……new music and dads

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I’ve been really focused in the studio these days and many songs are getting to the finished stage.

 

 

 

 

Now that I’m coming up for air – I’m releasing a new single. Its my version of the Bob Marley song “Stir It Up”.  I really enjoyed producing the track. It feels like a warm weather song to me.

 

You’re the first to hear it; so if you like it- please thumbs up, share, spread the word and all that stuff :)


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I found this great story about a new use for the library. I wish more folks could come up with ideas like this. It would make peoples work day much more satisfying. (click the photo or the link).



Here is one of the Radio Station promo’s for the upcoming tour in the fall.


Speaking of music- for those of you who live in New York City; here’s something interesting-

This summer 50 pianos are being planted around the area. Check out the link for more information or search #singforhope. And if any of you go and visit one; drop me a post and let me know! Here’s the link.  You can also click the photo.

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FINALLY BUT NOT LEAST  !!

I’D LIKE WISH ALL THE DAD’S out there a Happy Father’s Day! (June 21).

I hope you are appreciated and lfathers-day (3)oved by your family for what you do. On that note, I’d like to ask Mom’s and kids to please spoil Dad on his day!

Here’s to you Dad’s… just relax and enjoy yourself. One Love.

 


My quotes for today:

“My father used to say that it’s never too late to do anything you wanted to do. And he said, You never know what you can accomplish until you try.” Michael Jordan

“The man who has no imagination has no wings” Muhammad Ali

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As always, I am musically yours,

Gregory

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…… mothers day

Thanks to all you Mother’s out there.

Mothers Day is a day to celebrate giving life and the raising of the young; and so we thank all mothers, grandmothers, great grandmothers, foster mothers, step mothers and all who have helped raise us.

No matter who you are !

Cheers! Have a wonderful weekend.

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To my smart, funny, most supportive and caring mother. Thank you Mom. 

Te adoro. We miss you. Gregory


Men are what their mothers made them.

Ralph Waldo Emerson


I got to grow up with a mother who taught me to believe in me.

Antonio Villaraigosa


Our mothers give us so many gifts. They give us the precious gift of life, of course, but they also leave treasured lessons that can guide us along our journeys even when they are no longer with us.

Maria Shriver


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Musically yours, Gregory

……art on alcatraz

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Last week I went for the first time on a tour of Alcatraz Island. I thought I would share my experience with you. My main reason for going was not to see the prison itself; (although it was interesting); but to see the Ai Weiwei exhibit which is closing shortly. This is the first time that art was exhibited on Alcatraz.

As for myself, whenever I think of Alcatraz what has always come to my mind is the occupation by the IAT (the Indians of all Tribes) in the late 60’s when, after the prison was closed, the native peoples worked to get back their land. I wish it were successful, but it was not. It is now a public park. There is only a slight mention of that part of the island’s history; the tourism trade seeming instead to focus on its “famous” prisoners like Al Capone and the Birdman of Alcatraz…

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THE ARTIST

Ai Weiwei is a contemporary artist and political activist with a focus on human rights. In fact he was not even allowed to set up his own exhibit because he was unable to leave his mother country China. You can learn more about him by clicking his photo.

I think if art is to be shown on Alcatraz that political, socially responsible art is appropriate.

 


THE TRIP

bart-stationCity parking being what it is I came up with the bright idea to try California’s BART system which for me is another first (Bay Area Rapid Transit). Now, I am a native New Yorker and I love most things New York…… I wasn’t expecting much by way of trains…. therefore  I was pleasantly surprised to find the BART system and stations to be clean and organized.

We even had some young dancers coming through cars doing a performance. Kind of brings back warm and fuzzy memories… (sniff lol)


AT PIER 33

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Outside the entrance to the ferry is a small installation about the original landowners of Alcatraz.

 

 

 

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On the ferry to Alcatraz. BTW the Alcatraz ferry is green, priding itself on being partially electric with very low fuel consumption.

 

 

 

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View of the Golden Gate Bridge from the ferry.

 

 

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As we dock.

 

 

 

 

The first thing I noticed upon arriving was the water tower with the Indian graffiti (yaay)

 

 

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And how the island is trying to return

 

 

 

 

to its natural state.

 

 

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View of San Francisco from Alcatraz. (that’s the Oakland Bay Bridge on the left)

 

 


THE EXHIBIT

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The Weiwei kites were a stark contrast to the peeling oppressive nature of the prison.

 

 

There were quotes on the kites.

This one says:

“Our march to freedom is irreversible” Nelson Mandela

 

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Alcatraz Chinese Artist

Ai Weiwei created posters of many political prisoners around the world done with LEGO building blocks. There’s a book in the center showing who each face is and their “crime”. These are people around the world who have risked their lives to help their fellow man and been locked away instead. The white stuff in the sink and tub are tiny porcelain flowers. I think its up to each person to interpret what this represents…


THE PRISON

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Panes still in some windows…

 

 

 

 

So close to beauty…. but so far from freedom.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Hmmm…… PRISON ! (whew)

 

 

 

 

Typical prison cell. Years in so tiny a space……

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Tiers of prison cells and “the yard” where you only earned the opportunity to go outside.

For a few years the prison enforced a “no talking rule”…. but too many prisoners became unhinged and it was stopped. This was super max.. the worst of the worst back in the day.


TO SUM UP

I believe using Alcatraz as a location for “awareness art” and gatherings, is a good use of this beautiful space in the middle of San Francisco Bay. If used this way; and aside from the tours, it could become a place known to provide information and stimulate awareness of social issues around the globe.

I recently learned that on Thanksgiving Day there is an Indigenous People’s Sunrise Gathering. What a great way to begin Thanksgiving. I am hoping to attend.

Some of the more relevant songs I have written in keeping with the theme of this post…

A song called “Eyes”. The lyrics tell the story.

This second is a song called “For Come Ya” and It reminds me somewhat of our native peoples plight. You can read the lyrics of both songs by clicking the little grey “bc” on the right.

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My quote for this post is by John F. Kennedy

Tolerance implies no lack of commitment to one’s own beliefs. Rather it condemns the oppression or persecution of others.

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As always I am musically yours,

Gregory

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