~The Road of a Success~ by Daniela

This post is dedicated to all those who have not followed IL VOLO from the beginning (including me), but certainly will be a welcome review for those, however, followed  Piero, Ignazio and Gianluca since 2009.

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Mamma Mia!!! They were really small, almost do not know each other, how much sweetness, three children.

 

In this video we are in December 2010, a Sunday television program called “Domenica In”.

I had never really seen this, a participation in the PEQUENOS GIGANTES program, in Mexico.

Really sweet with these little children.

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Same year 2011 but Italy, still guests at “DOMENICA IN”, tribute to Ennio Morricone.

Year 2012, our little treasures, are growing, notable transformation of Ignazio.

Here they are in Pietralcina, at the charity event UNA VOCE PER PADRE PIO.

Same year 2012 still a charity event, this time in France: TELETHON.

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Year 2013, for the 40th Annual Daytime Emmy Awards.

Year 2014 in Moscow, in concert with Toto Cutugno.

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Same year 2014 Arena di Verona, in duet with Anastacia.

We have reached the year 2015, Sanremo and the victory, and immediately after the Italian tour. This video was filmed in Naples during the rehearsals of the concert in Piazza Plebiscito. Impressive to see the people present at the rehearsals and who will remain until evening under a scorching sun.

The boys almost can not try, but the affection of the public is really beautiful,an incredible chorus of voices.

Of course they have come a long way in singing, in life and in our hearts!

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Credit to all owners of videos and photos.

~Il Volo In Your Life~ by Daniela

A few days ago, Victoria Wilson in a comment to a post asked this question:

“What have the boys filled in your life?”

Then I read this comment by a friend that answered to a person who is not fans of IL VOLO.

In this commentary, perhaps we find the reason of so much affection towards Piero, Ignazio and Gianluca.

What is your thought?

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The musical tastes are the most disparate and often incompatible with each other. But fortunately in the music world, there is room for everyone. What I do not understand, however, is how they may not like it, as people. They are three good looking young men, without visible piercings and tattoos, always correctly dressed for their public and already this today is a rare commodity. Apart from the outward appearance, they are polite, helpful and friendly, not only with the fans, but with anyone, as if they were any kind of boys, and not world famous stars .. Last but not least, they are bearers of values super-positive, love for Italy and our language that, thanks to them, has awakened to the four corners of the world, and for their homeland, family affections, tenderness towards the little ones, the affectionate concern for the less fortunate. If you know them ….. you can not avoid them! Indeed, you endure their charm that has been called a soft drug … that is addictive. The young women would like them as boyfriends or husbands, the others as brothers, children grandchildren.I am a kind of …. animals in extinction, especially in the entertainment world, to be protected. And all this regardless of their undeniable talent. This is to understand why we, who know them, have a family relationship, visceral with them. It is not the hysteria of a group of untamed females, but it is a Big Love aware of balanced people, of good culture, that of singers have known many without having ever tried anything like that.

                                                                                             Maura Pucci

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Credit to owner of photos.

Personally Speaking~Though you are grown…

Though You Are Grown

I remember years ago,
you were so young then.
Sometimes,
I can’t help but wish,
that you were small again.
I’ve ached when you’ve faced heartaches,
and saw, that as you grew,
nothing broke your Spirit,
instead it strengthened you.
I’m filled with mixed emotions,
as I hold back all the tears
and, with much pride remember,
back so many years.
When I first saw you
if only I’d have known,
the years would feel like moments,
after you had grown.
You aren’t a child,
though in my eyes,
I guess you’ll always be,
that young boy who changed my life,
and means the world to me.

 

I stumbled across this touching poem that made me think of watching Ignazio, Piero and Gianluca growing up before our very eyes, and of us, their devoted fans.  So many of us have said how finding Il Volo has changed our lives for the better.  Deepening our love of  bel canto,  discovering new friendships, traveling adventures to concerts and for some, to their beautiful Italy, and being witness to three genuine young men who are making the world a better place just by being themselves, have been but a few of the joys these boys have given us.

I wish someone had documented on film little Gianluca standing in the town square singing at the age of 3.  Or the first time Piero’s Nonno heard him sing and asked who that was?  Or  Ignazio banging away on his drums in his bedroom at a tender young age.

I love going back and looking at footage of our boys at young ages as their talents were beginning to be recognized.  Daniela sent me this first video of Ignazio , back in 2007, performing at Marsala Impero Theater in a re-adaptation of Gen Rosso’s musical, STREETLIGHT.  I found the second video filmed during the same performance.  Ignazio knew his way around the spot light way back then.  This boy was meant to be on a stage!

 

 

 

The next video is of Piero singing with Nonno Pietro in what looks like the town piazza.  Note how Piero is directing the children’s choir right behind him.  How adorable!

 

 

And finally we have Gianluca with his younger version of Il Mare Calmo Della Sera.  His voice was so strong and powerful way back then.  Note the sweet quick smile he breaks into when the audience applauds.  I remember in an interview with his parents they stated he was so shy when he was young, he would look upwards the entire song or turn and face the wall, so as not to have to look at people while he sang.  Here he actually sneaks a few glances at the camera.

 

 

Yes, Gianluca, Piero and Ignazio…you will always be…the young boys who changed our lives and mean the world to us.

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Credit to all owners of videos.

Poem author: Cynthia A. Sieving

~Personally Speaking ~ Perfect…Perfetto!

Gianluca and two of his friends singing Ed Sheeran’s mesmerizing song,  “Perfect.”  Mr. Sheeran sure has an all time gem of a song here.

 

I know a lot of you have probably seen this as it was posted on FB, but it’s worth repeating here.

These three sound very good together, but I can only IMAGINE how divine this song would be coming from the hearts of IL VOLO!  It is the grace of the lyrics and gentle melody that make it so beautiful.  I saw Ed Sheeran singing this with Andrea Bocelli also.  Another gorgeous version.  Yet hearing Gianluca’s amazing baritone voice in this song makes me long to hear our beloved three sing this song on their own.

I can’t stop listening to this.  It keeps me coming back over and over.  So beautiful…Perfetto for Il Volo!

 

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Credit to owner of video.

More News of Sanremo! by Daniela

Here is the latest news: the Flight will pay tribute to Sergio Endrigo, so we think it can be CANZONE PER TE.  It will not be the only song that they sing but for now is the only new clue.

In addition, the official Facebook of IL VOLO has asked us via email to do this thing that I consider very pretty.

The evening of Wednesday (for us) just before their entry on the stage of the Ariston, we were asked to post on all social networks (facebook, twitter, instagram) the photo of the boys with #ILVOLOSANREMO, so as to make the boys feel all our support and make the topic trendy.

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So I recommend, Wednesday, for you between 14:00 and 15:00, to post this beautiful picture with #ILVOLOSANREMO.

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We are all super excited !!!

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Credit to owner of photo.

Backstage of L’Amore Si Muove by Daniela

Oblivion (the company that made the videos of IL VOLO) has published this video.

This is another backstage of L’AMORE SI MUOVE, but this time the boys were filmed during a stop of filming, in Piazza di Montepagano.

We all know how Gianluca is proud of his Montepagano.

 

I will translate his short speech.

Gian: Hi everyone, I’m here in the backstage of L’AMORE SI MUOVE.

We had the opportunity to record this music video in my country where I was born and raised.  A shot at the bell tower of Montepagano, look how beautiful it is.

I want to welcome my colleagues.

(He turns to Piero who teases Gianluca and does not collaborate)

Greet the cameramen, welcome to my village Montepagano.

Greet the camera, they are happy, smile … (but Piero remains stubbornly serious and then Gianluca turns to Ignazio)

Ignazio: If you put yourself in front of me how do I smile?

Gian: Give a smile to the camera.

Torpedo: Say hello to the camera.

Gian: Oh well, I’m happy alone. Bye

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Poor Gianluca, nobody understands  him.

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Video credit to Oblivion Production

 

 

Personally Speaking~Me oh my, which one do I want?

Do you ever stand there staring like a deer in headlights when looking at the vast displays of olive oil to choose from?  I know how to tell if it’s from Italy, but beyond that I am clueless.   Well, I admit I was until I came across this great article that explains what to look for!  Felice per la cottura!  (Happy cooking!)

 

When it comes to quality olive oil, Italy certainly holds the world’s first place. Yet, do we really know how to recognize a truly good olive oil from a mediocre one?

 

Here are some simple rules to recognize a quality extra virgin olive oil.

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First of allalways go for dark bottles that protect their content from light and avoid its oxidation

 

Labels should give us basic information:

The olives’ geographical origin

Their type

Where they have been pressed

Where the oil has been bottled.

 

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Checkmate to bad olive oil: here are some simple rules to recognize a quality extra virgin oil.

 

Acidity should always be lower than 3%.

Olives should always be cold pressed, which means the process should take place at less than 27 degree Celsius to keep flavors intact.

Color and clearness are important parameters to recognize a quality extra virgin oil.

It shouldn’t be too liquid, as it would mean it contains high quantities of  polyunsaturated fats.

It should smell fresh, with hints of freshly cut grass, tomato peels, almonds, and artichoke leaves.

It should taste bitter and tangy, that is, rich in polyphenols!

  

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 Make sure its expiration date isn’t over 18 months from production and that price isn’t lower than 18 USD per litre (15 Euro). 

If all these parameters are met, than you got yourself a great bottle of extra virgin olive oil! Try it also to fry: it’ll surprise you. 

And of course, always check the label says 100% Italian. 

 

Article credit to L’Italio Americano,  and Varinia Cappelletti.