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March 11, 2008:

THE RHYMING NOTES

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Well, dear readers, it is late, the notes are late, and therefore I shall have to write them in a hurry, but do not worry, I shall scurry and write them in a flurry, even if my eyes are a little blurry and I feel like I should go to Missouri. Wow, perhaps today’s notes will be the Rhyming Notes. But frankly I’m too tired – maybe if I was wired then the rhyming could be admired or even desired and if I did it would it really be inspired? Speaking of inspired, yesterday was just an all around annoying day. I didn’t hear anything from the people I’m waiting to hear from (however, no news is good news), a couple of other things that were supposed to happen didn’t happen, and there were some things I had to deal with regarding The Brain, which I would rather not have dealt with. First of all, I got up too late and that wasn’t great for I had too much on my plate, none of which could wait. I was behind all day long. I did put two more songs in the computer, but then tried to record the finale of act one, which is quite long and complicated, and involves three part counterpoint – I finally got a good piano track and first vocal, but I didn’t realize how I had to do the second and third vocal tracks, and I ended up nuking the entire thing, which I’ll now have to redo today. Then Mr. Rothman arrived and we picked up assistant Miss Patti at the subway station, and then we tried our new route to the Chance Theater. I will say that the new route is about fifteen miles out of the way, but for most of the 134 we flew. Once we transitioned to the 210 for the next eight miles things were very slow for reasons none of us could understand – no accidents, no nothing, and once we were approaching the 57 all traffic disappeared instantly and we then flew all the way to the 91 and the theater. So, despite the fact that it’s a much longer drive, we actually got there in just over an hour, saving about twenty to thirty minutes. But it’s really out of the way, so I’ll have to think twice about doing it again. We all had a little dinner at the local Marie Callender’s, and then we went to rehearsal. I auditioned a candidate for General Mills, and we’re probably going to go with him, despite the fact that I think he’s going to have trouble with the music. However, the General doesn’t sing that much, so maybe it will be okay. He gave a good reading. I’m holding off on a final decision until Wednesday morning (since he wouldn’t be able to attend our read-through tonight anyway). We taught the fellow who’s playing the Narrator all his music (his stuff is easy – he just sings the same song over and over), and I think he’ll do a very good job. Mark then learned all the Brain music, and there’s no question, even at this early stage, that he’s going to be really funny. We then had a little meeting with the musical director and worked out some issues that needed to be worked out and I think we’re all on the same page now. We had one ensemble girl drop out, and I think it’s for the better – she was a really weak singer, so we now have three strong singer/dancer females. We still need our one ensemble male. We left at ten, and got home very quickly. I then had to catch up on tons of e-mails and other detritus, and I didn’t even have time to sit on my couch like so much fish.

Well, why don’t we all click on the Unseemly Button below, because we’ve got to go, we’ve got to get on with the show, so don’t say no, and let’s just blow.

Today, I shall finish putting songs into the computer and then send them all off to the lead sheet fellow so he can do up the lead sheets. I also have a few errands to do and some whatnot, and then it will be time to head out to the Chance for our first read-through. I’ll be playing and singing the songs and, I suppose, reading General Mills, which I would really rather not do.

Then, over the next two days, I’ll do a bit of prep for the Bullshit shoot on Friday. I also have to do some more work on the Nudie Musical script and score, getting it ready for a reading.

I’m thinking we need your strongest most excellent vibes and xylophones – things are really nutty and we need them to not be nutty and to have good things happen in the next few days or there will be hell toupee.

Well, dear readers, I must take the day, I must do the things I do, I must, for example, record songs into the computer, do errands and whatnot, and then have the read-through of The Brain From Planet X. I will, of course, have a full report for you. Today’s topic of discussion: What is the worst faux pas you’ve ever made, either in public or private or both? Let’s have loads of lovely postings, shall we, whilst we all take the time to rhyme and perhaps tomorrow we’ll mime.

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