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THREE SMALL JEWELS by Daniela

Searching here and there, I found this old video. It is an interview made with Al Rojo Vivo, for the promotion of the CD: IL VOLO.
But how young they were, just kids, but what mature answers they gave.
I understand that even then they were clear, what they wanted to do, and what they wanted to be: IL VOLO.
I translate for you and I remind you that I try to guess the presenter’s questions from their answers.
Enjoy…
PR = Welcome to Miami…… in Italian???
P+I+G = “Benvenuto a Miami”, JORGE, PIERO GIANLUCA IGNAZIO
PR = Piero, Gianluca and Ignazio, Ignacio in Spanish.
I = Nacho
PR = How did you meet, you are young, you have been friends for a long time …
P = We met in an Italian television program: We arrived there singing individually and on the fourth episode, the director decided to combine our voices.
PR = And at that moment did the three voices come together perfectly? Did the three voices mix automatically?
P = Yes, we have three not completely different voices, but Ignazio and I are tenors and Gianluca is baritone. There are three different types of voices that mix, make Il Volo.
PR = Do you prefer to sing in a group or do you prefer to sing separately?
I = This project was born as Il Volo, it was not born as Ignazio Boschetto, Gianluca Ginoble or Piero Barone, it was born as Il Volo!
G = From the beginning.
I = From the beginning, so we prefer to stay together, united.
PR = Your age.
P = 17
G = 16
I = 16
PR = Explain to me why you sing opera and not songs like Justin Bieber.
G = We do not sing opera, our genre is pop-lyrical, because on our CD there is no Nessun Dorma (surely then, they did not imagine that in the future they would also sing the Nessun Dorma), La Boheme, and there are no not even songs like Baby or One Time, for example, by Justin Bieber. Ours are pop-lyric songs, and it is also a novelty, because it is the first time that 16-year-olds have been singing this type of music.
PR = But also sing a song called O SOLE MIO.
I = It is not an opera song.
P = It’s a traditional song.
G = It is a song of the Italian tradition, because on our CD there are various songs, in Spanish, in Italian and in English.
P = Type: Smile, by Charlie Chaplin, is in English.
Which are part of the Italian tradition: O sole Mio, Un Amore così Grande, Il Mondo.
I = Also a traditional song in South America ….
P = Spanish, the Reloj (hints at a small refrain)
G = They are all performed with modern arrangements, with the addition of guitars …
P = Because we are three young boys
G = So that’s the beauty of this new project.
PR = Whose idea was it to bring you to the US from Italy and put Spanish songs on the CD?
G = I’ll explain, we are the first Italian artists who signed a contract directly with an American major, it is the first time.
Ours is an international project, it is a music that is enjoyed all over the world, not only in Italy, in fact we are having excellent results, we are really happy.
P = We decided to do the CD edition in Spanish, because we feel that Spanish is a language that belongs to us. We have fun when we sing in Spanish.
I = We must remember that it is also thanks to our producer.
P = Yes, our producer, Humberto Gatica, thanks to him we recorded the Spanish version, because he speaks Spanish and in the recording studio, he helped us with the correct pronunciation of Reloj.
G = But then you know that he is Lucho Gatica’s nephew.
PR = There is another group called IL DIVO.
G = Yes, let’s say that Josh Groban, Il Divo, Bocelli, our genre is more towards these singers.
PR = Which Italian singer would you like to inspire in the future?
I = Certainly Pavarotti was the Italian singer who had the greatest success also abroad, as regards the opera.
P = In pop-lyric I would say Bocelli.
I = Each of us would like to do the same career as Bocelli
G = Yes, Pavarotti or Bocelli
P = But we hope to make a good career like “IL VOLO”.
PR = You are young, do you see other plans for the future outside of music?
P = No, no, always in music, we always hope to sing together, our dream is to sing all life. In my opinion, we were born to sing.
G = We are three different voices, but one soul and when we sing together, when there are harmonies, we feel all the emotion we put into singing.
P = Three voices and a soul.
Thanks to music, we are able to transmit our emotions.
PR = Do you have a girlfriend?
I = Let’s change the question !!
PR = Why doesn’t this job allow you to have a girlfriend?
G = Yes, it allows, but it is very difficult.
I = Let’s say we don’t want to talk about it, we want privacy about our love life.
PR = I understand, you are reserved for your private life.
P = Perfect, we prefer to talk about music.
Music is our job, they are one thing.
Girlfriend is another thing.
PR = You want to keep the two things separate. Private.
We better talk about music.
But what do you do in life, besides Il Volo and privacy?
I = Piero loves to upgrade cars, to transform them.
P = I make cars faster.
G = I play football.
I = I love planes.
PR = Airplane pilot? But really or remotely?
I = I’d really like to, for now I’m training in a program that is a type of real simulator.
PR = Do you want to say something to your fans, maybe future girlfriends?
G = We hope that all our fans really like this CD, because, as Piero said before, you can feel all the emotion, all that we transmit with our voice, is on our CD.
P = And it is a CD suitable for all people of all ages. We sing in three languages and there are songs for young and old generations, for everyone.
G + I = It is a CD for everyone.
PR = As you say in Italian: no to piracy.
P + I + G = NO ALLA PIRATERIA!!!
Every time I find these old videos, for me it is a reconstruction of some missing moments, as I started following Il Volo after Sanremo 2015, but it is always a confirmation of how big these kids were already, at that time, mature and always well educated.
Piero, Gianluca and Ignazio, you have started the road well and over the 10 years you have not lost or changed your path.
Well done!!
Daniela

Credit to owners of all photos and video.

Time Out: Gianluca, Tour Guide and Ambassador By Giovanna

Roseto TV interviewed Gianluca on June 2 outdoors at Cabana Park, with the beautiful Adriatic Sea in the background.  The segment, entitled “Gianluca Ginoble:  Il Lockdown, Le Passioni, L’Abruzzo, La Musica, Il Volo,” reached YouTube and Il Volo Italian’s Instagram page a week ago.  Gianluca was quite comfortable with the interviewer, Luca, an Abruzzo native he knows well, and was willing to open up about his non-professional life. 

If you listen to the link, you’ll notice that late in the interview, the two are sometimes talking right over each other.  As I listened, I realized that Luca wasn’t always asking questions.  He was pontificating, with pauses for answers, and as soon as Gianluca started speaking in the pauses, Luca would cheer him on, finishing Gianluca’s sentences, talking at the same time.  If you’re Italian or have been around Italians, you know that’s normal.  

I’m not sure exactly where in this post Jana or Pat will place the photos.  So, I will not refer to any photo being “above” or “below” my text.  You’ll just have to find it.  It’s more fun that way. 

Daniela, from the Flight Crew, agreed that Gianluca seems to be the most active in the media of the three Il Volo guys. 

Ignazio for a long time preferred not to post a lot of images, but rather, occasionally used Instagram as a form of musical air time.  You may have noticed he has recently been posting tantalizing clips and snippets of his vocals, accompanying himself on piano or guitar, or singing with other performers, or promoting his compadre Siciliano, Nico, whose work he produces.  Igna is an industrious, creative, high energy sort.

Piero protects his privacy and home life more than Gianluca does, but still frequently posts shots and videos of his workouts at home, in the gym, or outdoors in the sand.  I’ve even shown some of his past pictures to the trainers in my gym, who liked his workouts and sometimes even copied them.

L’Intervista (On to the Interview)

Luca explains it’s June 3, 2020 and he’s with Gianluca Ginoble, a Rosetano from their beloved Montepagano, an internationally known artist with Il Volo.  He welcomes Gian and asks him:  How have you spent the quarantine period for the COVID19 Coronavirus emergency?

Gian: Despite all the negativity of the situation, I have tried to find positive things.  For example, I have re-discovered passions that I haven’t exactly abandoned, but, well . . .   For one thing, I have started playing the piano. I became passionate about books and literature, about being with my family, things that you well know get set aside when we are away eight months per year on tour.   You could say that this quarantine hasn’t really been completely negative, because I have been close to my family and have rediscovered passions that I didn’t even know I had.

Luca: That’s an interesting reflection because I think that the issue of rediscovering one’s roots and one’s family, and having personal time, is an important message.  

He then asked Gianluca how he passes his days, in the so-called Phase 2, where there’s some freedom to go out (still respecting social distance) with masks no longer constantly required.  He asks what Gianluca’s up to, now that he’s is free to take get out and do some things.

Gian: Because of the COVID we’ve had to cancel our series of concerts through October.  So, for this time I’ll still be at home.  We of course have some filmed interviews and televised get-togethers, as we’ve done during the quarantine.  But I’ve been relaxing. I’ve started playing tennis.  I’m enjoying the seashore at Roseto d’Abruzzi.  I don’t go to other places, even if you can go outside the region from today on.  So, I’m staying here.  Yesterday we were at Rocca Calascio.  Every week my family has a regular date to go hiking in the mountains.

Luca: That’s also a wonderful lead in, because I remember that for several years you’ve been an official ambassador both of Abruzzo, and of Roseto d’Abruzzo, your great love.  Yesterday, I saw the photos of you at Rocca Calascio, where they filmed “Ladyhawke,”so this in itself is a great way to inspire future tourism. 

Back to the Intervista

Gian: Look, Luca, with you, apart from the relationship of respect and friendship we have, going beyond this interview, I’ll tell you as a friend.  You have to have the ability, how can I say it, to set and achieve goals, even when you’re as young as I am.  But at the same time, I’m trying to maintain my roots, and my connection to that normal guy I used to be, who wanted to live a normal life.  It’s like I’m a on a train track and every now and then I can jump from one rail to the other.  It’s really great to be able to live life like this.  I can always return here, stay home, and enjoy my family and my hometown.

Luca: Those who know you also know that one of your trademarks, one of the things that makes you very much loved, is that you have remained humble. The world of concerts, as you already said, is on hold.  How much do you miss that world, given that on an international level, for 10 years Il Volo made world tours, virtually continually for the entire 10 years since you started?  How much do you miss that life, since it has been such a fundamental part of you?

 

Gian:  I miss all the people, our fans.   I miss tour life.  And above all, I miss singing. When I’m on a bicycle I’m singing. When I’m in the shower, I’m singing.  When I’m in bed, I’m singing.  When I work out, I’m singing.  When I’m on the beach I’m singing.  Because that’s my life.  It’s my relief valve.  It’s the way . . . it’s something, that truly makes me feel good.  Fortunately, this passion is one of those things that you can do anywhere, even while you’re eating! 

Luca: During this break, as we noted, you’re thinking about your roots, and things you put aside.  What makes you keep giving your best? Despite the fact that you’re only 25 years old for one thing, and have already won San Remo on the first attempt; you’ve won the Latin awards.  You’re Il Volo everywhere.  In Tokyo you’re Il Volo; in NY you’re Il Volo; In Texas you’re Il Volo.  What do you do to always have that grit that for 10 years has kept you at the world-class level?  I can imagine that even with this planetwide success, when you sit down, or try to sit down, what is it that keeps you from really sitting down?  [That’s an Italian expression for laying back, taking it easy or giving up].

Gian:  Truly, you need to have the awareness, the slight fear, that it could all end.  You really don’t recognize the value of certain things unless there’s some risk you could lose them – not just in the work environment, but in relationships with people.  Truly, life has granted me so many things, the emotions and the experiences, at such an early age.  When I was still so immature, at 14 years old, I already started to travel, to be familiar with marvelous places and sights, to meet people, to sing in front of the president of the Republic, and in front of the Pope, for example.  Because it all started at such a young age, I didn’t have to make any great sacrifices to achieve success.  Really, the success and the emotional experiences came over me like a tsunami.  Surely, the part [of me] I need to cultivate is to restore that little boy who dreamed of becoming someone but knew it would take perseverance, who knew that at times the effort was going to be more important than talent itself.

Luca: As they say in Russia, talent is like a basket of diamonds in the rough. Without hard work they don’t become diamonds.  You spoke earlier about Pope Francis, about [Sergio] Mattarella President of the Republic, and I could add, Bill Clinton, Barbra Streisand, Quincy Jones, who helped create the phenomenon of Michael Jackson.  You don’t have to mention Quincy Jones to anyone who loves music. There would be too many anecdotes to recount from what I’ve heard about, but the most relevant since we are in Abruzzo, if you want to tell us about it, is when you had the assignment to traipse Woody Allen all over Montepulciano d’Abruzzo. 

Gian: [Laughing] I would have wanted to speak in different dialects.  Every now and again I get to speak in other languages:  Chinese, American, it’s lots of fun.  But that time though, we chose not to, because we were at dinner with other people.  Next time, though, I’ll do that.  [Note: Can you imagine Gianluca and Woody Allen swapping languages and mimicking accents together?  I’d be in pain from laughing.] 

Luca:  Yes, I saw you with the nice soldiers in the Galleria in Houston [apparently joking in English].

Gian:  I did get to explain to him [Woody Allen] some things about Montepulciano.  I asked him ‘Do you like wine?  In my native region, Abruzzo, we have the best wine in the whole world, Montepulciano d’Abruzzo.”  He told me “Montepulciano, I love it, I know it.”  [Note: I know every Italian thinks the best wine in the world comes from his own specific region of Italy, but Gianluca was telling the truth about Abbruzzo’s fine specialty red – the Montepulciano d’Abruzzo.  It competes with the Barolo from the Piedemonte and the Brunello di Montalcino as one of the top reds in all of Italy and the world.]

Luca: That was more valuable than a thousand ad campaigns.  Like when Lebron James shared some of his favorite wines several months ago on Instagram and generated a hundred thousand “likes” for a local winemaker in Abruzzo.  How lucky that winemaker was.  [Note: Basketball star LeBron James is a wine afficionado and fills his Instagram page with pictures of bottles from his cellar.]

Luca: You’ve talked much about how important your hometown is to you, but I know you also like the ancient village of Montepagano.  I’ve seen you walking around now and then taking photos.  I know you live in a marvelous place where you can even enjoy the view of the sea from above.  I know you’ve never wanted to lose connection with your roots, and this, I imagine, gives you strength.  But if you had to describe this to someone who doesn’t know you, what would you want to say?

Gian:  Every young person, every child, needs to grow up with the knowledge that their roots are the most important thing:  like their family, their dialect.  We need to raise children this way, and young people my age, especially those who already have children, need to teach real values, including their own dialect. I’m ashamed that I even see people who are actually embarrassed to speak their own dialect, as if it were a bad thing, instead of a fine thing.  Even if you only speak it to make jokes or when you get angry.  Without it [understanding your own dialect], you make no sense.  So, I am really proud to be Paganese, Rosetano, and Abruzzesse. “Abruzzo Forte e Gentile” [“Abruzzo strong and kind” is the local byword].  Every time I go to Belvedere [another historic spot inland from Pescara, Abruzzo], it’s emotional for me.  When I’m on tour, I show pictures of Montepagano and Roseto to everyone.  Because, look, [he turns around to show the seashore behind him] this is maybe one of the most beautiful places on the entire Adriatic coast.  You have to be really proud. 

Luca joked a little bit about local dialect and that when you teach the hidden meaning of some expressions, to a Milanese or to an American, how wonderful it is when you see them explode into a smile.  He also added that there are some things, expressed between locals with one word of dialect, that would otherwise take an Italian five minutes to hatch (explain).

Luca; What projects do you have?  We know your passion for tennis, know you are practicing the piano, and like to draw.  Talk to me though about your desire to act.  [Gianluca responds about music right here, and about acting further on].

Gian: My musical tastes vary.  I rarely listen to opera, because I like great musicians, guitarists like John Mayer, and great singers.  I’m glad you asked, because I want people to know that I like the full 360-degree range of musical styles.  And you know that I have a passion for all genres of music, including the type our group sings in concert, but in the future, who knows.  Il Volo is the main priority, but I adore artists like Michael Bublé, Frank Sinatra.  I even like Led Zeppelin, a fact that unfortunately was mis-represented by journalists who sometimes write anything to get “clicks” and “likes” in the media.  I like them all: Dire Straits, Pink Floyd, I like this music.  Another thing that really moves me is the music of Georgio Gaber, of Fabrizio De André.  Dad passed on to me a passion for these singers. 

Luca:  Your father has very refined taste even in songwriters.  This is a Gianluca that has never come out, so it’s right to emphasize this, and I’m happy you brought it up with us, because you’ve often been misunderstood before.  So, you love music in the fullest sense. 

Gian:  On Facebook I published a list of the songs I like best with text, like the French song interpreted by Franco Battiato, a song about old lovers that melts you, it’s so heartbreaking in parts.   So, there are so many projects.  I’d would like very much to act, I’d like very much to be an actor, maybe to go to Rome to study; I don’t know.  There are so many projects, and for this year that we are inactive, I’m focusing mostly on improving myself.

Luca:  Days off are constructive time.

Gian: Then, with Il Volo there are so many projects.  We have a very beautiful musical project we’re working on, but for now I can’t tell you too much about it.  In the future, we’ll see.

Luca:  Of course.  But I’m happy to assure the many fans of Il Volo that, as soon as the situation allows it, you’ll return stronger than ever.   So, you’re working on this project; and it’s something important.  It’s also important that you miss your fans and, as you’ve said, you’ll be back with them as soon as you can.

Luca:  One last thing.  What is your idea of happiness?  What is happiness for this 25-year old who has remained humble?  Define happiness for Gianluca Ginoble. 

Gian:  That question was certainly profound enough.

Luca:  The tough one came last.

Gian:  Happiness for me is to live my passions, “mano a mano” all my life.  To have a wonderful family, to have friends you can talk to about things, to let your problems out.  Even when there are problems, knowing that there’s someone you can vent your problems to, who listens and understands.  For me that’s happiness, knowing that I don’t feel alone.  It’s also the feeling [I get] when I’m on the stage and sing for thousands of people.  For me that’s also happiness.

Luca:  So, with this beautiful reflection on happiness, which I really appreciate, I thank you Gianluca Ginoble of Il Volo.  Thanks, Gianluca, and obviously, I wish you a great and successful life with the many things we talked about, and with your many projects. 

Gian:  For doing this interview, Luca, you’re number one.  I said it to you and I’m saying it even looking into the camera.

Luca:  Thank you.  You’re too good.  Thank you also for your friendship.

Grazie – Giovanna (Jo Ann)

Roses from a Rosetone – May 11, 2020 by Giovanna…

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, gg 2during 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).

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Ripensamenti (Afterthoughts)

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.

From Gianluca: https://www.facebook.com/CRI.Roseto/videos/258308015537040/

“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

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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…

EUROVISION 2020 by Daniela

As you all know, the EUROVISION SONG CONTEST 2020 event will not take place as a singing competition due to the virus.

But it was decided that there will be an evening where the 41 songs that competed in the race will be briefly made to feel connected to their countries. Each nation will host its own singers who have represented it in recent years. For Italy there will be all the singers present from 2015 until today …….. and we know who represented Italy in 2015: IL VOLO!!!!

PR = In Vienna, the guys from Il Volo are third, but they win the tele-voting and beat all the Italian records in the history of the competition.

We are with the guys from Il Volo, Ignazio, Gianluca and Piero, welcome guys!

I + G + P = Hello everyone

PR = It is very strange to see you separate, in the sense that we, of course, are used to seeing you together, I would like to know if you have made video-chats, videos played, in this period, in short, if you are connected.

P = We have daily video calls, we also make jokes, we share our ideas, our thoughts daily, we are always in contact.

PR = We remember very well that Eurovision 2015 in Vienna, in which, in the end, you were the moral winners, in the sense that, you did not win formally, but you won among the preferences, because you were the most tele-voted. Was this, I imagine, at the international level, a great satisfaction Ignazio?

I = It was a satisfaction, more than anything else because in that week you realized how much you love your country, we realized how much Italy is loved by the whole world, and we had the opportunity to be even more proud of our flag and our values.

PR = For us, you have won! It is not just “parochialism”. (I’m not saying that just because you’re from my area – because we are Italians.)

I would like to ask you what jokes you made, if it is not too personal, or can you say the joke?

I = I’ll tell you later in private ….

P = I made myself a facial mask, the color was strange, like a burn. I called Ignazio and told him he had to do an urgent interview, I couldn’t because I had burned myself in the sun. (laughs)

PR = Guys, you are a World Heritage, a UNESCO, however, is there any hope that when all this ends, we hope as soon as possible, your concerts, the world tour, starts from our wonderful Italy? Can we at least hope for it?

G = We hope Flavio, as soon as possible, also because we have started the celebrations of our tenth anniversary and are now 11 years old, the first time we sang together was on April 25, 2009. There was a long list of concerts all over the world and had to end with three concerts at the Arena in Verona. For now, we hope to return to the stage as soon as possible because we miss it a lot.

PR = And you miss us all. Thanks and we hope to see you soon live. 

Bye guys, good luck.

I + P + G = Bye everyone.

It was a nice conversation, but now, to refresh our memory, let’s enjoy this beautiful way of the Eurovision 2015 final.

Enjoy!

What chills, fantastic. This song is wonderful, even in abbreviated form for the times imposed by Eurovision, also I can say that it is certainly one of the Eurovision songs that many people know, has certainly not been forgotten, as instead some Italian critics had foreseen after the victory of Sanremo 2015.

 We all expected their “deserved” victory.

A song so beautiful that two days ago, during a connection with Eurovision, the Israeli singer IMRI who represented his country in Eurovision, performed it with the only accompaniment of the guitar. A sweet and beautiful interpretation.

And what about this other beautiful interpretation of Grande Amore performed only with the violin? Wonderful.

And now, unfortunately news that we all expected that we hoped had a different meaning.

On the official page, Il Volo has published this news related to Italian concerts:

You asked us a lot of information about our tour and we always thank you for all the affection you show us every day. Today we can tell you that the final dates of the “10 Years Live” will be communicated as soon as possible and in any case no later than July 31, 2020 since at the moment the dates scheduled in the Arena of Verona (30-31 August) and at the Ancient Theater of Taormina (4-5 September), cannot be confirmed due to the current emergency situation and also taking into account the related government provisions. Tickets that have already been purchased remain valid. Find more info on friendsandpartners.it. (Communication will also follow for the other dates of the concerts.)   

I was happy to see the guys in their Eurovision final video, too good !!

And how beautiful the interpretations of IMRI and the violinist of Grande Amore.

Instead, I’m not very happy with the message about the concerts, of course, we all know that they could be postponed, but in our hearts we hoped that, somehow, they would find a solution, but …… still not all is lost !! It all depends on the danger in the future of this virus, for now we wait and behave well.

Daniela 

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IL VOLO, ALWAYS PRESENT! by Daniela

I continue to summarize the commitments of Il Volo during these days of the first timid opening towards the life of before.

The first commitment was for an event organized by Sony Latin, a Latin Music festival entitled MADE IN CASA.

For this event, Ignazio, Gianluca and Piero sent a nice video of Grande Amore.

Here is the video.

The second engagement was last Sunday, on the occasion of Mother’s Day.

The boys sent a video to the Azteca TV on Mexico, with their sweet dedications on the occasion of this beautiful and loving holiday, and  below, the video of Il Mondo. 

PR = Hello, now we are virtually connecting with Italy, a country that in the past few weeks has faced tough tests for the Covid19 pandemic. But now we rise, listening to Il Volo.

G = Hi everyone, my name is Gianluca de Il Volo, we speak to you from our home in Italy, we are enjoying our family and above all our mother. We are very sorry for what is happening, it is very difficult and we hope that it will pass soon.

Let’s take care of ourselves and hope to see you soon.

P = Hi everyone, I’m Piero, I’m talking to you from Sicily, from my home, like everyone else.

Today is a very special day, “è il giorno della mamma”, as we say in Italian. Now we are enjoying good food, which for us others is a very rare and difficult moment, but be sure that in this way, everything seems better.

I hope to see you soon in a concert and we will sing all together. I send you a kiss, bye.

I = Hi all Mexico fans, today is a special day. It is known that we Italians are a little “mammoni”, we love our mom.
Well, happy mother’s day, to all mothers, and we hope to see you soon.

PR = Thanks to the components of Il Volo.

PR = We are back in Europe, where Il Volo waits for us to spend the night with his music.

It’s time to listen to IL MONDO, from Gianluca, Ignazio and Piero.

Thanks guys, for taking part in Contigo Mamá.

And then, an unexpected announcement by Piero………

…………followed by Gianluca’s announcement.

………….and therefore from that of Ignazio.

We are happy to put our voices at the service of #DGFattoInCasa by Dolce & Gabbana. This campaign underlines the importance of all the doctors and researchers who are working to help us to get out of this global health emergency. We have chosen to sing on Dolce & Gabbana three songs that represent us, our beloved country and the beauty that Italy can spread all over the world: Grande Amore, Nessun Dorma and O Sole Mio. We hope through music to bring some joy in your homes. We can’t wait to embrace you all. Please, behave conscientiously and support the research of Prof. Mantovani and the Humanitas Foundation for Research.  

How many beautiful occasions for intervention.

Well, many projects are still done, but I see more coming.
Meanwhile, things seem to be improving here, but it is still early to say that everything is over, we still have to be patient.

A hug to all those who are still in a pandemic right now.

Daniela 

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