flight Crew members had a private audience with Il Volo at the Mall of America.
♥ We upgraded our blog to a dot-com. We became an actual website and registered our domain name!
♥ We reported a bunch of promotional appearances for their new album “Buon Natale”. Name at least one of the shows we told you about.
♥♥ I gave you “T’was the Night Before (my) Christmas” My favorite Poem. Probably because I ended up with the present!
♥ The Boys performed in Assisi. Where?
♥ Our Guys were on much deserved vacations.
♥ It was a slow month that’s why among other things we… began Gianluca’s Birthday Project, learned about Perry Como from Linda, began Michele’s “Italia” series, Told Kelly why we were smiling, Read about Power, Passion and Joy from Lijoy, brought you an RAI recap and I thanked you for “Flying with the Crew”.
♥ We also learned from Linda that one of our Guys sang at weddings to help pay for his music lessons. Who?
♥♥ Happy Birthday Gianluca!
♥ Toward the end of the month we were finally able to announce to you the long-awaited “2014 Summer Concert Tour” Schedule!
♥ Instead of performing Il Volo was happily in the audience. Where?
♥ Myron reported about speaking to Ignazio on the phone at his sisters Pizzeria.
♥ Il Volo held their first major concert of the year. Where?
♥ We watched Il Volo win the Latin Billboard Award for “Latin Pop Artist of the Year (Duo or Group)”. If you would like to, once again, see Gianluca’s best imitation of a Pogo Stick here’s the YouTube Video:
♥ On April 28th we reached a major milestone – one-quarter of a million views! How many countries were viewing?
♥ May was filled with promo’s in their home country.
♥ Ignazio got another tattoo. I reported that one!
♥ Michele showed us Photo’s taken by Piero while on an outing. Where?
♥♥One of my favorite things in May was their appearance on TLUC. My eyes filled with tears like the announcer and judges who knew them before they were the fabulous Il Volo! Plus the Boys looked hot! Here it is again for my your viewing pleasure.
♥ The 2014 Summer Concert Tour – Finally!
♥ Piero’s Birthday
♥ You told us your wonderful concert experiences.
♥ Bless their hearts, Two of our Flight Crew Members purchased and presented a Birthday cake to Piero from all of us. Who performed that selfless deed?
♥ The Boys sang to a full house in Taormina – twice!
♥ Ignazio wrote, “When a woman says not is NOT.” Who did he give this sage advice to?
Well, there it is, our first year in a nutshell. Our nutshell included 413 separate featured posts about news, stories, recipes, history, travel, 1st hand experiences, poetry, games, photos, videos, music reviews, lists, and everything for or about Il Volo.
You commented back to us 14,000 times!
What a year!
Thanks Flight Crew!
August – The Vancouver Sun. So called reporter – Erika.
September – They performed at the Radio City Music Hall.
October – The People’s Choice Awards.
November – Good Day L.A., Young Hollywood, Yahoo Music, Home and Family, Washington D.C. PBS Station.
December – The Basilica of St. Francis.
January – Piero was the one who sang for his lessons.
February – the Vatican – an audience with the Pope.
March – Russia
April – 110 on April 28th – Today 131 different countries. Who even knew there were that many countries!
May – His home – Sicily!
June – Loretta and Penina. Thanks again Ladies.
July – “Oh my Buddy” His pup.
It’s our FIRST ANNIVERSARY!! It’s one year since this site started!! I’m having a problem wrapping my mind around this. Check these numbers, From 131 Countries we’ve had 344,000 views to this site and over 14,000 comments. Il Volo has done so much to make my life better. From 2011 when I was channel surfing and stopped when I saw this boy with a chubby face and amazing dimples sing his part of “Il Mondo” with such joy on his face. He seemed so surprised that this amazing voice was coming out of him! I then heard Piero and Gianluca sing. I sat there incredulous and knew I had to find out more about them. I scoured the Internet, saw videos and read newspaper articles. I wondered why the whole world didn’t know about them. I eventually wandered on to their website. I started to comment but got nervous about not saying the right thing. As you can see I eventually got over that and over the following months met other people who loved them as I did. I met Marie, Loretta, Kelly, Elaine and Michele and many others. Our banter everyday was so enjoyable. After a while the site changed, making it difficult for us to communicate. Long story short, Il Volo Flight Crew~Share The Lovewas born. In this post we’re going to hear from the Board members and their thoughts about our anniversary, please feel free to comment on your memories too.
Thank you all for your love and continued support!! Much love to Piero, Ignazio and Gianluca, you are the inspiration for it all!! Linda
My introduction to Il Volo was much as Linda described. I saw them on American Idol and then Il Volo Takes Flight. That was all it took to get me hooked! When I traveled to Italy, we were serenaded at dinner every night and I brought home a lot of music. So I already knew and loved some of the same songs Il Volo sings!
I also took many of the same steps as Linda did to get to know all I could about Il Volo and their music! This included going to their website everyday. I was so excited the day I came home from work and found tickets available for the filming of their PBS specials ‘We Are Love” and “Buon Natale!” As I have said before, I moved heaven and earth to go – even worked remotely from my South Beach ocean view hotel room that was within walking distance of the Fillmore! I met another Il Volo fan from New Mexico on her way to “We Are Love” crossing the street to the Fillmore. We have since attended 3 concerts together, 2 in Philly and 1 in Boston. Incredible isn’t it? Elaine and I were in the audience together at both of the concerts at the Fillmore in Miami and now we know our seats were close by, what a shame we didn’t know each other then! That was the beginning.
When the Il Volo site changed so dramatically, we were ready to make another home for ourselves and others to support Il Volo. Kelly and I had already talked about the idea of a website, Kelly had the technical knowledge to do it! The changes on the official site gave us the push and “Il Volo Flight Crew~Share The Love” and its Board were born!
In so many ways it is hard to believe it has ONLY been one year! It feels like forever really – in a good way! We have all been through so much ‘Il Voloing” together! I have met and actually been able to have a real conversation with Piero and Ignazio on a few different occasions, in the last year, which was really unexpected. I did not know what would develop or how things would turn out – but I must say to all of you and the rest of the Board members, Kelly, Elaine, Marie and Linda – it has been an amazing year!
Thank you all for the love and support you show Il Volo and our website! Michele (aka MFA and mfazzara)
Gosh…One year already? Where did the time go? It’s truly gone by in the blink of an eye. Yet somehow, it seems like forever. Like I’ve followed and loved Il Volo all of my life. Which is funny because everything about and leading up to this last year has been a complete accident.
Who would have thought that accidentally seeing a little Facebook ad–the kind I usually don’t pay two seconds of attention to–would ultimately lead to this website? It was that little ad that popped into my head the evening I was channel surfing and accidentally happened upon PBS and Gianluca’s sweet face on the screen…followed by (don’t be mad at me, Guys….please… ) two other baby-faced teens…all three with these big, man-sized voices and…well you know the rest of the story. You all went through the same thing. 😉 I still don’t know how I knew that I was watching Il Volo at that moment; I just did.
Like Linda and Michelle before me, I set myself to scouring the Internet for anything I could find about them. I was thrilled that “We Are Love” was coming out in two days–which I downloaded the minute my eyes opened that morning. Two days later, I downloaded “Takes Flight,” and between the two albums, it was pretty much wall-to-wall Il Volo for weeks.
In my search for information, I of course ran across their individual social media accounts, but didn’t really feel like I could/should join in with the fans that were congregating there at that time (it had been awhile since I was a preteen–I’ll own it), so I was very happy to accidentally land at the old site with all of you–not once, but twice. It seemed pretty deserted the first time I was there, so I’m not sure why or how I found my way back.
I was just as upset when that site didn’t work out but never really thought about seriously doing anything to replace it until my board sisters said it needed to be done. I only knew how to help because I had worked on a blog in the past but was no longer involved because I accidentally upset someone.
So maybe it wasn’t all an accident; maybe it was bigger than that.
Either way, I never expected any of what has happened since. We were just looking for a place to “crash,” but we have a site that is growing in the number of followers everyday. We had the opportunity to meet so many of you this summer, and that was a humbling thing for me. More than a website, I think that we’re family. I know many of us have met lifelong friends here.
I’m posting my picture with Gianluca because…well, I love it so much; I’m not gonna lie 😀 (Thanks Marie!). But more than that, I’m posting it as a symbol of what can happen in one short year. I never in a million would have thought I’d ever be able to have that picture or would talk to Piero or would have Ignazio reach out to me through the fence to hold my hand (well, it was a chain link fence, so it was more like holding fingers, but same thing 😀 ). I never would have dreamed that they would see our badges, murmur, “Oh; Flight Crew…,” and that I would see the lights turn on in their heads. That really happened…with all three of them!
What a year it’s been! Thank you for taking this journey with us; all of your comments mean so much. Marie, Linda, Michelle and Elaine, I’m so happy I get to work with you here and that we finally met in June. It was like we’d known each other for ever, wasn’t it? I’ll have to get down to FL to meet you, Linda! I can’t wait to see what the next year brings!
And to Piero, Ignazio and Gianluca…what can I say? Love you guys, and thanks for making our evening in Elgin so memorable!
My Il Volo journey started in December 2012. Like many others I came across the Take Flight concert accidentally. I remember the moment exactly. I was channel surfing while walking on the treadmill. Then I stopped on Channel 9 because something got my attention – an extremely good looking young man walks out to the stage slowly, gracefully and he starts to sing…No, stanotte amore, non ho piu pensate a te…Of course I am talking about the song Il Mondo and that’s all it took. One song and it’s love at first sight for me.
Three months later in March 2013, I was so deeply in love with Il Volo I just had to move heaven and earth (as Michele described) and went all the way to Miami for the PBS taping of “We Are Love” and “Buon Natale”. The concerts and our guys were amazing. I was also lucky enough to meet Piero and Gianluca after Buon Natale at the theatre’s back gate. Piero was so funny. He surprised my daughter and I as he came running at us and grabbed my daughter’s cell phone and took a picture with us. I think he must have remembered us from the first night. Gianluca was very friendly and genuine. I was able to talk to him and the whole time he was looking into my eyes (Wow!). This whole experience was mesmerizing and I wanted to share it with the world. So I looked up and found the official Il Volo web site and wrote my first comment. Little did I known this will lead and expand into so much more.
Happy birthday – Flight Crew! Because of Il Volo Flight Crew ~ Share the Love blog, today I have a family that goes far and beyond beside where I live – the SF Bay Area. Today I have sisters, brothers, friends from all corners and continents in the world. This is the place to share my profound feelings, passion, and love for my three angels. I am also grateful and humbled to be included as member of the Board. Kelly, Linda, Marie, and Michele, it has been most wonderful knowing you all. I remember the sadness from leaving the non-functioning official site. I remember the joy on the first day and the first post of our blog. I remember the excitement from the first Skype meeting and learning of our voices for the first time. I remember how we talked and talked, how we laughed and sighed! And finally not long ago in June this year, except for Linda, I met each one of you. It was so surreal to finally meet and see you all in person. Our hugs, our laughter, and our voices are still lingering and fresh in my mind! It truly is the most amazing and emotional year!
I am looking forward to many more years of sharing the music and love for our guys. For those Crew who are already on board, thank you for your support and comments and let’s continue the flight together. For those who are new to the blog, welcome and let’s take off with you together! Again, Happy 1st anniversary and we love you – Gianluca, Piero, and Ignazio!!!
Could our dream come true to include all of you?
This new way for friends to play?
With love on our mind and determination in kind,
We needed more than a word or two. Folks, it worked because of you!
You’re here again with stories to spin
all the love you share goes out everywhere.
You talk of the talent of three young Guys. To us it’s really no surprise
That you all cherish them as we do and write on pages we made for you.
My Board Sisters all live miles apart. I love each one with an open heart.
I’m proud, so proud, of what we’ve done. Each day my smile wakes the sun.
Thank you all for giving me a reason to tell Il Volo history.
My poetry you’ve been kind to read. It overflows the love I need.
If I live to a hundred you’ll still see a very, very, grateful me.
Thank You and Happy Anniversary!
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