Tag: inspiration

…… hearts and history

You Are What You Think

I read an article recently that talked about how important it is to pay attention to the way in which you do things. As we all are aware, these are indeed trying times. But the way in which we think about them, and the way in which we do our work and live our lives is as much our own responsibility as the crazy outside forces affecting us.

This Too Shall Pass

Remember that while we worry about politics or whether that crazy neighbor is going to have a loud party again which might keep us up all night, to keep it all in perspective. We can be comfortable in our issues while we work them out. We can keep fighting the “good fight” and remember that right will win in the end. Welcome to life……

Be Proud of Yourself


Remember to pat yourself on the back for what you ARE accomplishing….. Bravo! Try and keep in mind that your only competition in life is YOURSELF and making yourself better as time moves on. Conquering your fears, overcoming your obstacles learning things you don’t know… in essence becoming a more centered more capable more loving person is all we really need concern ourselves with.



Black History Month

There is so much we don’t know about African American history. We didn’t learn what we Americans should have about all the contributions we’ve made in the United States. I hope one day that will be a thing of the past…. in the meantime I like to use the month to honor people. This year I’d like to recognize four.

Dr. Garret Morgan, Paul Cuffee, Miriam Benjamin and Shirley Chisolm.

Dr. Garret Morgan

Born to slaves, Dr. Garrett Morgan was only educated to the 6th grade level… but like many inventors he had an innate mechanical mind as was a skilled entrepreneur. He received a patent for the first gas mask invention in 1914. He also invented the traffic signal which of course we probably couldn’t live without today. Learn more about Garrett Morgan HERE

Paul Cuffee

Paul Cuffee’s father was captured as a child and sold into slavery. He was freed by his Quaker master in Massachusetts in the 1740’s. Cuffee built a successful shipping empire in New England and established the first racially integrated school in Westport Massachusetts. He was a devout Christian and abolitionist, and helped establish the colony of Freetown in Sierra Leone. You can read more about him HERE

Miriam Benjamin

Miriam Benjamin was the second Black woman to receive a patent in 1888. Her invention consisted of a light-up chair, originally used in hotels to notify wait staff when patrons wanted service. However, this technology has since been adapted to airplanes and the U. S. House of Representatives. Its a powerful and impactful tool that we still use today. So… every time you call the airline steward or stewardess you can think of Miriam Benjamin. Here’s a link on her full story.

Shirley Chisolm

The great turnout in the mid term elections this past November and the resultant record numbers of women being elected made me think of Shirley Chisolm. A Brooklyn native, Shirley was the first black major party candidate to run for President of the United States in 1972 and the first woman Democrat to do so.  While running for City Council she’s often quoted for her statement “If they don’t give you a seat at the table, bring a folding chair”.

While running for the presidency she said “I am not the candidate of black America, although I am black and proud. I am not the candidate of the woman’s movement of this country, although I am a woman and equally proud of that. I am the candidate of the people and my presence before you symbolizes a new era in American political history. And so it did… You can read all about this wonderful woman HERE

As a last thought for Black History Month, I would also like to share a short documentary film that I really enjoyed called “Railroad Ties”. Its only about twenty minutes. It won a 2019 Sundance award and happens to refer to a church I am quite familiar with.

Valentines Day

Happy Valentines Day for all you lovers out there.


There are several stories about who Saint Valentines was. One dates to Roman times, another from the 17th century. In both cases the tradition can be traced to a priest who married young couples in secret. Whatever the true story may be, love is a global phenomenon and Valentines Day is celebrated around the world in fascinating and different ways. If you’d like to learn more about the celebration around the world click HERE


Quotes for this post

Optimistic people play a disproportionate role in shaping our lives. Their decisions make a difference; they are inventors, entrepreneurs, political and military leaders – not average people. They got to where they are by seeking challenges and taking risks. DANEIL KAHNEMAN

Someone is sitting in the shade today because someone planted a tree a long time ago. WARREN BUFFETT

Start by doing what’s necessary; then do what’s possible; and suddenly you are doing the impossible. FRANCIS OF ASSISI


If you don’t like something, change it. If you can’t change it, change your attitude. MAYA ANGELOU

Be well everyone…

As always, I am – Musically yours, Gregory



……a new year

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

Whatever your faith… I wish you blessings. 

Isn’t it wonderful that we are not all the same?


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!


On Harassment

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

Facebook:
@gregoryabbott  profile
@gregoryabbottmusic musicians page

Twitter:
@gregoryabbott

Instagram
@gregoryabbottmusic

YouTube:
gregoryabbottmusic
mojomanmusic


Here are some quotes for this post:

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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Thank you. “G”

……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