Welcome Giant Screen Cinema Association to Austin

Giant Screen Cinema Association Logo When searching for prescient, knowledgeable and soulful people, why not think big. Welcome to Austin the members of the Giant Screen Cinema Association and their 2011 convention hosted by the Bob Bullock Story of Texas Musueum.

The purpose of GSCA is to “advance the business of producing and presenting giant screen experiences.” My hope is that you will find our city fun, exciting and as serious about art as you are. Thank you Tammy Seldon, Executive Director and Kelly Germain, Communications Director for choosing Austin.

Before the Sun Sets on this Memorial Day

by Gary Powell
caribbean sunset

Memorial Day is the day to reclaim one of our greatest American values,

“perception becomes reality.”

No, that’s not it! Professional communicators across all cultures and generations have known and utilized this manipulation – every politician, every manager, every promoter. Decades ago, I had several people in the field of public relations suggest that it was time for me to “build my myth.” I could never understand how they could miss the fact that my musical skills and professional life didn’t need a myth. I did, however, have the need to create my own authority. Although this is the truest of American values, no one suggested it to me. The lesson of claiming my own personal authority was finally taught to me at age forty-two! Although there were immediate benefits, it took another decade before it sank in and became integrated into my being. Utilizing our self-determined authority, if we have earned it, is how we; the talented, the educated, the bold and the caring, win.

by Gary Powell
caribbean sunset

Memorial Day is the day to reclaim one of our greatest American values,

“perception becomes reality.”

No, that’s not it! Professional communicators across all cultures and generations have known and utilized this manipulation – every politician, every manager, every promoter. Decades ago, I had several people in the field of public relations suggest that it was time for me to “build my myth.” I could never understand how they could miss the fact that my musical skills and professional life didn’t need a myth. I did, however, have the need to create my own authority. Although this is the truest of American values, no one suggested it to me. The lesson of claiming my own personal authority was finally taught to me at age forty-two! Although there were immediate benefits, it took another decade before it sank in and became integrated into my being. Utilizing our self-determined authority, if we have earned it, is how we; the talented, the educated, the bold and the caring, win.

Texas Singer/Songwriter Donna Dorrell

in the Studio with Gary Powell

by Gary Powell


Let’s tell the story of a woman courting a deep East Texas drawl, Donna Dorrell, who finds and shares a defining perspective from her life through songwriting. Is her disarmingly insightful lyric born from the song-farms of major recording centers, or from somewhere else? That rhetorical question is only meant to wake us up to the idea that people like Donna Dorrell who have lived a conscious and mindful life make excellent artists – regardless of age.

“Maybe I’m It – Maybe I’m Not” Reviews

The reviews below followed Gary Powell’s original one-man show based on his 1982 book “Maybe I’m It – Maybe I’m Not” presented at Zachary Scott Theater in Austin, Texas as originally performed in 1997.

Maybe I'm It - Maybe I'm Not

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“Inventiveness, range and uniqueness describe Gary Powell’s extraordinary musical talent. In a chronicle of his experience, he removes the normal boundaries of theater by encouraging audience participation. Powell explores musical and human relationships with wry wit, original songs, and poignant personal moments in a “Randy Newman” styled concert guaranteed to delight.”

The reviews below followed Gary Powell’s original one-man show based on his 1982 book “Maybe I’m It – Maybe I’m Not” presented at Zachary Scott Theater in Austin, Texas as originally performed in 1997.

Maybe I'm It - Maybe I'm Not

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“Inventiveness, range and uniqueness describe Gary Powell’s extraordinary musical talent. In a chronicle of his experience, he removes the normal boundaries of theater by encouraging audience participation. Powell explores musical and human relationships with wry wit, original songs, and poignant personal moments in a “Randy Newman” styled concert guaranteed to delight.”

Singer Kenna Chris in the Studio with Gary Powell

by Gary Powell

The media loves to tell the story of the naturally talented performer “discovered” by chance. This one myth, however, has done more harm than good in promoting business infrastructures that favor chance over discipline, luck over persistence, and style over substance. Even a more insidious result this myth can cause is to push the truly gifted performers, composers, or artists many times, and understandably, to simply exit the premises to avoid the inbred structure of nepotism and pretense.

by Gary Powell

The media loves to tell the story of the naturally talented performer “discovered” by chance. This one myth, however, has done more harm than good in promoting business infrastructures that favor chance over discipline, luck over persistence, and style over substance. Even a more insidious result this myth can cause is to push the truly gifted performers, composers, or artists many times, and understandably, to simply exit the premises to avoid the inbred structure of nepotism and pretense.

Red Staple Premiers at SXSW in Austin

Yes, there is every reason that you, the independent musician, will want to learn about Red Staple, the newest resource for leveling the promotional playing field. Up until now, “LP” content for songs on iTunes has been reserved for major labels; not any more. Red Staple is a fast and affordable tool for LP creation.

Welcome to Red Staple. We’re helping musicians, film makers, distributors, artists, bloggers and others package content in a unique way for digital platforms.

Their service provides a variety of templates to which you can add your own design elements. But more important, it is not limited to song releases. Red Staple can also help deepen your audience’s experience for all of your digital projects, be it music, film, photography or blog. It’s also an effective tool for wedding videographers, event planners and for conferences as well.

Yes, there is every reason that you, the independent musician, will want to learn about Red Staple, the newest resource for leveling the promotional playing field. Up until now, “LP” content for songs on iTunes has been reserved for major labels; not any more. Red Staple is a fast and affordable tool for LP creation.

Welcome to Red Staple. We’re helping musicians, film makers, distributors, artists, bloggers and others package content in a unique way for digital platforms.

Their service provides a variety of templates to which you can add your own design elements. But more important, it is not limited to song releases. Red Staple can also help deepen your audience’s experience for all of your digital projects, be it music, film, photography or blog. It’s also an effective tool for wedding videographers, event planners and for conferences as well.