……on and on

I’ve been on spiritual retreat. I needed this. Many aspects of today’s world are distressing. I’ve been told creative types have a hard time with these things anyway.

The battle continues however. I mean the battle for things like “the good, the ethical, the compassionate,  the fair. We must battle for us to stay happy and well in our day to day lives while some of the things we see happening around us test our beliefs.  This has come as a surprise to many of us, but these are the times we are living in. I think it was Frederick Douglass who said that without a struggle there can be no progress… so the struggle continues.

My heart goes out to so many. Puerto Rico, the several hurricanes in Houston, Florida and the Caribbean where my little sister Island of Barbuda was all but destroyed… Saint Martin… the fires in Napa… this list goes on…

While we struggle in our daily lives redefining friendships and keeping those we love even closer; I wanted to bring a bit of sunshine to you all. I am releasing a new single in a few weeks. It is a cover of the Steven Bishop song “On and On” I am posting it exclusively for you here as a pre-release until I release it on iTunes, cdbaby etc….

The only objection I’ve ever had with this song is the line “steal your money then they break your heart” when referring to pretty Jamaican women. That line never worked for me so I changed it.  You lovely ladies will always be the “cats meow” to me. #igotyourback

I think the song’s slight melancholy feel with the sweet, soft Caribbean groove that ends with the message to “keep on trying” is what I’ve been feeling as of late. How ’bout you? To use a boxing analogy: losing a few rounds in no way means you have lost the fight.

There is hope. There are people doing incredible things and continuing to try despite the state of the world. It is my belief that we ALL need to do SOMETHING… whether its donations for the less fortunate…. prayer… or just a random act of kindness so as to give others hope too.

I believe diversity is beautiful. Tolerance is mandatory. There is only one race and one planet and that planet is our home. Let’s put it in order.

 

 

 


 


Wishing you all a joyous FALL season  (my favorite)….

Enjoy the festivities with friends and family.

  

 

I am truly thankful for my life… my love… my music and for all of YOU!

Until next time…. continue to be well. Please like this post, comment, or share if you wish.

 

As always I am Musically yours, Gregory

 

……new single

 

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…. 🙂


Be well.

Stay Strong.

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

 

As always, I am musically yours,

Gregory

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

……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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