Just watched all the, as yet available, videos of the concert last night. As with everyone else, I cried, and I cried, right along with my feelings of pride and joy.
Piero was in his element, and with his idol standing right beside him. What more could you ask for; but the stress of not blowing it had to be enormous. Ignazio, Ignazio surprised us a little earlier in their North American tour by singing an Aria in duet with Piero. As usual, he did himself proud then, and now he has further extended those abilities, to our delight, of course. Had to smile watching him though, he was having a real fight with himself, when he wasn’t singing, trying to stand still in this particular musical environment. Poor guy! He, of course was wonderful in spite of the dictated expectations. Proud of you Ignazio, now go and find something to jump off of, or mess up your beautiful hair and scream! It’s okay, really! And now Gianluca… I have to admit I wondered how he would handle this genre. Gianluca is somewhat the chameleon of the three, in my opinion; but he never disappoints when a challenge arises. He has this sexy, suave, debonair persona about him, that lends itself easily to the romantic crooners of the past. His voice can be enticing, to be sure, but he can also sing with great passion and fire. Opera, however, may be the ultimate of those challenges. In hearing him last night, he certainly met that challenge, and did it with his usual grace, and dedication. He was absolutely wonderful! Amazing! This vocal transformation reminds me of Sinatra, in particular, because of a video I saw not long ago of Frank singing opera with Kathryn Grayson in a duet from Don Giovanni in the 1947 film “IT HAPPENED IN BROOKLYN”. ( FRANK sings OPERA ) you tube. Uncanny coincidence, to say the least!
It was a magnificent job from all three of our guys, but what would you expect? Don’t forget we’re talking about Il Volo here, there is none better!
Everyone knows that whenever I write about our young men, it is always with an immense amount of love, pride, amazement, and downright admiration for how they have always conducted themselves with utmost courtesy, conscientiousness, professionalism, and manners. Of course, I certainly cannot leave out an acknowledgment of their beautiful voices, and yes, handsome looks to boot! When it came to creating these three, they were surely given HIS best. Beyond that though, they also display what I see as a love for life; life in it’s entirety.
The beauty in life is all around us, scenes of obvious beauty, even ones having a little more mysterious nature; but another expression of beauty can come from our hearts. I’m referring to life’s capacity to express love, to feel love, and to offer it as well. To extend to and receive kindness and caring. It’s also our drawing together in families, and the bonding with one another. It’s the respecting of nature, of all description. It’s the things that we see with our eyes, feel with our hearts, and know in our souls; and it’s even our willingness to accept the things we are not able to understand or explain. It’s our awareness of provision, and the whispers of instinct, as it applies to every living thing; man, animal, flora, fauna, etc. Everything is designed to work together, one with the other, within this magnificently created wonder we call our world.
Il Volo, often displays heartfelt awareness of what life asks of us in return; for in their travels they have seen first hand, wonderful examples of service available as needs may arise, sometimes maned in part by those with only meager means or abilities themselves. Sadly, it has become more and more apparent that not all of humankind shares the same feelings of awesomeness, (if that’s a word), towards the gifts, and sensibilities we’ve been given. I don’t know how to respond to that, other than to say “I’m sorry that you’re missing it all”. Gianluca, Ignazio and Piero have also, the pleasure of seeing many beautiful sites that most of us may never see, or even know of their existence; so, they take us with them via the various Internet avenues available to us today. Still, they never abandon the love they hold for their own country, and are quick to make that known.
In thinking about all of these things, I’ve decided to use my “KITTY’S KIBBLES” postings to honor the guys a little more, and feature various facts, fables, destinations and more, related to Italy and/or Sicilia. I’ve learned so much in the last little while doing research, and I remember an Ilvolover saying that she never cared about geography until Il Volo; but now she can’t get enough of either one! Well, I would say she’s in the right place! I’ll also begin to include select images of kindness and love, just to keep those things fresh in our minds, as they too, are a major part of the beauty that lies, or is intended to lie, within us. When I see examples of this, I can’t help feeling compassion, but a sense of pride as well.
Emotions and kind behaviors are shared by other beings of nature as well as humans. We are not unique in that area. Think about that for a moment. If you’re like me, you may see similar behavior in other species, but only think,“ah, that’s so cute”. Frankly, I sometimes ask myself, who is mimicking who? Do we ever really ponder it, looking for that definitive answer? Sure we do, but does it matter? It’s amazing, that’s all I know. Lo and behold, (and some may disagree), but man is not the be all end all in this world. Gee! IMAGINE THAT! We are but a part of the whole; a part of “life”, in it’s entirety. (only my opinion!)
I wanted to share the photo below because it spoke volumes to me. Truth be known, it was the catalyst for my wanting to express my appreciation to our guys for how they tend to bring to light all of life’s beauty and complexity. There is an absolute, and immense passion inside of them for music, but also for life. That passion is indeed noted, and is quickly transferred into the hearts of everyone around them. In subtle and undefinable ways, they, without any conscious effort on their part, bring about momentary pauses in us that are not always shown outwardly, but are felt inside. It’s when our soul begins to affirm what the “real” in life is all about. Even if that pause is no more than one tiny moment, in that moment, we catch a breath, and the spectacular elements at work here in this world, seem to always bring a smile to our lips.
The young men of Il Volo have brought new life, and a new meaning of life, into the hearts of so many; but despite how often we may try to convey that to Gianluca, Ignazio and Piero in words, it will be a long time before they will begin to fully understand. In the meantime, we can only try to express our “thanks”, by being ever mindful of life, all of life, in it’s entirety; and what better time to explore that, than in the renewing, sweet smelling, colorful season of an amazing Autumn.
“she stands in silent majesty, yet speaks a thousand words.”
GIANLUCA’S ITALY:* Italy’s flag was inspired by the French, and introduced in 1797 during Napoleon’s invasion of the peninsula.
* Today’s modern Italian language originated in the region of Tuscany.
* Eau de Cologne was invented in Italy.
ITALIAN BEAUTY: in more ways than one!
ENJOY GIAN’S ABRUZZO
I think you can tell that Autumn is my favorite time of the year. To me it’s a time for a quieting of the soul, and the mind. It’s a time of coolness outside, and warmth inside; a warmth that invites cozy covers, hot tea, a fire’s glow, or getting lost in a favorite hobby. We spend time with family, and friends, and oh, don’t forget about all those wonderful…. afternoon naps! Remember that new book that’s been there waiting for you, now’s the time! For all of us though, we also have the added blessing of Il Volo in our lives, and the joy that they are bringing to us. They share so much; their music, their families, friends, country, their dreams, successes, and even their personal heartaches every once in a while. It’s got to be a hard life, but at the same time, a very rewarding one. Being able to bring this kind of joy is a gift, and not something just anyone is able to accomplish. We are not likely to forget. HAPPY AUTUMN GUYS, AND TO ALL OF YOU ALSO.
Blessings always, Kitty