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’ll be releasing a new single entitled “Stop Look Listen”. Look out for it to drop in the next week or so. It’s a song that has always resonated for me. It was made famous by the Stylistics whom I had the pleasure of recently performing with in Memphis. A great bunch of guys.
I am working hard in the studio these days. I’ve always loved the studio and have always cherished it as a place where (for me) everything makes sense. I find social media and the news hard to digest and understand these days, and I think we all occasionally need a break from the madness. I hope some romantic music will make you feel as good as it makes me feel when I’m creating it..
I picked “Stop, Look, Listen (to your heart)” to record because it is a song that I find particularly pertinent today. I believe that its increasingly important for each of us to look in the mirror and search long and hard about our beliefs and update them if needed…… and change them…… if somewhere along the line they got headed in the wrong direction. We all have that power.
When we look in that mirror, I believe we should have an eye towards what’s good for ALL PEOPLE. Not just ourselves, or the group we are associated with. At the end of the day, we are all in this together. Its not an easy task but one that worthy of our attempt.
On another note I’d like to urge my fans and friends to please vote in these mid terms elections and all elections from here on out. We need you. Even if you have never voted before, please register and vote now. You may not believe in the system… you may not like the options available…. believe me I completely understand. But if we do nothing and wait for the perfect option, the perfect answer, we give up our chance to have our say and head things in the direction we feel is right. Every vote is going to count from here on out. So please, I urge you to use your voice.
Did you know you can set it up so you can vote by mail? You don’t have to take time off work to vote.
Remember the things that mean the most to you and vote your conscience.
I don’t know about you, but I see so many people struggling these days… Times are difficult for everyone but I still believe in Miracles. Here’s a song I wrote entitled “Miracles”. Its message is “BE THE CHANGE”
And (as I always try and end with love) here is my song “Without You”. After all is said and done, love is the most powerful tool we have at our disposal.
Some quotes for this post:
“Real integrity is doing the right thing, knowing that nobody’s going to know whether you did it or not”.OPRAH WHINFREY
“Self-preservation shouldn’t be the first instinct in politics. It should be doing the right thing for the country. SETH MOULTON
Human greatness does not lie in wealth or power, but in character and goodness. People are just people, and all people have faults and shortcomings, but all of us are born with a basic goodness. ANNE FRANK
Blessings to you all. As always I am Musically yours, Gregory
In celebration of the holidays, I just finished a brand new video!
Lets, talk about 2017, but first…. lets’s listen to a little more music shall we?
It’s been a tough year. We’ve had mass shootings, plane crashes, bombings, hurricanes, fires and to top it off we’ve lost so many notable people.Heres a link.
Of course as we get older this will unfortunately continue. We’ve had political turmoil and race problems……very tricky waters to navigate indeed. While I am not sure what 2018 will bring, I do know it will be a year of change.
My participation in all this is my music. To try and bring a respite…. a break…. sometimes nicely worded or sung, so as to nudge forward the togetherness I believe we are all after.
Remember, we have more in common than we don’t. I am hoping that in 2018 we highlight the importance of our universal values and generate a more productive dialogue of solidarity. Selfishness, greed, and ignorance are the major source of inequality, and I believe it is only as individuals that we can have hope for a better world where people are not suffering or neglected…. so I’m going to keep my head up. I hope that you will too.
Not wanting to be someone to leave you on a down note- remember, there’s GOOD stuff happening around the world. Here’s some examples:
Rising Global Literacy
The Ozone layer is repairing itself!
Chocolate…… that’s right, chocolate
Life expectancy has increased by 6 years since 1990
Teen pregnancies have hit record lows in the UK and US.
Public Libraries still exist!
I hate bullying of any kind whether it be sexual harassment, physical intimidation, body shaming, bigotry etc…. We are all on this planet together and we have to find a way to get along. I find the bond that happens between people around music cures a lot of social ills. I’ve seen it happen time and again, so I am ever more committed with each passing day to keep doing what I do.
If anybody has thoughts or suggestions that can help bring together people of different experiences… different beliefs….people of different cultures etc… please leave a post.
A word about impersonators, hackers and scammers.
It’s a crazy world right now. I am here… online, so that I can interact with fans and friends…. basically people that like my music. I figure it this way: if they like it enough, they buy a song download or a CD or a t-shirt (2018). Perhaps they laugh at a joke or find strength in some of my lyrics or a quote. That’s what I’m about.
We just heard from a fan who was badly scammed by a person pretending to be me. This kind of thing disturbs me deeply.I urge you all to please be careful. I am not going to ask you out on a date or for your telephone number; so if you do get that request, know that it’s not me. And please…. send me a note earlier than later so that we can try and stop them in a timely fashion…
Just to clarify and for future reference, below are my ONLY official social media pages. I have no reason to open up new ones and don’t intend to. Also, the only legitimate emails are the ones coming from my office which end in gregoryabbott.com
No matter what kind of challenges or difficulties or painful situations you go through in your life, we all have something deep within us that allows us to reach down and find the inner strength to get through them. ALANA STEWART
I hope that in this year to come, you make mistakes. Because if you are making mistakes, then you are making new things, trying new things, learning, living, pushing yourself, changing your world. You’re doing things you’ve never done before… and more importantly, you’re doing something. NEIL GAIMAN
I am grateful for all of you. God Bless.
Musically yours, Gregory
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