HOLD ME TIGHT &....
DON'T LET GO MAN!!!
This was during "CRUNCH-TIME".......
I was hittin' the studio night and day..
working feverishly to complete the recording of the "Be With Me" album.
(Hold Me Tighter In The Rain)
My first solo effort for Columbia-Sony.
This is my good friend Chris Ossig.
Around this time he, his brother Michael and Mom (Ursula) were like family to me.
Chris lives in Bend, Oregon now.
He's an Online DJ with his own show...
check him out.
"HAPPY NATIONAL SIBLING DAY"...
The bond between siblings is extra-special, even more so if one of them has a life-long illness or a disability.
Siblings Day c...an be celebrated by sending a card, gift, making a dinner invitation or simply going for a walk in the park.
The siblings bonds are life-long relationships usually lasting from cradle to grave.
It is usually the longest relationship of a person’s life and typically much longer than a mother’s and father’s relationship.
SUPPORTING TINA KNOWLES LAWSON AND "TINA'S ANGELS"...
(An urban young woman's mentorship program)..
last night @ The Disney Concert Hall in downtown Los Angeles.
IT'S THE YEAR OF THE WOMAN....
Billy Griffin joining with Morgan Stanley's Southern California small business leaders, were all supporting Tina Knowles Lawson a...nd her mentorship program for 14-15 year old girls.
@ The Disney Concert Hall in downtown Los Angeles.
https://www.beyonce.com/women-making-history-tina-knowles-…/ photo: Annie Gallo
POWER TO THE WOMEN....
Marilyn Booker, head of Morgan Stanley Urban Markets and Billy Griffin.
Marilyn produced and hosted "Tina Knowles Lawson's "Tina Angels"... Presentation @ The Disney Concert Hall on Wednesday of this week.
photo credit: annie gallo
MAYBE WE OUGHT 2
A NATIONAL "EARLY EVENING" CURFEW
ON OUR BLACK SONS...
until such time that Donald Trump is removed from office. ...
It breaks my heart to think some trigger-happy policeman is hunting down a young black man tonight...
who won't live long enough to see his dreams come true and reach his fullest potential.
MY BIG BROTHERS....
DAVID RUFFIN &
This is not a birthday greeting......
though it may be a brief tribute of sort.
it is me once again reflecting on a time gone by...
day-dreaming and wondering about what might have been.
This morning I saw this photo on the National R&B Music Society's facebook page.
It was most likely taken in the spring of 1991, while I was compiling song ideas in London, England...
awaiting the arrival of these three Motown icons.
British producer Ian Levine and I could not wait to get started producing an album of brand new material on this legendary trio.
Yes I was slated to compose & co-produce an album on "David Ruffin, Dennis Edwards & Eddie Kendricks".
I counted the weeks & the days to when these three golden voiced heroes from my childhood....
would echo my very own words and melodies.
But out of nowhere like a bolt from the sky..
the startling news suddenly came from Philadelphia....
that David Ruffin had unexpectedly passed away.
Such a long, heart breaking day for us all and the end of a promising dream for reunion of friendship and creativity.
So if you will...
let us raise a glass of respect & remembrance in a toast to my two big brothers...
who were both so kind & good to me.
"To David Ruffin & Eddie Kendricks....
long live The Knights of The Temptations".
It’s called the RESPECT Album.......
Someone just asked me for a photo from the "Serious"
and "So Many Ways" album.
(photo: phil fewsmith)
WHO IS BILLY GRIFFIN??
I’M AN AFRICAN VIKING.
ACCORDING TO MY DNA REPORT...
Supposedly my DNA is made up of:...
13% Sierra Leonean
11% West African