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Our Gypsy Jazz Tribute to Elvis 

Separated by 4,260 miles (6,854 kilometers), Amsterdam’s Robin Nolan and Indiana’s Morris Mott found themselves united in Los Angeles, drawn together by their shared love for Gypsy Jazz music.  
Their connection is deeply intertwined with the legacy of Django Reinhardt, whose music serves as a cornerstone of their shared passion. 


Amidst a sold-out concert, they paid homage to Reinhardt and honored the King of Rock ‘n’ Roll, Elvis Presley, with a heartfelt Gypsy Jazz rendition of “Love Me Tender”.

Celebrating Our Musical Journey: Exclusive Videos and Invitation 

 I hope this message finds you well and filled with the same joy and gratitude that fills my heart as I write you.

Your unwavering support and enthusiasm for my journey have been nothing short of inspiring, and I am deeply thankful for every moment you’ve shared with me.

Today, I’m thrilled to share with you something truly special: exclusive footage from the Gypsy Jazz retreat in LA that I attended in 2022.  This video captures the essence of our musical community and the joyous moments we shared together, making music and forging lifelong connections.  I couldn’t be more excited to share this glimpse into our collective passion with you.  

It has been my privilege to study with Robin Nolan, who is from Amsterdam, for the past three years. The opportunity to work with Robin in person is inspiring and educational.  I am blessed to call Robin Nolan my friend, as well as a mentor.

But that’s not all. I’ve also included a video featuring myself and another of my esteemed Gypsy Jazz instructors, Filippo Dall ‘Asta, a phenomenal player whose talent and guidance have been instrumental in shaping my musical journey.

Together, we showcase the magic of Gypsy Jazz and the bond that unites us as musicians.

Enjoy this sample of the great Gypsy Jazz song, Stompin’ At Decca.

As I reflect on the incredible experiences and growth that the past year has brought, I am filled with a renewed sense of purpose and determination.  

With your continued support, I am excited to announce that I will be making the journey to the 2024 LA Gypsy Jazz retreat with Robin Nolan.

It’s an opportunity for me to further immerse myself in this rich musical tradition, learn from the masters, and connect with fellow enthusiasts and musicians.

I want to take this moment to express my deepest gratitude for your support thus far.

Whether you’ve attended my concerts, shared my music with friends, or simply offered words of encouragements, your support means the world to me.  It’s because of you that I am able to pursue my passion and share my work with the world.

As I embark on this next chapter of my journey, I invite you to join me every step of the way.  Your support, whether it’s through attending my concerts, sharing my music with others, or contributing to my journey, makes all the difference.

Together, let’s continue to celebrate the power of music to unite, inspire and uplift.

Thank you from the bottom of my heart, for being a part of this incredible journey.  

I am endlessly grateful for your support and can’t wait to share more music and memories with you in the days ahead.

With heartfelt thanks and warmest regards,

Morris

The Adventure Continues….

You Meet The Nicest People 

On July 17, 2023, I celebrate 40 years of ministry and two days following, I will have my 58th birthday!

There are many things that come to my mind today, all of which I am thankful.

The one fact that has been at the forefront of my thoughts recently is that, 
I have met the nicest people on my journey.

As pioneers in this world, we will encounter the most incredible people who will befriend us, inspire us, help us and move us forward. 

Our stories will connect and we will create History!

I am forever grateful for these individuals.
Their involvement, influence and inspiration is a gift for which I am eternally grateful.

They say a picture is worth a thousand words.  
Here are a few of the people that God has brought into my life and that have truly enriched it.

There are so many people that I have been blessed to know and enjoy their presence and company.
 An article that contained all of their pictures would be limitless.

I am certain that some of the nicest people has crossed your path.  
Have you let these individuals know how much you appreciate their friendship, their influence, their inspiration, their assistance and their presence?  

If not, take a moment to text them, drop them a note, take them to lunch or give them a call. 

I hope that our relationship has been and will always be as meaningful to you, as it is to me.

Thank you for being part of my life and I look forward to our journey together!

THE ADVENTURE CONTINUES …..

MORRIS

Ready to Take Flight? 

Fly Me To The Moon, a favorite of Gypsy Jazz artists and enthusiasts, was written by Bart Howard in 1954 and is a standard in the Great American Songbook.

My collaboration with Filippo Dall ‘Asta on this great song is another step in my journey as a Gypsy Jazz artist.

Filippo is an international Gypsy Jazz guitarist, who has shared the stage with many of the greats from the genre, as well as leads his own group, the Filippo Dall ’Asta Trio.
 
In addition, Filippo is an excellent instructor and provides a fantastic training program for those musicians who want to learn Gypsy Jazz. 

A mentor is vital and invaluable when pursuing your goal, your dream, or your inward desire to become the person you want to be and the one that you know you were born to become.

You need a travel companion, a guide to help you reach your destination. 
Your mentor will be someone that has reached or surpassed even the place of your desires. 

I have been honored and blessed to meet with Filippo on a regular basis for over a year.  
He assists me with creating a list of actions that I complete before our next meeting. 
This keeps me focused and accountable.

A mentor will answer the questions that you have as you make your journey. 
A mentor will save you time which would be lost, if you had to figure things out by yourself. 
If you are doing something that is not beneficial to reaching your goal, your mentor can being your attention to that action.

You can spend hours searching the internet, watching countless videos (most of which will tell you different approaches and really get you confused) or you can invest in a mentor that will help you stay on the track of reaching your personal goal.

It is well worth the investment in yourself to choose a mentor.

Are you ready to fly to the moon and achieve those things which may at the present seem impossible?

Check out our music video and as you listen, think of and write down those who you may enlist to help you arrive at your desired destination. 

I hope you enjoy the song and let me know how you are progressing!

THE ADVENTURE CONTINUES ….

MORRIS 
 

 

 

Create Your Bucket List and Enjoy a Great Life 

How many things have you done in the last five years that you consider to be meaningful? 

You can bet that you’ll have even more meaningful experiences over the next five years if you create a bucket list.

You might consider a bucket list to be silly or something that older people do, but it’s never too soon to start examining your life and prioritizing your time.

Create a bucket list that fills you with enthusiasm:

  1. Start with childhood. You had a lot of great ideas when you were a child. You’ve forgotten many of them or dismiss them as silly childhood dreams. Now is the time to dust them off and reconsider. What did you want to do and see as a child?

  2. Check out other bucket lists on the internet. You’ll be amazed at some of the things you’ll find that you’ve never considered. Get inspiration from others.

  3. Brainstorm. Take an evening to work on your list. Turn off all your electronic devices and allow your imagination to run wild. Write down everything that comes to mind without judging it. You can evaluate your list at another time. It might be easier to come up with ideas if you consider particular categories one at a time.
  • Travel. 
    Where have you always wanted to visit? 
    Consider places near and far. 
    SMaybe there’s a famous burger joint in the next town or a state park you’d like to visit. 
    Remember that the world is big, but largely accessible. In one day, you can find yourself anywhere on Earth.

  • Sports. 
    Have you ever wanted to try hang gliding or learn how to ice skate backwards? 
    Run a marathon or try deep sea diving?

  • Adventure. 
    Ride a camel across the desert? 
    Fly in a helicopter? 
    Try your hand at zip lining? 
    Ride across the US or Canada on a motorcycle? 
    Swim with dolphins?

  • Events. Maybe you’ve always wanted to attend a Broadway Play or watch the Rolling Stones live. 
    Do you have a favorite comedian you’d like to see? 
    Watch the northern lights? 
    Watch a famous opera or ballet?

  • Creativity. 
    Write a book or song? 
    Learn to play the banjo? 
    Take salsa dance lessons?

    These are just a few ideas. What other categories come to mind?
  1. Give yourself a week to continue adding to your list. 
    You’ll find that new ideas pop into your mind at random moments. 
    Keep adding to your list and don’t worry about the length. You can pare it down to size later.

  2. Ask your friends for ideas. 
    Find out what your friends would put on their bucket lists. 
    You’ll get a few more good ideas, as well as a few suggestions.

  3. Prioritize your list. 
    Rank your big list from most desirable to least.

  4. Make plans for this year. 
    Starting at the top of your list, which items could you do this year? 
    Unless you’re fortunate, you probably have limited time, financial resources, or both.

    Begin making plans anyway. 
    Decide what you can do to overcome your limitations and put your plan into action. 
    Once you’ve set an objective, it’s important to take a first step as soon as possible. 
    Show yourself that you’re serious by making preliminary plans.

Now that you have a good bucket list, get busy crossing off items from your list! 
Making a bucket list is valuable because it requires you to think and prioritize. 
Creating a bucket list can help ensure that your life is exciting and fulfilling.

The Adventure continues….

Morris

Put off Procrastination 

Procrastination is putting off until another time, (later, tomorrow, next year…) what you can do right now.

There is a Procrastinators Club of America.  You don’t hear about it much because they keep putting off advertising it.

Procrastination robs you.

  • steals your time…
  • robs you of your self-respect and the respect of others. 
  • costs people their jobs, businesses their profits, 
  • shuts out opportunities for a bright future whenever it becomes a pattern.

Procrastination restricts you.
Every time you "put off" things, you are held back from the prize. 
William Shakespeare wrote, In delay there lies no plenty. 

Procrastination makes you restless.
Much of the stress that people feel doesn’t come from having too much to do. It comes from not finishing what they started. - David Allen

What “tasks or actions” are you most tempted to procrastinate on? 
What goals have you had forever but not taken the first step toward? 
What difficult decision have you been delaying?

Let's put off procrastination and get started now!

The Adventure continues ….

Morris

 

 

2022 In the Rearview 

Click for soundAs we come to the end of 2022 and prepare to enter 2023, I want to say "Thank you for joining me on this journey".

Here are some of our mile markers & memories from 2022.

► God's Guitar radio single #3 on Cashbox Magazine June Top 100
►2 Faith Country Band concerts
►18 Biscuits and Gravy Band Indiana Shows
►11 Morris Mott Solo Dates (Alabama, Iowa, & Indiana)
► Attended & performed at Robin Nolan's LA Gypsy Jazz Breakthrough Retreat
► 44 Sunday sermons at Christ Church, Plainfield, Indiana

My sincere gratitude for being my companion as we create and present music and messages that inspire and motivate.

The adventure continues into 2023 ...

 

Detour The Distractions 

As you move toward your goal, your destination, there will be distractions along the way.  These distractions will delay you from reaching your goal and could prevent you from arriving at your desired destination. 

No matter your goal, whether learning a new type of music, such as mine of becoming a proficient and working Gypsy Jazz musician; starting a business; completing your education or training; losing weight and getting into shape, becoming debt free, etc. you need to know how to detour the distractions.

 

1. Create A Map

The map is your goals written down so that you can refer to them along the way. 

Your map will keep you on track to your destination and help you recognize the stops along the way that may or may not be necessary.  

It will help you say No to those things that will not move your toward the place or person you want to be. On  a more personal note, it is permissible to say politely say "No" and decline those things that would slow you down or keep you from reaching your goal.

For instance your goal is to lose weight and get in shape. A co-worker offers you a slice of their birthday cake. It is completely acceptable to kindly respond with, "Thank you, it looks delicious and I celebrate your special day. However, I am being mindful of my diet at this time.

Your goal is to be debt free and the local electronics store has a sale on the television that have thought about purchasing. Remind yourself of your ultimate goal and the fact that the television or perhaps even a new model with more features will be on sale, after you reach your goal. 

AffirmationI am working toward a goal and the satisfaction of accomplishing it is my goal.

Be willing to trade instant gratification for the satisfaction that you will enjoy when you reach your goal. 

2. Choose A Mentor

You need a travel companion, a guide to help you reach your destination. Your mentor will be someone that has reached or surpassed even the place of your desires. 

I have a mentor that I meet with on a regular basis.  He assists me with creating a list of actions that I complete before our next meeting. This keeps me focused and accountable.

A mentor will answer the questions that you have as you make your journey. A mentor will save you time which would be lost, if you had to figure things out by yourself. If  you are doing something that is not beneficial to reaching your goal, your mentor can being your attention to that action.

You can spend hours searching the internet, watching countless videos (most of which will tell you different approaches and really get you confused) or you can invest in a mentor that will help you stay on the track of reaching your personal goal.

It is well worth the investment in yourself to choose a mentor.

3. Make A Date

Setting a date for arriving at your destination gives you a target to work towards and a way to measure your progress. It can also help to keep you motivated and on track.

Without a date, distractions will be entertained and slow your progress.

Be realistic when establishing the date to reach your goal. Choose a date that is achievable, but challenging.

After set the time when you want to reach your goal, make small milestone dates between the beginning and the completion of your goal.  These milestone dates will serve as small victories to encourage you. 

For example, I am preparing for a show that will take place at a set date. The mile marker dates will be to add and learn a song completely that will be on the future show's set list.

Get in the habit of pivoting or finding ways to navigate around impasses. Bob Proctor

On the journey to your goal, distractions will present themselves, however, with a map, a  mentor and a date made, you will successfully avoid the deterrents and reach the place that is best for you.

The adventure continues....

Morris 

A hope inspired Christmas song. 

Christmas time is fast approaching and so are my Christmas / Holiday concerts. This years set list includes eight seasonal favorites, including today's feature. 

You may not realize that this cheerful, uplifting and inspiring song was written by one who was facing a very difficult situation. 

Richard Smith was a patient in the West Mountain Sanitarium when he wrote the poem in 1934.  Richard Smith was being treated for tuberculosis. Tuberculosis was also called consumption. It was a highly contagious disease that primarily affected the lungs but also caused other body tissue to waste away. It was the most common cause of death throughout the 19th century.

While being treated, Smith entered contests for jingles and ads for companies. Richard Smith’s sister, Marjorie W. Smith, claimed her brother was inspired by the beauty of the freshly fallen snow in the park when he wrote the “Winter Wonderland” poem.

Richard Smith showed his “Winter Wonderland” poem to his friend and musician, Felix Bernard.  Bernard was so moved by his friend's poem that he set it to music and the song was recorded by Guy Lombardo and his orchestra. The composition has to date been recorded by numerous artists from various genres. 

When I play Winter Wonderland, I am reminded that no matter how hopeless matters may seem, there are always moments to inspire and encourage us, when we become aware of them. 

Enjoy the song.

Morris 

 

 

Use Your Imagination 

As a child I would tell my Mom that I was bored and she would respond with the advice, "Use your imagination".

You have a powerful imagination even if you don’t realize it. Your brain is able to generate some great ideas. 

We all have imagined ourselves playing the big stages, being part of our favorite band, saving the day and becoming the hometown hero or a host of other imaginations.

However, when we become adults, we forget to use our imagination.  

Our imagination is a gift and can release creativity and take us to the place in life that we want to reside.

What are you imagining?

While your imagination is always available, it’s not always at its best. It’s important to use it and feed it to keep it sharp. With a little work, your imagination will serve you well. 

Who couldn’t use a great idea or two? 

Try these techniques to release your creative genius: 

Spend more time alone. The most creative people also tend to be those who spend the most time alone. Your imagination can run free when you’re alone. People are distracting. 

Set aside time to be creative. Creativity and your imagination go hand in hand. Set aside some time each day to be creative. Your imagination will benefit, too. 

The more you grow your creativity, the more your imagination will grow, and vice-versa. 

Set aside time to visualize. Practice visualizing each day. This is what we did as children. Visualize things you know. Visualize things that don’t exist. Really stretch your ability to see things in your mind. Here are two exercises to get you started: 

Close your eyes and imagine a piece of fruit in your hand. Describe in detail what it looks like, how it feels in your hand, and how it smells. Now, take a bite and describe the taste. 

Visualize yourself in a pleasant environment, perhaps the beach. Fully experience being in that place. What do you see, hear, smell, and feel? How real does it feel to you? 

Allow yourself to daydream every day. This is so important. Allow your creativity to run wild. Daydream for at least a few minutes each day. Just see where your imagination takes you. 

Avoid the temptation to steer your daydream in a particular direction. 

Create something from your imagination. Use your imagination to build something. 

Suppose you wanted to build a birdhouse. Imagine every aspect of it in your mind. Decide on the dimensions without using a ruler. Plan out every aspect of it and then actually build it. Use only your memory and the necessary tools when it comes time to build. Evaluate how you did. 

Explore various creative avenues. If you love to draw, draw. But you’ll become better at drawing if you try your hand at painting, sculpture, or music. Branch out a little bit and your ability to imagine new things will grow. 

Withhold judgement. Judgment blocks creativity. If you fear being judged, your ability to imagine and create is greatly stifled. The surest way to worry about other people judging you is to be judgmental of others. 

Also, avoid judging the ideas of your imagination. Allow them to take their final form before you critique them. 

Travel. New places lead to new thoughts and creations. The number and quality of ideas you generate is limited if you spend all of your time in the same 50-mile radius. Expand your horizons and get out of town, or better yet, out of the country. 

Spend time with new people. The same goes for spending time with a wide variety of people. Meeting new people will lead to new thoughts and ideas. 

Provide your imagination with the fuel it needs to expand. Give it a workout each day. These simple ideas are all you need to get a lot more from your imagination. New people, places, and creative experiences will give your imagination more to work with. 

Using your imagination regularly will improve its performance and ability to communicate with you. Your imagination is a tool that’s too powerful to waste. Start using your imagination today!