Thanksgiving Week

11/24/2010 Wednesday 7:05 am

This week has been packed – and we’re just getting started!

Things began Monday with a terrific coffee I had at Dominican Joe’s on South Congress with the Director of the Long Center: Paul Beutel.  Paul, who ran the Paramount Theater in Austin for 17 years, is doing an enormous job of directing the Long Center and he asked me to coffee to discuss a 2012 collaboration?  I’m not at liberty to disclose the idea, I’m afraid, but suffice to say it’s big, and it’s flamenco.  I’m pretty sure the whole thing is “in the bag” as it were, and I look forward to sharing news as soon as I have it.

I raced from coffee with Paul, to lunch at Eastside Cafe with Robert Floyd who is the Executive Director of texas Music Educator’s Association and managing editor of Southwestern Musician Magazine.  I’ve been wanting to meet Robert for a long time, TMEA’s convention is the largest gathering of music educators in the nation – with over 20,000 in attendance each February – and it’s Robert’s organization that’s responsible for putting it on each year.  Among many other things.  It was a real pleasure to hear about those other things and, of course, to have a discussion about the state of guitar education and, specifically, our contributions to it!

Tuesday began with an early meeting at Austin Asset Management Company with Chuck Lutke – our new Director of Development and Communications at ACGS – and Liz Pyeatt, Community Relations for AAMC.  Liz is helping us with our giant February Gala at One World Theater and boy am I glad for her help!  She had a host of ideas that we went over at the meeting and I feel we’re in really good hands for this one.

After that I went back to the office to have my first-ever Skype session.  And not only was it a Skype chat, it was actually a recorded Skype interview!  The whole interview will be posted next week: I’ve seen the edited videos already and I’m really excited about them.

Then it was off to lunch with one of our major donors.  She gives anonymously to ACGS, so she’ll remain anonymous, but we talked alternately, for two hours, about her recent trip to eastern Europe and the work we’re doing here at ACGS.  It was absolutely marvelous to spend time with her.

Today I’ll spend in the office until 11 when I meet with Ken Lewin of Shoot First Productions who is doing our video capture this year for our online training program.  He’s going to show me some of the video they’ve done already and I can’t wait to see it.  Then, after a few hours of teaching, Glenda and I will drive out to Marble Falls on Lake Travis to spend a few days – including Thanksgiving of course, with our dear friends Mike and Linda.

Happy Thanksgiving!

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