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August 4, 2017:

THE VISIT

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Well, dear readers, we had us a very nice second Kritzerland rehearsal. Singers are still getting their lyrics 100% but everyone was really prepared, which always makes these things go much more smoothly. The songs are just so incredible, and the put-togethers are really working nicely – in fact, I made several transitions even smoother, which is the idea in a put-together. And as I listened it seemed to me that the structure will work really well, but I won’t know that for sure until the stumble-through on Saturday. I just sat on my chair like so much fish, loving that Mancini music.

Just prior to that I’d had a two-hour fun visit with Richard and Elizabeth Sherman. The Levi musical director was with us. Richard played our new song and MD Richard made sure the lead sheet matched exactly. I asked for two small note changes, both of which Richard thought were good ideas – that’s the nature of our collaboration – he can adjust a word or a sentence of the lyric and I can adjust a note or two of the music and voila we have a song we’re both really pleased with, especially as the second act scene was crying out for it. Then MD Richard and I played Richard the arrangement we’d come up to make the act two opening song work the way I need it to, in terms of tempo and energy. He liked it a lot, so that was good. I bought Richard some chocolate licorice and some red licorice, and he ate some as we gabbed for the remaining time. We also decided to take up an offer to do one of our Evening Withs that we enjoy doing – the show we did at LACC and last November at Sami Staitman’s school as a fundraiser. I’d been contacted about this about a month ago, for a school in Orange County that has a wonderful arts program AND a budget for bringing in events, so, surprise of surprises, we both get paid to do it, which is lovely. They’d come up with a date that worked really well for them, and it looks like it works really well for us, in October. If she’s available, Susan Egan will come sing, and one other professional, and then I think we’ll have a couple of their kids sing, as we did at Sami’s school. So, that will be fun.

Prior to those two things, I’d gotten six hours of sleep, got up, answered e-mails, did some work on the computer and then had some tuna pasta salad, which was excellent. I went and picked up a couple of packages, then came home and Richard and Elizabeth and MD Richard arrived and the rest you know.

After the rehearsal, I did a two-and-a-half mile jog, then had more tuna pasta salad (today’s portion was half of the batch – tomorrow the same), whilst sitting on my couch like so much fish.

Last night, I watched another Hitchcock Hour episode, this one called Day of Reckoning, starring Barry Sullivan, Louis Hayward, Hugh Marlowe, Jeremy Slate, Claude Akins, and others. It was another episode based on a novel, and it just wasn’t very interesting. I began the next episode but decided to save it for today – Richard Matheson’s Ride the Nightmare, which I’m sure will be enjoyable.

After that, I relaxed, listened to music, revised one bit of the commentary, since I’d axed a song, and that was that.

Today, she of the Evil Eye will be here bright and early, so I’ll do an early jog, then go do some errands and whatnot, hopefully pick up some packages, and then come home, do some work that needs doing, eat today’s portion of the tuna pasta salad, work at the piano, and then I’ll relax and have a semi ME day.

Tomorrow we have our stumble-through, and then I just need to relax. Sunday is our sound check and show, and then I’m sure some of us will go out. Next week is a lot of work on the computer, as well as meetings and meals and going to work in earnest on Robert Yacko’s cabaret show.

Well, dear readers, I must take the day, I must do the things I do, I must, for example, do a jog, hopefully pick up packages, do work on the computer and at the piano, eat, and then relax. 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, going through all my Samuel Barber selections in iTunes – this guy was brilliant. DVD, more Hitchcock Hours. Your turn. Let’s have loads of lovely postings, shall we, whilst I hit the road to dreamland, happy to have had such a delightful two-hour visit with the Shermans.

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