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July 14, 2017:

THE FLEXATONE

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Well, dear readers, we had us a really good run-through of Kay’s show – she was completely at ease and comfortable and had FUN, always the key. It was great to watch and she was in great voice. The act itself is working really well, and John Boswell is doing his usual brilliant job. I only had about four tiny notes and one tiny change in patter, a cut actually. So we have today’s run, tomorrow with a few people in attendance (about six at the moment), and then we do this sucker. The only thing missing is a Flexatone, but you can’t have everything. I, for one, think everything is better with a Flexatone, don’t you? It’s why I love the Khachaturian piano concerto so much – the Flexatone. If Beethoven had used a damn Flexatone I might have liked his music better. And yes for you wiseacres who are sitting there wondering whether I, BK, have used a Flexatone on a recording, the answer is yes and on more than one occasion. We had a bank of sounds we always used if we wanted to make something fun or weird and the Flexatone was in that bank of sounds. Why the HELL am I talking about a Flexatone. But, now that I’ve spoken of it I’m of course listening to the Khachaturian piano concerto, which is very addictive. I found another CD of it when I went through the CDs on the top shelf of the hall closet, so that was fun. It’s quite a good performance.

Yesterday was quite a day, although I haven’t really a clew why it was quite a day. I got eight hours of sleep, did work on the computer, am still awaiting confirmation of our final singer for the Kritzerland show so that I can assign songs, and then I began my Freshly journey by having the chicken and risotto for lunch. It was very easy to prepare in the microwave, although I’d read on their site that two minutes was the prep time, but I didn’t realize that every dinner has the prep time written on the box – had I realized that I would have given it an extra thirty seconds, but as it so happened the two minutes was fine – it was nice and hot and of course fully cooked before even cooking. So, how was it? It was actually quite tasty and fresh. One chicken breast and risotto in some kind of sauce – I ate it all up and it was even quite filling, despite having only 550 calories.

After that, Kay and John came by and we had our run-through, then I went and picked up a couple of packages and came home. I listened to some music – some Brahms, the Douglas Lilburn symphonies (another CD I found in the closet) – hadn’t heard the latter in thirty years and they’re quite lovely – and the symphonies of Welshman Daniel Jones, which were kind of a poor man’s William Alwyn and not much to my liking. Then I sat on my couch like so much fish.

Last night, I tried to watch a region B Blu and Ray of the Hammer film, The Nanny, starring Miss Bette Davis and Miss Pamela Franklin. I’ve never thought it was all that, but I kept falling asleep, so I’ll give it another go over the weekend. The transfer is quite nice, though. Then I made my second Freshly meal for dinner, this one the steak peppercorn. Like the chicken risotto, this, too, was very tasty and well prepared. I followed the time directions this time – three-and-a-half minutes – and again I ate it all up and it was very filling. And only 500 calories, so my entire calorie intake for the day was 1,050 and that’s a weight loss number if ever there was one. So, thus far I’m happy with Freshly. I did some more work on the computer, and then listened to the first ninety minutes of the complete Gayene ballet by Khachaturian on a Mobile Fidelity two-CD set I found in the closet – they licensed it from Melodiya, a recording made in 1976. Of course I have many recordings of the suite but hearing it complete is a whole other thing – great music, nice sound and performances and I still have another hour to go. I took a break to hear the Flexatone.

Today, I have song choosing to do, hopefully I’ll pick up some packages, I’ll have a Freshly lunch, then we’ll do our run-through, then I have other work to do, then I’m going to the theater to work the murder scene (last night’s pick-up rehearsal was cancelled) – I may or may not stay for the show – we shall see. Then I’ll come home and have my Freshly dinner – don’t know which I’ll choose yet but perhaps a pasta for one and the meat loaf for the other.

Tomorrow we have our final run-through with a few people in attendance – not sure what the evening holds yet. Sunday we have our sound check and then show and I will, of course, have a full report for you.

Well, dear readers, I must take the day, I must do the things I do, I must, for example, choose songs, hopefully pick up packages, have a Freshly lunch, have a run-through, work a murder scene, and then have a Freshly dinner. Today’s topic of discussion: It’s Friday – what is currently in your CD player and your DVD/Blu and Ray player? I’ll start: CD, a little Britten, a little Brahms, a little Bolcolm – the three Bs. Your turn. Let’s have loads of lovely postings, shall we, whilst I hit the road to dreamland, where I shall dream dreams accompanied by a Flexatone.

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