Remembering Dr Bruce - My Mentor

by Austin

Whenever I got into trouble, which was a lot in our earlier years, he would call me into the office and say, "You really need to go to church!"

Are you happy now?

Doctor Bruce always supported me, and gave me awesome advice. I remember being scared to death to go on stage in front of a huge crowd. He sensed it and gave me 3 rules to use:

1. Wear the highest heel boots you have. Women do it all the time and he gave me this pair!

2. Wear dark colors so the light doesn't bounce off you. YOU are the center of attention!

3. Finally, have AT LEAST 2 cocktails before you go up!

I was good to go at that event.

We could talk about anything. He never judged me. In fact he always had a better story about whatever particular situation I was in. We'd laugh, and then he'd give me more advice.

He taught me the in & outs of music programming. He always told me to go with your gut. You might miss sometimes, it might embarrass you. If it's not the right song and people are calling and giving you crap, always follow it with a George Strait Song and you'll be forgiven. I still do that to this day. And every new song I hear today I think of Dr. Bruce. What would he think?

He was a boss, a teacher, a mentor, and a confidant, and most of all a friend. He touched my life in so many ways and I'll carry his spirit until we meet again. So I leave you with this memory...

God sees the world through your eyes. Are you showing him a good time?

Thanks for the good times, and the eye jokes!

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