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Jana & Lorna’s Italian Adventure – July 4, 2016 – Verona! (Reprise…)

Hello folks!  I hope everyone is having a great 4th of July in the USA!  We are having quite the hot summer here in Michigan, with these past few weeks in the low 90s and this week, all 90s!  Thought I would repost our little adventure from July 4, 2016, for all to enjoy again!  🙂  It was certainly the best 4th of July I will ever remember!!  🙂

Everyone please stay safe and wear a mask, the virus seems to be coming back with a vengeance again in the US! 🙁


Ciao!  Yes, it’s been a little while since my last story of adventure…but I continue!

Ah, Venice Mestre train station. This was our shortest train ride, only about an hour or so to Verona from Venice. We got to the train station very early, since we were only about 10 minutes away. We got there in plenty of time before our departure of 8:32am. We were able 20160704_073915to have a leisurely breakfast and scout out our train track. The Venice train station was not quite as sophisticated as Florence, so we knew we had to go down and up again to find our train. We looked on the schedule, but could not see our train. There were three trains to Verona, but none that left at our exact time. That seemed strange. So, we made our best guestimate and chose the one track. I was still a bit skeptical, but the time was the closest. I was able to ask a lady, in Italian, and she seemed to think we were on the wrong one, we needed to be a few tracks over and the schedule was on the posted sign. I think it was like a regular commuter train, so it didn’t have a special departure scheduled, which is why it wasn’t posted. I went back to Lorna and we discussed it. It kind of made sense, but we stayed where we were anyway. Ok, here comes our train. We get on where we think our car is, but when we boarded, there were no seat numbers on the seats. We had first class tickets with assigned seating! I said aloud, in English, “But there are no numbers on the seats?” A nice, young lady heard me speaking in English and said, “You are on the wrong train!” “What? Dove?,” I said, and showed her our tickets. She pointed to the other track, same track the other lady told us. I looked at my phone – it was 8:27a! We literally had 5 minutes to get down and back up again, and make it to the other train. We literally FLEW off that train and a nice Italian gentleman hefted our suitcases up the long flight of stairs to the other side. We were literally walking/running as fast as we could toward our train. The conductor saw us and asked if we were on this train, we said yes. We started to get on and he said, no, other car. Then he changed his mind and said to go ahead, and we could walk from there. We literally no sooner got on the train and it took off! It was the last train to Verona for that day! Yes, we almost missed the Verona concert! Ok, “dove” the prosecco that morning!

 

We made it to the Verona train station – again, similar to Venice, we had to once again go down the closet-sized elevator and up the other side. Another long wait for the taxi, but we made it. When we got there, it was still quite early and check-in wasn’t until much later in the afternoon. So, we were able to stow our bags in the reception area. The concierge gave 1-veorna-fus a map of the city and we took off, map and Google Maps in hand on our way to find out where the Arena di Verona was. Looked like it was in walking distance from the hotel, so we set off. It reminded me of “following the yellow brick road” except it was a wide 1-verona-gasphalt running/walking path to the main part of the city. We quickly got off the map we were sort of following and I gave up and got out Google again. We got turned around a few times, but I figured it out. On the way to the Arena, Lorna stopped in a shoe shop and bought these really cool flowered tennis shoes. The sun was playing peek-a-boo with the clouds and it looked like it might rain. When we neared the Arena, the sun finally decided it was going to stick around.20160704_115104 I took a few pictures as we were in the surroundings of the arena with a plethora of outdoor restaurants/cafes to choose from for lunch. We had worked up quite the appetite by then.

 

We walked to the arena to see exactly where it was and where the entrances were. After that, we perused the various restaurants and picked out a table. It ended up being a 20160704_121205beautiful afternoon and we splurged on our lunch that day. Lorna had some kind of pasta with seafood. I had a Caprese salad and a pizza and we even had a bottle of Moscato.1-verona-a It was a very leisurely lunch and we just chatted and relaxed and wondered where the guys might be? We finally decided it was time to go. On our way, we passed by this one hotel and there were a herd of girls standing outside. Ok, this must be the place! Lol! Yes, apparently the guys were staying at the hotel aptly called “The Gentleman of Verona.” No, we never saw them, although we strolled by and asked the girls if this was where Il Volo was. Of course they said yes. We kept walking and continued our tour of the city, with the sun playing more peek-a-boo with the clouds. With my faithful companion of Google Maps, we took the long way around, but thankfully made it back to the hotel. It was 1-verona-elate enough by then, so we could check in. Another small elevator, but at least we both fit. We got to our room and it was very nice. The sun decided it was going to stay out at last. We had a tiny, enclosed, little balcony with a window you could open. The view from our room was gorgeous and amazing. You could see over the entire city. Took some more pictures and then we decided to relax a little. We took a nap and decided we’d get ready and take a cab to the Arena. I was still trying to hook up with Betty, but we kept missing each other! When we got downstairs we asked the concierge to call us a cab again, to the Arena. She said had just called one for 2 other ladies and maybe we could 1-verona-bshare it? We thought that would be nice, so we went outside and communicated roughly in Italian, and asked if they were going to Il Volo also and could we share the cab. They said yes. We got in and was happily expecting to share the cab fare and they paid the whole thing! Such nice Italian hospitality! We were still a bit full from lunch, but decided we should eat something. So, we went back to the same restaurant where we had lunch. However, we just ordered dessert. Lorna had Tiramisu and espresso, and I had chocolate torte cake. We also ordered another bottle of Moscato. The cake was good, although a bit on the dry side. As previously mentioned, Lorna graciously let me have the 2nd row seat…but as we were sitting at our table, we were watching the crowd get in line – it was over an hour before the concert started.1-verona-c People were everywhere! It was kind of crazy. We knew we had assigned seats, so we thought we’d just sit and watch everyone instead. We finally gave up and decided to fight our way through the crowds. Lorna went first, as she went through a different entrance. I paid the bill and ventured on to the other side of the Arena. I showed my ticket and they let me in. I bought a few souvenir t-shirts and scarves and found my way to the 2nd row seat. My new friends Veronica, Laura, and Daniela, arrived about 15 minutes later. This was exciting. Before the concert began, we heard the orchestra warming up “Per Te Ci Saro” was playing! Oh, yes, I was finally going to hear them sing it live! Since I reviewed the concert already, a few days after it happened, I won’t go into detail again. Yes, you are welcome. Lol! But a quick recap of starting with “Per Te Ci 20160704_213618-1Saro” and ending with their usual 2 of “Surrender” and “Grande Amore” it was pretty awesome. And I swear it happened just that quickly. Again, I was quite surprised they did the Godfather routine…

Insert actual concert review….

For me, this was the most magical and perfect concert ever.  Not only was it a perfectly beautiful evening weather-wise, I FINALLY got to hear all my favorite songs.  They really picked the best of the best for this finale concert.  The stage and the lighting were magnificent.  They had the monitors and also the videos going for many of the songs.  I thought for sure we were going to be blinded by the lights again, but it was only once or twice.

I finally got my dream come true and into my Il Volo trance I went.  They started with Per te ci saro!!  OMG, I sang the whole thing!  I wanted to stand after every song, but the Italians don’t do that.  They did stand after the solos and duets.  There were few empty seats…Lorna was so awesome, she let me have the 2nd row seat for the entire concert.  I will remember it forever.

Even thought it was second row, we were still quite far from the stage.  Like the orchestra pit area was empty of chairs and unlike the first Verona concert in September last year, the stage did not come out in the middle.

Their voices were of course perfection and Igna added his own to the end of My Piove – a little jazzier riffs and Gian joined him for a few…

Yes, they sang my favorites – Per te, l’more si muove, torne l’amore, canzone per te.  They even did a slight sketch of the Godfather routine.  Igna even sang Allegria and didn’t cry.  No Ancora though….

Gian sang Bridge…and it was incredible.  I remember telling Donna it would get better after we heard it in LA and she said “how could it get better?”  It did!!

I think someone mentioned that they were filming part of that movie where the guys are going to be part of it about opera.  Apparently, the guy who is the star actor was in the front row a few seats down from us. And?!  The guys were cuter!!  Lol!  They did this filming during the concert, but it was no big deal.

The one big shocker was that they did not sing O Sole Mio!  Not disappointed as they left in Surrender!!  Igna and Piero did their thing.

Since I was in the 2nd row, I imagine I’ll be somewhere in the DVD and group shot in the end.  My split second of fame. Lol!  I was in a pink dress to the right of the stage.

I did not see any of the immediate family except for Mary Grace, Piero’s sister and I think Alessio?  Gianluca’s friend.  At the end, Igna went over and gave this older guy a bear hug and picked him up, but no clue who he was.  He looked a little like one of his uncles.

If people want to know what to give Igna at the next m/g I would suggest a belt.  He was pulling up his pants the entire night!

I took some pictures and taped a few songs, but my phone camera and the lights were not friends.

By the time you read this, pictures will be all over everywhere, as well as videos.

Did I say how incredibly awesome it was????  Igna was also playing the piano and a few other instruments.  Gian was wearing tennis shoes and racing across the stage every so often.

Don’t get me wrong, the tenor concert was awesome also, but this was more special and magical for me, as I have been waiting to hear these songs live for as long as most of you!

It was all in Italian except Igna said Thank You.  I did not quite catch what was going on, but something about studying their speech for the next song, etc.  I also had my friend Veronica to translate a few things for me!

I’m still trying to realize I’m in Italy!  I’ve seen the guys 5 times now this year.  You just keep thinking when is the next time?  They are planning another tenor tribute concert in the arena next May 17, but you know, nothing is ever as special as the first time!  My guess is that they might incorporate a few of those songs into their regular concerts next tour.

Ok, it is now a little after 2am!  I really need some sleep if I can, that is.

They really outdid themselves with this one!!

Part of my mission to the Verona concert was to take a few little presents to 2 friends of Sharon’s. They were sitting in the front row, but on the other side. Unfortunately, security would not let me leave my seat, even though it was just a row up. Fortunately, I was able to text her and Veronica communicated in Italian 1-verona-3of my plight. Luckily, we were able to connect after the concert. Lorna and I also quickly met up afterward and Veronica took our pictures. We then made our way to the taxi line and got back to our hotel. I was determined I did not want to forget a thing, so I stayed up til about 2am finishing my post! Was the shortest night on1-verona-d record.   We had to be at the train station very early, as we had a 7a train to Rome and it was a 3-hour trip. After what I believe was about a 3-4 hour “nap” I dragged myself out of bed about 5:30a to take a shower and we were out of there. Again, missing breakfast at the hotel!  Next stop – Roma and the Adriatic Sea!

PIERO AND A JOKE ON IGNAZIO by Daniela

Our Piero, a few days ago, woke up with the desire to make a joke on someone.

And who could it be, if not poor Ignazio ???

P = Igna, do me a courtesy ….. since Marta from the Press Office called me, and I had to do a video interview, you can do it, which I took this morning ….. I fell asleep …..

I = (Ignazio is very amazed, but he still hasn’t realized what happens, he doesn’t see Piero entirely).

Can you ask Gianluca to do it? Today I have to finish one thing.

P = No, Ignazio, Gianluca cannot. I fell asleep in the sun this morning.

(At this point Piero shows his face, greets Igna with his hand. Ignazio says an exclamation, then and Ignazio’s face is a mixture of amazement and concern 😁)

I put aloe vera ….. (Ignazio doesn’t know what to say, he’s open-mouthed) …. and now my skin is burning, it’s burning me.

I= But why can’t Gianluca?

P = I don’t know, Igna, in your opinion, with aloe vera, it passes.

I = Yes, yes, it must pass. Damn I had to finish one thing.

P = It is important.

I = Who is it with? (the interview)

P = Bho, I don’t know what to do. (Piero laughs, and bring his face closer)

I = Why are you laughing? (observes Piero’s face) But you are crazy.

P = I don’t know what to do “cumpa” (word in Sicilian dialect that is addressed to a friend). I have all scrapes.

I = Of course. But did you wear sunscreen?

P = The oil.

I = Then the oil reacted to you.

P = Sure !!! Good this face mask that I put, I recommend it.

(Piero laughs but Ignazio has not yet understood but begins to suspect).

I = But are you taking me for the bottoms ??? (big laugh by Piero) “Che facisti”. (Sicilian dialect to say “what have you done?”)

P = It’s the face mask. (keep laughing)

I = Bip Bip Bip  (series of censored words)  But is it a face mask?

P = Yes

I = You made me “scantare” (Sicilian word to say frighten). Cretin

P = Bye, bye, I love you!!

I = Bye.

😁😁😁😁😁😁😁😁

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On Sunday there was a call between Piero and Anastacia. I think you all know the good singer Anastacia.

Their dialogue is very beautiful, and this time no translation is needed, but for those who haven’t seen it, here is the video.

At the beginning Piero says: “Hi everyone, how are you and happy Sunday. Today is a beautiful sunny day. Today I will do a live with a special friend that you all know, but many do not know the human side of this fantastic woman, we have been friends for a long time and I wanted to share a Sunday chat with you. Many know who I’m talking about, here she is” :

 

Really interesting what was said by Piero and Anastacia, and as I’m curious, I went to look for the video of Budapest where Piero said he lost his voice. 

Poor Piero, in the first verse, Ignazio came to his aid, and more ahead,  played only the orchestra. Who knows what fear Piero had, and here it is the video:

And here is a video of a performance at the Arena di Verona, by IL VOLO and ANASTACIA.

Really fun.

Ignazio’s face was an open book, with his faces.

But be careful Piero, Ignazio will surely devise a way to return the joke to you. 

Very nice live between Anastacia and Piero, two good artists.

Daniela

 

Credit to owners of all photos and videos.

Happy 26th Birthday, Piero!

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Camille Greco: Piero have a wonderful birthday 🎂♥️🎂♥️

Mònica:  Estás son las mañanitas que cantaba el Rey David hoy por ser día de Piero se las cantamos así ❤️🎁🎹🎼

Joan Guyon: Happy birthday Piero. You have given me much joy since I first knew you. From Joanie in california

sassylady1937: Happy Birthday Piero to a sweet man who sings like an angel and whom I dearly love to hear. You have an outstanding and far reaching voice and I love to hear you sing solo or with Gianluca and Ignazio. I call you “my guys” somethin about my guys song that reminds me of you three. I am old enough to be your great grandma and I love my guys just in that way. I truly pray I will see you here in America in 2020 God willing. Take care, blow out the candles and make a wish. Happy Birthday and many more. Hugs and love. Jackie ❤️

Jeanette Hicks:  Happiest of Birthday’s Piero, and may all of your fondest dreams come true!

Linda Parks:  Happy Birthday, Piero! I wish you a wonderful day, filled with family and friends and love from around the world. My Best to you…
Linda
Clarksville, Tennessee, USA

Rose Lomonte:  Happy Birthday Piero! 🎂🎈🎉🎂. Never stop singing with your God given talent, May God Bless you. May you have a wonderful Birthday filled with love and many Blessings. 🎼🎤🎹🌅🎼🎂🥂🍿

Sebrinia Davis:  Happy birthday Piero  🎂🎂🎂🎉🎉🎉. I pray you have a beautiful and blessed day .

Victoria and Jay: Happy Birthday Piero. We’ve loved you since we first heard that beautiful and powerful voice of yours. May you have the happiest of birthdays. You are a miracle to all of us.

lorelei h Thompson:  Happy birthday.

MAUREEN LONGO:  HAPPY BIRTHDAY PIERO. WHEN I FIRST SAW YOU, YOU WERE IN YOUR TEENS. MAY YOUR 26TH YEAR BRING YOU MUCH HAPPINESS

Mila: Happy Birthday Piero!! Wishing you Happiness, Success, lots of good friends and lots of smiles!

Jane McDowall: Wishing you a very happy birthday Piero thank you for your wonderful voice you and the boys are magic. Love and kisses. Jane. xxxx

Regina Hanna:  Happy Birthday Piero. Your voice gives joy to so many and your maturity and take charge attitude keep you 3 boys a brotherhood. Wishes for a great summer tour in Italy.

Joseph Cefalu:  Happy Birthday Piero

Carolyn:  Happy Birthday, Piero!! Have a beautiful day! My oldest granddaughter is the same day as your beautiful sister. Happy belated birthday to your very pretty sister as well!!

Linda Henderson:  A very Happy Birthday Piero!! I love your God given talent and your personality! Hope you enjoy YOUR day! Hope to see you all in 2020! Have a wonderful tour and stay safe! Much happiness yo you and yours!!🎂💙🎶😘

Irene Kumbar: Happy birthday dear Piero, you already have success, so I wish you love, happiness, blessing to end of times…
Thank you for enriching our lives with so much beauty, I ‘ m following you from your first PBS special in Detroit…. how much you had grown up, from three wonderful little shy boys to incredibly handsome young men, worldwide stars, and still so much to go for since you are so young. God bless you, and thank you,
Love from Florida
I will see you Wednesday in Rome!!!

Jane: Happy Birthday Piero! It’s all been said, but I will say it again…you are such an amazing person with talent that reaches to the stars! Thank you for filling our world with your magnificent voice and kind heart.

Leslie Kinn:  Piero, wishing you a delightful birthday. May you always find joy and beauty in life to grow your heart. 🎉🍾🎂

penina honig:  Happy Birthday Piero! I hope all your dreams come true and that I am still around to hear about your debut at La Scala! May you be blessed always.

Kay radge:  Have a fab birthday from your biggest uk fan, god bless you-kay from england

Natalia Margarita:  Querido Piero, te deseo toda la felicidad del mundo, espero que sigas siendo ese hombre tan bello de espíritu y alma. Un abrazo, te verée Octubre 5 en BajaMar México Un abrazo

Susan Medal:  Best wishes for a Happy Birthday Piero and wonderful year ahead. Your voice is not only a gift for you, but for all of us as well. Cannot wait to meet you in 2020, and will be anticipating seeing you at The Metropolitan Opera House in New York one day soon
Your puppet maker,
Susan

Kathryn Bernache:  Piero – 26 candles – Wow
Sending lots of love, hugs, kisses and
Happy Birthday wishes
Luv Ya
Julie Bernache

Gale Wall:  I WISH YOU THE HAPPIEST BIRTHDAY, HOPING YOU
HAVE A WONDERFUL 26TH ANNIVSARY OF YOUR
BIRTH. YOU HAVE A AMAZING POWER VOICE THAT
MAKES YOU SO SPECIAL. THANK YOU FOR SHARING
YOUR BEAUTIFUL TALENT WITH THE WORLD.

Elizabeth Fuentes:  Muy Feliz Cumpleaños Piero, desde Chile te envio los mejores deseos de buena salud, amor de la familia, amistades y fans por todo el mundo y, por supuesto que nos sigas cantando muchas bellas canciones, con tu maravillosa voz . Felicidades, nos vemos en Chile!!!

Rose Marie Paliobeis:  Buon Compleanno to one of my favorite young men 😘.  May you have a long, happy life. 

Sally:  Happy Birthday Piero, songbird with such a thrilling voice.
Please keep sharing your marvelous gift with your fans for many, many, many years. I, too, look forward to hearing you sing on the opera stages but I also love hearing your pop songs in harmony with Gianluca and Ignazio. Your smile, your energy, your sense of fun sends such a positive vibe to your audiences. I wish all the best in life!

Kimberley Kaul: Happy Birthday Piero. Instead of the traditional song we would sing this to you. “This day is such a special one; It’s birthday time for you. I’d really like to celebrate your happy day with you. Zip-a-dee-ay and heigh-dee-ho, here’s something I can do. I’ll sing a song that we all know. Happy Birthday to you!” Wishing you the best to come for 2019.

pitterpat0: Buon compleanno 26, Piero! To the guy with the beautiful smile 😄 and powerful voice 🎤 I wish the best birthday ever celebrating with family and friends.  🎂🎈 🎉 💝 AUGURI!   Love, Pat from Missouri 

Margaret M Ladolcetta: Happy Birthday Piero and best wishes for a lovely day with family and friends! Thank you for all the beautiful music and the joy and peace it brings to us. Looking forward to seeing you in 2020! God bless you and keep you.

Betty: Happy Birthday, Piero❣️Hope your special day is filled with much joy❣️❤️🎂Love you most of all….I’m 72 on 6/26. We almost share a Birthday….Il Volo is fantastic…love, Betty 🥰

Ineke: Congratulations on your Birthday and may there be many more.  I am the one who’s accent you recognized as being from Johannesburg and I was so surprised!!!. Have a beautiful day Piero.

Blanche Graff:  Piero, May blessings for a most Healthy Happy Birthday on filled with Joy and fun.
You and the guys have been so much part of my life’s.
Enjoy your day as it is yours only.
Love, Blanche. Graff. U S A 🎂💙😘

Donalee Dragna:  Aguriiiiiiiii! Happy Birthday, Piero! May the coming year be filled with much joy and good madness and all your favorite things! 💜

Mark: To a fine young man with a powerful and handsome voice, Happy Birthday and many more! Surrounded by family and friends.

Crystal Dawn:  Happy 26th!
I wish you birthday joy and grande Amore. I loved visiting your village of Naro prior to attending the two Matera concerts. You have a sublime voice, grounded humble character, and generous personality. May the Divine Mother protect you and guide you.
Crystal Dawn
Oregon, USA
(Prayed for you on CAMINO de Santiago pilgrimage—Dario graciously forwarded photos to you)

concetta gagliardi:  Happy Birthday Piero. Wishing you many more wonderful celebrations. Been a follower of Il Volo from your first PBS special.

Diane Hyzer:  Happy Happy Birthday to one of the greatest singers ever!! Plus…he’s very handsome too!!!

ashipman2441:  Happy Birthday, Piero and many, many returns of the day! I hope your dream of singing in an opera comes true soon. But, please, please don’t leave Il Volo. I love the three of you so very, very much. Love from Minnesota, Allene Shipman

Buon  compleanno Piero !!!
Savor every precious moment of this special year while at home and abroad. May you have a lively birthday full of love and joy.
​With warmest wishes,
Angelica Rosas
Las Vegas, NV

​Happy Birthday to you, Piero!
I wish you have a beautiful day in the company of your loved ones. Good luck in your career. Hope your wishes come true today and always.
Love,
Ines Rosas
Las Vegas, NV

Happy 26th Birthday my dear Piero. Wishing you all the best on your 10th anniversary tour with your Il Volo brothers. I look forward to seeing and hearing you in concert soon!!  America awaits you🎂🎂 Buon Compleanno🎉🎉
Annette, Rhode Island & Naples, Fl

Warmest Birthday Greetings, Dear Piero.   It is a joy to again wish you a Happy Birthday.   You bring so much joy to so many people that  you richly deserve all the blessings that come your way.   All your hard work and your pleasing personality should be rewarded.   Many Happy Returns of the Day.
Lesley Newall, Vancouver Island, British Columbia.

Buon compleanno Piero. Possa tu avere felicità sempre.
Jean

Caro Piero
sei un uomo così forte e determinato,
il tuo sogno è sempre stato quello di cantare un’opera intera,
non ho nessun dubbio, ci riuscirai.
In quel giorno gioirai e noi tutte gioiremo con te
perchè ti vogliamo bene e perchè tu  avrai  finalmente
raggiunto il tuo obbiettivo. 

Daniela

Piero from Daniela

Dear Piero
you are such a strong and determined man,
your dream has always been to sing a whole opera,
I have no doubt, will succeed.
On that day you will rejoice and we will all rejoice with you
because we love you and because you will finally have
reached your goal.

Daniela

Pierrrrrooooo!    Happy 26th birthday!  I hope you have a spectacularly successful and fulfilling year.  I will see you in Verona!  Birthday hugs from San Francisco, California.
Janet

 

Credit to owners of photos and to Kelly for her marvelous video!

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Grande Amore – the wait is over! ~~ By Jana (2015 Archives…)

(Ciao a tutti! – Just about 4 years ago (February 20, 2015), I wrote this poem after receiving the Sanremo version of Grande Amore.  It is clear I was very excited – to say the least.  At the time, this post got 81 comments and something like over 500 views on the site.  Marie also chose it to go into the book we gave the guys, way back when, and I felt very honored.  I thought I’d post it again, just for fun.  I did write a new poem for the new Musica album, that I got yesterday, which is awesome – the album by the way.  However, I don’t think I could top this poem.  🙂  But I will post it as well in a few days. – Enjoy, again!)

 


a - jana

 

We knew it was coming, but when would that be?

We waited, and waited, then shouted with glee!

It was coming soon, but not til after Sanremo;

How long could I last, without a new song from Il Volo?

 

We then heard the news, it was on Amazon.IT!

There I went with my visa, to order it quickly!

I wanted it now, so express shipping I paid;

Hoping and praying, it would not be delayed!

 

Three weeks and counting, how much more can I bear?

I kept watch on my email, when would it be there?

The contest had started and Il Volo appeared;

Singing their hearts out, while everyone cheered!

 

But on Friday the 13th, not bad luck for me,

I read in my mail; the CD would be early!

I jumped up and down, how lucky am I?

I’ll have it soon in my hands; I could just cry.

 

The day finally came, it was arriving today;

I waited and paced, for the delivery all day.

I tracked it online, it came straight from Milan.

On to Bergamo and Brussells, then finally MY town!

 

I raced home to get it, but it was not there?

DHL had not come yet – how much more could I bear?

I went to the store, to pick up my dinner.

They had til 8pm, then there was a knock at my door!

 

It was here, finally, at last, it was here!

I’m sorry, but I could not wait to open it, I fear.

I quickly took pictures and then opened it with care;

Staring lovingly at my hand, so wishing they were there!

 

I listened and listened, and listened again.

Over and over I played it, I did not want it to end.

But bedtime was coming, I so needed my sleep,

I can listen again tomorrow, for I know it will keep.

 

Il Volo is love, Grand Amore, to be exact!

The heck with all the critics, they are just hacks!

So listen with joy, Il Volovers everywhere;

And know that we give them our tender loving care!

~Jana

 

 

PIERO and the PROMISES to MAINTAIN by Daniela

June 20 in Italy is the first day of school exams for the baccalaureate.

But perhaps not everyone knows that among the many students, there was a person that we know very well: PIERO.

Piero Scolar

Here is the article that announced it:

Corriere Agrigentino Article – click here

I translate:

PIERO BARONE TESTS TO GRADUATE. FOR THE ARTIST OF IL VOLO THIS MORNING FIRST ITALIAN TEST AT THE FEDERICO II OF NARO INSTITUTE.

Promises are promised and those made to parents must be honored and maintained. For this reason, this morning, Piero Barone, voice of the musical group of “Il Volo” at the age of 25 will sit between the benches of the technical and commercial institute “Federico II” of his country, Naro, to support the first test of Italian in field of the 2018 graduation exams. School that depends on the Institute Galileo Galilei of Canicattì led by the head teacher Professor Vincenzo Fontana. Objective of the artist from Agrigento, – as the newspaper La Sicilia writes today – obtaining the diploma of maturity in Administration, Finance and Marketing, address to which he was regularly enrolled, concluded the junior high school, but who had to leave to devote himself to music with tours and commitments that in recent years have brought him to every part of the world.

Piero Singing

These days, those who know him well, told of Piero engaged in books and exercises. In short, struggling with a pre-exam tension like that experienced by millions of Italian students. But that morning, there is to bet, many tried to capture this event. Many would try to capture selfies, photos, dedications. However, it was necessary that the commission made sure that didn’t happen.

Piero Singing 2

Piero did the first two written tests, then on Friday, June 22 he reached Sorrento for the Agnes Award and while he was in the car, he was studying for exams. Monday 25 he hd the last written test and then will have to do the oral exam.

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In fact, Piero has published on the official fan club a video where he talks about the exams, unfortunately the video and the translation cannot be published, otherwise I would have added it.

But the translation of the video to you I can give. Read it, it’s so sweet…..

Hi fan club friends, how are you? As you well know, this year among the work commitments, I managed to take the exams to take the diploma. I did the first two exams. At the first rehearsal, I made the topic about the Constitution, and I think it was fine. The second test, Business Administration, was much more difficult, but we did a team work with the class and we succeeded (maybe it means that the students helped him). Now I’m in the car, I’m going to Sorrento for the Agnes award, which will air on June 27th, and I’m studying for the oral exam. I’m going home in a couple of days for the third test, I’m getting ready for that too. Now I’m reviewing French but I do not understand anything (he says a sentence in French) is difficult, but I will, I will let you know. I to the oral test harbor “the collapse of the Wall Street stock exchange”, interesting. Well, bye guys, I’ll update you. A kiss!!

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But I don’t understand why I see you always active in the fan club? Every time I enter the fan club, it tells me that you are online to be able to chat. But I sent you two questions but you never answered, so I thought it’s not true that you’re online.

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What to say, Piero is an extremely kind person, sensitive, serious, and I would also say very humble.

I do not know how many people in his place, already famous, would have faced this type of examination, in a public institute.

Bravo Piero, I respect you even more.

I believe your parents will be very happy that you have kept your promise.

INTO THE MOUTH OF THE WOLF (GOOD LUCK): Daniela

“In bocca al lupo” (into the mouth of the wolf) is an Italian idiom used in opera and theatre to wish a performer good luck prior to a performance. It is equivalent to the American actor’s wish “Break a leg”.  The expression reflects a theatrical superstition in which wishing a person “good luck” is considered bad luck.

Credit to owners of all photos.