……its february <3

Just a short note this post but I didn’t want to forget to wish everyone

HAPPY VALENTINES DAY !  

Remember to value those you love. They are the greatest blessing this life will ever give you.

There are lots of links throughout this post so after a first read go ahead and click pics so you don’t miss em!

Some of my favorite music to get you celebrating…




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CELEBRATING BLACK HISTORY MONTH

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As a celebration of Black History Month, I attended a performance by the African American Composer Initiative which featured very special guest Valerie Capers. Valerie is a gifted pianist and composer. As a part of our musical heritage she is someone you should know… (she is the first blind graduate of the Julliard School). Aside from this, Valerie has a creative and experimental spirit. Her great personality and easy way of explaining both Classical and Jazz music with stories and humor is infectious (even to non Jazz aficionados). Below is an example from last years performance. (The fact that she’s from my hometown of New York City and that I was so comfortable with her she felt like a family member doesn’t hurt either lol). While there I even ran into some Facebook friends!

Abbott with world renowned Composer Pianist Valerie Capers and Pianist, Vocalist, and coordinator of the AACI Judge LaDoris Cordell.


 


Black history is made everyday. Celebrate with these 25 African-American firsts.


 

A note of congratulations to one of my favorite causes…

As an associate of Energime University through Global Cooperation Day, I am pleased to announce that Energime University is now partnered with the United Nations Academic Impact (UNAI) under the auspices of an initiative directed by H.E Ban Ki-Moon, U.N Secretary-General.

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My quotes for this post


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Love is our true destiny. We do not find the meaning of life by ourselves alone – we find it with another.
THOMAS MERTON

If you have only one smile in you, give it to the people you love. MAYA ANGELOU

 


I am involved in something unfortunate at the moment but will get through it in due course. Doing my best to follow my own advice. Blessings to you all.

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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

….. love

Valentines Day Release

Happy Valentines Day! 

The time is always right to think about LOVE. Valentines Day should not just be for couples…. it should be a total celebration of love so that those without a partner can enjoy a meaningful day too. So love your kids, love your pets, love your friends and most of all love LIFE!

I think the song choice for this Valentines Day release came to me because I had recently visited the UK. It doesn’t hurt that I’ve always loved the Bee Gees for their lush harmonies.

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“Love is that condition in the human spirit so profound that it allows you to survive, and better than that, to thrive with passion, compassion, and style.”

Love is friendship that has caught fire. It is quiet understanding, mutual confidence, sharing and forgiving. It is loyalty through good and bad times. It settles for less than perfection and makes allowances for human weaknesses.

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I hope you are all doing well as we head into the thaw of spring… (it’s almost here).

 

 

 

As always, I am musically yours, Gregory