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BOIN ~ Out on a Limb

Poor little guys sitting on the limb of a tree. They seem to be lost! Do you think they need directions?Color illustration of three gray birds on a limb
I understand they want to teach us some good values like:
Don’t listen to gossip!
Don’t close your eyes to the truth!
Don’t speak ill of anyone!
But their biggest problem is they can’t Hear the traffic! They can’t See the roadway! And they need to Speak up if they want directions!
They’ll be better off if they Listen to the directions! See the road signs! And Speak to someone at the next service station!
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BOIN ~ Are you BOIN? by Susan

By now, if you held on, I guess you are BOIN!
But before we answer the question, let’s take a look at some characters we met this week.

Color illustration of baby Dumbo elephant in a cup of poporn

We met DUMBO in a box of Popcorn! Movie night! And the question, “what movie are you watching this evening?”
That was a little hard to answer because I have more than one favorite. So, I chose, “Casablanca.” I found out many of you like this movie! What’s not to like! “Here’s looking at you kid!”
Or if you’re really romantic, how about “Love is a Many Splendid Thing!”  Okay so I lost half of my audience! Let’s move on!

Color illustration of a little bird chef with a plate of pasta

Next, we met a Chef who was carrying a bowl of Pasta Pomodoro. My first thought was, Piero must be close by but, this is not a story about Il Volo, this is about BOIN. So, perhaps Ignazio and Fabio got hungry and, they went to one of Ignazio’s favorite restaurants, Ristorante Donatello for some Pasta!

Color illustration of a pink ice cream pop

And what better way to end a meal then with their favorite, a delicious, Ice Cream pop dripping in Chocolate!
At this point we could all use an Ice Cream pop and a little bit of summer!

Color illustration of an alien with five legs and a crown

So, finally, we meet an alien from BOIN! I kind of thought there might be some aliens in the story but, this is a new part of the story so, we have to wait and see who the other aliens are!
In my story, I suggested it was a King because he wore a crown but, it’s been suggested to me that it may be a Queen! So much to learn, so little time to learn it! Only time will tell!
Now, let’s go back to my original question, “Are you BOIN?” I know you are BOIN and, I am BOIN because we’re still here but are all the characters BOIN?
In order to answer the question, we need to meet some of the other BOIN characters.

For instance, what about the little guy by the campfire holding a beer? Who is he? Is he BOIN? Is he actually on BOIN? Is he on earth? Is he waiting for a spaceship from BOIN? Or is he on BOIN waiting for the next adventure? He’s been sitting there since day one and we have no idea who he is!
You can’t tell me you didn’t wonder about this little guy! How does he fit into the story?
So, it’s obvious there is so much more for us to learn! Perhaps we should join the little guy by the campfire and share a beer with him while we wait for the next adventure.
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Till then, Happy Easter, Buona Pasqua! Joyeuses Pâques! Gelukkig Pasen! Frohe Ostern! Καλό Πάσχα!  (I Know I’m early) ハッピーイースター! Cáisc Shona! God påske! Wesołych Świąt! Feliz Páscoa! Paşte fericit! Счастливой Пасхи! (I Know I’m early)

 

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BOIN ~ Who are we Waiting for? by Susan

Who are we waiting for? That’s a pretty simple question! Let’s see if we can figure it out!

We had a bunch of real cute Superhero’s this week! I just knew, after seeing BATBOIN last week more Superhero’s were going to follow.

Color illustration of Super BOIN

I knew this little SUPERBOIN would be coming but I didn’t expect him so soon! I’m really loving these Superhero’s! They fit right into the alternate universe of BOIN!

Black and white illustration of Spider BOIN

The Black and White SPIDERBOIN was a little scary if you don’t like spiders! But when SPIDERBOIN showed up in color, that changed everything!

Color illustration of spider BOIN

He’s a cutie! Is he the Itsy-Bitsy spider? Not sure but he can hang around as long as he likes. But wait! Is SPIDERBOIN Gianluca’s counterpart in this universe of BOIN? It certainly works! If he is Gianluca’s counterpart, someone else should be showing up soon!

Color illustration of Bat, Super and Spider BOINS

The question of the day! Who’s your favorite? I know mine but I’m not telling! It seems SPIDERBOIN won this round. Everyone thought SPIDERBOIN was Gianluca’s counterpart in the alternate universe of BOIN. If they’re right, I expect someone else should be showing up soon!

Color illustration of owl BOIN

Well, isn’t he a HOOT! He seems a little shocked! What do you think he’s looking at? Or maybe what is he looking for? Maybe he’s thinking someone is missing?

Color illustration of Miss Daisy BOIN

I heard a rumor that Miss Daisy is following these Superhero’s and she seems to think this story needs some Super Ladies for these cute Superheros! I agree!

 

Gianluca as Spiderman smiling as he is hanging upside down

But what was it the fans thought was missing this week! What did the fans talk about this week? Simple if we have SPIDERBOIN as Gianluca’s counterpart, shouldn’t we give equal time to Piero. To me Piero’s already a Superhero.
So, is SPIDERBOIN Gianluca’s counterpart?
What about it guys? Let’s get everyone involved and don’t forget Miss Daisy thinks we need some Super Ladies. After all guys where would the world be without all those beautiful Ladies!   Where would you guys be without your beautiful ladies?
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Nico Arezzo ~ Complicated and Delightful!! by Susan

It’s always difficult to decide where to start with Nico. Yes, he’s complicated but, always delightful! Perhaps looking at where Nico came from can give us a better idea of who he is.

One year old Nico walking with Dad, Peppe

Young Nico playing the drums

Nico (Domenico) Arezzo was born in Ragusa, Sicily on October 2, 1998. You might say he was born and raised on a stage, initially “with drumsticks in his hands” … but soon the need to put one note after another brought him to the guitar. Both of his parents are entertainers. His mother Emanuela Curcio is dancer and a dance teacher, and his father Peppe Arezzo is a pianist and an Orchestra Conductor. Nico also has a younger sister Emma. Once I commented to Peppe, she’s a little Nico!  Like Nico, she’s into everything!
But what is it I see in this family that gives me a good feeling? Values, good values! I talk a lot about values because I think it molds beautiful people. When I write about Il Volo or when I write my BOIN stories what do I always go back to, good values. To understand where I’m coming from, let’s take a closer look at the Arezzo family.
When you’re a family of entertainers, it seems someone is always traveling so, whenever everyone has the opportunity to be together, it’s a festival. And what do they celebrate? Everything! Nico explains it in this way.
I’m down, (in Ragusa, his home). It’s Christmas time. We celebrate birthdays when it’s not the right day. We celebrate birthdays when we are together. Tomorrow or maybe the day after tomorrow it’s my turn!
And during his time at home for Christmas 2020, Nico experienced his first earthquake. He said, “Yesterday I felt my first earthquake in history. It was weird, powerful! I’m down! It’s Christmas time and everything is shaking! Happy birthday to everyone.”
“Merry Christmas to everyone. Happy birthday today or yesterday? If it was yesterday sorry for the delay. Happy birthday to you.”

Nico with his Mom, Dad and sister

How did Nico get to where he is?  Certainly, he got his talent from his mom and dad but how did he get to where he is today?
Nico first came to my attention in 2017 when he won the Festival Show in Verona with the song “Se Vuoi” (If You Want). I happened to be in Italy at the time and I was very taken by his performance at the Festival. Nico can be very engaging and, you can get lost in Nico’s words and actions. Nico said “Se Vuoi” made him move! I say Nico made “Se Vuoi” move! Nico said he was drawn to this song because“It’s a song that forces the body to move even without wanting. It’s a fresh song that turns on everything that can be turned on … the same freshness that I want to convey now that the music has taken my whole life.” The song is exciting and lively, like Nico! I remember that his voice captured me. He has lots of rhythm and expression. He immediately captured the audience. And I’m sure he captured the attention of at least one of the judges there that night, Michele Torpedine.
And what did Michele have to say about this event, “This is the first moment where we understood.” He certainly did! After the Festival Michele signed Nico and so did Ignazio! Great idea! Great choice!
What makes Nico so good? He’s very talented and the team is amazing! Nico Arezzo, Ignazio Boschetto and Michele Torpedine! Collaboration complete!
Nico is versatile! How about Nico and Ignazio singing a Pino Daniele medley? Anyone who sings a Pino Daniele song, gets a seat in my corner!

Nico along with Ignazio, Davide Marchi and Francesco Landi, wrote and set to music the song “Volo” which Nico sang at the Sanremo Festival Giovani in 2019. In the song there is the desire of the singer to live 360 degrees, with joys, pains, emotions and also a lot of love. But that’s not all, what struck everyone about his performance was his ability to play the guitar, an element that has conquered the public, the judges and the critics. He can make that guitar Scream!
In January 2020, Ignazio started Floki Productions. Nico was the first artist to sign a contract with Ignazio under Floki. This made lots of sense to me.  In many ways Nico reminds me of Ignazio. He knows what he wants and he goes after it.
And, in the mist of the pandemic, Ignazio did a LIVE on Instagram to present the first release by Floki. Gorilla!

In “Gorilla”, Nico comes alive! He is the Gorilla in the jungle! He has the feeling and the expression for this song. He’s bouncing all over the stage. He’s definitely got the moves! It’s so catchy! And people love it!
Following the release of Gorilla, Nico did an interview with Nico Donvito, an Italian Music Blogger. In this interview, I saw another side of Nico. We hear this young man talk about his music. His place in the music industry. How he got there and all the people who are responsible for his journey.
I heard a, very, intelligent and, responsible young man who has worked hard to get to where he is. He talks about, who he is, where he came from and how he sees his future.
Right out the gate, Nico impressed me with his insight. Nico saw “Gorilla” as a means of escape from where we are in our world today and an expression of where he finds himself in the world. Nico said, “ ‘Gorilla’ has a fresh taste, because in the last few months we have been a bit obliged to heavy thoughts, to stop and reflect on important things, to close ourselves in ourselves. At a certain point the moment comes when you need a beer on the beach with your friends, ‘Gorilla’ is just that, something not at all thick which and, in certain situations, can be essential.”
That’s pretty deep and right on. It was almost as if Nico was saying I wrote this song two years ago, but this was its moment. It’s when it was needed. To say that the ‘Gorilla’ is that moment in time when you need to kick back or as Nico put it when you need a beer on the beach with your friends, yes, that’s exactly what “Gorilla” is. Its’ light and intriguing and it brought us away from all the madness that preceded it. Perhaps, the sign that Ignazio made the day that “Gorilla” was released, that seemed to upset so many people, was nothing more that Ignazio saying: Let’s take the weight of the world and toss it aside. You had your way and now, we’re going to have ours!
One of the things I love about Nico is he is always looking for ways to entertain us! In February, he decided to travel around Bologna with some friends and a mattress. They sat around on the mattress and greeted people as they went by!  Nico said, “I don’t wanna be romantic but every now and then there are certain tangles you hardly imagined. You know those blurry photos that are beautiful just because they’re blurry! Those people you don’t know but who greet you, and you greet them, and then you talk to them! Today I text a friend of mine, Do you have a rope? I need it to tie a mattress to the top of my car.’ He reminded me that I don’t have a car. True, I don’t have a car, so I don’t have a roof!” And that’s Nico’s humor which grabs us and keeps us laughing!

Nico sitting on a mattress

And where is Nico now? In his words, There are days that if I focus, Traffic Lights go green when I want.”
Nico’s new song, “Polline (pollen)” has been released.  Nico says,I wrote almost all of my song in this notebook. ‘Polline’ was born a year ago. This summer this notebook fell into the sea, dried in the sun and ‘Polline’ remains legible.”

Nico's notebook

In a review a writer said: This is a “new piece in the path of the artist produced by Ignazio Boschetto. Nico Arezzo’s ‘Polline’ is the single that marks the return of one of the most talented songwriters of the new generation already the winner of the Festival Show a few years ago.” I couldn’t have said it better myself!
Nico tell us, “This song has been ready for at least a year, in the meantime I have written many other things, I have explored a new musical genre that you will listen to soon and I am evolving but, this piece, I absolutely did not want to abandon it because I am very attached to it.
‘Polline’ is a song to which I am very attached, especially, literally. It’s a piece that comes almost as a challenge. They said to me, ‘Can you talk about a relationship that’s over but, looking back, you can say ‘but it was beautiful’? And so, even though there may be a small void hidden between the lines of the song, thinking that I haven’t lived through that story would make me sadder.”
And how did Nico preview this new song on Instagram? Honey jars! Nico said, “I’m releasing a new track this month. Every day I will add a jar of honey in my fridge with a letter on it, not in order. I start today! Go into my stories, write in the comments the first word you think of.  Try not to guess right away or you will ruin everything for me! Every day a jar a letter! Oddly, though my Italian is very limited, I guessed what it was!

What is the song about?  The answer is in one line of the song!  “They say you can understand a person from what you find in his fridge.” Let’s go to Nico’s fridge and see what he’s really all about!

(Floki Production by Ignazio Boschetto and Michele Torpedine. Polline was produced at Take Away Studios in Modena.) 

Another amazing video! It makes me smile! It makes me laugh! It makes me happy! Nico, everything you do excites me! From day one I knew you would bring a fresh approach to the music industry and I was right. You have such energy and, all your projects are ambitious like you. Your videos present the real you!
Yes, you’re Complicated but, your delivery is always Delightful!

 

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