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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


Coming Together

I think that I may have briefly mentioned that when I was at school I was a Musical Theatre major.  I had just changed over to that from Music Business in July.  I was in what was my first show at school called “Songs of Hope” It was a musical revue that our director had put together.  My role was that of a 21 year old punk rocker who had just found out that his wife of only one year was pregnant.  The song I sang as that character was called “Fatherhood Blues”  It was great.

I also had a solo in a song called “Coming Together” by Jason Robert Brown that was the closing number of the show.  I shared the male solo with my best friend Steven.  I was so excited when I was given this solo, because I have known and loved this song for years and I have always wanted to have the opportunity to perform it because it meant so much to me and I related to it personally on so many levels as did most of us in the show.  So I was PUMPED when I was given the opportunity to share it with m best friend.

Unfortunately circumstances came about that caused me to have to leave school and leave the show.  So I never got the chance to sing the song for a live audience, but I recorded a little clip the other day singing my solo part as well as a little of the chorus that Steven sang.  Since I never got to sing it I thought I would at least share it with the internet community and see what you guys think!!

So here it is!!

Photo Of the Week

This week’s Photo Of the Week is from this past weekend when I went to Mobile to see the show Songs of Hope that I was supposed to be in and had to step out of a few weeks ago.  It was so amazing.  Afterwards I went out to Steak N’ Shake with some of the cast.  My AMAZING friends!!!!  Some people can’t see their whole face, but it is still a fun picture that i LOVE!!!!



The Adventures Begin

Hello and welcome to Gray In Oz – The Adventures of a Guy in a Big Strange Place!!

I am so excited to finally have this new blog and this new location here on WordPress.

This new opening is a result of a move from my old blog “Just A Ride” over on Blogger.

This change came about over a bit of thinking. I know it is not a life decision, but because I had put so much of myself into “Just A Ride” I was really unsure whether or not I wanted to make a change to a new format, a new title, and new content. After spending some good amount of time away from “Just A Ride” because of so much happening in my life, I decided that now that I was able to come back, I should make a change. So the result is “Gray In Oz”

Origin of the Title

With this new change I decided that I wanted to have a more creative and catchy title similar to that of a book.  My favorite series is and will always be the “OZ” books by L. Frank Baum.  I have loved anything OZ since I was a kid and will always have a passion for it.  I have felt a lot lately that my life is almost like that of one that travels to that strange and adventurous place.  Today’s world can be fun, magical, scary, crazy, adventurous, and everything that is OZ.  One of m best friends, Danielle has always called me Gray as a nickname.  It is something that I have really taken to and wish that more people would call me, but that is another subject.  Anyways, so I was like this world is a big strange place like OZ and I love the thought of “Gray.”  So came about “Gray In Oz – The Adventures of a Guy in Big Strange Place.”

The WordPress Move

You may ask, “why did you decide to change format from Blogger?”  I personally loved Blogger when I was over there with “Just A Ride” but I decided to change and here is why.  I am currently entering into a new chapter of m life with a lot of changes going on.  In August I will be starting my fourth year of college.  I will no longer be traveling with the group IMPACT there that I have been with for two years.  I am starting a new Music Business emphasis with my degree, and I recently just had jaw surgery to correct my under-bite, so I will be returning to Mobile with a new mouth too.  I could also mention that my brother is getting married in a week, but that is only slightly related to me.  So with all of that going on I thought that it would be fun to move from Blogger to here on WordPress which a couple of my friends have done, and have been happy with it.  I too am thus far.

The Content

I personally believe that a blog should be more than just daily rambling and journal-like entries.  I am a musician and artist.  I love music, theatre, photography, and almost anything related to the entertainment industry.  So I use my blog almost like a television station and an outlet for myself to try share my interests and talents.  I will be bringing two elements from “Just A Ride” here to “Gray in Oz.”  The first one is my “…Of the Week” series.  On the old I posted four times a week.  There was a photo, a song, a music video, and a random video.  One was posted on four different days throughout the week.  I am going to change it up a little bit from the way I used to do it.  I am going to merge the song and music video and let that be one so that I am not taking up too many days.  This way there will be room for new content.  I will also be bringing my show “TAKE A BOW” for a second season beginning in July.  This is a variety show that I do and it appears on the blog during the summer when I have time to do it.  It features me talking about all the hot topics in music, movies, and television during the summer months.  I also occasionally have special guest friends and celebrities that join me.  Last year I had Danielle Ussery, Melissa Greene(formerly of Avalon), and Jamie Sharpe from Rush of Fools.  Who knows who we will have this summer.  I would have already begun it but I have got to wait til my jaw heals a little further so that I can talk better.  In addition to these two things I will also be starting a new show called “Today In Oz.”  On “Just A Ride” I had a short lived series similar to this called “Caleb’s Topics” but I decided that now I wanted to change it up a little bit and make a more creative name.  Every few days I will talk about some of the hot topics in the news.  I like to keep up with what is going on in the world.  So “Today In Oz” will feature me sharing some current news topics every few days and giving my opinion on them.  In addition to these three things I will also blog about my life and other varied topics that interest me.  Be checking back on the Schedule page to find out what days things will be posted.  I am going to try to do better with keeping up with everything this time.  I didn’t do well on “Just A Ride.”

I will be building and adding something new as much as possible over the next few weeks.  So bare with me as I get everything worked out.  Also I spent almost three years over at “Just A Ride” so if you want a little preview of what is to come go over there and check it out.  Here is a link

So again welcome to “Gray In Oz”!!  I think it is going to be a fun journey, and I hope that you will come along on it with me.

Many Blessings!!

Caleb 🙂 🙂