Tomorrow might be the Day!! The new Single is Released?Friday, April 20, 2018

Here is a little poem I wrote in anticipation of the new single, hopefully being released on Friday, April 20, 2018!  Enjoy!

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We wait and we wait and we wait!

For that all-important date!

We first heard it was February,

Now, April 20th could be the day?

 

What will it be?

Rap, hip-hop, or R&B?

It doesn’t matter, it is our guys!

The Estefan’s produced it; they are wise!

 

They’ve worked long and hard;

It’s no-holds-barred.

This is their passion,

It’s always in fashion!

 

Some anticipate the worst,

But a new-found energy may burst!

Alive with excitement,

Surprises and wonderment!

 

The new album is expected the end of May,

Per somebody, they say?

We will wait and wait and wait,

For that all-important date!

 

Jana  

“Sony is our Family…”

First, just let me say a big thank you to Jane and Daniela, who, without them right now, there would likely be no site!  As many know, I have been going through a lot of stress in the last several months.  I am feeling better, but need to take care of myself a bit better.  Just knowing their new album will be coming out soon, is starting to cheer me a bit!  🙂 


I remember several weeks ago, when I saw this picture come through on Instagram…  how much it really touched me and reminded me of another picture, where Ignazio and Piero had similar positions.  Of course I can’t remember where I saw it, but I know it’s out there somewhere!  “Sony is our family,” says Ignazio.  His gentle hand is on Piero’s shoulder and the serious, yet consoling look on Ignazio’s face, seems to convey so much.  The apprehensive and maybe even scared look on Piero’s face, under his Panama hat, also tells us a story.  They are there, at Sony studios, likely putting the final touches on the new album.  They did what they wanted to do this time.  Pop, hip-hop, rap, a duet with Gloria and who knows imagewhat else?  The look on Piero’s face, says it all…  Is it good enough?  Will people like it?  Will we lose some fans?  Will we get some new ones?  We’ve put all our trust in Sony, Michele, and the Estefan’s – is it enough?  Will we finally get that Grammy we’ve been waiting for, for so long?  Piero, being the eldest of the group, looks exhausted and anxious.  Does he feel more pressure than the others?  Is he fearing his opera career going awry after this album comes out?  Even his glasses look a bit precarious, sitting close to the edge of the table.

Whoever took that picture, truly captured a moment in time.  That split-second of emotion; the picture that says a thousand words.  For all we know they burst into laughter and had a good joke right after that moment, but did they?  Did Ignazio reach over and give Piero one of his big, bear hugs?  Did Piero respond in kind, with maybe a kiss on the cheek as well?  Did they cry?  Was Ignazio scared, too, but wanted to reassure Piero?  We’ll never know.

“Sony is our family….”  When you think of this, it’s also kind of sad, in a way.  But you tend to trust your family and your family looks out for you – at least you hope they do.  I hope they think their fans are their family, too!  We give them the unconditional love that everyone deserves, especially when they are down, or make mistakes.  We tend to forget that they are human also and young.  And, sometimes as families do, they/we sometimes forget who our families are.  In times of need, we often feel we are alone in the world.  Like the “Footprints” poem, when the person in the poem is in such despair and feels that God has abandoned him in his time of sorrow, since there is only one set of footprints in the sand.  God says, “My son, when you see there are only one set of footprints, it is when I carried you!”

Let us hope that, in the months to come, that the guys always know who their families are.  Not only their blood relatives, but their extended families in Sony, the Estefan’s, and of course, their adoring fans!  We will always carry Il Volo figuratively in our hearts, and if necessary, literally – to wherever they need to journey!

We love you guys – unconditionally!  🙂

 

Jana 

 

(A very big credit to whomever took that photo!)

Bailamos! We Dance! Il Volo, Dance! – by Daniela…

This is another lovely post put together by Daniela!  Grazie mille!  🙂  Glad everyone seemed to have a good time commenting on Friday’s post.  Yes, I left it up there on purpose, since there were so many back and forth comments!  🙂 


The new CD is finished recording and now …… they will DANCE !!!

 In fact, Piero Gianluca and Ignazio are getting ready to shoot their video for the launch of the new CD, and they will dance on this record.

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 Gianluca says that there are a lot of surprises coming for us, we can not even imagine!

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 He says, ladies and gentlemen, even the Volo will dance ( the voice of Ignatius saying: HELP)

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I really want to hear the new record, but now also to see our guys dancing.  And you, are you anxious too?

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Thank you to owners of pictures – wait, it was mostly, the guys!!  🙂

 

Great job, Daniela!  🙂 

Jana

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Here they are while doing dance lessons.

Guys ….. move the pelvis ….

 

https://www.instagram.com/p/Bfz1twMg9pb/?hl=it&tagged=ignazioboschetto

 

 

Myron’s Musical Musings on their new Album! – by Myron Heaton

The guys have landed safely in Miami!  They are “here” for a little while, even if we are not lucky enough to run into them, like the fans in Miami….


From Myron…

I had planned to wait for the new Il Volo album to review but I have been getting a number of emails and phone calls about the album that have inspired me to comment ahead of time. I will still do a review of the album later. Since all of the people that have written and many of you on this Flight Crew site that I have met at concerts or at the Il Volo Fan Faire conventions are friends I had the urge to share some ideas about your concerns for this coming album.

FORMAL VOICE TRAINING

First of all the basics: Gianluca, Piero, and Ignazio come from backgrounds that are founded in well-trained, formal voice work – private voice lessons. If you look at some of the concert or album reviews that I have written on this site (see Flight Crew archives) over the past 6 years you will see what factors are involved in the mechanics of good singing. It is not easy!

Our guys have that kind of formal work in spades! You may remember the tour they did with Barbra Streisand and how they had their vocal coach and she had her own. She started working with that coach 6 months prior to tour and had the coach drop in once in a while during the tour. This keeps the singing honest, true and high quality. For the Notte Magica concert in Florence that DVD had a “behind the scenes” video that showed the guys working with a vocal coach. As Barbra would probably say: you never stop needing a vocal coach if you want to do things right.

This kind of training will give them the prowess to handle any kind of music they choose to perform – including the Cuban-influenced Latin music that they are learning with Emilio Estefan.

CHOICE OF REPERTOIRE

From the beginning of their career the guys have chosen great music to sing and it has often been in different languages from different cultures: Italian (of course) , English, Spanish, French, and German. Some times they have gone back and redone parts of an album to sing a translated portion in Spanish that they had previously done in Italian or English. So a whole album in Spanish is nothing new. They have done it before and we loved it. Regardless, the songs they have chosen have been excellent and a person does not have to understand the meaning of the text to get the musical message from that song. Passion wins through in the end and these guys have great passion by the boat- load to add to those beautiful vocal instruments.

So now we have the guys working with renown producer, Emilio Estefan – husband of great singer, Gloria Estefan to produce this album. To get a little hint look at Gloria and her music history. She is a well trained singer and she has done not only Cuban – influenced albums but also, mainstream jazz, Broadway and Latin pop songs. She is superb in her wide variety. Recently, she released an album called “ The Standards”  which features songs the guys have also done like Charlie Chaplin’s “ Smile” and she has a number of Frank Sinatra and Henry Mancini songs that are American standards on that album. Go to Youtube and look up Gloria and Smile. Give a listen. She is very good. I am telling you this because Gloria gives a hint about the kind of background not only she has but also Emilio. So I would say that the guys are in good hands. From what I have heard they are doing a song with Gloria. Great ! I hope they do other things with her. Some of the “guest” singers they have worked with in the past left much to be desired (compared to the guys) . Well they can’t all be a Barbra or a Gloria.

The guys have indicated that they want to explore different musical cultures. They have for the past number of years, done an excellent job of exploring their own Italian heritage and the classical background they share. Now, while they are still young, they want to branch out. This is a good thing. It does not mean that they have stopped loving the music they have done up to now. It does not mean that they are leaving those of us in mainstream USA behind. It just means they want to try new things and they want to take us along with them on the journey. Hopefully, tried and true fans will want to venture out with them on that journey.

Nothing can erase the great albums, PBS specials, and the concerts that they have done so far. Those events will always be part of their heritage and our memory. Will this new album be equally successful ? From what I hear they are doing a number of songs that are original – never done before – unpublished. That is gutsy and brave.

MUSIC STYLE

If you want to get a hint about the new album listen to some of Gloria’s Cuban/Latin pop albums. Of all the Latin American countries Cuba has had a very strong influence on North and South American music. This goes back long before the Castro government came in. Even in Hollywood you can see from the movies in the 1930s and 1940s that the influence is strong. Go to Youtube and look up Gloria and “ Conga “ have some fun.

IL VOLO RETURNS TO SANREMO – 2018.

I had a chance yesterday to watch a video of the recent Sanremo event. Il Volo was not in competition this time but, rather, guests to add some sparkle to the show. They sang three songs – one from the Notte Magica album and tour – one from earlier album and tour and a song that was not in the earlier albums. It was great to see them back there again. I will save this review for another time.

 

Thank you, Myron!!


A note from Jana…

And to all of you out there that are saying “that is not my kind of music – pshaw!” and shame on you!  Remember that old “Life” cereal commercial?  “Mikey won’t eat it, he hates everything!…” as they say…  Then cut to “hey look, he’s eating it!”  Well, to all of you “Mikeys (and Michaelas)” out there – just TRY it, you might LIKE it!  I am not a personal fan of rap, or hip-hop, but if the guys are singing it, then I’ll listen to it.  Remember, like Myron said, they’ve been singing this same type of music now for nearly 10 years!  When was the last time you had a job, the same job, for 10 years?  It gets boring after a while, right?  Didn’t you want to branch out?  Do something different?  Change it up just a bit?  That’s all the guys are doing!  They have a long career ahead of them and they will probably try just about anything and everything in the next 20 plus years.  Some of us may be under ground or on a shelf by then, but they will still be going strong!  🙂   Does anyone remember how many people said “I don’t like opera” when Notte Magica came out?  I’m sure there were plenty!  These guys are chameleons!  But leopards, too!  They may change their colors up once in a while, but a leopard can’t change its spots and we can’t change the incredible voices these guys have.  Speaking of the animal world, they are also like zebras, where no two zebras have the same pattern of stripes – our guys are as unique and individual as they come, even amongst themselves!  Remember, you are never too old to learn or appreciate something new!   – jmv

 

I know we will all turn into “THIS” Mikey, real soon!  🙂 

I guarantee it!

Miami – Palms Court! Fri, Oct 13, 2017

Ok, so sorry,  not sure what is going on with Facebook,  but if you go to my page: Jana amore il volo, hopefully you can still see it.  I reposted it again.

Ok, as you have probably figured out by now, I was in Miami for the short performance of Il Volo on Friday, October 13.  Yes, Chris, Sharon, and I jetted off for Miami on Thursday.  Although it was on various Facebook pages, I stumbled upon it quite by accident.  I just kept wondering where this Estefan’s Kitchen was that Barbara and Piero kept posting from?  We knew they were in Miami, at their place, recording their new album, but were they like IN their private kitchen?  I just had to find out!  So, super sleuth that I am, I Googled “Estefan Kitchen” and what came up?  A website for a restaurant, run by the Estefan’s!  Upon further investigation, as I scrolled down, a headline link caught my eye “don’t miss the Italian singing trio Il Volo on Fri, Oct 13!”  What?  I looked further and saw it was free!  Of course, that was one of the most expensive free concerts I’ve ever been to!   Lol!  After booking the hotel, table, Uber rides, plane fare, etc.  🙂  However short their performance was, it was glorious to see them, yet once again, performing on US soil.

There are likely better versions of this video out on You Tube, as we didn’t have the best vantage point.  For some reason, they put all the paying fans to the side of the performance area.  However, the guys knew we were all there and made a point of at least looking our way a few times, as you will see from the video.  🙂   You also have to put up with my often off-key singing and various comments.  You will hear about the middle of the show, someone saying “is that really necessary?”  I just want you to know, it wasn’t about me.  The person in front of me moved her phone to a different spot, blocking the other person’s view.  I was literally, in the middle.  This is a totally unedited version, starting with me getting up from our table.

With the luck of Il Volo, it was a beautiful night – hot and breezy.  We were also lucky enough to attend the sound check, where they sang 2 songs – El Triste and O Sole Mio.  The guys didn’t come on until over halfway through, well after 8p.

I would like to give a shout out to the Estefan Kitchen!  Although we had to wait a bit for our food, it was excellent!  Even the leftovers warmed up the next day, eaten in our hotel room.   After 6 caffe/chocolate martinis, it was time to say goodbye on Sunday evening.  Chris and I said goodbye to our favorite bartender, Andres, and he was kind enough to take a picture with us.  The place has only been open since about April, but it is fabulous and the management and wait staff, superb!  The drinks, will knock your socks off!  The sangrias and caffe martinis were our favorites.  Our hotel, the Hampton Inn on Biscayne Avenue, is where we stayed and within walking distance of the “kitchen.”  (which we proved several nights in a row – even after coming back a little tipsy!)

We also had fun at South Beach Miami and Chris and I went to Butterfly World in Coconut Creek, which was also pretty cool.

When we arrived on the 3rd night in the row and sat in our now “favorite seats,” Andres wasn’t there right away and we thought he may have the night off.  However, a bit later, he did come around the corner and saw us.  He came over to me and held out his hands for me to take, like we were old friends!  Almost like Cheers, but I don’t think he knew our names.  I’m sure if we had been there longer, we could have asked for our usual and would have had it served promptly!  Oh, Andres, how I miss your martinis and only wish you could come and make them for me in my kitchen!  I would even let Chris and Sharon borrow you!

Chris and I came home on Monday, and Sharon on Tuesday.  It was short, but a pleasant, long weekend getaway – from the pre-winter doldrums, we know are coming!  Unfortunately, the guys had left Saturday to return to Italy, so there was no chance we would see them again before we left.

Oh, one more thing!  If you ever go to Miami, at least where we were, be very careful walking!  The city is not made for walkers, or drivers, for that matter!  You literally took your life in your hands when trying to cross the street.  Darned near had a heart attack after a few Uber rides.  After that, I sat in the back seat!

So, Ciao and Enjoy!  🙂 

(I tried in vain several different options to uploading/downloading this, finally giving up and uploading to Facebook, however, I couldn’t download it to my own computer!  I guess I’ll have to take the SD card out eventually!)  By the way, it says the link cannot be embedded, but if you click on it, it will take you to my Facebook page.  🙂  (ok, any techie person out there that can figure this out, please let me know….)

Grande Amore – 100 Million Views!

Hello all!  Just in case you hadn’t heard…. 🙂

Here is the Google Translate version of the article posted in the previous blog posted late Monday – kind of by accident.  (it said you could reblog post at the end, so I did!)  Ah well, live and learn!  Also posting some various photos circulating social media….thank you and well-deserved credit to all owners of the photos with such creativity!!  And of course, “our boys…”  🙂  For without them, we never would have known such Grande Amore was possible – meeting all of these wonderful people all around the world.


“Today, October 9, 2017 (now Italian!), The video of Grande Amore de Il Volo reaches 100 million views, obtaining VEVO certification. * Grande Amore can definitely be considered the battle horse of the 3 artists who, precisely with this song, written by Francesco Boccia il volo thank youand Ciro Esposito, won the 65th edition of the Festival of Sanremo. Thanks to this victory and the third place in the Eurovision Song Contest, Volo has become more known in Italy and the rest of Europe. Grande Amore’s video, directed by Mauro Russo, was shot in a single day, January 15, 2015, in the magnificent Villa Caroli Zanchi in Stezzano, near Bergamo. Congratulations to Piero, Ignazio and Gianluca for this new finish !!

This is the blog site I got it from:  Grazie Mille!!

https://torinoaspettailvoloepoi.wordpress.com/2017/10/09/grande-amore-100-milioni-di-visualizzazioni/

Various pictures…. some from Gianluca, some from Il Volo, some from Gary Istok….

 

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There is Gian, always teasing us!!  Really Gian?  You have to ask?  🙂 

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“When I think, I think only of you….”  How true – aren’t they always on our minds and in our dreams?

 

Ciao – til tomorrow….

Jana

 

 

Latest on New Album – Article Translation from Daniela!

Daniela was kind enough to find this article and translate it for us here!   We already knew it was going to be Latin/Spanish and geared toward the Latin crowd, but I know we will love it anyway!  Spanish is actually easier to understand than Italian and we know the guys will put their heart and soul into it, as always and will have a lot of fun making this one!  Here is translation from Daniela!  Grazie mille! or should I say – Muchas gracias!  🙂  


Today is published by Optimagazine this article about the new album of IL VOLO.

THE NEW ALBUM OF IL VOLO WILL BE A POP REVOLUTION: THE FIRST CLUES ON THE RELEASE DATE IN 2018

 It will be released in 2018 with the promise of a big pop revolution: IL VOLO is already working on the new unedited album.

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Begin to leak the first clues to the new album of IL Volo, which will be totally pop-kind as they had anticipated in recent months, during the World Night Tour – A Tribute to the Three Tenors started from Vienna on April 21st.

 The lucky tour has touched several European and Italian cities, and then landed on the American continent. Since September, the group has resumed the tour in Latin America, and is now working on the new pop album designed for the public and the Latin market. Produced by Emilio Estefan, husband of celebrity Gloria Estefan, the new album Il Volo will almost certainly be released by 2018, for which the three boys have been searching for melodies and lyrics, all in a newer popular dress. And from the words of the three tenors we really have to expect a great revolution!

“It will be a new pop project and we’ll surprise you, maybe there will be something with Ermal Meta and Tiziano Ferro, but we’ll see.”

Although they had expressed the desire for a break from the stages, Ignazio Boschetto, Piero Barone and Gianluca Ginoble left clues that make it clear that they were already in the studio to work on the new album of unpublished, but without hurry. “We will publish the new project when it is ready, we have no deadlines,” said Piero Barone.

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At the moment, the band is devoting to the next album, and the world tour will resume in late November for the last two live concerts in Japan: November 28 will perform in Tokyo, and December 1 at Kawasaki.

The Magic Night Tour – Tribute to the Three Tenors has brought the latest record project by Michele Torpedine to the stage, which honors the show “I Tre Tenori”: Luciano Pavarotti, José Carreras and Placido Domingo, who participated in the album. Both the record and the tour have hit a huge hit all over the world with numerous dates sold out.

 written by Federica Cacio, translated by Daniela 

http://www.optimaitalia.com/blog/2017/10/04/il-nuovo-album-de-il-volo-sara-una-rivoluzione-pop-i-primi-indizi-sul-disco-in-uscita-nel-2018/847105

 

From Gian…”something’s going to change….”

 A cute little birthday greeting from Gian to Ignazio!

Guys in the studio on Igna’s birthday – looks like he wants cake!

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Time to Record!

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Ciao – Jana