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IN PURSUIT OF HAPPINESS

I’ve been thinking about happiness a lot this week.

For a long time, I thought my happiness was wrapped up in other people. And although I can find happiness with other people they are not the source of my happiness. For instance, I love going out to dinner with my husband. Simple conversation. Good food. A glass of wine or three. Lovely. And in that I find contentment. I love to FaceTime with my kids and my grandchildren. Pure Joy. I love enjoying time with friends (the good ones). The simple act of…

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Falling Short, Coffee and Beautiful Art

It’s been another packed week. A fun week. I’m glad for my Passion Planner or I’d lose track of all that I did … or didn’t do. 

I fell short – When I get busy, the FIRST thing to go is how I take care of myself. Does that ever happen to you? It does me and I'm not a fan. I’m not saying I started eating bonbons – au contraire. I still dream of bonbons. No chocolate – even on Valentines Day. I didn’t go that far. But, there were times lunch was a hand full of peanuts and some avocado. I had no time for…

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How a Sonnet Changed Everything

Today I shared a pot of tea with the lovely Cathie Borrie. Cathie may not be a household name, but she is an inspiring woman nonetheless. A woman of substance. A woman fraught with grit and tenacity. A Divalicious woman. I couldn’t wait to interview her. 

Regular readers of this blog will know that I have declared 2018, “My Year of Honour”. Rather than having a list of resolutions that I may or may not complete, I resolved to honour every aspect of my life. My health. My dreams. My relationships and those…

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Weightloss, Pizza & the Loss of a Friend - Week 6 Update

This week was a full week. Full of ups and downs.

On the health front, I am happy to report I’m down 10lb. Progress. Finally! I’m feeling good. Like the energizer bunny. My brain is clearer and I’m getting so much done. But, I’m tired and bored with what I’m eating. It’s food now. There’s no love. No joy. Just food. The wannabe Italian Mama in me wants to cry. Where’s the love? In an attempt to spice things up this weekend I made a Keto pizza. The term Pizza said loosely. It doesn’t matter what you call…

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An Audience of One and Jim Carrey

I bumped into my neighbour/friend yesterday. A lovely man who is very supportive (and his wife) of my creative endeavours. We chatted outside the post office on a grey Vancouver evening. He commented on how much time and effort I put into my work. He loved my last newsletter (join my email list to receive), blogs & videos. Complimenting me on them. My effort showed. It was nice to hear. I thanked him and told him I kept putting my work out there in the hopes that people will read or listen. Trying not to…

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Natalia Pardalis on Music, Power Lifting & David Bowie

I recently had a chat with classically trained, lover of all things 1940's, local performer and Vocal Studio entrepreneur Natalia Pardalis of Pardalis Studio for Music & Performing Arts The conversation was easy while we bounced from subject to subject, as we women so often do. It was lovely. Let's find out more about the intriguing, marketing dynamo that is Natalia Pardalis, shall we?

Q - Who were your musical influences growing up? 

I have so many ..... Nina Simone, Frank Sinatra and Judy Garland are

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STRIPPERS, PARTIES & GRANDKIDS

Choosing the word “Honour” as my focus for the year is one of my best decisions I’ve made in a long time. There is something freeing about giving a word to your year instead of Resolutions. It’s so much easier to focus on. So little room for failure if you choose to focus on the word instead of the deed. And Honour is a great word. 

January has been a wonderful month. First update – my health. I have energy! For the first time in a long time. I have energy! There’s a spring in my step and it feels good.…

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WHEN STRIVING BECOMES STRIFE

When Striving Becomes Strife

Striving for a goal is a good thing, most of the time. Strife is conflict. Never a good thing. But what happens when striving causes strife? 

That happened to me. It’s been going on for a while. I never realized it until I was asked a question a few days ago. The question was

“What are you striving for?”

The follow-up question was

“What would happen if you gave it up?” 

To be honest, I don’t think the writer’s intention was how I applied it. It was more to do with having…

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SONGWRITING, SELF-DOUBT AND THE FEDEX GUY

For the last few years, instead of New Year’s resolutions, I have attached a word to the year. 2018 is my year of honour. I am focusing on my health, but I will strive to honour all areas of my life. This is my week three update. 

This past week I was at home more than normal.  It wasn’t planned that way. But it happened, over and over again. Very odd. I was home like a shut-in for all but 2 days.  So you can imagine what that did to my “Get to the Gym” plans. Yeah, I know … sounds like I’m making excuses.…

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HONOUR MY LIFE – Week Two Update (Pain, Milk & QAK)

2018 is my year of Honour. Instead of resolutions, I have given my year a theme. Honour. My focus is on my health, but I choose to honour all aspects of my life. My dreams, goals, relationships, friendships, work, sense of adventure ... everything. This is week 2.

Week 2 was another week of pain or I should say 5 days of pain. I have been blessedly pain-free (relatively speaking) for 2 days now. Thank goodness. Pain is, well, painful. So, once again I listened to/honoured my body and held off on the new…

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MUSICAL CHAPTERS

I’m going to tell you a bit of a secret. Well, it's not a secret per se. It’s more like something I haven’t shared with too many people...until now.

I have always attached a genre or particular artist to relationships or chapters in my life.

For instance, my childhood was gospel music. My mother was Big Band. My father Old Country. My ex-husband Elton John. I don’t know if everyone does that or not, but I do. Music has always been a close friend. Always near. Adding texture to moments in my life.…

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HONOUR MY LIFE – Week One Update

I have declared 2018 to be my year of HONOUR. I love to give a word to my year instead of a host of resolutions. There is little room for failure if you try to apply a word to your life on a consistent basis. My focus is going to be on my health, but I will not give up on my dreams, hopes and aspirations and other areas of my life. Last year was a one-sided year with all my focus centred on recording Plush Red Chair. It was necessary to get the job done. This year is different and I can spread my focus to…

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2018 - THE YEAR OF HONOUR

It's January 1st. A fresh new year. I love today. Anything is possible. The first thing I want to say to you is Happy New Year. I hope your year is full of love and belly laughter. What could be better? I want you to know how grateful I am for your support and kindness.

For the last three years I have chosen words instead of resolutions to apply to my year. In 2016 my word was "experience". And it was a year I never want to experience again. It was God awful and not quite what I had in mind for the word.…

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My Divalicious! Year Podcast

My Divalicious Year 

I’m the same as you. During this time between Christmas and the birth of a New Year I like to recap. Look things over. What am I proud of? What did I do right? What did I not reach the mark on? I’m a fan of going through my planner and reviewing the good and the bad. The accomplishments and misses. The memories. 

This year as I was reflecting I noticed something. I took a look at my 2016 Passion Planner, a particular planner I use and love – but that’s another blog post. To my…

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Valerie, Amy Winehouse and Me.

I remember the first time I heard Amy Winehouse. I thought THAT’s IT! That’s my kind of music. Familiar rhythms with a modern edge. A mixture of Jazz and pop. She was a tattooed beauty with sadness in her eyes. A train wreck waiting to happen. She was so hip. So cool. I’m so ordinary by comparison. No drugs. I’m not an alcoholic. The thought of writing a song about going into rehab doesn’t even enter my head. But I loved her music. Her voice. Her vocalizing. Her stylistic choices. When she left us we lost…

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Small Steps to the Radio

I heard the song Plush Red Chair on the radio this past week. I guess when it comes down to it, it was a bucket list event for me. I was working on my computer. Suddenly I heard something familiar. At first, it didn't register. Then I realized I hadn't put on my album, someone else had. I shouted to my husband. I'm on the radio! I'm on the radio! And then, being part of the era that we are, grabbed my smartphone and took a picture. It's not as though my music is playing all across North America or anything…

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5 Simple Steps to Find Happy in the Dark

5 Simple Steps to Find Happy in the Dark that is November, December, January ….. 

It's November 1st. Although today is sunny. I'm looking at fall foliage. I know what's in store. It isn't bright. I don’t know about you but I can suffer from the winter blues. As a child, I used to love when the clocks fell back. It meant an extra hour of sleep which was of particular importance to me. Today as an adult I know it means 4 pm darkness. No more evening walks. Living in the dark. Not seeing the light of day for…

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It was magical it was momentous it was mine

IT WAS MAGICAL. IT WAS MOMENTOUS. IT WAS MINE.

IT WAS MAGICAL. IT WAS MOMENTOUS. IT WAS MINE.

I have wanted to record an album for a very long time. It was a dream of mine that was right up there with winning the lotto. Unattainable. You see I didn't just want to sing in someone's basement and put out some songs. I wanted it to be good. Really good. I wanted it to be able to stand tall in someone's home collection of music. It was a tall order.

Last year I said, I'm going to record and album and started writing the songs for it. I approached my…

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Freedom Belongs to You and Me. Yes Indeed!

Freedom Belongs to You and Me. Yes Indeed!

I had planned on writing a blog about my CD release concerts, but with all that happened this past weekend in the world, I felt compelled to write on a different subject.

As a musician you don't want to alienate fans. Especially when you're an independent musician with a small but growing fan base. At the same time, I am who I am and have strong opinions. As we all should.

When I wrote the lyrics to "Freedom" it was in response to what was going on in the world…

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It's a Divalicious Kind of Day

Yesterday was a big day for me. I received a small shipment of CD's. They arrived in time for a small house concert I'm having tonight in my hood. Damn it looks good. Thank you to you, my fans, for helping me with the cover design. I'm rather proud of myself. The design of the CD itself is good! I may have missed my calling.

So tonight is the night I get to sing the music from my album before friends and neighbours. I will be singing some of the music for the very first time. It should be interesting. A 4…

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