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Kids being kids. Anyone game? 

"A characteristic of a normal child is that he doesn't act that way very often." - author unknown

Earlier I my son, after being asked twice to remove himself from the ceter of the kitchen floor, decided he would crawl to le livingroom. as he got to the hallway he noticed his shadow on the wall. "I look so skinny!" he exclaimed. "I could be  weiner dog" Of course this made him very very happy. Indeed!

I love being a mom. There is no greater test of patience or call to surrender than morherhood. Yet I just love all the quirky stuff my kids do. I am constantly finding "experiments" and observing odd behavior. It is amazing to go back into this wonderful world I left behind so long ago because I was in a hurry to grow up. Well, now I am not in a hurry to grow up at all. I want to stay right here in the deep end of childhood and laugh and giggle and be sad at sad things. I would have never had children if thier father had not wanted them. Thank God he did. 

I think I will go lie on the floor and read or play or something. Coming?

Namaste!

Bianca

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Daring, missing, turning another corner. 

“Love is missing someone whenever you’re apart, but somehow feeling warm inside because you’re close in heart.” - Kay Knudsen


I miss music. I miss my life in music. The opportunity to share music is the someone I miss. 

It is true that I never achieved any kind of fame or fortune in music. I am essentially a nobody. So why do I miss being a nobody? When I was busy playing a lot, enough to support my family which is no small feat in jazz in any city, I would spend far more hours in meetings and planning than I would on a stage. I was taking care of networking and bookings. All this was worth it for those few moments life would grant me in front of a microphone. In those moments I feel like my self ceases to exist and I am transported to a higher plane of existence.  I am not hungry. I feel no pain. I simply am. It is like being in the centre of a perfect moment. Weightless, timeless, bliss. No wonder I miss it. Some might say I am one with God. Call it what you will. There is nothing like it.

My life in music carried me through my most difficult years. I am grateful for it and I dare hope that an opportunity to create a new life in music is waiting around the next corner. Let’s go see…

Namaste!

 

Bianca

 

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Road music 

“The end of a melody is not its goal: but nonetheless, had the melody not reached its end it would not have reached its goal either. A parable.”  Friedrich Nietzsche

 

Well Mr. Nietzsche! I do wonder what he ate for breakfast to be so wise.

 

The dictionary describes a parable as, “A short story that uses familiar situations to reach a religious or moral point.” The melody, or the journey, is a destination within its self. Today was the last last last day of my school program. We had a wrap up to talk about our coop placements and what we did; what we learned. I am very happy that I am at the end, although my goal was to learn. Yet learning brought me to this end. Well, then there is the possibility of new beginnings… Life is learning. Life may have goals but the journey is our destination in this lifetime. I believe that is what we’re talking about here.

 

So let the music of life play. It will accompany you on your journey.

 

Namaste!

 

Bianca

 

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Razor sharp or strong as steel? 

“Absence sharpens love, presence strengthens it.” - Thomas Fuller

What a jewel to find today. The process of finding a quote as a starting point comes from something I have done since Marc returned to Las Vegas over three years ago now. You see I write cards, almost every day and mail them to Marc.

 

In the beginning I found quotes from Japanese philosophy, knowing that Marc appreciates this culture. Then it continued to evolve. It is a process I adopted for my blog too, because it allows me to reflect upon the wise words of others. It allows me to ponder more deeply than just a smear on a FB page. I noticed that this daily investment of time and careful consideration brings with it a presence of mind. Each time I write I am close to my heart and the place I have made for Marc. I hope that each time he reads he is aware of my presence in my words. Intention is another word to describe this process of choosing to be all there and this ability to live fully, give fully with heart.

 

I believe I understand Mr. Fuller all too well. Absence creates an emptiness we long to fill. Presence comforts us and makes us whole. If you have not found presence in your world lately, don’t worry. You can be the presence in your life and be your own strength.

 

Namaste!

 

Bianca

 

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While singing a happy tune 

“Music produces a kind of pleasure which human nature cannot do without.” Confucius

 

Or maybe I sound say while happy singing a tune... as it is with me. Whenever I have the opportunity to sing, it has such a healing effect on me that I am happy for days after. What is it you ask?

 

I realize, now that my concerts are hand-picked therefore few and far between, how all those years of challenges, when I was gigging regularly, I was able to overcome incredible obstacles. I know it is because I was in music that I found a strength. Music is more than a pleasure, it has this healing effect. If it does with me, maybe it does through me. I hope. 

 


May you find the music that resonates with your happiness today and every day.

 

Namaste!

 

Bianca

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Time to want more. 

It's not that often that I put a cd on and realize that I've listened to it in its entirety and want more.....Well, this is one of those times” - Ken Ehrlich, producer of the Grammy Awards since 1980 about “i love”

Yes indeed. I must say that my life has been a real roller coaster of challenges as of late (and not so late) so when Ken’s email came in to Marc’s inbox it was a most welcome moment of bliss.

We have to take them when they come you know. Thos moments of bliss and happiness or just a break from the alternative. Like now. I have just finished a report and before tackling my last project of my program, I am just enjoying writing to you. After my exam tomorrow I will enjoy playing music with Marc, preparing for our upcoming shows. In between scrambling to find a new tutorial sponsor, I enjoy people who tell me they listen to “i love” in a loop in the car or that they feel happy every time they listen. We all have moments when life challenges us. We just need to find those happy times so we can balance it all in the end.

My challenge to you is that you allow yourself to spend a most delightful evening with Marc and I on June 5th. Like Ken, you may just end up wanting more.

Namaste!

Bianca

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A mom is a mom is a mom! 

“Being a mother is an attitude, not a biological relation.” - Robert A. Heinlein, Have Space Suit—Will Travel

Happy mother’s day. Last year I asked of my children that no matter what request was spoken on my behalf, that the answer be “Yes mom!” My son who thought this would take very little effort was quite enthusiastic at first. By mid-afternoon less so…

It is, in fact, a very happy mother’s day. On Friday night I was pondering the whole mother’s day thing and how to get around being served some high carb, turn the kitchen into a disaster area, breakfast. So I thought I would make the brunch myself. After all I like cooking. I love my family and isn’t that what being a mother is all about? Loving, caring and enjoying the process? It is. I love being a mom so why not celebrate by being the mom that I am?

The day was what it was. A typical day for any mom: conflict management, stress management, time management and some damage control thrown in for good measure. Now I can get back to “normal”!

Namaste!

 

Bianca

 

 

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To thine own self be true 

“If I’m going to sing like someone else, then I don’t need to sing at all.” - Billie Holiday

Photo : Claude Brazeau

Actually I just want to sing. I have my own voice. I have my own sound. It has taken me all of my life of exploring and learning and listening to arrive here. I just want to do it.

In the beginning of my career, I used to have people come up to me and say, “You sound just like …” Which was rarely true, of course. I found it a strange comment until I understood that it was meant as a compliment. Nonetheless I didn’t want to sound just like anyone. I wanted to sound like me. That is when I shifted my listening to male singers primarily. I told myself that even if I unconsciously imitated a male voice, because I am a female it would transfer over in a different way. They were the baby steps on my way to finding my sound. I was never the belt out a tune kind of singer. Not my style. So I looked for ways that resembled who I am as a human being to express myself. I tell stories. I draw people in close to me. I am the kind of person who is not afraid of an authentic human connection. I live for it, so I offer it as well. There is a way to challenge ourselves and stay true to ourselves.

With all my students my goal has been the same: to help them find their own voice. The day they find themselves in their songs, is the day a whole new life in music begins. Bravo!

 

Namaste!

 

Bianca

 

 

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Do I hear courage thumping? 

“The only thing greater than the power of the mind is the courage of the heart” John Nash

 

Today I don’t know who I am writing for. Well, actually, I think it’s me.

Yup. Even the girl referred to as smiley, giggles and Thumper (the inexhaustibly cheerful bunny from Bambi) has her days. My days have been lasting for a while now. I am pondering where I am headed and I have no clue. Sometimes I wonder what is the point. You see, even I have these quizicle moments. How do we get beyond such a funk? Right now I am not sure. I have to write an exam in about 25 minutes and I don’t even want to think. I guess that is what Mr. Nash is referring to… Sometimes all this noise in our head only serves to confuse the issue. What is my heart saying? Let me turn down the cerebral volume.

Right now my heart is very sad. It has been patched up so many times it must look like gramma’s quilt but it still ticks away. I’ll just plug ahead. Surely life will send a message my way.

Namaste!

 

Bianca

 

 

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Like a superhero kinda powerful? Yeah! Sure... 

Rules For Being Human

What You Make Of Your Life Is Up To You. You have all the tools and resources you need. What you do with them is up to you. The choice is yours.”

Yup. The hard core truth of it. Right there on the page. Your life is your responsibility. Now, depending on how you want to look at it, that can be either good, or not.

In my case, being a glass half full kind of girl, I see it as very good. After all, when I think of things this way I feel VERY powerful. I remember being a younger woman and having a friend who told me in her infinite wisdom, “You don’t have the right to complain about something you do nothing to change.” She may have been fed up with me whining about something (old me) when she said it but let’s move on… The truth of the matter is that when we take responsibility for our feelings and reactions we have the power to change them. What power is there in recycling bad feelings? Answer: NONE! If you can not change what has happened, you must learn from it. That is all that is left to do. And that is entirely up to you. I would be happy to speed up the learning process but as powerful as I may feel, I am not omnipotent. Too bad, I know. 

So we end with more good news. You can do it for yourself. After all, life is for living. How you live it, is all up to you.

Namaste!

 

Bianca

 

 

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Is it a dream, a mirage? 

“I would say true love means a genuine and unique connection between two unique individuals... if you think about true love as something that you're after, that you can have, you're missing it.” — Joseph Gordon-Levitt


Probably most people will have to re-read this quote a few times and ponder it carefully. There certainly is a lot of wisdom in it.

I  find it interesting what falls onto my radar screen. I watch no television (long story short: old tv does not receive new digital stations) and only listen to the radio when I am in my car. I read the news on the internet but very little as I noticed years ago that reading the “bad” news (as I think it should be called) discouraged me. So when something does come across my radar, I know there is a message for me. The author of today’s quote has popped up several times int he last 24 hours. I found myself very intrigued with him and coming across these words just confirmed his message. It took me a few times of re-reading, looking at it from different angles, to grip it. Yet it seemed so obvious in the end: love is in us. That genuine and unique connection, that true love, can happen with anyone, everyone I dare say. Of course it is easier to show love and compassion to those we actually like. The challenge, should we choose to accept it, is to flip our perspective so to speak. Connect with the true love inside of you and transfer that out into the world instead.

Chasing after love can seem ephemeral but it isn’t as intangible as people think. The truth is just that we feel it with our hearts, not with our hands. So stop trying to catch what is already in there and unwrap the gift you been carrying all along.

Namaste!

 

Bianca

 

 

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Kids say the darndest things 

“The greatest enemy of knowledge is not ignorance, it is the illusion of knowledge.” — Stephen Hawking

“I can’t clean up my room because of entropy” my 10 year old son declares this morning. “It is pointless to clean up my room because the universe is working against me. Entropy is changing and spreading and my room will never become neater.” Oh really?!

That leaves us with Mr. Hawkings fine words. This imagining of knowledge people have because we are exposed to “smears” of information is misleading. If something you see on Facebook or Twitter or anywhere else piques your curiosity, go look for more. I have noticed that even I am influenced by this FB culture where we look at 2 min. videos or read only a short blog and move on. Yet, thankfully, I go back to my old self and do my research and dig deep into a subject that fascinates me. I don’t want to be the kind of person that quotes information from a FB post or a commercial as if it was acquired intelligence, because it is not. It is informational regurgitation. Why would you sell yourself short? Why do we exclude the actual thinking process from our ability to develop our intelligence? Research and study and coming to our own conclusions is the way. We don’t have to be a genius to be smart. Ignorance on the other hand, does not discriminate and is a pattern everyone can change.

Since no one in my house is an actual theoretical physicist just yet, my son must clean up his room, entropy or no entropy! This mother not only overrules the entropy of the universe, she understands that her thoughts, like the universe are expanding. Time to brush up on my physics!

Namaste!

 

Bianca

 

 

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Change towards wisdom. 

“Humility is the only true wisdom by which we prepare our minds for all the possible changes of life.” — George Arliss


I have a challenge at school. Sometimes I find it particularly difficult to have to trim down my efforts to meet the teacher’s requirements.

It is true that I get frustrated because I have done the job I am studying for. I have been a boss. I have had to hire and fire people. I have managed budgets and have determined needs and planned training programs based on those needs. I am not perfect but I have a significant amount of experience and sometimes more experience than some teachers. It is there that I find it hardest to just listen and deliver only what the teacher wants but that is the what the teacher wants. If a boss asks me for something it is not my place to suggest he wants something else. To give him 20 pages to have to sort through rather than the 2 pages of precise data he requested is not doing any one a service. Learning comes not in doing what we know and how we have always done things but in allowing ourselves to try something new on for size. Value can be found in many ways. As I said yesterday, it is a matter of perspective.

So back to my homework I go, humility in hand, towards change.

Namaste!

 

Bianca

 

 

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Well look at that!  

“Being challenged in life is inevitable, being defeated is optional.” Roger Crawford

Sometimes when I have an idea for a subject and I look through my references of quotes I come across so many I would like to expand on that it is hard to choose just one. Today although I thought that is where I was headed, I cam across Roger Crawford’s words and I felt they are so very powerful. Go re-read them now.

I can’t imagine a single person on earth who does not feel that they have encountered a challenge at least once in their lifetime. Now, challenges can vary and our abilities evolve but what we need, in a small degree at least, is the desire to overcome whatever it is that stands between us and our obstacle. We lose when we choose to stop trying. I have to believe that with certainty as I don’t think I would be alive today if I didn’t. 

Whatever your challenges are in life right now, and I know this is not a comfort but rather a truth, there are people happy with less, who have overcome bigger challenges and who are in deeper trouble than you right now. Seek consolation in the balance of better or worse, then make your choice about how to live today.

Namaste!

 

Bianca

 

 

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It's your thing 

“Real integrity is doing the right thing, knowing that nobody’s going to know whether you did it or not.” - Oprah Winfrey

I opened a can of worms the other day. I wanted to write more on the subject of integrity without drama, compassion and being kind to the unkind. You see, after I write a blog they kind of roll around in my head for a time. Of course the incident that fuelled the blog did too. It all gets interwoven with other situations and I start to see all these links everywhere. 

One of my favorite things to do is an anonymous gesture of kindness. I find the anonymousness to be a very important part of the growth process. Of course it has happened that someone has taken credit for my gesture, before my very eyes even, but that is also a lesson in letting go; letting go for the ego. The heart wishes to offer love. The ego needs to get recognition. Compassion feeds our heart; drama validates the ego. So where does integrity come in? For me it has it’s place in balance. The respect I have for myself means I would never compromise myself for another or allow another to compromise me. The respect I have for others means I would never expect them to compromise themselves for me. To me integrity is being able to value our human relations. When we are victims of a relationship or make victims of those we are in a relationship with, there is no doubt integrity is no where to be found. What happens to us when we allow that dynamic to take place? We lose our integrity and an unravelling starts to take place.

It is funny that being factual and unemotional is also a very important part in compassion and integrity. Being emotional is drama and what we truly seek is an ability to care. Care enough to make a gesture of kindness for the sake of kindness. As Oprah says, real integrity is doing the right thing because it is the right thing.

Namaste!

 

Bianca

 

 

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Calling the great one. 

“A time comes when you need to stop waiting for the man you want to become and start being the man you want to be.” -Bruce Springsteen

 

The Boss’ words of wisdom are good for us girls too. Why do we set-up a list of conditions that need to be met in order to be who we want to be? 

I am in school, as you steady readers know. I have been in a program since the fall. We are a small group that got even smaller as time went on. Some people have banded together. A fact that bothers others as they feel excluded. There are all kinds of people in the group: some young ones, some with less experience, some that have come from a completely different environment and of course some who are very ambitious and competitive. After 6 months, pettiness* has not only come to visit but seems to have decided to stay for the duration. At the end of the day I spoke to one colleague about a job possibility. Later I was asked by another colleague why I was nice to her. “She hates you and is always mocking you in class.” My response? “It does not affect me. I won’t change who I am. I won’t stop being kind.” I am the woman I want to be. Every day I can create the world I want to live in: compassion for others and compassion for my self.

Why would we deny ourselves the opportunity to be great? Now is the perfect time to be the person you always dreamed you could be because you already are.

Namaste!

 

Bianca

 

*Worth noting it seems that pettiness comes from the french word petit meaning small.

 

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Flying lessons today. 

“To live a creative life, we must lose our fear of being wrong.” - Joseph Chilton Pearce

 

Any artist attempting to earn a living from their art knows, first you have to learn to fly without a net.

We have friends who used to jump out of planes, a lot. When I think of them dressing up as Elvis and deciding, “Hey, I’m going to hurl myself into thin air and float down to earth.” I can’t imagine what it must be like. It seems crazy courageous to me. Then I look at how I have lived my life, for most of my life, it must seem crazy to a lot of people too. One day I jumped out of the plane called “security” and decided to free fall into a new life as a musician. There is always the chance that you’re gonna end up splattered on the ground, picking up the pieces of what is left and starting again. I have done this many many times but since the most damage is done to the ego, recovery has an upside. Making mistakes teaches us to attempt things in a new way.

It is true that a creative life can take on many forms. So let go of your fear and enjoy the freedom of flying. You’ll probably want to keep jumping.

Namaste!

 

Bianca

 

P.S. Mark Gillespie forgive me for using a photo of you without prior permission but it is soooo great and inspiring!

 

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I've been ready my whole life! 

I think there is something more important than believing: Action! The world is full of dreamers. There aren’t enough who will move ahead and begin to take concrete steps to actualize their vision.” -W. Clement Stone

I have been in action this week. So much so that I could not take a moment to write my blog. Sweet irony! I will be taking my last exam of my second session this morning. Ready or not, here it comes.

Truthfully, I perform well when I have a deadline looming overhead. Maybe it’s the adrenaline. I am not quite sure but a deadline does imply that you must react. We are going to go beyond our creative beginnings today, because that is how they become reality for us. You’ve dreamed your dream. You’ve taken a few first baby steps. What is the way to action now? Examine your thoughts. Let go of expectations and let opportunities take their place. You will start to see possibilities to fuel your actions.

The most rewarding thing about action I think, is that often, you find you were ready all along. Go on. What are you waiting for?

Namaste!

 

Bianca

 

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Bianca Pittoors & Marc Langis are Bianca Basso. Creators of original music with a vintage flavor, they are distinctive in their contemporary style.

 

Dream, dream, dream... 

“The secret to living the life of your dreams is to start living the life of your dreams today, in every little way you possibly can.” -Mike Dooley

What is the life of your dreams? I mean, how do you know what to live? How will you know when you get there, or where to start? Where do I begin?

I remember being told when pondering a career in music, “If you can think of anything else you would rather do, do that instead.” Even if the delivery can be a big part of the message, this message holds it’s own. Follow the emotional stream. There is a trend about doing what you love, choosing a career you love, etc. You can have a job you put honest effort into and do what you love on your own time too. My brother in law is an expert in his job, but when he is off the clock, it’s golf he loves. The more I do the things I love, like songwriting, singing, painting and writing, the more I am just allowing myself to live in my dream. I am happier because I grant myself the privilege of my passions. It started out as an occasional thing. Now it is how I live my life. 

Everything has a beginning. You don’t have to map it all out to live what you dream of. I would add, you don’t even have to be good at it. Enjoy practicing and perfect won’t even matter anymore. 

Namaste!

 

Bianca

 

This personal blog was written by Bianca Pittoors. You may “share” it in its entirety. I respectfully request that you respect it as the intellectual property that it is. Thank you! All photos by Bianca Pittoors unless noted otherwise. 

 

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