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Midterm Review

Well, you asked for it, and here it is! Thanks so much for the support of the short little "podlet" I uploaded this past weekend. I spent most of the ride home from Texarkana deep in thought, and the results are this episode today. As always, thanks for your support and interest. If you know someone who needs to hear this, please share! -Bruce


Is This Thing On?

I'm you miss me? I have been doing other kinds of media as of late, like YouTube and Facebook Live streaming, but I miss podcasting! I'm willing to bring back the show if you'd like me to! Please let me know if you'd like more episodes!


007 - Where Is Your Heart?

Welcome back! It's the first episode of 2018, and the first episode in about 10 months. Once again, real life has gotten in the way of my best intentions. A career in music isn't always clean, neat, and direct. You will have to do without some things in order for other things to happen, but that doesn't mean you have to be miserable. If your heart is in your work, and you are convinced you should do this, the things you will sacrifice will pale in comparison to the proverbial pot of gold...


006 - "My Cup Runneth Over"

This week's episode is pretty straightforward and to the point. I am about to enter my busiest season of professional work thus far this school year, and I have a few points of perspective to help handle the potential overwhelm and some rituals and lifelines that get me through each day.


005 - "Going Rogue"

Well, what can I say? It seems like a summer can't go by without a significant podcast hiatus. I had a lot of real life happen since my last episode, and it's given me enough distance and perspective to make this the show you deserve. If you take the 10 minutes to listen, I think you'll appreciate what I have to say today.


004 - "A Profile in Grit"

In today's episode, "A Profile in Grit," I want to tell you about someone who has taught me more about grit than anyone I’ve ever known. I hope you enjoy this week's episode, which was recorded only on my digital recorder - I apologize for the occasional pop or bump - I've tried to edit them out as best I can! Happy Father's Day to all the dads out there. You all have my admiration and respect! --- On the web: Facebook: Twitter:...


003 - "Learning to play as hard as I work."

Hey Gritty Musicians! This week’s episode was inspired by another person’s podcast episode. Check out the show here: Aaron is rapidly becoming one of my heroes. Here is the top line of his bio: "I want to help you restore balance and discover your path to a well-lived life. I write and speak on how to make adjustments to your thinking, your beliefs and your habits. The rewards are experiencing more joy, adventure and...


002 - "One slip of paper away from happiness."

I’m in a nostalgic mood today, friends. Today’s episode was recorded on the 20th anniversary of my high school graduation, and I have several thoughts knocking around in my head about the past 20 years. This episode is centered around three lists: the goal sheet that I completed around graduation; the reality of what these past 20 years looks like, and how my current life, though very different from my plan, is better than I could imagine. I wrap things up with the list I would like to...


001 - "Cold Brew, a new start, and a story."

"Cold brew, a new start, and a story." It seems like a pretty clear title for the first episode of Bruce's relaunched podcast, The Gritty Musician! Today's episode starts with super-concentrated coffee drinks, an explanation for the change in show branding, and a story to help college students trying to explain to mom and dad why their grades weren't as good this spring as they were back in the fall! Sit back, relax, and enjoy the reboot. We're glad you're...


"Saying Goodbye, Saying Hello." [Get Some Grit]

Sometimes in life, it is important to stop and take stock of what really matters. Right now, my wife really matters. My family, career, and faith matter. This podcast matters, but right now, I need to take some time to figure out how to deliver great content worthy of your time and attention. I only ask one thing of you - please stay subscribed - it takes very little space on your device, and when I DO come back with new content, you'll be the first to hear it! Thank you for all of your...


"What is Your Fear Antidote?" [Get Some Grit]

Our mind is our most powerful tool, but one that we have to handle responsibly! Make sure that the same creative forces that push you to regularly improve and evolve as a musician don’t turn into the dark creative enemy that starts writing chapters of your story to discourage you! Get Some Grit! is available in on iTunes, Google Play Podcasts, Stitcher, TuneIN, iHeartRadio, and at You can find us on Twitter and Facebook @getsomegrit so reach out today! Enjoying the...


"Take a Break!" [Get Some Grit]

Hey everybody! Today’s episode is a short one, but I think the message is still solid. When was the last time you took a break? Working hard is super important, but when you start to see diminishing returns, it’s important to take a break, if only for a few minutes. We’ll be back next week with a much longer episode, I promise! ___ Get Some Grit! is available in on iTunes, Google Play Podcasts, Stitcher, TuneIN, iHeartRadio, and at You can find us on Twitter and...


"The Pen is (sometimes) Mightier Than the Phone!" [Get Some Grit]

I love technology! I am surrounded by iDevices and can't imagine my life without their benefit - but sometimes, it's nice to have alternatives. This week, I take a few minutes to talk about the benefit of keeping an actual paper notebook and pen in addition to my technology - and five reasons why I believe it can be of benefit to you, too. 1. It makes me slow down! 2. Hundreds of color options. 3. It can be more convenient when used in conjunction with tech. 4. People appreciate and...


"Becoming a Bookworm...Again!" [Get Some Grit]

This episode's topic outlines my return to reading after years of not being much of a reader, how reading has really helped me with some struggles that I thought I might never overcome, and how I believe reading is the best thing you can do right now to "break the logjam" in the creative part of your mind. My list of ten books that have really made a difference include: "The War of Art" by Steven Pressfield "Fully Alive: Lighten Up and Live by Ken Davis "Psycho-Cybernetics" by Dr....


"Margin" [Get Some Grit]

This week’s topic is near and dear to me, and I hope that if this episode speaks to you, that you’ll keep this in mind as you go through the week. You probably know the word margin as a part of your word processing software. If you look on a page in a book, the margins are the blank spaces around the text. The narrower the margin, the more words you can fit on the page. Margins exist in many facets of life: financial, emotional, etc. The more margin you have, the better! It’s easy to...


"Be What You Don't See In The World" [Get Some Grit]

Folks, there is A LOT of anxiety in the world right now. Whether it is justified or not justified is up to your politics and personal opinions, but I think we can agree that 2017 is starting to feel more like an extension of 2016 than a separate, bright and shiny new year. In this episode (the first episode of 2017, I know, I know...) I take a few minutes to talk about the sadness, frustration and general anxiety I feel from so many people around me these days, and an idea for how to counter...


"2016 Reflections"[Get Some Grit]

Get Some Grit Podcast Episode #31 - 2016 Reflections Welcome back to Get Some Grit, the show where we learn the many ways that grit can serve artists as they press towards their goals. You can find us on iTunes, Stitcher, Google Play, TuneIn, and iHeartRadio! No matter what you’re going through, GRIT is the armor that will protect you from the barrage of attacks that can stifle creativity and output! This week's show is built in two parts: Part One, reflections on past holiday...


"To Grad School or Not To Grad School? That Is The Question." [Get Some Grit]

Get Some Grit Podcast Episode #30 - To Grad School or Not to Grad School? That is the question. Welcome back to Get Some Grit, the show where we learn the many ways that grit can serve artists as they press towards their goals. You can find us on iTunes, Stitcher, Google Play, TuneIn, and iHeartRadio! No matter what you’re going through, GRIT is the armor that will protect you from the barrage of attacks that can stifle creativity and output! "Work or Grad School Next?” was the clear...


"Failing Forward" [Get Some Grit]

Welcome back! Episode 29, "Failing Forward" is a bit of a mixed bag of a show. Follow along as best you can! First and foremost, GSG is now on iHeartRadio! We are expanding our reach to serve you, the listener, better each week. Check out the weekly Twitter poll for your vote on future episode topics! @getsomegrit On my most recent Indiana road trip, I listened to the entirety of Steven Pressfield's The War of Art, and consider it one of the finest books I've read in recent memory. Three...


"5 Tips to THRIVE in Final Exam Week" [Get Some Grit]

Tomorrow marks the last day of classes on my college campus, and final exams begin on Wednesday. When I was a student, I felt like I had a pretty good plan to get through exam week each semester, but now when I look back on it, I wonder how I made it through. Here are five tips that can help you get through finals relatively unscathed and ready to enjoy the holiday season: f.lux is available for download at --- Enjoying the show? Let me know and tell a friend! I would love...