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July 2, 2008:


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Well, dear readers, I’m napping whilst writing these here notes, hence I am writing through a haze and a fog and also a fog and a haze. I’m in the netherworld between sleep and awake and I’m writing through not only a haze but a daze and let me tell you, it’s a doozy of a daze and a hoozy of a haze, not to mention a bog of a fog. I really have no clew as to what the HELL I’m going on about, but my fingers just type away and words and sentences spew forth like a gazelle in a Hupmobile. I’m trying to awaken myself long enough to have some jottings that make sense or, at the very least, make cents. Speaking of cents, yesterday was a fine way to begin July. I got up quite early, expecting some more fallout from the LA Times article, but instead had nice e-mails from everyone concerned, and then I spent a good forty minutes on the phone hearing nice things from a key player, and expressing thanks for my positive attitude and assuring me that we’ll all be working together again – it was a lovely telephonic call. I then jogged, packaged up quite a few things, got them shipped, picked up some things from the mail place, did some other things around the home environment, did another errand, got a Philly Cheese Steak sandwich from Quickie’s and came home and ate it all up in one fell swoop. I had more e-mails to answer, decided on some more casting for our upcoming reading (one actress I wanted is in a show, and I just decided she’s worth working around), had two bottles of water (my system is in shock from all this fershluganah water), and finally sat on my couch like so much fish.

Last night, I watched a DVD I received in the mail of that UK university production of The Brain From Planet X. It was really fun and interesting to see a completely different production. It was nice to hear certain jokes landing like they always do, even in a different interpretation. They used the full band, so the show sounded good, and they had actors who could sing, and it looked like the cast was having a very good time, and the audience sure seemed to enjoy it. Seeing it did make me decide to do a page of Author’s Notes for the show when it’s licensed through Rodgers and Hammerstein, because I think they’d be helpful, just pointing out certain pitfalls to avoid, and to clarify certain things in the show and staging, because as I watched I realized certain things in the script weren’t spelled out carefully enough. Anyway, it was fun to see it.
Have I mentioned that I’m in a haze of a daze and a bog of a fog? Last night, I also listened to two count them two home-grown CDs – the first was an LP transfer of Christian Gaubert’s score to the Jodie Foster picture, The Little Girl Who Lives Down The Lane. It’s a really nice, tuneful score, mostly in the Francis Lai vein. The second was Michael Small’s fantastic score to the Robert Wise film, Audrey Rose. It made me want to watch the film again, even though every time I watch it it’s a disappointment, just one of those films you wished worked better.

Well, why don’t we all click on the Unseemly Button below because frankly or even stevely I’m in a haze of daze and a bog of a fog and I’m having to pry my eyelids open, like Malcolm McDowell in A Clockwork Orange.

Today, I must do many errands, I must do work on the computer, I must do work at the piano, and then I must attend a two-hour rehearsal with Mr. Sean McDermott in North Hollywood. And I’ll be mentioning it again closer to the event, but anyone who’s in the area and who would like to see a run-through of the Kevin Spirtas/Sean McDermott two-person show is welcome to come – it’s a week from Friday in North Hollywood at the Madilyn Clark Studios at seven o’clock. You’ll need to be on a list, so simply e-mail me that you’d like to attend and I’ll see that you’re on it.

Tomorrow, I have an all-day rehearsal with Kevin and Sean. I’ll probably let them take the first hour or two alone, then I’ll come in and we’ll run through the entire show and clean things that need cleaning, and tighten it all up.

Friday, of course, is July 4th, Independence Day, a day of independence for one and all and also all and one. I shall be attending the annual partay of neighbor Tony Slide and Bob Gitt and I’m sure it will be their usual lovely partay with lovely guests.

Well, dear readers, I must take the day, I must do the things I do, I must, for example, do many errands, work on the computer, at the piano, and then attend a rehearsal. Today’s topic of discussion: It’s Ask BK Day, the day in which you get to ask me or any dear reader any old question you like and we get to give any old answer we like. So, let’s have loads of lovely questions and loads of lovely answers and loads of lovely postings, shall we, whilst I hit the road to dreamland so I can stop being in this haze of a daze and a bog of a fog.

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