“Many of us have had more than our share of stress in the last little while. I like to create music that allows folks to take a momentary break and remember to enjoy life… to be grateful for what we have. All of us need to refuel every now and then. It’s what keeps us strong”.
On November 20th the single “Chill” will be available through all major digital outlets.
The platinum artist, songwriter and producer who brought the world the mega-hit “Shake You Down” now brings you this laid back, easy tempo song with a positive message.
“Chill” features a”crankin” sax solo by the legendary smooth jazz staple Gerald Albright.
My talented friend Dorothy Moore (of “Misty Blue” fame) will be gracing us all with a wonderful new release due out in a few months. We are all excited about it and I had the pleasure of writing a song for her to be included in the collection. This woman can really “saaang”. When we toured together, she brought the house down every night. Be on the lookout.
I was raised. I didn’t just grow up. I was taught to speak when I enter a room, say please and thank you, to have respect for my elders and let the elder in the room have my chair, say ‘yes sir’ and ‘no sir’, lend a helping hand to those in need, hold the door for the person behind me, say “excuse me’ when it’s needed and to love people for who they are and not for what I can get from them. I was also taught to treat people the way I want to be treated.
How about you?
This is: “Middle of Harlem”
I hope you enjoy the upcoming holidays with family and friends. Remember that we are all people and (if you can) take the time to lend a hand… do a kind deed… help a friend or a stranger. For us here in “Abbott ville” the holidays represent gratitude… I am grateful for my life… my friends… my family and you.
“Treat each other how you would like to be treated”… That’s is how my parents raised me.
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.