Well… at long last, election day is just around the corner. I’m sure you’ve read about the concern for mail in voting. My family and I will indeed be voting by mail but we will not be mailing in our ballots. Instead, to make sure each and every vote is counted we will be dropping off our mail-in ballots in person.
IMPORTANT TO KNOW
You do not need to MAIL in your MAIL-IN ballot!
All states allow for in-person drop off at the County Clerk or Registrar, or your local Board of Election.
Just do an online search for your county and find where to drop if off.
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I am excited to announce that I have a new smooth jazz single coming soon. The song is called “Chill” and it features a sax solo by the legendary Gerald Albright! What a cool dude. I will be posting more about it over the next little while.
In the meantime, Here are a few tunes:
And… If you’re in the mood for some easy listening and just want to unplug for a few hours, check out the replay of my Jazznet 247 radio show where I play some of my favorites songs and artists.
Hello all. It has been quite a challenge for us all to stay positively engaged during such trying times. First with Covid-19 and now… in the past few weeks… with the repeated realization that we have a broken system.
And all the many others….. The struggle continues.
It is my hope and prayer that common sense, decency and science prevail in the end with both Covid-19 and Black Lives Matter. Remember that November is coming. I hope you are all prepared to VOTE.
As many states are beginning to open up in the effort to get things back to a more normal life flow… I can’t stress enough the importance of continuing to follow the guidelines of wearing masks and washing hands.
Below is a list of questions from a particularly enjoyable exclusive interview I did with RB page. If you have not gotten a chance to listen… I place it here for you now. Mostly, I am speaking on the topic of songwriting and how it is that I come up with my creations…. As some of you know… I don’t really think of myself solely as a singer. I started off in the music business as a songwriter and producer. Later, when all the magical factors came together and I began singing my own material….. Well… as they say… the rest is history… To this day I am grateful and continue to be humbled from the loyal support that comes from all of you.
Here’s a little ditty about sustainable development. I thought it might be cool to pass this along to some of our youngsters so they can get an idea of the kinds of things to think about as they grow older and have more responsibility in this world of ours.
UNITED NATIONS SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT
By now you are aware that I am an advocate for the creation of a sustainable future for everyone…. I think the United Nations sustainable development goals continue to be a good way to break down and understand the problems that not just the world, but we as individual people face towards reaching that goal. If we understand these goals in a larger context… then I believe we can really understand that all of us as human beings have the same basic needs and are after the same things. Here are goals 3, 4 and 5.
GOAL 3: Good Health and Well-being.
It is pretty obvious at the moment that not only the United States but the entire planet is struggling with the issue of good health and well being. Covid has brought us to a strange time indeed… where people aren’t sure what the future will hold… only that it will not return to its previous state. It is my belief that every person should have the ability to maintain good health and have a sense of well being. Of course if you are not in good health you won’t have that sense of well being. Further, if you’re struggling with making ends meat it is pretty difficult to maintain. For me, this means that poverty is a large contributor to a poor sense of well being. Just think of it– if we could END poverty…. We could solve so many of the problems in this world…
GOAL 4: Quality Education.
It is true that on the whole more and more people are being educated. That is the good news. An interesting fact on a world level is that it is women who are more likely to complete their degrees… but they will earn less and have less opportunity in the job market than men with the same degree. So we still have a way to go… here’s a link.
Another interesting point I’d like to bring up regarding early education here in the United States, is what our children are taught in schools. The truth is, we do not teach the complete history of the United States in early education. This is one of the things that cause problems in the future. If we understood all the contributions that make up our combined history, we would have a more accurate view of each other and the world. We need to update our history books to accurately reflect history.
GOAL 5: Gender Equality
Simply put… we’re still far from accomplishing gender equality… especially as it relates to jobs as mentioned above. But there is also another blaring aspect to job inequality…. Race. Here are the statistics: If a while male gets a job and he makes one dollar…. A white woman will make 77 cents… African American women will make 64 cents of that same dollar and Hispanic women make on average even less at 56 cents.
Until we address major quality of life issues like these here in the United States and around the world… we will continue to feel at odds with each other… Here’s a link
JUNETEENTH JUNE 19th
Juneteenth is the oldest nationally celebrated commemoration of the ending of slavery in the United States.
From its Galveston, Texas origin in 1865, the observance of June 19th as the African American Emancipation Day has spread across the United States and beyond.
Juneteenth commemorates African American freedom and emphasizes education and achievement. It is a day, a week, and in some areas a month marked with celebrations, guest speakers, picnics and family gatherings. It is a time for reflection and rejoicing. It is a time for assessment, self-improvement and for planning the future. Its growing popularity signifies a level of maturity and dignity in America long over due. In cities across the country, people of all races, nationalities and religions are joining hands to truthfully acknowledge a period in our history that shaped and continues to influence our society today. Sensitized to the conditions and experiences of others, only then can we make significant and lasting improvements in our society.
SOME THINGS I’VE COME ACROSS
Beautiful ART in the form of Human Illusion
And for me… this is what young girls, beautiful dancing, and pure joyful abandon looks like… (plus… well… its James Brown! #getonthegoodfoot)
HAPPY FATHERS DAY
Congratulations to all you fathers out there. And congratulations also to those who appreciate the role of father… that means all the spiritual guides… big brothers… and adoptive parents etc.… who step in when it is needed.
We have all needed guidance at some time in our lives… so praise goes out to you for your important contribution.
That’s all for now… I have some new music coming out soon… Be on the lookout.
I’m excited to let you know I’ll be releasing a new single
Its called “Searchin’ 4 the 1”
…… an Island flavored danceable tune that sings about the hope of one day finding love… presented in a fun light hearted way.
So please be on the lookout ….
As some of you already know… lol… there is a fun new design for the shop…. I guess my artsy fairies were listening when you all mentioned how much you liked the recent shot we posted on social media…. I like it and think it’s perfect for spring….
Sustainable Development Goal #3
Is to ensure healthy lives and promote well-being for all at all ages.
Major progress has been made in improving the health of millions of people, increasing life expectancy, reducing maternal and child mortality and fighting against leading communicable diseases*. However, progress has stalled or is not happening fast enough with regard to addressing major diseases, such as malaria and tuberculosis.
At least half the global population does not have access to essential health services and many of those who do– suffer undue financial hardship (due to the high costs of health care), potentially pushing them into extreme poverty.
Note: *The coronavirus has been a real tradegy all over the world affecting thousands of people…. Please be careful. I think at this point everyone is aware of the things to watch out for…. But just in case I want to put a link here for those who might want to re-read it or learn further.
… and since as a child I went to St. Patrick’s Cathedral and sang in the choir… I’d like to take a moment to wish all my Irish fans
Happy St Patrick’s Day…
“Looking forward to the future and grateful for the past”
“Nothing in life is to be feared, it is only to be understood. Now is the time to understand more, so that we may fear less…
Thank you all for your support…. As always, I am Musically yours, Gregory