Category: Episodes

Episode 20 – “Unplugged Practicing”

I love technology! Don’t you? If you’re a musician, you use it for all sorts of things.  Practicing, listening, networking…

At home and abroad, I Instagram pictures of my food and bad misspellings on signs. I tweet inspirational quotes and random musings. I create podcast artwork and record my episodes on my Macbook.

At work, I record student lessons and my own practicing, dig through a mountain of email, and use Finale notation software regularly. I use my iPhone and iMac so much that they seem to have made all of my older gear obsolete. Why carry around all of those gadgets when everything is on the iPhone or iPad?  I’ve bought into tech in a major way, just like many others seen to have.

Hopefully, this episode will help you shake up your practicing by digging some old tools from bottom drawer of your desk or your “old tech” drawer (admit it, we all have them!) to practice like it’s 1999. This “unplugged practicing” has really helped me freshen things up!

Remember that tech is here to help you improve efficiently.  Tech is only a tool, and does NOT take the place of the hard work.  Enjoy the episode!

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Episode 19 – “Powerless Past”

In episode 19, Bruce talks about the role of the past in our current lives, and how anger and pain can be a direct result of dwelling on a past that we can no longer change. Crucial to “living in the present moment” are the teachings of Eckart Tolle, who’s book “The Power Of Now” is known world over for changing the lives of countless people.

Tolle quotes from this episode include:

  • “The past has no power over the present moment.”
  • “The primary cause of unhappiness is never the situation, but your thoughts about it.”
  • “What a liberation to realize that the “voice in my head” is not who I am. Who am I then? The one who sees that.”
  • “Where there is anger, there is always pain underneath.”

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Thanks to Kevin MacLeod at incompetech.com for “Eyes Gone Wrong” and “Memory Lane” music.


Episode 18 – “Judge, Jury, and Executioner”

Come along for 18 minutes of my opinions about a topic that has helped my grit tremendously, but one that is very much outside of my public speaking comfort zone – my faith. This isn’t an episode that evangelizes to anyone – it’s more of a rant on some of my fellow Christians out there. We have to do better! Hope you enjoy it.

Opening and closing music by Kevin MacLeod at www.incompetech.com. Thanks Kevin for having all sorts of music to guys like me without production skills to use.

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Episode 17 – “The Spark”

This week, after a couple of weeks break, talks about the moment I like to call “The Spark” when I first found the thing in life I do that I am not only passionate about, but love sharing with others.

What was your “spark” moment?  More importantly, what are you doing now to help others have their spark moments?  A short show, but in my totally partial opinion, I think it’s a good one. 🙂

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“Funkorama” and “Memory Lane” by Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com) 
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Episode 16 – Spring Break? Or Spring Repair?

This week is sort of an “a la carte” show.  We start with some stats about you, the listener, followed by a brief discussion of research on the topic of grit, and then wrap with the beginnings of my own spring break and how I came up with this week’s title.

Links from this week’s show:

Grit Research Article by Emily Hanford: http://americanradioworks.publicradio.org/features/tomorrows-college/grit/angela-duckworth-grit.html

University of Pennsylvania Grit Survey: https://sasupenn.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_06f6QSOS2pZW9qR

Angela Duckworth’s TED Talk on grit: https://www.ted.com/talks/angela_lee_duckworth_the_key_to_success_grit?language=en

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Voiceover intro by Joel Sharpton at www.joelsharpton.com

“Funkorama” and “Memory Lane” by Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com) 
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Episode 15 – Invisible Agony

Today’s show is a somber one – one that I struggled through multiple attempts before finally completing.  I will not go into a lengthy description here, but fair warning – the topic is suicide, and this week I discuss my faith and quote multiple Bible verses. If that isn’t your thing, please feel free to pass on this specific episode and catch up with me next week.

Links from the episode include the following:

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 1-800-273-TALK (8255)

http://www.suicidepreventionlifeline.org

Passage from Romans 8 from the New International Version (NIV) of the Holy Bible available for free at www.biblegateway.com

Holy Bible, New International Version®, NIV® Copyright ©1973, 1978, 1984, 2011 by Biblica, Inc.® Used by permission. All rights reserved worldwide.

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Episode 14 – My Ignition Point

In this solo episode, Bruce discusses how he finally stepped foot into a gym for the first time last Sunday night is the final “action step” needed to follow through on a discussion from over a year ago – and quite possibly the most important action step of his adult life up to this point.

Gary Doherty’s book, The Ignition Point: Striking the Match, can be ordered here: Order on Amazon

Gary’s Blog: http://namastesia.com

Check out Episodes 22 and 28 of the Marketing Music Education podcast with Kathleen Heuer. She has a great mission with her show, and I’m proud to be associated with her mission!

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Voiceover work by Joel Sharpton at www.joelsharpton.com

“Funkorama” by Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com) 
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Episode 13 – Michael Swann Interview

This week, after a 12 episode warm-up, Bruce is joined by his very first podcast guest, Dallas area based trombonist and jack of all musical trades Michael Swann!  From orchestra auditions to music education to musical theater productions at Jackson’s Dance and Theatre Company, Michael has found a way to stay busy since his recent graduation from Stephen F. Austin State University last semester. Plus, he’s a good friend and all-around great guy.

Follow Michael on Twitter @meswannjr. He would love to hear from you!

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Voiceover work by Joel Sharpton at www.joelsharpton.com

“Funkorama” by Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com) 
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Episode 12 – What To Do While You’re Waiting For Opportunity To Knock

ScarcityVSAbundance

 

In this episode, Bruce explores a few tips needed for a successful beginning to a freelance career. Young professional musicians just starting out, listen up!

Topics discussed include:Getting and Staying Organized, Speaking with gig contractors, How to pay your bills while you wait for your “big break” plus more!

The author and copy writer I talk about in the very beginning of the episode is a GREAT resource for inspiration and motivation.  Check out www.rayedwards.com

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Voiceover work by Joel Sharpton at www.joelsharpton.com

“Funkorama” by Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com) 
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Episode 11 – Scarcity VS Abundance

ScarcityVSAbundance

 

In this episode, Bruce talks about two important things he is doing to shift thinking from a mindset of scarcity to one of abundance, and why it is so important to do so for long term health and happiness.  Check it out and spread the word!

Links from this episode: www.fiveminutejournal.com

Weight Watchers: www.weightwatchers.com

Check out Cliff Ravenscraft at www.gspn.tv and Greg and Jennifer Willits at www.gregandjennifer.com. Support their shows and let them know you heard about them from me.  🙂

Thanks to Joel Sharpton for the new voiceover intro!

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Voiceover work by Joel Sharpton at www.joelsharpton.com

“Funkorama” by Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com) 
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