It has been an extra special few months in both the country and the world. We have discovered heat waves and floods, lost many who are dear to us, COVID continues to mutate and we head yet again to the polls to see what the future brings. Throughout it all… just remember we are resilient. We’ve been through tough times before. With some introspection and balance we can weather this storm too.
Summer reunions… and now a change of seasons…. why not enjoy some music while you’re here?
Remember to make time for yourself. Enjoy the little things. And while we are in the midst of unprecedented troubles, do not forget to see the beauty around you as well like the autumn leaves and their colors. It’s my hope that my music helps lift your hearts a little. I have been busy with new songs… rest assured I’ll be releasing them soon. Interesting things have happened… which is always the material for interesting songs.
“The heat of autumn is different from the heat of summer. One ripens apples, the other turns them to cider.”
To put you in the mood of fall, my staff here looked up arecipe for cider pretty close to the way my Abbott family does it. Oh! and my favorite apple? the tart and crisp ones!
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.