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February 12, 2008:

FLYING THINGS

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Well, dear readers, I have just killed a flying thing. This flying thing came out of nowhere and tried to dive into my eyeball whilst I was staring at Ye Olde Computer Screene. I warned it to stop its folly, but it did not listen and then in one fell swoop I squashed it into bits. One simply cannot have flying things trying to dive into one’s eyeball, can one? I mean, one must draw the line somewhere, flying thing-wise, mustn’t one, especially after one issues an easy to understand warning such as “IF YOU DON’T CHANGE YOUR DIRECTION I WILL SQUASH YOU INTO BITS.” In any case, the flying thing has gone to flying thing heaven, unless the flying thing was a bad flying thing, in which case it’s gone to flying thing hell. And they’re off and running. Speaking of off and running, yesterday was a busy as a bee day. I got up early, and had to do quite a few things in preparation for my production meeting on The Brain. After doing all that, I did a bit of work at the piano, and then some reworking of lyrics. I then had to do some errands, I got a little lunch, and then it was time to toddle off to Anaheim Hills for the production meeting. The production meeting was actually at seven – I left at five. The traffic approaching downtown and through downtown was horrendous, but once on the I5 things started moving. It was still slow, but I got to my destination in about ninety minutes. I grabbed an In and Out Burger (there’s one right next door to the theater), and then I hied myself to the meeting. There were about seven people in attendance, and they were very organized and things went very smoothly. I said what I had to say, asked questions, had questions asked of me and I think we’re all on the same page now. They’re all young and have good energy and I liked them all very much. I met our musical director and gave him a CD and the score, and I brought CDs for everyone else. We’re a little ahead of the game because we have all sorts of promotional tools that they usually never have – they’re going to cut together a quick promo reel from our DVD footage of the LACC production, I’ve got our old press releases, which they can use as the basis for their new one, and all our lovely press quotes from the two productions. It was a nice, quick meeting and I was back on the road by 8:45. It only took forty-five minutes going back, so that was good.

When I got home, I listened to my four-year-old demo of the new First Nudie Musical songs. I liked some of them very much, and others I was less enamored of, so I’ll start tinkering with them. I’ve decided we’re going to do a reading of the show at some point this year – we never did do one and I think it will be interesting to see how it feels. I did glance through the script and I can already see things I need to fix and adjust where I’ve been a little too faithful to the film, but some of the new material is pretty funny, I think.

Well, why don’t we all click on the Unseemly Button below because I must mourn the passing of a flying thing, cut down whilst trying to dive into my very own eyeball.

Today, I have a work session in the morning, then I must do several errands, and then I must work at the piano, and see if I can relearn some of these Nudie Musical songs. I believe I’m also going to start putting down the songs from the musical I’m mentoring with the fellow who’ll be creating the lead sheets. I must say, this is one I’d love to have elmore take a crack at. He would do a splendidly splendid job on it, I just know it.

I do have the evening free, so I will watch a motion picture on DVD, so that will be nice. Tomorrow I have a meeting with the children’s charity organization that I’ll be helping with, and then on Thursday, I’ll be lunching with our very own Mr. Jason Graae. I’m trying to find out if we’re allowed to go to the hotel on Thursday night to set up for the Hollywood Collector’s Show – it would be nice to get that out of the way and not have to do it in the morning.

Well, dear readers, I must take the day, I must do the things I do, I must, for example, have a work session, do work at the piano, do errands and then sit on my couch like so much fish. Today’s topic of discussion: What are your all-time favorite songs by Mr. Leonard Bernstein – as well as your favorite of his classical works? Let’s have loads of lovely postings, shall we, whilst we keep an eye peeled for any flying things on a kamikaze mission.

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