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February 6, 2017:


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Well, dear readers, Super Bowl Sunday has come and gone and I, of course, paid no attention whatsoever. Yes, you heard it here, dear readers, I, BK, paid no attention whatsoever to the Super Bowl or any other bowl. But before I get to what I did pay attention to I think we need some more videos, don’t you? So, here are more videos. First up, Sam Herbert doing You Got Trouble from The Music Man – watching him master this was really fun, since I learned it when I was fourteen and performed it many times, but never outside of my living room (well, I did do it at a talent show in high school).

Here’s Hadley Belle Miller doing 44 Sunsets, a song I recorded for Broadway Bound with Daisy Eagan, who’d sung it in the off-Broadway musical version of The Little Prince. I really like this song, and I gave this to Hadley only five days ahead of the show. This is a very tricky song to perform right. When she first did it she took the word “sad” and ran with it but that’s not what the emotion of the song is, so we talked and then I told her that all the other words in the song were the important ones and would lead her where she needed to go – once she “got” that she did it perfectly, as you’ll see and hear.

Next up is Jaidyn Young doing the movie version of Stephen Sondheim’s The Glamorous Life – one of my favorite Sondheim songs.

Here’s Mandy Wolf doing the Sherman Brothers song The Happiest Girl Alive – Mandy is Richard Sherman’s granddaughter and as I said in the show, “She’s a chip off the old Sherman.”

I wish I could share Jenna Lea Rosen’s The Story Goes On but the video started late and missed the first two lines, and then during the first minute of the song you can hear endless and obnoxious sirens screaming down Lankershim, one after another, and annoyingly they are in a different key than the song.

Yesterday, Super Bowl Sunday, I did not get enough sleep due to an upset tummy that kept me up for several hours. I finally did fall back asleep for a while but I surely did not get more than five hours of sleep. Once up, I was really too groggy to do much of anything. At about two I went over to Gelson’s, which was a madhouse because a lot of really silly people decided they couldn’t shop for their parties until an hour before. I mean, sanity is a rare commodity in the City of Studio. I just got a bit of their chicken enchiladas from the hot food bar, along with some cashews, picked up one small package that contained the Dial ‘M’ for Murder script, and then I came home. I ate the enchiladas whilst watching a documentary on the Flix of Net about one of those motivational gurus who was convicted of the negligent death of three people at one of his retreats – he spent two years in jail. It’s a fascinating documentary, and interesting to watch the people who are so needy and willing to spend thousands upon thousands of hard-earned money to have someone tell them they should think positively and get rid of the walls and barriers they build. And even some of the people who were actually there and participating when the three people died in a sweat lodge, after staying away from these kinds of people, tell us they’re now back finding new people to be needy with for their spiritual and financial growth. He has, since his release, slowly been easing his way back into his field and I have no doubt that people will seek him out despite what they know.

After that, I began a motion picture on Blu and Ray entitled The Blue Lamp, an Ealing Studios crime picture directed by Basil Dearden, starring Jack Warner and Dirk Bogarde. I got through half of it before falling asleep so I’ll finish it at some point soon.

After that, I went back to Gelson’s and got a little bit of mac-and-cheese and a couple of those fifty-three calorie shrimp skewer things, came home and ate those whilst getting everything ready for the LACC Indiegogo campaign. I got it all done save for about six more perks, so we can definitely launch today at some point. I also listened to some music – Prokofiev’s Ivan the Terrible on SACD in great sound, then some Villa-Lobos as I did the Indiegogo campaign.

Today, I believe I’ll be lunching with a book dealer friend of mine at noon. Then I’ll hopefully pick up some packages, get the campaign launched and finish casting the March show so I can finish choosing the remaining eight numbers. I’m also going to try and finish this song I was commissioned to write, at least a rough final lyric.

Tomorrow I get proofer two’s hard copy of the book and I’ll get whatever of those fixes I agree with into the book and run whatever I need to by Muse Margaret. The rest of the week is meetings and meals and going and doing as well as some doing and going.

Well, dear readers, I must take the day, I must do the things I do, I must, for example, have lunch with a book dealer, hopefully pick up some packages, finish casting, launch a campaign, choose songs, and work on a lyric. Today’s topic of discussion: What do you think of these motivational people like Deepak Chopra and Tony Robbins and the others? Let’s have loads of lovely postings, shall we, whilst I hit the road to dreamland, happy to have not gone bowling on Super Bowl Sunday.

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