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March 16, 2017:

NOTES WITH RACHMANINOV NOTES

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Well, dear readers, this month is flying by, like a gazelle with a twitch and earmuffs. How is this month half over already? Another question I have is how is this month half over with? Or, to put it completely differently, how is this month half over with? As I write these here notes, I am listening to Rachmaninov – piano pieces orchestrated by some interesting folks. I tell you, this guy could write a tune.

Yesterday was a day of this and that and also that and this. The alarm didn’t go off at ten and so I slept until eleven but since I didn’t fall asleep until four I guess it was okay. But I had to get right up, answer e-mails, and get ready for my noon-fifteen lunch with Lanny Meyers over at the Eclectic Café. We had a very good time, yakked aplenty, but the food was not up to the usual standards of the Eclectic so perhaps it’s just another case of the day chef not being the equal of the night chef. Therefore I shall pretty much stick to nights at the Eclectic which will, of course, be eclectic nights at the Eclectic.

After we finished lunch, I picked up no mail or packages, and then came home. I answered more e-mails, and then prepared everything for the new CD release announcement Friday morning at six. That took a bit of time, and I also did some other work but didn’t get around to the commentary, so that’s today’s business. I also had to do some busy work in preparation for a little visit that will occur around eleven this morning. I had a few telephonic calls and then I sat on my couch like so much fish.

Last night, I watched a motion picture on Blu and Ray from Warner Archive, said motion picture being entitled Demon Seed, starring Miss Julie Christie and Mr. Fritz Weaver, along with the voice of Mr. Robert Vaughn. I saw Demon Seed back when it came out and for its time it was pretty forward thinking. Now of course it seems a bit dated but only in its technology – its themes are still relevant, very much so. I’ve only seen it once since, on DVD some time ago and I’m not sure I actually watched it all the way through. So it was fun to revisit it and I have to say it’s very enjoyable still and still very provocative in many ways. Julie Christie is wonderful and Fritz Weaver is, too. And they couldn’t have cast the computer voice better than Robert Vaughn. The photography by Bill Butler is pure 1970s, and Donald Cammel’s direction is terrific – taut and crisp and some of the special effects hold up remarkably well, while others are, of course, a bit dated. Jerry Fielding’s score is also really good. And I’m happy to say that Warners hits it out of the park again – it looks fantastic – there are a huge number of opticals and they, too, look swell. I can’t imagine this looking better.

After that, I had some carrots and a couple of tiny tortillas with some cheese and hot sauce as my evening snack. I think other stuff may have happened but I cannot remember and so I shan’t write about what I can’t remember.

Today, I have an eleven o’clock visit that I hope will be done by eleven-thirty. Then we have to get the Kritzerland show event page done. I’ll eat, hopefully pick up some packages, and do the commentary, after which I’m sure I’ll relax and continue catching up on my movie viewing.

Tomorrow we’ll announce our new CD release – this is the first time in I don’t know how long when we’ve actually had two CDs to announce in one month, so that’s a good thing. Saturday I think I’m seeing a production of Company down in the Monica of Santa – if that gets confirmed I’ll go down there early and find someplace fun to have a meal beforehand. Not sure what’s happening on Sunday, but next week is very busy with all manner of things and things of all manner. I’m really hoping the books come in by the end of next week so we can get them on their merry way.

Well, dear readers, I must take the day, I must do the things I do, I must, for example, have a morning visit, eat, hopefully pick up packages, write a commentary, and relax. Today’s topic of discussion: What are your favorite films featuring computers, both old and new? Let’s have loads of lovely postings, shall we, whilst I hit the road to dreamland, happy to have written notes with Rachmaninov notes.

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