(Ciao a tutti! – Just about 4 years ago (February 20, 2015), I wrote this poem after receiving the Sanremo version of Grande Amore. It is clear I was very excited – to say the least. At the time, this post got 81 comments and something like over 500 views on the site. Marie also chose it to go into the book we gave the guys, way back when, and I felt very honored. I thought I’d post it again, just for fun. I did write a new poem for the new Musica album, that I got yesterday, which is awesome – the album by the way. However, I don’t think I could top this poem. 🙂 But I will post it as well in a few days. – Enjoy, again!)
We knew it was coming, but when would that be?
We waited, and waited, then shouted with glee!
It was coming soon, but not til after Sanremo;
How long could I last, without a new song from Il Volo?
We then heard the news, it was on Amazon.IT!
There I went with my visa, to order it quickly!
I wanted it now, so express shipping I paid;
Hoping and praying, it would not be delayed!
Three weeks and counting, how much more can I bear?
I kept watch on my email, when would it be there?
The contest had started and Il Volo appeared;
Singing their hearts out, while everyone cheered!
But on Friday the 13th, not bad luck for me,
I read in my mail; the CD would be early!
I jumped up and down, how lucky am I?
I’ll have it soon in my hands; I could just cry.
The day finally came, it was arriving today;
I waited and paced, for the delivery all day.
I tracked it online, it came straight from Milan.
On to Bergamo and Brussells, then finally MY town!
I raced home to get it, but it was not there?
DHL had not come yet – how much more could I bear?
I went to the store, to pick up my dinner.
They had til 8pm, then there was a knock at my door!
It was here, finally, at last, it was here!
I’m sorry, but I could not wait to open it, I fear.
I quickly took pictures and then opened it with care;
Staring lovingly at my hand, so wishing they were there!
I listened and listened, and listened again.
Over and over I played it, I did not want it to end.
But bedtime was coming, I so needed my sleep,
I can listen again tomorrow, for I know it will keep.
Il Volo is love, Grand Amore, to be exact!
The heck with all the critics, they are just hacks!
So listen with joy, Il Volovers everywhere;
And know that we give them our tender loving care!
Ok, I thought we might all enjoy a little throwback to the Detroit concert last year, just about a year ago… Some fond memories of the guys and good friends. I miss them so, as I’m sure we all do right now. Impatiently awaiting their new album! Enjoy!
(I have to say, I just reread this myself and was pleasantly surprised, or maybe not, that I had actually forgotten some of this. It’s so amazing we have these archives for us to remember these magical moments!)
This year, we didn’t have to wait quite as long as last time. November 29th could not come quick enough though, as soon as we knew when the pre-sale tickets were going on sale. We were all waiting with fingers and credit cards ready at 10:00am EST to get our hands on the best seats we could. Ten AM hit and we were off. Our fingers flying like a tornado, tearing through all the codes, and commands, and “I’m not a robot” games! Then it was sticker shock for Detroit! $450 each! Ok, you only live once and it was front row. So, trying not to think about the price, we took a quick breath of recovery, and painfully punched in our credit card numbers! There, it was done. Our tax returns were coming soon, right?
Ok, fast forward – after many months of careful planning, the Detroit Il Volo Girls, were joined by a few out-of-towners for a fantastically planned evening. Most of us met at my place in Dearborn and were whisked off by our contracted driver in a Ford Transit to the original “Antonio’s” called Roman Village in South Dearborn. We had 3:30p reservations, as we did not know what kind of traffic we’d run into. We had a lovely meal and left about 5:30p. Due to the construction on I-75, there was a lot of traffic going south, so we just stayed on the side roads and got there in plenty of time; arriving approximately 5:45p. Thankfully, the box office was open, so we got our tickets from will call. We still had to wait a little bit for them to open the doors. I was anxiously waiting for the arrival of Marie and Leelee. As I was looking out the door, I saw them get out of the taxi! It was so good to see them – I had their front row tickets waiting for them. As soon as they got in the door, they were letting us in the lobby. We went through security, then quickly bought our souvenir t-shirt and little furry bag. Awaiting us in our VIP bag were the Il Volo wintergreen mints, another long, fuzzy, black bag with Il Volo on it, and a deck of cards with their picture on the box, and of course, our signed VIP badge for the night.
We were escorted to our seats. I sat on the end in the front row, with a direct view of where Gianluca would be standing. They were only about 5 feet or so from the stage. Our seats were so close, we could touch the stage. We mingled with the others and met up with old friends; making some new friends along the way. It was so great to see so many people you knew and remembered and who remembered you! Before you knew it, it was 7:30p and time to begin. They started pretty much on time.
The lights went down on the theatre, and they went up on the stage, a deep blue light created a reminiscent backdrop of the evening sky in Florence. The smoke machine started to create a subtle breeze in the air. A quiet hush fell over the audience as the orchestra members strolled out onto the stage. The crowd clapped politely. Then the maestro, Joseph Modica, came out; again, the crowed clapped. The lights changed from red, to blue, to purple, to teal, and back again, all night. Very similar to the Florence concert, actually. Joseph raised his hands and the first notes of the violins could be heard resounding over the crowd. That song, that most of us had only heard on the CD or TV, was now playing live, right in front of us. The sing-songy violins spoke and the cellos and bass answered back to them. Soon, it was over. The audience cheered and clapped, knowing that what they were really waiting for was about to appear before our eyes. Seconds later, the notte magica truly began. The guys, dressed elegantly in their velveteen jackets, strolled out onto the stage, amidst what would be the first of many standing ovations that night.
Ah, it began…. Gianluca with his first note of Nessun Dorman…..his velvet voice caressing our ears and his gorgeous eyes, penetrating our very souls. After their first song, everyone in the first 5 rows stood up and gave them glorious cheers, whoops, and applause! Then came Granada. Ignazio stood with a devilish grin on his face, with his hands tightly clasped behind his back, just waiting, as Piero held that now famous long note. The crowd cheered, and then Ignazio began his part.
Soon, it was time for their solos. Ignazio was first with Una Furtiva Lacrima…. To see him sing that with such passion, power, and anguish, was truly an incredible experience. He has such a soft voice when you talk to him. You would never believe something so powerful could escape those lips. Standing ovations from all! More whoops, and cheers! Especially from the first 2 rows!
Then came La Danza, with Gianluca. Again, flawlessly executed. How he gets all those notes in there is pure magic, that is for sure! Another standing “O!” Then it was Piero with No Puede Ser, I believe. I have to say, that is one my favorites by him. Piero does seem to always be the crowd favorite with thunderous applause and cheers. Still, Ignazio is my favorite!
I was fearful that the concert would be a little on the stiff and boring side, but I was pleasantly surprised, as the guys were joking and laughing in between each song, and fooling around as much as they dared; standing in relatively one spot all night. They did take a few breaks and let the orchestra play. What was also nice was that they would come out to center stage to take a few bows after their songs, so everyone was able to see them. Of course, those of us on the left or right side of the stage, could still not see them well to get any good pictures. However, I was able to get some good shots from my vantage point, although many were close to just profile views.
I loved their one little joke about Piero and Ignazio calling their siblings, or in Ignazio’s case, his dog; the others’ names! Piero admitted to sometimes calling his brother and sister Igna or Gian. But then he said it was worse that Igna called his dog, Franz, by THEIR names – Piero, or Gian. Ignazio said, with his cute accent, “it happens….”And I can see how it can, for I called my own cat by my other cat’s name! Comes out Kam-ari (for Kamina and Mari). Lol!
When it came to O Sole Mio, Gianluca did a little intro saying that many artists recorded this song and the different versions. He mentioned liking the Elvis version and Ignazio says “ELvis!”in his deep voice, and does a little hip movement. (of course being polite here, but it was pretty slight…) Yep, can’t get away from that one!
As mentioned in previous reviews, they did Grande Amore and the awesome new Ave Maria, which Gianluca says was written for them and they want to sing to the Pope one day. It was hauntingly beautiful and amazing to hear them sing it in person, since that was not part of the Florence concert.
Our group and the first several rows stood and clapped after every song. All too soon, the notte magica quickly came to an end. In their reprise of Nessun Dorma, the whole theatre was on its feet, with cheers and more thunderous applause! They did not take a break, and it ended just about 9:30pm.
MEET AND GREET
Yes, one part of the magical night was over, but we were still anticipating the real finale of the evening where we could touch these angelic creatures with these heavenly voices! Unlike last year, things moved pretty quickly. It was a little confusing at first, but they directed us to the elevator to the 2nd floor. Good, much better than last year. We ended up on the 2nd floor, near the mezzanine area, I believe. It was a nice area and much bigger and better than last year. It was very pretty and a nice open area, overlooking the downstairs lobby. When we got up there, we saw where the guys would be. Shortly, the OMGVIP guy came out and gave us the usual “lecture” but he was very nice and told us how things were going to go. They were very organized and had tables so we could set our belongings on them. Everything was pretty orderly. We waited maybe a little over half an hour. Shortly after 10p or so, out came the guys through the velvet curtains. Before it began, there were like two groups – one to the side and one to the front of where the guys would be. The OMGVIP guy actually said – just come on up here and you guys decide who wants to go next! Wow, that was cool! No pushing, no shoving, etc. There were also nice chairs scattered around the perimeter if you wanted to sit down. Like a total 360 from last year’s cattle call!So, by the time the guys came out, everyone was relaxed. Barbara and Alessandra came out first and we were able to chat with them if we wanted to. Leonora came out also, but then hid back in the wings – I guess she didn’t want to join us that night. Gaetano was on the sidelines as well. It really is nice they all have a family member present. I guess Ignazio figured all he needed was Alessandra on this trip. Vito and Caterina stayed home this tour.
Some of you knew I made these scarves for the mothers, Nina, and Barbara. Marie graciously took Caterina’s and Eleonora’s, along with the one for Nina, to them when she visited Sicily. But I still had Leonora’s and Barbara’s left. So, I was able to give the remaining scarves to Barbara and she said she would give the other to Leonora. When I gave the package to Barbara, she saw the crystal wing and her eyes got real big! I gave her the black one. So, I think she liked it, even though she didn’t open it right away. I really should have had her open it, but I didn’t. I also gave each of them a card that had a picture from my Italy trip that I had made on Shutterfly, with a note inside. I did see Barbara open the card and could tell she was reading the note. But, the deed was finally done and they were out of my hands. I got back in line and awaited my turn.
Soon, I was next. I had it all planned out. I was going to say each of their names and give them all a big hug, and I had practiced in my head what I was going to say to each one of them! So, here is how it went….
They were in their “almost” usual spots… Gianluca was on the left, Piero in the middle and Ignazio on the right. I went up to Gian and said “Gianluca!”and gave him a big hug. I told him I was in Montepaganolast summer and it was beautiful. Next was “Piero!”I told him “sempre perfetto!”Got a smile out of him. “Ignazio!”I hugged him and whispered again that he was always my favorite. I got his “aww….”again in his sweetest little voice. I also handed him the package of M&Ms we had left over from celebrating his birthday last year and told him we celebrated all of their birthdays. Then, again, it was all too soon that I felt that familiar tap on the shoulder to turn around and take the picture. I quickly felt a lot of movement beside me and realized Gian was pushing his way in between me and Piero. Odd?
Wait….no, YES, it really DIDhappen that way this time!!! I guess the 6th time is the charm? I was not nervous at all, it was like they were old friends I had not seen in at least 7 months or so? Lol! I met each of them with open arms and hugs.
Then it was time to go home. I think, for the first time, I was actually very pleased and happy with myself on how things turned out. I also said “ciao” to Alessandraand said to her, “I’m sure everyone tells you, you are the luckiest girl in the world.”And she said, “yes…”She is a beautiful girl, even with her glasses on!
Next is Chicago!
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Gianluca, your smooth, silky voice has enchanted me ever since I first heard you and the others in 2009. Wishing you a Very, Very Happy Birthday, and wishing you nothing but the best in the years to come. Sending you much love from Minnesota – Allene Shipman.
Tanti auguri Gianluca! Spero che oggi ti trova bene e felice e piena di divertimento. Ho visitato il tuo carino paese di Montepagano l’estate scorso, (ma tu non c’eri). Ti auguro con tutto il mio cuore un anno piena di successo e belle giornate. Ho partecipato a Quattro Il Volo concerti finora. L’ultima a Los Angeles-una meraviglia!! Mai smettere di cantare per noi…Baci, Manola DeMunda
Love you guys…hope your special day is great! Best wishes, Julia
Sei un artista molto bravo e un ragazzo molto bello, ma la cosa più preziosa che ammiro in te è questo tuo essere così dolce e sensibile. Ventitre anni e così tanta bravura e così tanta serietà ti distinguono. L’amore per la tua famiglia e per la tua terra è sempre portato nel tuo cuore. Non voglio dirti di essere bravo, perchè già lo sei, non voglio dirti di essere umile perchè già lo sei. Non cambiare Gianluca.
I MIEI MIGLIORI AUGURI : Daniela dall’Italia
(translation: Dear Gianluca; You are a very good artist and a very nice boy, but the most precious thing I admire in you is this being so sweet and sensitive. Twenty-three years and so much skill and so much seriousness distinguish you. Love for your family and for your land is always brought into your heart. I do not want to tell you to be good, because you already are, I do not want to tell you to be humble because you already are. Do not change Gianluca. MY BEST GREETINGS: Daniela from Italy)
Happy Birthday, Gian, from Irene and Ann Louise in L.A. We are wishing you happiness for you and your entire family in the coming year.
I have a birthday riddle for you! (If you need help ask Piero!) “Who has the Pavarotti tickets?” Answer: “Our Aunt Kathie!” She handed them to you and you showed them to Piero at the PBS fundraising reception in Minneapolis, Minnesota last March. At your L.A. concert a couple days later, Ann Louise and I bought tickets to the Meet and Greet, but I didn’t have a chance that night to even say hello to you. So here I have my chance to say “Ciao, and Buon Compleanno! Con un abbraccio!” Irene. (P. S. Ann Louise also sings in a popular trio in L.A: “Honey Whiskey Trio.” Maybe you could look them up. They are all over YouTube. Maybe some day the six of you will have a gig together!) Be safe, sempre. Love, Irene
Dear precious Gianluca, I feel the earth awake and the stars twinkle in the Light of your beautiful heart and your magnificent voice.
May this birthday remembrance and all year long bring you joy, fulfillment, wonderful surprises, and your heart’s desires!
I celebrate your magnificence along with your beloved IL VOLO brothers in every Canzone Per Te! Happy happy birthday! Con Amore, Jeanine DuBois
Best wishes for a “ Happy Birthday “ Gianluca . I hope you come back to the United States in 2018 !
Spero che tu abbia una giornata meravigliosa, piena d’amore e felicità con la tua famiglia ed i tuoi amici.
Looking forward to many more magical concert nights. Keep posting those wonderfully beautiful photos and fun-loving videos. Eagerly waiting for the new album.
Ti voglio bene,
Las Vegas, NV
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I hope you have a beautiful and happy birthday. May God give you good health and joy in your life. We wish you goodwill. You are always in our thoughts.
Love always, Inés Rosas – Las Vegas, NV
My Dearest Gianluca,
Following your incredible journey for the last eight years has brought me more happiness and then you can ever imagine !! Your magnificent voice,loving heart and the concerts,M&G’s, Italy and my amazing Ilvolover friends have opened up a whole new beautiful world for me !!
May your special day be filled with love❤,wrapped with laughter 😄and blessed with happiness😊!! I know more of your dreams are going to come true for you in 2018 !!
Happy “23rd” Birthday !! Lots of Love, Joan Brenin
You make so many people very happy with your beautiful voice and internal spirit.
We will always be loyal fans. We are thankful to your Mother and Father for raising such a great son.
Maria and Alan Hahn
Dear beautiful Gianluca,
we wish you a very, very happy birthday. You give so much ecstatic happiness to so many that it is only proper that you should also experience enormous joy.
Your incredible, deep velvet voice reaches parts of our souls that nothing else can, it is amazing. We adore your warm loving personality which you combine with humour and humility, you are an incredible person.
May all our dreams and aspirations continue to come true and your birthday be a truly special day,
with all our love Sue and Graham , Nottinghamshire UK
Gian, send your mother flowers for giving you this birthday, then enjoy a very happy one! -Tricianna
Your exquisite voice is a wonderful gift from God. You honor Him with your constant pursuit of expanding your talent. Your kindness and generosity are additionally appreciated. Have a fun birthday celebration. P.S. In addition to sending your Mother flowers to say thank you…chocolates would be a nice additional touch!
Sandi E., Ohio, USA
Great grandmama Beverly and a few family members pictured. Bless you forever. My sweet husband of 65 years passed on three years ago, his birthday is February 4th. You are loved…
Barbara Krueger Happy birthday Gianluca 2/11/2018
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Buon Compleanno Gian !!!! Jean Haines
My warmest Happy Birthday wishes to you, Gianluca. May your New Birthday year be one of joyful and fun events, while singing your way into countless numbers of loving hearts. God bless you!!! ♥ Nonna Harriett ♥ from Chicago, IL♥
I wish Gianluca a very happy birthday. He is so talented and I wish him many more years of success. Lucy Galasso, New York, USA
Happy Birthday and best wishes for a year filled with love, peace, joy and good health!
Loved seeing you, Piero and Ignazio at your “Una Notte Magica” concerts in Easton and at Radio City Music Hall. They really were magical nights with the most beautiful music! Looking forward to the new CD. Even if you don’t tour in 2018, I hope you will be able to make some appearances in the US because we miss you!
God bless you, your family, and friends and much love to all!
Happy Birthday Gianluca– Bon Compleanno. Here we are celebrating another birthday. It seems just like yesterday that you won San Remo music competition and was celebrating your twentieth! What a week that was for you and look at all the accomplishments you have had since then! I attended your Notte Magica concert in Miami–breathtaking!! I look forward to your new music in 2018!!
Best wishes, ciao Annette, Naples, Fl. 🎂🎂🎉🎉
My birthday wish for you, Gian, is:
Laughter to kiss your lips;
Beauty for your eyes to see;
Sunsets to warm your heart;
Rainbows to follow the clouds;
Smiles when sadness intrudes;
Tight hugs when spirits sag;
Kisses on your forehead to comfort you
Confidence for when you doubt;
Patience to accept the truth
Courage to know yourself;
Love to complete your life.
Above all ride the energy of your own unique spirit and never sacrifice your family, your heart or your dignity.
Happy birthday, Gianluca. Thank you for being the sweet gentleman that you are. Hope it is a wonderful day full of love, laughter and lots of surprises.
Lots of love, Laura Parish
Well young man, another birthday for you means another year of sweet music for me. We both have a reason to celebrate!
Avere una giornata grande e divertente il mio giovane idolo, ~Marie Crider
HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO A WONDERFUL MAN. I FELL IN LOVE WITH YOUR BEAUTIFUL VOICE AND TALENT THE FIRST TIME I HEARD YOU SING.
AND YOU HAVE ONLY GOTTEN BETTER EACH TIME I HEAR YOU PERFORM.
YOU ARE NOT ONLY A TREAT FOR THE EARS BUT FOR THE EYES ALSO.
YOU ARE TRULY A PRINCE. I KNOW ROSETO IS PROUD OF THE SPECIAL
CITIZEN IN ITS BORDERS. YOUR INCREDIBLE PASSION AND AMAZING VOICE
EXPRESSES TO YOUR FANS WHAT YOU FEEL INSIDE.
BUON COMPLEANO GIANLUCA ~~ Gale Wall
Last March you wished ME “Buon Compleanno” at my first Meet & Greet and IL VOLO concert in Chicago. I will NEVER forget it! And now it is MY turn to send “Auguri” back to you on your 23rd birthday!
I know you will have a wonderful day celebrating with friends and family.
I wish you, Piero and Ignazio much success and Buona Fortuna with your new album! I can’t wait to hear it!
Pat Ward in Missouri USA
For Dearest Gianluca: Happy Birthday wishes
For Gianluca: perfect Valentine hugs and kisses
For your special day: many happy hours with family and friends
Enjoy! Luv Ya! Julie Bernache
Happy Birthday or Sto Lat! (as we the Polish say). For your birthday I wish you smiles from your dear ones, sun on your face, peace and happiness in your heart, and God’s blessings for every day of your life. I pray for Il Volo’s safety and your happiness every day.
May God keep step with you,
A very Happy Birthday to the golden, velvet voice of Gianluca. You are special in so many ways. Your great personality matches your talent. A Bass, Baritone and Tenor, you stand tall with brothers Ignazio, Piero Two great tenors, together you guys make that awesome wonderful sound that’s uniquely Il Volo. Congratulations. Vincent (Brooklyn, ny)
Happy 23rd Birthday! I will be thinking of you today on your special day wishing you the happiest and joyful of days surrounded by everyone and everything you cherish. You have brought immeasurable happiness to this fan and many many more by your incredible voice, your kindness, humility and always always by how you live your life and share the incredible gift that God gave you with us all. I wish always for you good health, happiness and to keep soaring high into the stratosphere with your special brothers.
I hope you will know especially on your birthday all the people you have given happiness to just by being YOU.
Love & Blessings Always
Margaret D. Mirailh
Happy birthday to our special crooner. Your voice keeps our hearts beating and your eyes soft and sensuous gives us peace. Joanie G in california
Dear Gianluca, I wish you the happiest of birthdays! You are an incredible singer and genuine person. I look forward to seeing you in concert again AND listening to that new CD! Love from Minnesota, Jane
Have a wonderful birthday and a blessed year!
I wish for you a birthday full of wonderful things. May your dreams come true.
I’ve watched you grow from a young teen to the amazing young man you are now, sharing your gift of music, your thoughts and hopes with your many thousands of fans. We love you just the way you are! Penina Honig (Toronto)
Wishing a very happy 23rd BD to one of the nicest, sweetest, most handsome and most talented singers in the world today. I hope your day is special and filled with everything you desire. Happy Birthday dear Gianluca!!
Janet from San Francisco
Joining my voice with all the others who are wishing you a very Happy Birthday! May your special day be filled with love, Family, Friends, Fans. Thanks for being you. From Texas, LindaP
Buon Compleanno. 23 annos. Tanti Auguri!!
Have a wonderful birthday with Family & Friends!! I am sure this year will hold more triumphs in your musical career! I love your beautiful baritone voice & the songs you sing!! Loved Bridge Over Troubled Water when you sang it at the Dolby Theater in the 2016 LA Concert!! Notte Magica is marvelous music bringing enchantment to the audience with each performance!! Gian, you are such a sweet, empathetic, loving young man! Thank you for the joy & happiness you & the beauty of your music have given me!! Amore, Nonna, Anne Quinto
Anne Quinto Happy Birthday Gianluca 2/11/2018
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I wish you a Happy Birthday Gianluca. May your deepest and wildest dreams come true today and may you never stray from the true path as you continue your amazing journey. Grande abbraccio, all the way from South Africa. Ineke Poisson.
Dear Gianluca, Buon Compleano, Hronia Polla, Happy Birthday. I know you don’t remember but I got the biggest, sweetest hug from you at a meet and greet. I will never forget it, it meant so much to me. You have a way of making everyone feel so special even for a moment. I love you and your family. Grazie. ~~ Rosemarie P.
Dear Gianluca –
It goes without saying that we all adore you! You send us your precious selfies just to remind us how much you care about your fans and want to make us smile! We can’t help but smile, when we look into your beautiful hazel green eyes, the curls of your hair and grin on your face…. Grazie mille, for being so pure of heart and voice. We saw you last year in Detroit, Chicago, Atlanta, and a few of us saw you at the Estefan’s Kitchen in Miami. Tanti aguri, amico mio!
♥♥The Detroit Il Volo Gals: Sharon, Chris, Donna, Lorna, Ginny, Barb T, Barb D, Magdalena, Jeannette, and Jana♥♥
And in the end, it’s not the years in your life that count. It’s the life in your years.Abraham Lincoln
HAPPY BIRTHDAY from Gina in Texas
Gian you really are the Best crooner on the planet from Loretta from Canada HAPPY BIRTHDAY AGAIN