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The Power, The Passion, and The Joy ~ By Lisa Joy

I met Lisa (Lijoy) in Pittsburgh, at the Heinz Hall, on 9/11/13. The We Are Love Concert had just ended and we were standing in our respective isle’s waiting to file out with everyone. We began talking about what had just happened, and stood there a little longer. I invited her here and, fortunately, she’s been with us ever since.
I was looking at her blog recently and came across this piece.  I fell hard for it and asked her if I could share it with all of you. She consented.

this one

The Power, The Passion, and The Joy
December 12, 2013


I have done the unthinkable! I have fallen in love. Sigh! It really didn’t take long, which has both surprised and troubled me greatly. Demon exorcism begins now!

I haven’t posted on the blog for a while as I struggled with a lot of things in my life. My constant trio of complaints, work, weight, and family dynamics continue to plague my existence. Patience, they say, is a virtue. They, whoever they are, also say to be careful what you wish for, you just might get it. Hmmm! I have been praying for patience for a very long time. Maybe some of the situations I find myself in are the result of not having enough patience. Although family and friends say teaching 13 and 14 year old students prove that I have tons of patience. For children, yes, for adults, it is in short supply.

The more time I spend talking to people around the world, the more I realize we are all broken people. Some of us cope better than others, but everyone has a story to tell. While conducting a one-sided conversation, can it really be called a conversation if the other person never contributes-just a thought, I was reminded of some of the music and artists of my youth. Have to smile here because they were actually artists of my mother’s youth in the fifties and sixties, I just love their sound and never embraced the music of my generation. You know the artists I truly adore. Think Billie Holiday, Nina Simone, Etta James, who was part of that one-sided conversation, Al Jarreau, Miles Davis, and Louis Armstrong to name a few.

The Power
The Power
The Passion
The Passion
The Joy
The Joy

What does any of the above have to do with the title of this blog? Absolutely positively nothing and everything! The three words in the title are apt adjectives for my newest classically and Italianally life passion, Il Volo. The Power-Piero Barone, classical tenor whose very being oozes sexy. The Passion-Gianluca Ginoble, gifted baritone who is the definition of fiery elegance. Finally, The Joy-Ignazio Boschetto, lyrical tenor whose smile and love of life are infectious. You may have met them before in previous accounts, but if not, give a look and listen. They have truly taken over my waking and sleeping. After seeing them in concert on September 11, I could not get enough. Bought every CD even the Spanish language ones, I don’t speak Spanish. Several weeks later, having finished the N. American/Canada Tour, the boys moved south of the border to Latin America. Thank God for Google translate. But a new problem arose, different time zones. Never one to enjoy the daytime, even as a young child, nocturnal living is very appealing. This circumstance fed right into my vampirism. Try following you favorite group when they keep musicians hours with a six hour time difference. Living on two hours of sleep a day for weeks at a time can be dangerous, not necessarily for me, but for others. Lack of sleep sharpens my tongue and turns off the filter from my brain to my mouth. I have a tendency to say what is on my mind regardless of the subject or object. There are many positive things that I have gained from falling in love, which outweigh any negative consequences.

What is utterly mind-blowing are the people I have met from all over the world. Close to home we have Jackie, Marie, Kelly, Lavina, Caroline, Charlene, Ellen, Donna, Judy, Mary, Claire, Joanie, Beverly, Janis, and a whole posse from Miami. There are countless others, too numerous to name. But I still need to acknowledge the International contingent of Athena, Suzana, Hazel and many others from Spain, Brazil, Philippines, England and Latin American countries. Whew! So many wonderful, loving, and passionate people. Doesn’t matter the time of day or night, someone is available to lend an ear or share memories. Two of my newest Twitter buddies are recording artists and musicians Iliana and Paul Eastham. Three young Italian singers have enriched and opened my world in ways that just amaze me.

Can any three people be more different but still live, work, and sing in such harmony? Piero, Gianluca, and Ignazio often use the phrase, “Three voices, One soul” to describe themselves. Young bodies of 18, 19, and 20 years old, but old beautiful, compassionate souls. It is often difficult to describe the trio and an infinitely more eye-opening experience to see and hear them for yourself.

Aren’t they just adorable? I have so much more to say, but have decided this will be Part 1-A Short Introduction to The Power, The Passion, and The Joy. How many more to follow is anyone’s guess.


Thank you Lisa, for allowing us to experience this lovely, intimate narrative.

Congratulations Ignazio, Gianluca, Piero! YOU DID IT!

Piero, Ignazio and Gianluca we salute you!

You never let us down!  You carried on in sickness and in health.

Here’s to Il Volo’s awesome 2013 Tour,

We are Love and  Mas Que Amor!

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By MFA 9/14

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By MFA Tower Theater
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By MFA Tower Theater  September 12, 2013
By MFA Tower Theater
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By MFA Tower Theater September 12, 2013
By MFA Tower Theater
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By Il Volo Venezuela October 17, 2013        Costa Rica
By Il Volo Venezuela October 17, 2013
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By Il Volo Venezuela  October 17, 2013      Costa Rica
By Il Volo Venezuela October 17, 2013
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Angles on stage
Angels on stage
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By MFA 9/14

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By Gianluca Ginoble
October 13, 2013

Yep, Beautiful (did use that one?)

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Piero Barone
Piero Barone
Credits: Radio City Music Hall
Credits: Radio City Music Hall
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Credits: Ercole Ginoble
The Dream Came True!
The Dream Came True!
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Gianluca, “MIAMI!!! Are you ready for tonight????!!!”

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     By Piero Barone Guatemala October 23
By Piero Barone
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   By MFA Boston September 14, 2013
By MFA Boston
September 14, 2013



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Credits: Piero Barone Twitter
Credits: Piero Barone Twitter
Credits:  Il Volo
Credits: Il Volo
Gianluca, "With some beautiful fans after the concert in Tampa!"
Gianluca, “With some beautiful fans after the concert in Tampa!”

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By Il Volo Venezuela October 11, 2013 Valencia, Venezuela
By Il Volo Venezuela October 11, 2013
Valencia, Venezuela

I’m Smiling Because… 10/20/2013

We’re smiling because Christine shared a few of her pictures from the Pittsburgh stop of “We Are Love.”  Thanks!



Why are you smiling?



Hi Everyone.

Pittsburgh is ready! Here comes Il Volo! The Concert is tonight at Heinz Hall.

Heinz Hall For the performing Arts in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, was dedicated in 1971 and renovated in 1995. Heinz Hall is the cornerstone of the Cultural District of Pittsburgh; it evolved originally in 1927 as The Loews Penn Theatre. The theatre has an internation reputation for grandeur and excellence as a concert hall and show place. The theatre sits 2,661 and is the home of The Pittsburgh Symphomy Orchestra.

Twitters, Tweets and Keeks:
Gianluca tweeted yesterday, ” I didn’t know that #Heinz Ketchup was from #Pittsburgh! So good!” He tweeted “Two hours at the gym it’s time to eat” He later tweeted “Ciao alla luna, goodnight.”
Gianluca tweeted today “NEVER FORGET, NEVER SURRENDER # USA”
He recently tweeted ” I want to wake up in a city that never sleeps” he’s Looking forward to Radio City, I suspect.

Piero tweeted last night “Buonanotte”, this morning he tweeted “Vote for “Mas Que Amor” for best album”
Piero also sends us a Keek, check Il Volo Mundial.
Ignazio sent a Keek, see it on Mundial.

Check out on Team Il Volo; 2 articles: ‘Il Volo Opera/Pop comes to Westbury’ Piero mentions in the article how they are especially looking forward to their concert at Radio City Music Hall on September 27th. (Newsday)
The second article ‘Il Volo Way Ahead of the Learning Curve’ Piero states” We’re so young and we have so much drive, count on seeing a lot of us over the years.”(phillyburbsource)

Marie and her sister are attending tonight’s Concert and Michele of our Board is attending tomorrow’s Concert in Philadelphia, Enjoy everyone, say hello to “The Boys” for us!

Love and Luck tonight, Il Volo!!!


In Case You Missed It……


Hi Everyone,

It’s a slow knd of day, but that’s good news for Il Volo, they can continue to rest up before tomorrow night’s concert. It’s especially good news for Marie and her sister as they are going to see a well rested and ready to go Il Volo in Pittsburgh!!

“The Boys” rode nine hours on their bus from Montreal to Pittsburgh, they tweet that that they have arrived and looking forward to their concert tomorrow.

Gianluca tweeted last night “Insomnia!”, then tweeted this morning, “going back to sleep, I just slept 3 hours last night!! it’s not enough” I seem to remember that even when home in Italy, Gianluca was up at 3 or 4 in the morning tweeting. Prehaps his insomnia is not a new thing. I’m sure that being on the road and sleeping in different beds doesn’t help. Take care of yourself, Gianluca, stay healthy.
Gianluca tweeted later “Eating a big plateful of fruit as usual!!”
Piero tweeted and sent a photo of himself kissing a little girl, he said; “I heard our music style since I was her age.”
Piero tweeted last night “Pittsburgh we’re on our way!” He tweeted earlier this afternoon, “#Pittsburgh!!”
Ignazio, where are you?, let’s hear from you!!

Check out Team Il volo for a short article about the appearance of “The Boys” at the Audrey Ball in Houston.
We would also like to wish Team Il volo a happy second anniversary, congrats to all of you!!

Mundial has some good photos and videos for you to check out.

Tune in tomorrow for some info on the Pittsburgh Concert.