…… thanksgiving and stuff

 

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Welcome to November, which to me is the major signpost that kicks off the Holiday Season all the way through to the New Year (or would that be Halloween? Hmm).

The crisp air.… the fall leaves…. the food…. the decorations….  all leave most of us feeling pretty good about life. It seems  that people are friendlier this time of year.

This is a perfect season for cruising the San Francisco Bay as well as up and down the California Coast. But don’t think its all for pleasure. We actually have set the boat up so that we can record music…. and during our trips I take time out to be hard at work creating. The inspiration you get while cruising is extraordinary.

 


I have had the good fortune to have my music appear in an upcoming TV episode and a feature film so I’m feeling pumped…. More on that later….

 

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I also had the pleasure of meeting up again with Olympic Silver Medalist Nelson Vails at the premiere of his documentary. I met him a few years ago at a Bicycle Festival. It turns out he knew some of my family and actually stayed with my cousin; pro biker turned pro race car driver Robb Holland for about a year… (small world).


Earlier this month I released a new single called “Every Little Step”

I really enjoyed creating this song which I hope successfully expresses the sentiment that lasting love grows by steps…. little steps… which bring you closer and closer. A nice metaphor for love and life in general.


 

Since so many of you have been requesting it over the years……

I am finally releasing a Christmas Song!

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It will be out in a week or two. The first person to guess which song I decided to do will be e-mailed an mp3 of it for free. I’m keeping it a secret for now and will make a separate post when it is available. (and will send the free mp3 at that time)

 


 

youtubesmIn order to organize the web better we closed down one of our three youtube pages so now there are only two official pages where we upload material (and where I reply directly to fans) etc…

I also opened an instagram account (gregoryabbottmusic). Not much on there yet but for those of you who use it- keep checking back.

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Here’s a little “Soul Food” for the Holidays—

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                         Happy Thanksgiving or as my kids used to say “Happy Turkey Day !”

As I eat more than I should on that day-(and I will 🙂 ); I try to remember that Thanksgiving is not just about food. Although it’s some of the best food of the year (in my opinion); to me it is mostly about the spiritual expression of gratitude…. for those you love…. what you have…. and where life has taken you up to this point. If it is possible to share this sentiment with good friends as well, all the better.

I have been blessed in my life. Thanksgiving however makes me realize that not everyone is in a good place. My mother taught my brother and I to do a random act of kindness; especially during this season (I encourage you to do the same if you’re so inclined). This is a tradition my family has continued over the years. Anything would do…. donating food, time etc…. just something to keep you mindful. As an example; one year as my family was going through the toll booth into the city; we decided to pay the toll for the next four people behind us. What smiles and waves we got!

Someone once did that for me and I was inspired to do it for someone else…. and that’s the whole point…. to pay it forward…. or in this case pay it backward lol!

I’d also like to take a minute to speak about the Native peoples negative stereotypes during this season. I have native Caribbean blood and I am sensitive to the mis-information of native peoples role in history. I really love Thanksgiving- but I do not love the harmful images we perpetuate via movies and TV etc… each and every year. They are inaccurate, demeaning and harmful to young minds both Indian and non Indian. At this point in our history I think we need Thanksgiving to be placed in a more spiritual place as I stated earlier. The Indians did the pilgrims a favor and helped them to survive. I think the best way to repay that gratitude is to show them the respect they deserve…… Okay I’m done.


Blessing to you all. I thank you for your friendship.

Enjoy the season and I will be back soon with a post of the Christmas Song.

Until then… here’s my quote:

 

Gratitude unlocks the fullness of life.

It turns what we have into enough, and more.

It turns denial into acceptance, chaos to order, confusion to clarity.

It can turn a meal into a feast, a house into a home, a stranger into a friend.

As always I am musically yours, Gregory

 


P.S. If you missed Harry Belafonte’s powerful speech on race and social injustice
and want to see it; you can catch it here.
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Harry Belafonte with Sidney Poitier

……steady purpose

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“Nothing contributes so much

to tranquillize the mind as a steady purpose,

a point on which the soul may fix its intellectual eye.”

Hey all. I told you not to worry if you signed up to my blog… that I wouldn’t bombard you with posts… Its been a productive time here at the studio…. A few things to talk about….. Hope everyone is well and making the most of every single day and not getting caught up in petty dumb things… (Somebody’s laughing right now….yes we all do that from time to time; but we try not to right?).

I was tickled last week when I came to my studio/office at gregoryabbott.com and the “ladies” surprised me with a cake with “CONGRATULATIONS” written on it…. Seems they’re pretty happy with ReverbNation ranking me #1 in R&B/Soul for the entire San Francisco Bay Area. They are one of the largest online music sites. And we’re currently ranked Nationally #13 and Globally #16.

I have to give most of the credit to the hard-working women here (most of you already know I have a female staff… it just happened that way 🙂 I’ve just been doing what I always do: writing, singing, producing, recording, mixing etc (taking a minute to have some fun)… They must have come up with some kind of plan and they made it happen, so I thank them from the bottom of my heart.

The new release is moving along. No set date yet. Will keep you posted. Musically everything just seems to be growing…… 

I wish I had been able to get back east to participate in the 50th anniversary March on Washington. Wow. 50 years!

Our friends came back from Burning Man with a new sense of spiritual purpose that’s been infectious to those who didn’t attend this year. Some wonderful transformations take place out there on the playa. It’s great to see folks treating each other with respect, generosity and encouragement and to see them come back with that same spirit. Must attend next year. If you aren’t familiar with burning man here’s a link: http://www.burningman.com/

Did you know that September 21st is International Peace Day ? I just found this out and have decided I will begin celebrating it. It was created by a vote of the United Nations General Assembly in 1981, this day is dedicated to establishing and promoting World peace. It is celebrated by countries around the world. World peace is a valuable and worthy proposition. You would think it easy to accomplish, as no one really wants war and unrest. Unfortunately, complete world peace still proves unreasonable. This is not to say that it is impossible, or even that the world has not moved in this direction. The world is truly more peaceful  today than it was yesterday, or the day before, or the day before,….. I’m always hopeful… (Remember that lots of things that couldn’t be done have been done).

Here’s something to be AWARE of… Did you know that low-fat foods are actually making us fatter?? Turns out that when we buy what we think is a “low-fat” food we automatically increase our perception of an appropriate serving size by 25% The other thing is we automatically assume it has fewer calories. On average we’re eating up to 50% more than if we did not buy that low-fat food…. sad but true.  

That’s it for now. I appreciate you all and how you’ve supported my career and enabled me to do what I love doing and that is to create music. I’ll always do my best for you.

Until next time… I am musically yours.

Have a listen to: “Easy 2 B With You”Image 

One Love, Gregory

“The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams”….

Here’s proof 🙂

http://theoptimist.com/stories/health/daydreaming-makes-you-happier

September 11th Remembrance…. never forget….