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January 31, 2008:

THE THREEPENNY NOTES

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Weill, dear readers, it’s… Weill dear readers??? Oh, now the entire notes are going to have have a Kurt Weill flavor and all because of a simple slip of the finger. I guess we’ll now have to call these here notes The Threepenny Notes and they’ll have to be dissonant and in their original key. I guess I’ll have to speak low, which isn’t that difficult since I’m a stranger here myself. Perhaps we’ll have special guests Mack the Knife and Henry the Fork. Perhaps I’ll speak of Poor Jenny and Pirate Jenny and Surabaya Jenny. If I get one touch of venus perhaps I’ll find a lady in the dark and we can go to Silverlake or as I like to call it, Silbersee and once there we can board my ship. Weill, I’ve had enough of this, haven’t you? I’ve just been Weilling away the hours and now I must get serious and put my nose to the grindstone. Have you ever put your nose to the grindstone? It’s quite painful and sometimes results in a smaller nose. Speaking of a smaller nose, yesterday was, I don’t know, a day. I got up early, printed out pages, then took them to Staples and got them Xeroxed. Then I took them to my Muse Margaret. Then I came home and wrote a few pages. Then I had a lunch meeting. Then I came home, wrote another couple of pages, and then made some LP transfers whilst doing other work on the computer. In the early evening I heard from muse Margaret and she said she really liked the new pages, but had one comment that she was getting bored in one section of the book because there was a lot of repeated information. We went over which pages were problematic, and even as I was reading them I saw the problem, so I changed the two things that really bothered her, but then I went through the six page sequence and took out two more pages, basically just taking all this endless information out of the character’s mouth and did very succinct cut-downs but in the narrator’s voice, and boy did it help. The rest of the sequence was fine, and I was able to get a little more humor in it, too, which was good. I’ll read her the final changed version when I return from my morning meeting, around ten-thirty.

That ended up taking enough time during the evening that I then didn’t have enough time to watch a motion picture on DVD, so instead I made some more LP transfers. I have to decide now whether to sell the actual LPs, some of which are quite rare. If anyone here is interested, drop me an e-mail and I’ll let you know the titles. They range from an incredibly rare LP of Stephen Sondheim’s Evening Primrose (signed by Sondheim) to an incredibly rare stereo pressing of Scent Of Mystery by Mario Nascimbene, one of the hardest to find of all soundtrack albums (mono copies turn up, but never stereo, and this one is pristine). Lots of other goodies, too.

Weill, why don’t we all click on the Unseemly Button below because I have to get up very early to attend a breakfast meeting.

Today, I shall be attending an eight-thirty breakfast meeting at Nate ‘n’ Al’s in Beverly Hills. Perhaps I’ll have lox, eggs, and onions or maybe some Matzoh Brei, or maybe just some poached eggs on toast. We shall see. I also have several important errands and business to attend to when I return home. And, of course, I must write at least seven pages. Whew!

Tomorrow, I have to write, but also do several errands and whatnot, but the weekend is pretty free and I’ll probably be strapped to my chair finishing a novel.

Next week is already shaping up to be very busy, with lots of meetings and whatnot.

Can you believe it’s the final day of January? And tomorrow will be February, which is a short month. I’m looking forward to February for many reasons.

Now wait just a darned minute. Let’s all put on our pointy party hats and our colored tights and pantaloons, let’s all break out the cheese slices and the ham chunks, let’s all dance the Hora or the Carioca, for today is the actual birthday of dear reader Michael S. So, let’s give a big haineshisway.com birthday cheer to dear rearder Michael S. On the count of three: One, two, three – A BIG HAINESHISWAY.COM BIRTHDAY CHEER TO DEAR READER MICHAEL S!!!

Weill, dear readers, I must take the day, I must do the things I do, I must, for example, have an early breakfast meeting, I must read revised pages to muse Margaret, I must write, I must do errands and whatnot, and I really must try to watch a motion picture on DVD. Today’s topic of discussion: What cherished LPs do you have that you would most like to see on CD? It’s quite shocking that after almost twenty-seven years’ worth of CD releases that there are still some incredible LPs that haven’t made it to CD. Let’s have loads of lovely postings, shall we, and let us now sing the score of The Threepenny Notes in our best Lotte Lenya voice.

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