……a new year

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

Whatever your faith… I wish you blessings. 

Isn’t it wonderful that we are not all the same?


In celebration of the holidays, I just finished a brand new video! 


Lets, talk about 2017, but first…. lets’s listen to a little more music shall we?




It’s been a tough year. We’ve had mass shootings, plane crashes, bombings, hurricanes, fires and to top it off we’ve lost so many notable people.Heres a link.

Of course as we get older this will unfortunately continue. We’ve had political turmoil and race problems……very tricky waters to navigate indeed. While I am not sure what 2018 will bring, I do know it will be a year of change.


My participation in all this is my music. To try and bring a respite…. a break…. sometimes nicely worded or sung, so as to nudge forward the togetherness I believe we are all after.

Remember, we have more in common than we don’t. I am hoping that in 2018 we highlight the importance of our universal values and generate a more productive dialogue of solidarity. Selfishness, greed, and ignorance are the major source of inequality, and I believe it is only as individuals that we can have hope for a better world where people are not suffering or neglected…. so I’m going to keep my head up. I hope that you will too.

Not wanting to be someone to leave you on a down note- remember, there’s GOOD stuff happening around the world. Here’s some examples:

Rising Global Literacy

The Ozone layer is repairing itself!

Chocolate…… that’s right, chocolate

Life expectancy has increased by 6 years since 1990

Teen pregnancies have hit record lows in the UK and US.

Public Libraries still exist!


On Harassment

I hate bullying of any kind whether it be sexual harassment, physical intimidation, body shaming, bigotry etc…. We are all on this planet together and we have to find a way to get along. I find the bond that happens between people around music cures a lot of social ills. I’ve seen it happen time and again, so I am ever more committed with each passing day to keep doing what I do.

If anybody has thoughts or suggestions that can help bring together people of different experiences… different beliefs….people of different cultures etc… please leave a post. 


A word about impersonators, hackers and scammers.

It’s a crazy world right now. I am here… online, so that I can interact with fans and friends…. basically people that like my music. I figure it this way: if they like it enough, they buy a song download or a CD or a t-shirt (2018).  Perhaps they laugh at a joke or find strength in some of my lyrics or a quote. That’s what I’m about.

We just heard from a fan who was badly scammed by a person pretending to be me. This kind of thing disturbs me deeply.I urge you all to please be careful. I am not going to ask you out on a date or for your telephone number; so if you do get that request, know that it’s not me. And please…. send me a note earlier than later so that we can try and stop them in a timely fashion…

Just to clarify and for future reference, below are my ONLY official social media pages. I have no reason to open up new ones and don’t intend to. Also, the only legitimate emails are the ones coming from my office which end in gregoryabbott.com

Facebook:
@gregoryabbott  profile
@gregoryabbottmusic musicians page

Twitter:
@gregoryabbott

Instagram
@gregoryabbottmusic

YouTube:
gregoryabbottmusic
mojomanmusic


Here are some quotes for this post:

No matter what kind of challenges or difficulties or painful situations you go through in your life, we all have something deep within us that allows us to reach down and find the inner strength to get through them. ALANA STEWART

I hope that in this year to come, you make mistakes. Because if you are making mistakes, then you are making new things, trying new things, learning, living, pushing yourself, changing your world. You’re doing things you’ve never done before… and more importantly, you’re doing something. NEIL GAIMAN

I am grateful for all of you. God Bless. 

Musically yours, Gregory 

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Thank you. “G”

……thanksgiving

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Well it’s that time of year again. A time of deep reflection with family… friends… and food….. Me, I’m looking forward to the pumpkin pie…. What’s your favorite part of Thanksgiving?

Musically yours,

Gregory

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……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

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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/


show talk with Angela Butler

 

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