Lugano, November 2010
It's been a while since last I wrote to you, and while the holiday season is knocking at our door, a lot of you are charmingly reminding me that another round birthday is on the horizon attracting, as usual, a lot of attention, questions, requests and especially rumors!
It is known that since my 70th birthday I have been reluctant to participate or authorize any kind of Valente-Birthday or Jubilee Shows, and the same goes for any kind of Biographies, Documentaries, Tributes or similar projects. The simple reason being that all in all, far too many such projects may it be in form of TV, Radio and Stage Shows, Books, CDs, CD Boxes or DVDs etc. have been done throughout the years! (Some of them even without my involvement or consent, but that's another story)
And by the way, did I mention the thousands of Interviews I have given?
You see, there is a lot about me out there, and as much as I feel honored about all the attention, I must admit that I am not too comfortable with it.
On the other hand I do appreciate the fact that a lot of you are curious about my wellbeing and whereabouts and I'm really happy to tell you that nothing has changed since my last message to you.
I am truly blessed with good health and a great state of mind. I have the luxury of enjoying the simple things in life like spending time with family and friends, traveling just as much as I feel like and reveling in the privacy of it all, something I am really grateful for.
So, before checking upon my Christmas cookies in the oven, let me wish you all a most wonderful holiday season and may the New Year bless you and your loved ones with health and lots of happiness!
P.S. Am I going to celebrate my 80th birthday, you ask? I will, but very privately!