Jun 14 2009

Where in the world is Goldie?

Probably the most common question asked when you first engage in conversation with someone is, “How are you?” But the second most common question is, “So…what are you doing these days?”

Over the past 10 1/2 months I’ve been blessed with a lot of different opportunities that have really renewed my faith and provided some incredible experiences. Not only have I had the chance to spend more time with my family and to refresh those relationships, but I’ve certainly kept myself busy as well. Here’s a little bit of what I’ve been up to:

  • Gigs. One of the best things about freeing up your schedule is the ability to say yes to more gigs. I love to play music and it’s one of the things that really fills my soul. Thankfully, I’ve enjoyed playing more and more these days including big band gigs, combo gigs, worship gigs, R&B gigs, musicals, judging and jazz festivals. And the best part? I’ve enjoyed everyone of them!
  • Teaching. Another huge blessing came last fall when MAC asked me to teach as an adjunct music instructor. After the fall they asked me to come back full time for the spring, and then a few months ago I was hired in as a permanent full time instructor of music.  Teaching college is certainly a lot different, but my colleagues are phenomenal and I am truly enjoying every minute!
  • Design. I knew that Stephen Emlund and I would always continue our relationship, but little did I know that he and I would partner up to start Creative Improv. Stephen was a student of mine when I taught high school band (one of the best saxophone students I’ve ever had by the way) and he also enjoyed graphic design in his spare time (of which he eventually completed his degree).  After working with Stephen for years on various design projects, he and I decided to take the plunge and become official designers.  Actually, Stephen’s the designer, I’m just the guy that keeps him in line! I knew Stephen was a man of character, but let me tell you UNAPOLOGETICALLY that he is one of the most stand up guys you will ever meet. He is grounded in his values, has strong ethics and morals, and is certainly not afraid to stand up for the truth. I thank him for these traits and value his friendship more than he probably knows.

So that’s what I’ve been “up to” the past ten months…and the best is yet to come (right Matt?). There’s so much more to uncover; not only from the past, but most certainly the path to the future.

Grace and peace.

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Jun 8 2009

Bucketology.com is now LIVE!

Revamped and reloaded, Bucketology is now LIVE and in action! Props to Stephen and Creative Improv for the redesign. Don’t forget to subscribe via RSS or follow me on Twitter or Facebook. Let’s get the conversations started!

Please leave me a comment and let me know what you think of the new design!

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May 2 2009

Bucketology to Relaunch Soon!

The date is not set yet, but Bucketology will be launching a new and beautiful interface in the next few weeks. I’ve got a TON to say and can’t wait to rejoin the blogging sphere once again. In the meantime, join my conversations on Twitter or Facebook.

I’m tapping on Stephen for my redesign. Oh, and by the way, go check out the new Creative Improv site…leave us a comment here.

Grace and peace…

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Apr 12 2009

The Firebird: In the Beginning

Today seems to be an appropriate day to renew something that is close to my heart. I’ve been contemplating when to post to this blog again, and on the day when He is risen, I have decided to kindle the passionate and spirited voice that resides within my soul. Where this is headed could be anyone’s guess, but God is in control and I know He’ll lead me in the right direction.

I’ve heard several good messages this past weekend (and many other weekends), been reading a LOT and have had (of course) much on my mind for the past eight and a half months. For those familiar with my journey I will begin to fill you in on the missing chapters. For those of you new to this adventure, I invite you to sit back, keep your mind and heart open, and be prepared for some challenging thoughts (maybe just challenging to me…who knows?).

I invite your thoughts and comments, and as always, I hope some engaging dialogue is at hand.

Grace and peace…

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Dec 25 2008

It’s A Wonderful Life

It’s hard to believe that the Holidays of 2008 are upon us and we are about to embark on a brand new year! I want to wish everyone a very merry Christmas and of course, best wishes for 2009.

Bucketology will be back better than ever for 2009 with a new look, new flavor and a new outlook on life. I hope you will join me on this new journey!

Until then, kick back, relax and spend time with those who matter most in your life. Cheers!

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