Hello everyone. I hope that you are enjoying the summer. While I am still working on my EP which is coming along nicely and leaning toward a danceable Caribbean feel, I decided to dig into my magic box of musical goodies and this popped out.
It’s my interpretation of the Dionne Warwick classic written by Isaac Hayes called Deja Vu”.
Haven’t we all had the experience of feeling that something happening now has somehow happened before? Deja Vu is the french term for this phenomenon.
When it happens in the realm of love, it is luscious and sweet and welcomed with open arms….
The official release date is Friday, but I wanted to have this available for a few special folks. I hope you enjoy it. If you do, please drop me a note and let me know. I’d be thrilled if you felt inspired to like, share, tweet and repost to your friends etc….
In the meantime I will be taking some time off to go on spiritual retreat. but will check in to social media from time to time…
And, if you haven’t had a chance to have a #throwback moment and watch the “Prove It” Video here it is…. 🙂
Keep the Faith.
A beautiful woman delights the eyes; a wise woman, the understanding, a pure one, the soul. MINNA ANTRIM
And ever has it been known that love knows not its own depth until the hour of separation. KHALIL GIBRAN
Love recognizes no barriers. It jumps hurdles, leaps fences, penetrates walls to arrive at its destination full of hope. MAYA ANGELOU
Welcome to November, which to me is the major signpost that kicks off theHoliday Seasonall the way through to the New Year (or would that beHalloween? 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….
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).
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!
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)
In 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.
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 injusticeand want to see it; you can catch it here.
Many of us have grown up in a multi-cultural setting…. the circumstances of multi-cultural existence can teach you to be strong and resourceful as so many of you are…
While many of you have attained a certain satisfactory level of accomplishment; (a place that “fits”) whatever that may be, the other piece of the puzzle is to achieve balance and harmony. Our experience teaches us that conflict is counter productive and so, in order to achieve our goals we must attempt to grapple with the difficulties of life while still maintaining a sense of peace and harmony.
I’ve been thinking about the Boston Marathon bombing and find that once again that cherished sense of harmony is threatened. My prayers go out the victims and their families. However justified the gripes of the perpetrators may be, in the end I believe violence is not the remedy for the simple reason that it never works for all concerned. There is always a loser. We are “all one” and any attempt at solution will only last if it is a win/win situation. Violent acts are not a win/win situation.
I believe we will ultimately unite as human beings and that love will prevail. The good will win out, even though I’m sure to all of us it feels like it will never happen soon enough. This is a hard lesson to learn and one that often runs counter with our emotions i.e. the anger, frustration or hurt that we feel when we are mistreated or things don’t go our way. Its taken me a while to learn this lesson for myself.
Perhaps you feel the same. Perhaps this is what binds us together…. So here’s to a brighter future where there are so many of us lovers, that we wash over conflicts and obstacles like a mighty rogue wave.
Glad to hear and see that so much friendship has come from the trip to Carnival.
Quote: For every minute you remain angry, you give up sixty seconds of peace of mind… Ralph Waldo Emerson