An announcement was made this week that the 63rd edition of the Zecchino d’oro will be postponed due to Covid 19. The presenters of the event this year Mara Venier and Carlo Conti will have to wait until May 2021 for the show to be broadcast on Rai 1.
When I read this, I immediately thought of Gianluca. So, what is the Zecchino d’oro and what does it have to do with Gianluca?
The Zecchino d’oro is an Italian tradition. It is an event for kids, and it is dedicated to them and to all the adults who still feel like kids.
This show is presented every year between late November and the beginning of December.
In Italy there are magical days, when it starts to get cold, and children stay in their warm homes. It’s not Christmas, but the period that precedes it when the famous Zecchino d’oro TV show is broadcast. It has been broadcast every year, for decades. It was established in 1959 by Cino Tortorella who was the good presenter who introduced the children on stage, disguised as Mago Zurlì. He was so loved by all children.
The Zecchino d’oro is the festival of the little ones. In fact, if the Sanremo Festival is aimed at adult audiences and the songs are interpreted by adults, the Zecchino d’oro is made for children, with songs tailored for children.
The songs may seem like simple songs but, they are actually much more. Special attention is given to the songs’ texts. The themes are about tolerance and peace. And this is confirmed by the expression of the event: “In this contest, the winner is not the child who sings, but the song that is sung!”
Father Berardo Rossi, one of the founders, discovered by chance, a girl who used to teach the children of his parish and organize events. Mariele Ventre, who was 22 years old, had just graduated from the Verdi Conservatory in Milan and was on her way to a promising concert career. She said yes to Fr. Rossi’s proposal and the adventure began. Mariele liked the name Zecchino because it refers to the gold coin in the field of miracles of Collodi’s Pinocchio and thus it was called Zecchino d’oro. She founded the Piccolo Coro two years later, an institution that she would direct passionately for thirty years, until the last day before she died on December 16, 1995. Upon her death the Piccolo Coro dell’Antoniano, was renamed Piccolo Coro for Mariele.
Zecchino d’oro, however, is not only music and entertainment, it has been carrying out voluntary initiatives by raising funds to build schools, hospitals, orphanages, with projects all over the world, to help the less fortunate live better lives.
In 2008, the Zecchino d’oro received an amazing recognition from UNESCO, becoming a world heritage for a culture of peace: the first TV show in the world to receive such a prestigious award.
This year the images were to be reassuring to Italy. The country had the strength to bet on good feelings and a strong idea of safeguarding children.
Though you may not know this show in America, we can relate one of the characters, Topo Gigio, the puppet created by Maria Perego. Topo Gigio landed in America many years ago on the legendary Ed Sullivan Show. For those of you who are not old enough to remember Topo Gigio, let me say we waited every week for his appearance on the show. For us kids and the adults he became a household name. Seems hard to believe that this little mouse stole the hearts of the American people.
So where does Gianluca fit into all of this? If it wasn’t for the Piccolo Choir of Roses and the Zecchino d’oro, Gianluca may not have been discovered.
Gianluca was a member of the Piccolo Choir of Roses which is one of the local branches of this choir. The Mago Zurlì, who was the presenter of the event when Gianluca was in the Choir, was Gianluca’s father, Ercole Ginoble.
But, let me let Gianluca tell you how this all came to be….
When I sing, I don’t forget instinct. What does that mean? As I said, I have never studied singing. I learned to “use” my voice only thanks to my musical ear. I listened to the music and it transmits everything I know. And I especially thank the Little Choir of Roses.
When I was about eight or nine, all those who knew my voice gave me the same advice: go sing in a choir. In Roseto there was the Piccolo Choir of Roses directed by the master Susy Paola Rizzo. They sang the songs of the “Zecchino d’oro” or other famous songs with arrangements in that style, with music for children. The Mago Zurlì, that was the presenter of the event, was my father. He had been for a couple of seasons.
This is where I started. It was nice because we studied the songs throughout the winter season, not the technique of singing, the songs. It was different, because we did not study the notes and how to do them, rather we studied instinctively, following what the teacher said and what our ear heard.
Then, in the summer, we demonstrated our work in the Municipality of Roseto. We sang in the squares during the local festivals, in the lidos, in the bathing establishments, around the whole of Abruzzo, all these tiny villages.
During the performances with the choir, besides the repertoire of the Zecchino d’oro, we sang the songs of Bocelli: Misere, Il Mare Calmo Della Sera, La Voce Del SilenzIo.
So, although Gianluca never studied music he did develop a musical ear and instinct and as a member of the Piccolo Choir of Roses and his performances around Abruzzo he was discovered by Licia Giunco who brought Gianluca to Rome to audition for Ti Lascio Una Canzone. The rest is history!
And as a result of this, Gianluca shares his amazing voice with people all over the world!
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Since this year there will be no other concerts of IL Volo, I was waiting with a little anxiety in front of the TV, to be able to see our beloved ones, live from the Verona Arena, on this beautiful evening in early September.
Already the first short videos, and photos of yesterday’s rehearsals, sent our hearts in arousal. 💓
I believe that Ignazio, Gianluca and Piero were also excited, to be back on stage, and also because the Arena always has its own charm.
We should have been there for the concert a few days ago, instead we have to settle for this performance, unfortunately due to virus.
In the video, Gianluca says, “We have just arrived for the rehearsals, the three microphone stands are already in position.”
(But how beautiful are Piero, Gianluca and Ignazio?)
I= (he says to Piero) What are you doing?
P = I look at you.
I = Damn!! What a great light there is.
G = Beautiful right?
I = A wonderful light. Gorgeous, gorgeous.
I believe that you have all noticed that the need for spacing has caused all the seats to be removed from the rows on the ground. In this way a large stage has been set up in the center of the Arena (which is usually leaning against the steps). The little public that will be admitted will be all around on the steps and well spaced. Only in this way could the show be done. Of course, the impact is very different, but let’s be satisfied ….. even if I have to say that having the central stage is really very nice: “Guys, use it also in your concert!!”
Gianluca = “See you tonight at the Verona Arena, on RAI1 official!”
Ignazio = “Finally we start again!”
Piero = “Tonight we will sing on one of the stages that is most dear to us, that of the Verona Arena, for us it is always an honor to be there. See you in the Arena or in prime time on Rai 1!”
The boys were also interviewed by SEAT, sponsor of the evening.
Woman = We are here with Il Volo. I know that you have an international audience and therefore you know very well how much is missing from performing live on a global level, but above all you have defined the stage, your natural element, so how is it for you tonight, to go back to performing live?
I = It’s like giving candy to a child!
We are very happy because we were missing a live performance.
We missed it, a lot, but not only for our personal reasons, this is a message that the music is restarting …. slowly, slowly, with the safety measures, but we are starting again. All Italian music is starting to hit the stage again, and we hope it can be a message of hope, also for all emerging bands in the various cities, who want to start or continue making music. We hope it bodes well for a 2021 full of live concerts.
Woman = Thanks a lot, guys, see you on stage.
I + P + G = Hello, see you later.
Piero, Ignazio and Gianluca were also interviewed by Radio Italia, here’s what they said.
Radio Italia = It was instead a relaxing summer for the three guys from Il Volo, who had to cancel their concerts initially scheduled: “We had time to rest, relax and sunbathe. Now we will commit ourselves to making music,” they told live on Radio Italia. For the trio, however, it is not the first live in compliance with all the containment measures: “We did a concert in Montecarlo and it was strange: between darkness and masks, you don’t understand people’s expressions,” said Ignazio, who he also wanted to send out a message of hope: “The music must restart,” he exclaimed to our microphones. “We will definitely be back in 2021, in compliance with the rules. We will continue to celebrate 10 years of career,” Piero then reiterated. The three boys, very young, finally invited all their peers to behave responsibly, to protect themselves and others.
And here we are finally at the evening.
How much emotion …….. I am sitting comfortably on the sofa with my husband and we are waiting for the long preview to end ……… and finally ….
HERE THEY ARE ……. IL VOLO ❤️❤️❤️!!!
I = 2020 will be remembered as the year the world was forced to turn off.
G = For all show workers, the verb to turn off corresponds to the end of the show, when the curtain falls and silence is the wait for the next show.
But this time the wait lasted longer than expected and silence was inevitable.
P = Now the world is preparing to start again.
Now is the time to raise the curtain.
Now, let’s turn on the music.
Conti = Il Volo
Vanessa = What a moment you made us live, what can we tell you?
Conti = Thanks guys.
G = Good evening everyone.
Conti = I must say: You are always better!
Vanessa = Guys we were, Carlo (Conti) and I, in silence looking at you, with goosebumps, good!!
Of course for Puccini’s Turandot, but also for what you said at the beginning.
I = Yes, it is a doubly exciting moment, because we have been standing still for some months, with music on the stages. There is music on social media, but on the stage it is a different emotion, and especially it was a great emotion to remember all those who unfortunately left us, due to this Covid.
It was dedicated to them. My thoughts go to them and all their families.
Conti = You three are wonderful stars who travel the world and bring Italian music up in the world.
Vanessa = Singing live, of course you miss it, but what do you expect from this future?
G = Here I read a billboard that says: “Not even a pandemic will stop the music,” that’s the point.
This year’s motto is let’s turn the music back on, but in truth, the music has never turned off, and it has kept us company all these months. As Ignazio said, especially for us, it is our job and we missed it a lot, not being able to sing for all of you. Sooner or later we will start again, we will go back to singing in concerts, which are a way to escape from the world, two hours of joy and tears.
Vanessa = For you and the entire audience, it’s obvious.
P = When we leave the house, our fans often ask us when the concerts will resume.
We want to say that this is an evening of hope, and to tell everyone that in 2021, in any way, we will return to the stage.
Vanessa = Good.
Conti = You were supposed to be here just a week ago in concert, instead it’s postponed. It’s just, all just postponed, but we’ll be back. Thanks, Gianluca, thanks Piero, thanks Ignazio.
Vanessa = Thanks for being here with us.
G = (addressed to the audience) We love you.
G+P+I = Bye!!
Conti = Great protagonists of this evening, they had the task of starting the official part.
What skill, what elegance, what beautiful words!!
And what about the final high note? They kept it very long ….. congratulations guys!!! My husband and I looked at each other in amazement, that final VINCERÒ was amazing ….. they never stopped emitting their voices ….. great !!!
Only one song, unfortunately.
There are many singers who perform and I remember that they all sing for free, and that the evening was a fundraiser, to support the families of the show workers who have not worked for months and are without salary.
The audience of the Arena, standing for Il Volo.
And here is Piero, Ignazio and Gianluca, visibly happy after their performance, for a small video for the Arena.
I = We send a big greeting and a big “good luck” to arenalive.it.
See you soon, we hope to start again, the music has to start again.
I + G + P = Bye
But it’s not over yet ….. when everyone finished their performances, Seat Music Awards, showed a beautiful video in homage to Il Volo, as the final theme, and on the beautiful music of GRANDE AMORE, the final titles flowed.
What can I say, when the NESSUN DORMA ended, I was literally speechless, unique emotion and endless chills.
Ignazio, Gianluca and Piero were impeccable for execution, and for their messages and elegance.
Great pride for us fans.
While they sang, I was chatting with my Italian friends and also with:
Pat = Missouri
Susan = New York
Ineke = South Africa
Albertine = Holland
Who else can unite us like this?
Only them – IL VOLO ❤️❤️❤️
I will wait to send the next post, because Il Volo today, Sunday, will still be in the Arena for another link.
But in the meantime, let’s also enjoy this short close-up video of our beloved boys!!
Credit to owners of all photos and videos.
August, a month of holidays. It’s very hot.
This year, due to Covid-19, everything is different, but a semblance of normality seems to be returning here in Italy.
Let’s try to follow the traces left by our boys:
We find Gian, engaged in a canoe excursion on the Tirino River, in the company of friends, family, and the guide.
Guide = Hello everyone from the valley and the TIRINO river, from Capestrano.
Today we bring you the greetings of a special guest, one of the most important ambassadors of our land in the world
G = This way, you get me excited, (laughter) are we already connected ??
Guide = Yes Gianluca.
G = Hi, good morning everyone, today I am spending this beautiful day, with my family, in this wonderful place.
For me it is the first time and I am in the company of special, professional people, I am very happy, please, you must all come here.
Guide = Thank you!!
G = I’m honest, that’s not so much to say !! These words come from the heart.
Guide = Thanks again, we are all waiting for you here on the Tirino.
G = Greeting on the fly.
Guide = Greetings from all the Bosso staff, bye!!
G = Il Bosso profile. (He is recording the video for the Facebook profile IL BOSSO)
We are here together, and as I said before, I’m having one of the best experiences of my life and I’m not kidding.
I am from Abruzzo DOC (it is the brand that means Of Controlled Origin, 100% from Abruzzo), proudly from Abruzzo, proud of my land and of our places, unique in the world.
Look, I’ll show you the water, look how wonderful.
Then, having these early morning experiences, regenerates, you start the day differently, and it really reminds you, how beautiful life is, right?
Then you do this job, since when ???
Guide =“For more than fifteen years”.
G = So I can imagine, for me it’s the first time and I’m crazy, you who practically live this life every day …
Guide = “I’m crazy”…..
G = You are crazy !!
I really wanted to say hello to everyone, maybe I’ll come back soon and see you here.
Greetings, I wish you a good day, that we are having a truly beautiful day.
Piero is in Sicily, enjoying the sea in Taormina.
He is in the company of his brother Francesco and his sister Mariagrazia and with them he went to visit Aci Castello, where an ancient Norman castle stands.
Ignazio is in Sicily, but he is driving fans and gossip crazy.
New love for the beautiful puppy owner?
Perhaps, but for the moment we are content to see Ignazio so happy.
Whenever possible, Gianluca and Ignazio sing some songs.
“Bruises,” a song by Lewis Capaldi is really beautiful.
How beautiful are the words of this song “Fino a quando fa bene”? ❤️
Piero …… not received!
But surely all three of our guys will be training their voices, there is an appointment at the weekend, Monte Carlo awaits Il Volo !!
Perfect, guys, you have enjoyed the holidays, the sun, the sea, the rest.
But now, work commitments are looming, and we can’t wait to hear your voices again and see you back at work.
See you soon:
Credit to owners of all photos and videos.
It is late July.
We assess the situation.
Three months have passed since Piero, Ignazio and Gianluca, due to the pandemic, unfortunately had to stop their beautiful concert tour in the US.
ACCORDING TO OUR LATEST PRESS RELEASE IL VOLO FORCED TO CANCEL FINAL CONCERTS OF 2020 NORTH AMERICAN TOUR DUE TO THE COVID-19 GLOBAL PANDEMIC.
On their return to Italy, they found a great change. Empty airports, empty cities, quarantine imposed on the whole nation, to avoid further spread of virus infection.
The boys themselves were unable to embrace their loved ones, but to stay in quarantine to guarantee their relatives that they had no active contagion.
In this period, where contacts were only online, the boys have been very active, and have accustomed us to a presence in programs, directly from their homes.
It was pleasant for us to be able to hear and see them in the intimacy of their personal places.
Il Volo joined fundraisers for many charity works.
Many television programs have re-transmitted old concerts, and broadcasts, which we have reviewed with great pleasure.
The concerts scheduled for this summer in Europe and Italy have unfortunately been moved to next year.
It is still too early here for the concerts, even the cinemas have not yet reopened, but we hope that the November concerts in Milan, Rome and Turin will be maintained.
The quarantine period is also over and we were able to see the first outings of Gian, Piero and Ignazio’s house, wearing the obligatory masks.
Now things have improved here and in some regions, especially in the south, masks are no longer mandatory, but use is required for places such as shops or during outdoor gatherings, where, however, distance is always a must .
It’s summer, it’s very hot, and it’s really difficult to keep your distance and wear masks, but we have to do it, to guarantee ourselves and others.
Ignazio Piero and Gianluca, now, are much more difficult to be found, they are less present on social networks, they have resumed their normal post-quarantine life.
Gianluca met his twin friends. 😁
Piero has turned 27. AUGURI!! ❤️
Ignazio dedicates himself to new interests with Floki Production and Nico Arezzo.😉
In the last few days, a film music great Ennio Morricone has passed away. Il Volo remembered Morricone, who was a great composer of film music, with this video and this beautiful dedication.
Music today has suffered a great loss.
Thanks for everything, Master.
In last few days, our boys met after three months, on the occasion of the Dolce & Gabbana fashion show.
I would say that Piero, Ignazio and Gianluca are really in excellent shape.
What about the fantastic presentation video of the Dolce & Gabbana collection?
Beautiful clothes, beautiful environment and fantastic music !!
Ignazio, Piero and Gianluca said during the forced quarantine that they were working on various projects and that they were in constant contact with each other to develop beautiful ideas.
We really hope that all this time and all the concerts postponed, will bring us beautiful and interesting things for the future of Il Volo.
So things here in Italy seem to improve, but every day we receive truly alarming news of the contagion in the US.
We understand very well what you are all going through and we are close to you.
In the US the numbers are terrible, how many dead, how many infected, certainly everything is relative as regards the numbers, but they are really thousands of lives and we still don’t know how to stop this devious pandemic.
Time will pass, before we can breathe a sigh of relief, time will pass, before returning to talk only about good concerts.
But that time will come!!!
Tell me how you are going through this period.
Hugs to all: Daniela 🤗
Credit to owners of all photos and videos.
Le porte stanno iniziando ad aprirsi, grazie a Dio. (The doors are beginning to open, thank God).
My Flight Crew colleague, Daniela, explained very succinctly today that in Italy, “…finalmente abbiamo ricominciato ad uscire, ma con cautela.” “We have finally started to come out again, but with great caution.”
Italy’s viral protection measures are quite different than ours in the US. For example, during the 10-week stay at home period all over Italy, no visits of any type and no outdoor exercise were allowed. Restaurant takeout service was forbidden all over the country. Now that Italy is in Phase 2, takeout service, some visiting, and some outdoor exercise is allowed, but social gatherings are still forbidden, and masks, gloves and social distancing are still mandatory and will remain mandatory for later phases as well. Italian Phase 2 regulations allow visits to “congiunti” (an old term for certain relatives, up to your spouse’s cousins and your cousins’ children). Taken together, these regulations explain why we sometimes see Instagram photos of Ignazio out hiking around alone with Nina, or Gianluca on the beach with doggie Luna but no people, or playing tennis under a mask.
In the spirit of the new Phase 2 conditions, Gianluca was invited to participate in honoring the staff of Abruzzo’s Ospedale di San Liberatore di Apri. Abruzzo in general, and this hospital in specific, have seen a remarkable reduction to the numbers of COVID emergency cases and a high recovery rate, due to their efforts. The hospital staff to be honored included representatives from all levels who have been serving through the crisis, from nurses to emergency room staff to cleaning crew (one of the most high-risk hospital jobs during infection emergencies).
This ceremony shows how much the Il Volo boys have accomplished so young. San Liberatore is the same hospital where La Signora Eleanora Ginoble gave birth to her first son, Gianluca, in 1995. Some of the people Gianluca came there to honor could probably remember when he was born there, not long ago.
San Liberatore, by the way, is the nickname of Saint Eleutherius, one of Abruzzo’s favorite saints and martyrs, from the second century. He’s venerated among Albanian, Greek, and Roman Catholics and Abruzzese Italians. There’s a famous basilica built and named in his honor that is also nearby in Abruzzo, called San Liberatore a Maiella.
Abruzzo seems to produce men who achieve great fame very early. By one tradition, Eleutherius/San Liberatore became a bishop when he was only 20 years old. We Sicilians insist he was bishop of Messina, Sicily so we can lay claim to him, too. We can’t lay claim to the other Abruzzesi heroes (like Dean Martin and Gianluca Ginoble, to name a few); but we Sicilians have enough notables of our own. (OK, that was for the fans of Piero and Ignazio).
On to the Television Clip.
Everyone has their own style and preferences – apparently even in medical protective equipment. I once heard Gianluca as a teenager being asked in an interview about his taste in colors. His reply? “I like it black and white.” That probably explains his house interior decor, his white car, and a lot of his clothes. So of course, when he appears in public with a re-usable personal mask for this event, it’s black. Somehow you could tell who was under the mask, even if he wasn’t surrounded by TV cameras and crew shouting his name. It must be the hair.
In the clip I saw, the interviewers didn’t identify themselves before starting their cameras rolling, so I will refer to them as “Interviewer 1 or 2.”
Interviewer 1, after asking Gian how is father is: We were just saying that in some cases, stars don’t get behind this kind of thing, but that isn’t the case [with you].
Gianluca: You know that I am really proud of being Abruzzese, but more importantly, we should all be proud of the work that some of these superheroes are doing – doctors, nurses, medical staff who are saving lives. When there was an opportunity to honor them, I couldn’t miss it. I’m really happy to be here.
Interviewer 1: So a rose for each of these “signore in gamba” (a lovely Italian idiom for “great ladies and gentlemen,” referring to the health workers who are to be honored shortly.)
Gian: A thousand roses, but at the moment I don’t have any on hand, so spiritual roses, in a manner of speaking. This makes me feel I’m a little more of a “Rosetano,” too. (People from Roseto d’Abruzzo, like Gianluca’s family, call each other “Rosetanos”).
Interviewer 1: So, you’re also waiting for all this to end?
Gian: We’re going through a difficult period. We’re anxious, waiting for the end of this tough time. For the moment, I want to act really responsibly. The message I want to send to people my age, and those even younger, is that they also should act responsibly, to grasp the seriousness of this situation, above all for the safety of our loved ones. This small break in the isolation doesn’t mean it’s over. We need to remain cautious for ourselves, but more importantly for the health of our elders. I very rarely see my Grandfather, Ernesto, the love of my life, but unfortunately at this time we have to continue to be careful, especially for the health of our loved ones.
Interviewer 2: Gianluca, is it true that you were born in this same hospital?
Gian: I was born in this hospital the 11th of February 1995.
Interviewer 2: This hospital has waged such a great battle against this virus.
Gian: Something for Abruzzo to be proud of.
Interviewer 2: A very emotional moment, true.
Gian: [These are] powerful and compassionate people. We Abruzzesi are strong. I’m really proud of these heroes who are continually saving lives.
Interviewer 2: What do you want to say to these health workers of our hospital who have labored with courage, with a sense of duty, to confront this Coronavirus to bring it to an end?
Gian: A gigantic thank you, because without them the situation would really have been much more dangerous. They’re already dear to each person and family whose lives they have already saved, and they’re still at it.
(At this point, a technician attaches a collar mike to Gianluca, while the second interviewer introduces the ceremony to come.)
Interviewer 2: Right now, we are in front of the hospital of Apri, San Liberatore di Apri. As we were discussing, there are representatives here from the medical staff: doctors, nurses, other medical workers, and others who run the business of a hospital. The hospital is re-opening in a sense, after the COVID emergency, offering services for the many other more common illnesses and medical needs we’re familiar with. This means that the viral emergency is starting to come to an end, and we of course are really pleased. This is a lovely moment to linger over, along with the world-famous young artist and lyric singer, Gianluca Ginoble, who has accepted an invitation and came here to give honor and thanks to all the personnel who have labored with great courage and determination during these weeks and months of serious emergency. It will be Gianluca, who will thank each of them. He’s being interviewed at this moment by my colleagues from RAI and other stations. We are recognizing together this moment that marks the end, we hope, of the emergency and the hospital’s return to less stressful and more normal hospital routine. There are also medical experts present who have followed all the stages of this emergency and are here just to celebrate this moment. We are proud of Gianluca Ginoble who recalled for us that he was born in this hospital and remains very attached, a son of this land, and he himself is proud of this community who courageously faced down this very difficult and tough challenge.
Gian (to another interviewer in the near background): This is one truly positive thing that has come out of this quarantine – living with your family in ways we’ve never done before.
The basket of eight roses for the ceremony is brought to him and he and the film crew exchange instructions for how to do the presentation safely. He gives out the roses while thanking them and making jokes about air hugs (“un abbracio al volo”) and the interviewer jokes about air kisses. Some of the representatives receiving a rose tell him they will be sharing the rose with their teammates and co-workers inside. Then they assemble to take “qualche bella riprese” (some nice shots), which are done with proper social distancing of course (see the pictures).
It almost broke my heart to watch what an Italian group photo looks like now – no hugging or Italian-style draping all over each other, no cheek-to-cheek selfies. You can see a small line of people two meters apart, all covered in masks, standing with gloved or ungloved hands at their sides or their arms crossed. This is definitely NOT how Il Volo, or any Italians, normally behave. And with those masks, how can you even tell if they are smiling? Rabbi Aiello of Calabria, Italy, way south of Abruzzo, said this week that now we all have to learn and remember to smile with our eyes. She demonstrated behind a really cool red, white and green Italian flag mask. (I want one).
On the other hand, it’s warming to note how close the Abruzzese locals in the film clip are to one another (obviously not physically). None of the TV crew needed to introduce themselves to Gianluca, since they all knew each other. At least one of the hospital staff, and one of the TV crew, wanted Gianluca to send their greetings to his dad, Ercole (“Salute a Papa”).
I’m personally fond of Mr. Ginoble, Sr., myself. I really like his funny postings contemplating random things like the speed of light being faster the speed of sound. (That explains why some people seem intelligent when you first see them, until they eventually open their mouth and you hear what stupidity comes out…) But I was really touched by one of the most poignant images Mr. Ginoble posted: a cartoon of DC and Marvel superheroes all bowing to the real superheroes, front line medical workers in masks and scrubs walking down a hospital hallway (see the picture below).
Anche questo deve passare. This too, shall pass. We all share in extreme gratefulness for all the front-line health worker heroes in Europe and at home, who are staying on the job at risk of their own lives, to protect ours. Una grazie gigante. An enormous thank you!
Poscritto (Post Script): As we were preparing this article, Gianluca’s dad, Ercole posted a Facebook clip of Gianluca’s appeal for support for the Italian Red Cross of Roseto’s efforts against COVID-19. The Ginobles are Rosetone to the core, and as a whole family are very involved in Roseto, the Abruzzo region, and its needs. The Red Cross focus in Roseto is to provide protective gear to workers and the needy, and to teach them how to use the equipment properly. Other Red Cross branches in Italy and the US are making a push to collect blood from recovered COVID patients for blood antibodies to aid in treatment. (My elderly friend recently survived COVID, even with her pulmonary hypertension, thanks to one of these blood antibody treatments, and a whole lot of prayer.) That is such great news, Jo Ann! Jana…
I’ve translated Gianluca’s appeal below. The ad shows where to support the Italian Red Cross through the local Red Cross Committee of Roseto. You can also go to www.redcross.org in the US.
“Hello to everyone. I invite you at this time of great difficulty to support the Italian Red Cross Committee of Roseto. The funds are being used to provide personnel protective equipment for all the volunteers engaged in the fight against the Coronavirus, who in addition to helping our community are now helping the people most affected by the virus. I just wanted to let you know how much we all need your support. Thank you.”
Il Volo also performed in the on-line special “Fatto in Casa” (Made at Home) for Dolce & Gabbana’s fundraiser to support virology research. B&B are funding Humanitas University’s work to understand the immune response to SARS-COV-2 and to accelerate a vaccine. You can support them at www.dolcegabbana.forfunding.it
What a beautiful post written by JoAnn! I believe the US can really take some lessons from Italy. And they have said, “Who is that masked man?” For we know the answer! It is Gianluca! 🙂 Jana…
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