2013 – Year In Review

Whoa dude.  Can we go back to January and start over?  I think the older you get the quicker these things pass by you.  Or the less effective your memory gets, so you cant even remember if it was fast or slow.  Fast is just the default to place blame.

First and foremost…I love my friends and family.  Thank you for putting up with me through another year.  I have needed your support and friendship and you are all more and more of a beacon in the night helping me find my way through this journey we call life.  Its filled with heart ache, sorrow, smiles, births and deaths, music and noise and change.  Change.  There is some great things that have been said about change.  Its one of the main variables in the human condition.  The better we can adapt to change the better we can survive as the “fittest”.

I need to work on that too.  The F word.  Fit.  Has anyone seen my feet?

I went through my choral music from high school and college and it just brings me back to the joy I felt with the right amount of forced air vibrating my vocal folds.  Some big things coming this year:

1. BArbershopMe – http://www.barbershopme.com

2. Carolina Vocal Express

3. The Heart of Carolina Chorus – http://www.hoccmusic.org


Look out.  Look up.  Look ahead.  The world is passing you by.  By the time you read this it might already be 2014.


Happy Holidays, New Year, and forever.



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Instant Classic Week on BarbershopMe – Pitch Pipe Anyone?

Instant Classic Week on BarbershopMe – Pitch Pipe Anyone?.

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Like a Good Neighbor

Well folks,


Its been a long ride.  I have hit my 1 year mark with State Farm and I couldnt be happier.  Did you know I might be a business owner here shortly?


Its all good news, State Farm has a great opportunity to step into a role of becoming one of their Agents and owning one of their offices rather quickly.  Once you are with the company I think for 18 months you have the opportunity to go into an excellerated agency program and be one of the big wigs.


Can you imagine my face on a billboard!!!  I would build my house right underneath it.  BOOM.


First Day with state farm

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TNS Dancing



Did you know these guys have moves?!?!


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The Great Gormando

I had a great weekend.  Last weekend.  Basketball.  All day, everyday.


My friend from college, Alejandro Sanchez-Colon came up from Orlando, FL to chill with some of his Lee University buddies.  Yes I only went to college there for like 9 months and my GPA was 1.14 but hey, its still home to me. 


Bill Rose- Youth Pastor extraordinaire and founder of OASIS CHURCH was there, as well as his amazing wife, Whitney Rose


Brandon “Betna” Bell was there as well.  See my Instagram feed to a very flattering picture of @BBell000 picking his nose.


Imagine hanging out with some of your best friends in the world, without a care.  Sitting in the nose bleeds of the Greensboro Collesium and watching Duke, UNC (Alex and Brandons team), NC tate (Me and the Rose’s favorite team)


We were able to get down into the front row of almost every game, had great fellowship and an amazing time with these guys.  Hopefully we get to do it again and make this a regular thing!


Electronically Yours,



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Hey Everyone,


Great things going on in my life.  I am so lucky to be blessed to have all the people, places and things in my life that are here right now.  Here is your breakdown of the happiness happenings in the life of Gorman


1.  Amy Deborde- have you ever been doing a jigsaw puzzle and you cant find that last piece?  Have you ever said to yourself, all this needs is _______ and it would be so much better.  Or have you ever said….”This girl” and sighed and smiled for the rest of your life.  Yeah shes it.  My heart is full of spring, forevermore.


2. My best friend Bill Rose ( http://www.billrosespeaks.com/) has been given the opportunity to start his own church.  Which totally fills my heart.  There are 2 moments in my life when I usually cry.  When the Steelers lose, and when my best friends life long dream gets to come true.  Check out his church, Oasis at http://oasischurchnc.com/.


3. Another great group of friends of mine will be getting together on March 14, 15, 16th, 17th for the ACC Tournament.  I was once at the ACC Womens Tournament thanks to a friend Brooke Roberson and that was an experience in itself.  I had never seen collegiate basketball, because where I went to college at I wouldnt compare it to “Real College” basketball. Alex is coming up from Florida, thanks Lauren!  Bill and Whitney are going to be able to go to as many games as their busy schedules will allow.  My girl miss Amy Deborde! and BRANDON BELL.  For those that habla espanol….Brandinho Bell.

Changing the lives of Barbershoppers everywhere

Changing the lives of Barbershoppers everywhere

4. BarbershopMe.   All of my passions have come together in a pint sized webpage on facebook, twitter and www.barbershopme.com

Please check out my work, let me know if you want to help or contribute in any way or have any donations you would like to offer as well.  We need all the help we can get getting this off the ground!

www.twitter.com/barbershopme   www.facebook.com/barbershopme   www.barbershopme.com


Well kids, thats all.  Thanks for listening I hope your life is going great.  To all of you struggling out there, dont worry it will only make you stronger.  Ive had to sell laptops to pay rent and beg my father to pay my electricity bill, ive been irresponsible and i have been very fortunate as well.  Life is conditioning you to be the amazing person you will be one day.  Keep fighting the good fight.


Electronically Yours,







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Today was a great day.  I was able to witness one of the happiest moments in my life and it wasnt about me at all.


I was thrilled, floored, elated, and so proud of Mr. Bill and Whitney Rose today.


Bill preached like ive never seen him before.  His heart was on fire with the love of the lord and these words were coming from his mouth and hitting the audience in the chest.  He was spewing love, and encouragement and challenging every single one of them.  He was identifying the Christians who take the easy way.  Who go to church and then feel “like they have to go home and clean up their lives before next sunday so they don’t feel guilty”.  He was condemning the generation we have stuck in the growing youth of today who feel like everything is entitled to them.  Like they feel like everything is owed to them without ever knowing what it is like to work for something, save for something, and meet a goal you have set for yourself or your family.  The spoiled kids who keep to be slapped across their face with the back of the left hand.


He mentioned the love the father had for the prodigal son.  He made a comparison I had never heard before, the Father resembles the Lord.  The dad doesn’t care about the actions of the sons past, he doesn’t care how he was treated.  He took his fathers earnings and money and selfishly left for his own fulfillment of sinful ways.

The father (god) is always sitting on the front porch just waiting for you to take that first step back in his direction.  The “religious people” of the world want to condemn you and shun you and punish you for acting out of the “status quo” of christianity, but the father and/or god want to welcome you back into his home with no stipulations.  you dont have to work your way up, you dont have to outbalance your bad with good.  You just need to take that step back to him and your life is forever in his presence, you are with Him.

You can hear Bills passion coming out of this story because I know his story.  I know when Bill was looking for that father to come home to.  I know when Bill didnt have anything but a basketball and a bible keeping him on the right path and he was only a few pages from going the other way.

Bill didnt know what a real family was like.  And he didnt know what the loving embrace of a father or mother feels like.  As he is telling this story all I can do is cry for him.  I cried in the church, I wiped my tears away with my jacket every few minutes because I knew Jesus had saved Bill in many more ways than any father could have saved their kid.

Bill was put up for adoption and lived in a children’s home in Falcon, NC and you would go weak in the knees to hear of his past life before these glory days ahead.


He was adopted and loved, and cherished and supported by the Roses in Goldsboro, NC.  Two godly people who finally gave Bill a front porch to start walking towards.  He felt the warmth of the love of Jesus and the relationship he had with his spiritual father was soon coming to fruition in the physical world.

Now I might be exaggerating, but I know Bill better than most.  All I could see was him walking towards a porch.  All I could see was his feet covered in filth, overtaken by bruises and sores, walking in the cold hard rain down a long winding road.  His lord and savior was looking in the distance and knew his silhouette better than anyone.  Bill is trying to keep his pace steady but the road he traveled wasnt an easy one.  He has been trying to find the answer to his prayers, and the fulfillment of his soul and he was walking towards that porch to have a seat at the table with Jesus.

I slowly see Whitney come into the picture.  Holding Bill upright and walking with him, hand in hand, side by side.  Jesus smiles…Mr. Rose, and Mrs. Rose, and Larry, and Vicki, and Todd and Andrea and Me and Danskin, and Sanchez and everyone from Falcon, and everyone from his past puts a hand on him and helps him along his journey.  Jesus smiles.

Teachers come and share with Bill the faith they have had in him since the beginning.  Children come and run in front of the pack playing and thanking Bill for being their voice.  They hug Bill and cry with Bill…he is the reason they might still be here on this earth with us.  Jesus Smiles.

Bill Rose and Whitney Rose reach the front gate, as you would assume its a white picket fence with a latched gate.  Bill opens the gate, walks towards his Father and he is greeted by a warm embrace.  The sensation fills the heart, soul, body and mind.  Your journey has begun for now you are here.  At the table where you belong.  You have always been serving Him and now you are the one to help others serve.

Today is the day I saw my best friend have one of his dreams come true.  Bill and Whitney will be opening their own church in January of 2014 called Oasis Church http://oasischurchnc.com/ .

Today is #anamazingdayinmylife.  I saw an amazing journey start.  I saw a boy become a man and take ownership of his future.  I saw an entire church rise up and support the growth of a kingdom that is troubled with selfishness.  They rose up and when they all prayed for the lucky couple (Bill and Whit) who were to take on this church plant….you saw a sea of hundreds of hands all reach forward and support this movement.

I have a new church called Oasis.


Today was #anamazingdayinmylife.


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