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September 7, 2017:

RETROGRADE IS IN RETROGRADE

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Well, dear readers, I was told that Mercury is now out of retrograde so now all we have to do is get Mercury out of Uranus and perhaps things will ease up a bit. I hate when things are in Uranus, it does no one any good. So, let’s keep those most excellent vibes and xylophones coming on strong until the planets completely align, which will hopefully be sooner than later. Meanwhile here I sit like so much fish, listening to the music of Norman Dello Joio and pondering the imponderables.

Yesterday I got about six and a half hours of sleep. Once up, I had e-mails to answer and a couple of telephonic calls to have, and then I had to be on my way to an eleven-thirty lunch meeting with a singer. Said singer wants to do a cabaret act and she’s come to me to help her put it together and direct it. We chatted about it and I think we’re both comfortable proceeding, and so proceed we shall. I had me a Cobb salad and no bagel. After that, I went to the mail place and picked up a couple of packages and then came home.

I then buckled down, Winsocki and finished the liner notes for the classical release. I read the first bit of what I’d written the night before and I didn’t mind the approach, which was from a personal angle, so I finessed it a bit and then continued. Three hours later I was done – for me the notes are much longer than usual, but I kind of like them and hopefully people will find them interesting. I listened to the master whilst writing and despite the now much-improved archival sound, especially of the first piece which is from a transcription disc of a 1946 concert, the music is so entrancing and the performance so wonderful I was just carried away I tell you, carried away. And a comparison of what we began with and what we ended up with in terms of cleaning up the transcription discs terrible anomalies is pretty amazing thanks to ace audio restoration expert Chris Malone.

After that, I listened to CD 1 of the RCA Living Stereo SACD of Puccini’s La Boheme – it’s quite good and I’ll listen to the second disc at some point today. Then I did some more work on the computer, had more telephonic calls, made a little pasta with butter for my evening snack (about four ounces) and that was pretty much that.

Today, I will do a little pushing to get other projects moving along, and then I have to do some organizing for Levi and I have to add a couple of little things to the script. I’ll eat, maybe even jog, hopefully pick up some packages, and then I’ll relax and watch a motion picture of some sort.

Tomorrow is already Friday – how the HELL did that happen? Mercury must be in Uranus – that’s the only reasonable explanation. I’ll be attending the opening night of Lost in Yonkers at the Group Rep in the evening and probably going out afterwards. I’m not sure what’s happening on the weekend, other than we’ll get the classical release ready to announce – not that I think we’re going to sell that many of them, but hopefully it will justify its existence because if it does then I’ll do one or two more. I may just start going through all the boxes in the garage, a project I’ve been putting off for a year – the helper was supposed to begin doing it and she’s procrastinated as much as I have. But I really want to rid myself of at least half of the boxes that are up there. Five of them have the invoices for the first five years of Kritzerland’s existence, and those can go directly in the trash. It won’t be easy but I’m very interested to see what I may find up there, especially in terms of things I might sell. And of course I must figure out the October Kritzerland show, which happens of the first, so no time to lose. Next week is very busy with all manner of things.

Well, dear readers, I must take the day, I must do the things I do, I must, for example, work on projects, figure out the Kritzerland show and cast it, eat, hopefully pick up packages, and relax. Today’s topic of discussion: Of all the trendy and new food things like kale and quinoa and that stuff that didn’t exist five years ago, which do you like, which do you loathe, and what others would you recommend? Let’s have loads of lovely postings, shall we, whilst I hit the road to dreamland, happy that retrograde is in retrograde and hoping things will improve.

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