How do I begin to talk about what happened over this last week? Every day was a new adventure, a new announcement!
Last week began with talkshoplive
The guys started the week with talkshoplive answering, among other things, our questions about the new album. It was wonderful that the guys took the time to speak to us and tell us something about the album and their plans for the future. Random questions were chosen and answered by the guys! In the end, the guys told us Americans how they really feel about us. I personally loved the fact that the guys never forgot that we Americans loved them first. And we’re very proud that they started their career in America and, we wish they would spend more time with us in the US.
That being said, let’s turn to the Press Conference
This is the scoop by Digital Journal’s Markos Papadatos.
Papadatos said: “During this online press conference, Il Volo premiered their music video “The Ecstasy of Gold,” which was visually striking. They also treated members of the media to a remarkable live music showcase that displayed their resonant and powerhouse vocals.”
Gianluca admitted: “We are living in difficult times and, this is the best way to start again: with a new project, with a tribute to Maestro Ennio Morricone because we want to bring the Italian culture through the music and the beauty of our country.
We recorded the video in Sardinia in a beautiful place, one of the most beautiful places we have in Italy, and this is the best way to show the beauties of our wonderful country.”
On their career-defining moments, Ignazio responded, “We are happy with what we are doing. We will never lose our personality and we really know what we want from our career, and from our music. We will never lose our personalities.
We are following in the steps of our greatest idols such as Luciano Pavarotti and Andrea Bocelli. We are three young men who are presenting this music! Usually, you listen to this music which is sung by adults. It is great and we are proud to say that we are the only guys of our age that sing this kind of music. The Italian culture and the Bel canto are well known all around the world, and the world loves Bel canto and, the world loves Italy.”
“This is why we will never lose our personalities and we will keep singing Bel canto,” Gianluca elaborated.
The Ecstasy of Gold the Video!
We can’t talk about “The Ecstasy of Gold” without first talking about the video. This video is incredible. As Papadatos said, “it’s visually striking.” It was filmed in Sardinia! The scenery is like the old west in America. The guys did a phenomenal job. I don’t know how they got through the filming it in their tuxedos! They had to go up on the sand dunes and walk along the edges! Visually, it reminded me of the Beatles walk on Abbey Lane! It was so creative. The orchestra was incredible. This was difficult to film. The result is it took my breath away! A very intriguing video!
The Release of the Album!
In order to talk about the album, we first have to talk about the project itself!
In an interview, Piero pointed out, “The first thing we did was call the teacher’s family because we knew they were the ones who really knew about him., because before getting into the music, you must know the person, the artist that he was, so we wanted some advice, suggestions from his family. “
When the guys presented this project to the Morricone family, they were totally on board with it and, they worked alongside the guys who took the best of Morricone’s music and enhanced it with their voices.
The guys pointed out, in their interview, that they are happy with the result of the work in which they maintained their style and personality within the bel canto that they do not intend to change.
This project had to be a wonderful experience for the guys! It certainly showed their enormous capabilities! No matter how difficult or unusual a project is, the guys take it on and present it in a most amazing way! There is nothing they can’t do or won’t do to present a project that always exceeds our expectations. They are truly an amazing team!
In these last eighteen months, the guys had an opportunity to do something very unusual, stay home! This project is the result of that rare opportunity! We are so lucky to be the recipients of this rare event! The idea of presenting an album of Morricone’s music is genius. Combine that with the genius of Il Volo and what do you get, an album of phenomenal songs!
And let’s not forget that this music is also part of the Frassasi Caves project! I certainly think that Storaro appreciated the work that the guys did. In an interview last week he said, “listening to that music interpreted by them was exciting.” How right you are Vittorio! Rumor has it that Storaro would like to do another project with the guys! Stay tuned for further developments!
So, on November 5th, the album was released! We have been waiting for a year for this to happen. We knew some of the songs and there were some surprises. All of the songs are absolutely phenomenal! Every song is amazing! Their delivery is so exceptional! Even when you thought it couldn’t get any better it did! Truly amazing songs. Something for everyone!
Come Sail Away
Now I’m not trying to say one song is better than another but, I have to say one song captured me! “Come Sail Away” Why did this song capture my attention? Nostalgia!!! What a magnificent song! This song has such a beautiful way of taking you back to another time. To a place where love is suspended in time and, we can relive beautiful memories! It goes right to the heart! It certainly touched my heart! I can tell you it brought me back to beautiful memories of a long-lost love! It touched my heart in a special way! It’s an amazing, heartwarming song! And Chris Botti’s trumpet certainly added to the beauty of the song.
All the songs on this album are truly amazing. A phenomenal album!
So, let’s talk about some of the other songs!
The Ecstasy of Gold
We knew “The Ecstasy of Gold” would be amazing. Their presentation in Verona set the tone for the evening and for the album itself! And the video set the tone for the North American Tour! The guys will bring all the images and intrigue of this video to the stage for our enjoyment.
This is not just a song; it is a production! It demands movement and strength and, their voices bring it to the level that Morricone envisioned for this piece. In this song and definitely in this album, they have awakened the vision of Morricone! There is power in this song, a power that only our guys can express with their phenomenal voices. The song will go before them on the World Tour paving the way for all their concerts! It makes us wonder how their concert will be different. As the guys pointed out, they do not intend to change the Bel canto it will always be in their concerts! It is their signature! Now it’s left to be seen how they will incorporate these exciting new songs. Only one way to know! Attend one of the concerts!
Here’s to You
“Here’s to You” is an important song because it represents a historical event! It is from the movie “Sacco and Vanzetti.” Nicola Sacco and Bartolomeo Vanzetti were Italian immigrant who were controversially accused of murdering a guard and a paymaster during the April 15, 1920, in an armed robbery of the Slater and Morrill Shoe Company in Braintree, Massachusetts. Seven years later, they were electrocuted at Charlestown State Prison. Till today it is believed they were wrongly accused!
When we were introduced to this song at the Sanremo Festival we welcome it in a bittersweet way. Since then, it has almost become a signature song for the guys! It’s a song that will find its niche in their concerts and stay there for a long time!
This beautiful song is the love theme from “Cinema Paradiso.” It is an expression of beauty, love and, ultimately, a love that is lost. It is an expression of a great love of a man for a woman! It makes you wonder “how do you walk away?” It’s the melody that is played in the romantic scenes with Toto (Salvatore) and Elena. I thought you would love to have the English lyrics!
If you were in my eyes
for a day
You’d see the beauty that’s
full of joy
I find inside your eyes
And I don’t know if it’s magic
If you were
in my heart for a day
You may have an idea
Of what I feel
When you hug me tightly
And chest to chest, we
Protagonist of your love
I don’t know if it’s magic
If you were in my soul one day
You’d know what I feel in me
That I fell in love
From that moment with you
And what I feel is
From that moment
And what I feel is
During talkshoplive the question was asked, “What is your favorite song from the album?” Ignazio answered, “That’s like asking a parent who is your favorite child!” But in fact, each of the guys did chose a song. Piero chose “Se,” Gianluca chose “The Ecstasy of Gold “and Ignazio chose “Here’s to You.” So, you may have noticed that besides “Your Love,” which everyone of us loves, I chose to present the three songs the guys chose and my special song!
The North American Tour
We now know when the North America Tour will begin and where it will go. I know some people were disappointed that their city was skipped but I must reason that (and this only my opinion) the dates they needed in the more popular cities were not available. Keep in mind that we are anxious to see the guys but, other entertainers also had to secure lost dates. I just think that the dates did not fit into the schedule and, they did the best they could with the dates they had!
The Morricone Project
Each of these projects, which form The Morricone Project, are truly amazing. So creative, so intense! During talkshoplive, Ignazio said he would have liked to ask Morricone “Where did your inspiration come from?” I need to ask, “Where does your inspiration come from.” This project has set our guys on a new course in their careers. A new and exciting beginning! A beginning to new stages and projects! A new direction! Not away from Bel canto but incorporating it into their newfound projects!
Everything you guys do is amazing!
Join me next week as I go back Through the Fields of My Mind and open the door to a new adventure!
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