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Happy Summer 2014

Hello there fellow bloggers and whoever else may be reading this!!

I hope that all of you are having a fantastic summer.  For those of you who summer is coming to a close calendar wise, I hope that you are looking forward to heading back to school, or whatever else may be coming your way.  

It’s funny that I must say calendar wise.  Even though some people consider August the beginning of Autumn, it most definitely isn’t.  It is still VERY HOT here in Florida and in other parts of the world who are experiencing summer right now.  So it is still summer!  

However it is back to school time.
It is so bizarre to me still how school starts so early in August.  I remember when I was just starting school we didn’t begin until September, and we were done around the first week of May.  Now people go to school from the beginning of August all the way to the end of May, sometimes even the beginning of June!  It is crazy to me.

I began the first leg of a semester of online classes today.  I am taking two classes.  One is an Intro to Spanish class, and the other is an Intro to Public Relations.  Both of which I am super excited to be apart of.  

Living in Orlando surrounds me with a lot of Spanish speaking individuals.  Sometimes it is so frustrating when I want to be able to communicate with someone who can’t speak English very well, but am unable to because I don’t speak the language fluently.  I know a lot about Spanish and some things I can say, but it has been awhile since I took a full on course about it, so I am looking forward to it.

Public Relations has been something that I have always been interested in.  Being a journalism student, and loving people makes it a great classes to gain some more knowledge in the subject.  So I am very much looking forward to what I will take away from this class as well??

Since this became a post more about school I would love to hear your thoughts on this.

Do we go to school too much?  Should school years be shorter or longer?  Do we live in a day, time, and culture where it is better to get more schooling?

I would love to hear your thoughts.

Also be on the lookout for more coming from MIX IT UP very soon!!  Things have been a little wild for me and Alexis so time has not allowed us a chance to do a show in awhile, but we will be back soon!!

In the meantime follow me @calebgraham on Twitter and @mixituptv to keep up with us!!

See you soon!!

Written By: Caleb Graham

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A Day at EPCOT – MIX IT UP

When I was on #vocalrest I still had to have a show or two of MIX IT UP. Here’s what it was like with Jon at EPCOT. Enjoy!!

Have a great day ya’ll!!

Happiness from You’re A Good Man Charlie Brown – Song/Music Video of the Week

Again this is a day late oops. But this last few days has been pretty chaotic.
This week’s Song/Music Video of the Week is “Happiness” from the musical “You’re A Good Man Charlie Brown”
One of my all time favorite shows. This song just shows how happiness can come from some of simplest things in life.
I encourage everyone to find something this week that makes you happy. Whether it be something big or something simple. Anything that makes you smile. Comment or email me and let me know what it is and I’ll talk about it on MIX IT UP!!

Have a great day everyone!!

Royals (Pentatonix Cover) Song/Music Video of the Week

So this is a day late but welcome to Song/Music Video of the Week. This is another blog from the “Of the Week” series.
Normally I would have posted this yesterday but it was my roommate’s birthday so we were celebrating all day!!

Pentatonix is one of my favorite bands to listen to. When I was in high school and college I was always involved in choirs, vocal ensembles, and concerts. So I have always been such a HUGE fan of ensemble and group singing. I just LOVE harmony!! And I love when people take popular songs and redo them in a group setting with fun harmony and musical changes. PTX is by far one of my favs because they are so creative with their vocals.
When I first heard the song “Royals” by Lorde I was in love with it. Then recently PTX did a phenomenal cover of it and put it out on YouTube and iTunes. It is absolutely amazing. So in the reboot of my blog and the “Of the Week” series I thought it was a perfect first Song/Music Video of the Week. Enjoy and buy their stuff and iTunes and watch all their YouTube videos. You won’t be disappointed :):)

Have a great day y’all!!

#VOCALREST

I have been on #vocalrest since last Saturday Nov. 2 and all I must say is it has been an experience.  I never have had to do this before and it is very frustrating.  Sometimes I just want to open my mouth and communicate the way I always do but instead I have to write on a dry erase board.  Definitely have a new respect for those who cannot speak.  God bless you.  I am very grateful though however that there are other ways for people who can’t speak or hear to communicate.  Like sign language, etc…

I will be on #vocalrest until Tuesday so you won’t hear my voice as much til then.  But of course I have my blog and I have two episodes of Mix It Up that have been filmed that I am gonna be working on to fill the space as well.  One is from when I went home to Alabama and the other is an episode I filmed with my friend Jon while I have been on #vocalrest that is quite hysterical.  So be on the lookout.

In the meantime here is the episode of MIX IT UP titled #VOCALREST which oddly enough since the two part debut of the show on YouTube has had the most views haha also the trailer for my trip home for Alabama in a special MIX IT UP

ENJOY!!

Mother Hears Her Daughter’s Heartbeat Again – Random Video of the Week

Welcome back to my “Of the Week” blog series.  For this week’s random video I found a very heart warming and tear jerking story from Good Morning America

I have always been a supporter of organ donation and seeing stories like this make my passion even stronger.  This is a beautiful story that GMA covered about a mother who through the power of social media was able to hear her deceased daughter’s heartbeat again.

from faithit.com

Watch This Mom Listen to Her Daughter’s Heartbeat One Last Time.  It’s So Powerful It Left These News Anchors in Tears

Taylor died in a tragic ski accident at 13, but her heart was donated to save the life of a mother in Phoenix.  Watch as Taylor’s mom listens to her daughter’s heart for the last time.

Link to Video

For more info on Taylor’s Gift and to learn more about organ donation visit TaylorsGift.org

MIX IT UP

MIX IT UP is the name of my new YouTube Series.  It replaces my last series Gray In Oz The Video Blogs.  It is a combination of all of the shows that I used to do on my blog.  I decided instead of making several different shows I could through them all into one.  Every episode is a little bit different.  Topics vary.  It’s a lot of fun and I would love for you to join in.  Here is a playlist of all the videos from Season One so far.  Check it out and lemme know what you think 🙂

GRAY IN OZ – Back on WordPress!!

Hello blogging world!!

First of all I have to say I am super excited to bring “Gray In Oz” back to WordPress.  Hopefully this is going to be a lot of fun over the coming days.

So I am really wanting to gain a little bit more of a following on the web.  From what I have noticed, there is no better way to do it than to have several platforms to get your voice heard.

I originated my blog “Gray In Oz” here on WordPress and have moved around a couple times since then.  After some research I have found that WordPress seems to be the most popular blogging site on the web.  So what better place to be right?

My goal for this blog is discovery and discussion.  I am a 25 year old guy who is a performer.  I am coming of age in a pretty important time in my country’s history.  Social media is taking over, the government is deciding what health care I need, terrorism is a regular occurrence, and political correctness is out of control.  I mean seriously, you can’t say anything anymore it seems without offending SOMEBODY.  It’s nuts.  The world is nuts  Things are changing by the second in the US and in the world.  I want to be informed, in the know, and involved in what’s going on.  I wanna ask questions and gain information so that I can develop my own views and opinions based on my upbringing and what I believe is right or wrong.  I want to discuss it with others.

Of course I want to be young and have fun as well.  So I am hoping that all of that will be apart of the return of this blog.

I am however not removing Gray In Oz from Tumblr.  This will be my main source or hub of everything if you will.  Tumblr will be a supplement to this as more of the fun side of Caleb, while this will be the more serious side.  I am not perfect, nor do I claim to be.  I strive for perfection, but I am definitely not perfect.

So now I reach out to you, the reader, the blogger.  Talk to me.  Give me some ideas.  Give me a topic to talk about.  I will be adding my own things as well.  I love however, to hear from others and have conversations.  The wannabe talk show host in me says all of this.  So let’s get talking!!

In the meantime go to my YouTube Channel and watch my new show, MIX IT UP, check out my Tumblr, and follow me on Twitter!!

Gray In Oz on YouTube

Caleb’s Twitter

Gray In Oz on Tumblr

Have a great day everyone and happy fall!!

Caleb :):)

December

The month of December is probably my absolute favorite month of the entire year.  It is one of the most eventful months for me every year.  There is always soooooo much stuff going on, and so much to do, and I love every minute of it!!

There are several holidays that are celebrated around this time of the year, but for me the holiday is Christmas!!!!  It is my favorite holiday and I am always in the Christmas mood pretty much from the second Thanksgiving is over.

I love all of the Christmas decorations that you see everywhere.  And all of the Christmas music.  I NEVER get tired of it.  There are so many parties to go to, and friends and family to be around.  It is just a joyful and happy time of the year.

I am a little down this Christmas though b/c I am not going to be able to put up all of my Christmas decorations in my room like I always do.  The reason for this being that when I moved home from Mobile I had a whole bunch of stuff that I had to bring in and it is all over my room, so there is no room for my Christmas tree or anything.  It is also going to be the first Christmas since my grandmother passed away in September.  So it will be a little bit tougher than usual, but there is still so much to be happy and thankful for this Christmas.

The MOST EXCITING thing about this Christmas is I am going to NEW YORK!!!!!!!!!!!

I have dreamed and wanted to go to New York since I was in 8th grade.  And in 8 years I have never been able to go or had an opportunity.  But now I am finally getting to go.  I actually leave a week from today on the 11th and will return on the 21st.  I will give more details about this later in another post.

I once again have been away from the blog for a few days.  I have missed my “…Of the Week” blogs and all kinds of stuff in the past couple of weeks.  Things have been crazy in and out of the hotel.  I got part of my braces off, and I get the rest of them of on this coming Monday.  I will DEF blog about it when I get home!!

December is also a time to look back and reflect on everything that has happened over the year and in my opinion the last chance to make that year count.

2009 hasn’t been the brightest one on the Caleb Graham highlight reel, but this month is going to make up for all of that!!

Have a wonderful December!!!!

PS I also picked a new layout for the season!!  Lemme know if you like it!!

Photo Of the Week

Once again I am a whole day behind on my posts for this week.  It has been a fun and exciting week!!

I am gonna blog all about it in the morning!!

For now here is this week’s “Photo Of the Week”

This is my sweet and precious baby – Belle