……giving thanks

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I am thankful for my family, my friends and my fans. You all have given me so much. In the wake of the extremest attacks happening all over the world; this Thanksgiving and this holiday season means even more to me. And as I have always loved this time of year, I am grateful. I pray that we have the strength and courage for peace in the world. Blessings to you all.

And I wish you all a very Happy Thanksgiving

“Feeling gratitude and not expressing it is like wrapping a present and not giving it”.

WILLIAM ARTHUR WARD

What are you grateful for?

 


 

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I was at the UNAFF International Documentary Film Festival in October (United Nations Association Film Festival) and saw some great films at my Alma Mater Stanford University. The festival covers cutting edge films that make you think. This is their 18th year.

I am telling you now that this festival covers difficult topics.

The director of the festival Jasmina Bojic works tirelessly to find films that will make an impact on the world… and especially on children. I am in agreement with Jasmina that our children are the answer to a bright and healthy future.

They were all very important films but one that really stood out to me that I thought I would mention. It’s called “I’m Not Racist… Am I”?

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It’s a film about twelve high school students asking questions we don’t normally ask. It takes place in New York City. The links to the trailer are above. It’s not something you will find in your local movie theaters, but IT IS SOMETHING that is a great thing to share with young people– your children and grand children. If you are compelled to see the film; I am pretty sure you can contact the producer André Robert Lee for a showing.

Being multi-cultural myself; issues like these are something I think about and talk about with friends and family. They are a part of who I am. I know that my friends understand how to communicate different and difficult ideas and the like; but I ask friends of friends etc… to please treat this topic with respect. If it’s not for you then its not for you. Thank you.


On a different note- I spent a few days in the snow in Lake Tahoe California.

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It was beautiful. I’m sporting a beard for a little while (see clip above) because I’m tired of shaving. (Can’t a man take a break)! LOL.

There was a local pet; a chocolate Lab named Doobie who came in and out as he pleased and got treats from all until we noticed on his collar (PLEASE DO NOT FEED) then the jig was up! He still came around though. (There is always hope). It was a great three day break from the studio and I feel refreshed and ready for more….

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On the last day we noticed something odd about the car…. and found out a bear had tried to break in and completely took off the door handle…. (this was not the bear but just imagine).  Glad I wasn’t there to see him. This is definitely bear country and the locals respect bears and the wildness of the area and try and co exist. I saw a picture at checkout in the local pharmacy of a bear in the store. It just wandered in and started eating face cream. The people gave it a wide berth and gently “shooed” it away and it left. That’s Lake Tahoe!

Here’s the full song of the snippet in the video above. “Seasons Change”


INTERVIEWS in December

I have three interviews coming up. Click the photos to links of the stations etc…

KOSR Radio Network

KOSR Radio Network

First on December 9th I will be interviewing with Mia Williams on Nite Moods on the KOSR Radio Network (click pic) via  Tunein .

Later, I will post the exact air date and time.


 

Cresent City Radiio JuLā DuCré

 

On the 19th of December I will be LIVE with JuLā DuCré on ‘Real Talk’ with Big G and JuLā DuCré    “Making Radio Cool Again…”

Every Saturday 8:30 a.m. – 10:30 a.m. (CST)  Call-in: 504-865-3635www.crescentcityradio.com

http://tunein.com/radio/Real-Talk-with-Big-G-and-Jula-Ducre-p500195/


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And on December 29th I will be taping: Show Talk with Angela Butler @ 1:00PM PST

You can listen via either blogtalkradio or livestream.

http://www.blogtalkradio.com/angela-butler

http://original.livestream.com/showtalkwithangelabutler

And again- we will post when we know the exact air date and time.


 

On a totally unrelated note: I thought this was funny and thought I’d share.

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That’s about it for now. Enjoy the holidays.

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My quote for this post: Everything you want is on the other side of fear”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Be well,  As always I am musically yours,

Gregory

……united kingdom

Well I’ll be off to the United Kingdom in a few days for the “Time of My Life” tour…..

I decided to bump up my dress a little bit; since I’ll be performing with such a classy bunch of folks.


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Hope to see some sites while I’m there. The photo above is of Pier Head, Liverpool.

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And, of course The Beatles are from Liverpool

 

I will try and keep you posted via Facebook and Twitter. Don’t know how my internet connect will be. I’ve bought every adapter known to man……wish me luck.

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See you soon.



My quote for this post:

“Though we travel the world over to find the beautiful, we must carry it with us or we find it not”

RALPH WALDO EMERSON

Musically yours, Gregory

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…… Concert in Manchester UK

Had a wonderful time in Manchester this past week performing in the David Gest All-Star Christmas Soul Legends Concert. Met up with some old friends, great musicians, fans and artists. Here are some photo’s below. There will be more in a day or two (in this specific post); so come back to this link and refresh the page for the updates.

The Palace Hotel Manchester

The Palace Hotel Manchester

Hotel Lobby

Hotel Lobby

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Chillin before rehearsal

with double platinum UK sensation Kenny Thomas

with double platinum UK sensation Kenny Thomas

with Gwen Dickey (Carwash)

with Gwen Dickey (Carwash)

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Backstage with Sheila Ferguson ("When Will I See You Again...")

Backstage with Sheila Ferguson (“When Will I See You Again…”)

with Jody Watley  singer from Shalamar

with Jody Watley singer from Shalamar

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Happy Holidays!

with the Hall of Fame Legend Little Anthony!

with the Hall of Fame Legend Little Anthony!

with Dorothy Moore. Who hasn't swooned to "Misty Blue".

with Dorothy Moore. Who hasn’t swooned to “Misty Blue”.

Hosts of the show: David Gest along with Luminaries from Coronation Street: Actress/Singer Kym Marsh and Ryan Thomas with brother and fellow actor Adam Thomas of the show Emmerdale's. For my US folks: Coronation Street is the most popular, longest running television series in the UK.

Hosts of the show: David Gest along with Luminaries from Coronation Street: Actress/Singer Kym Marsh and Ryan Thomas with brother and fellow actor Adam Thomas of the show Emmerdale’s. For my US folks: Coronation Street is the most popular, longest running television series in the UK.

with G. C. Cameron former lead singer of the Detroit Spinners ("It's A Shame", "I'll Be Around" etc….) Had fun spending some time with this very talented brother.

with G. C. Cameron former lead singer of the Detroit Spinners (“It’s A Shame”, “I’ll Be Around” etc….) Had fun spending some time with this very talented brother.

The hotel was like a museum. Beautiful architecture.

The hotel was like a museum. Beautiful architecture.

with the group The Tymes ("So Much In Love") These guys can lift your spirits with their great harmonies and upbeat personalities.

with the group The Tymes (“So Much In Love”) These guys can lift your spirits with their great harmonies and upbeat personalities.

The Grand Ballroom

The Grand Ballroom