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April 1, 2018:

HAPPY APRIL, HAPPY FOOLS, HAPPY EASTER, HAPPY PASSOVER

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Well, dear readers, first things first, which is always preferable to first things second.  It is April.  Yes, you heard it here, dear readers, it is April and it is my fervent hope and prayer that April will be a month filled with health, wealth, happiness, creativity, and all things bright and beautiful.  And today is April Fools Day and also Easter, which happens very infrequently on this day, and also it’s the third day of Passover.  I mean, couldn’t they work in a few more things that NEVER happen on the first of April?  But April is a time for all things April.  But before we get to April let me tell you about the final day of March.

The final day of March: I got almost eight hours of sleep.  I answered e-mails, did some work on the computer, then picked up an important envelope. After that, I came home, relaxed a bit, then got ready for our stumble-through.  Everyone arrived and we began it right on time.  I’m happy to say it went very well, with only two lyric fumfers that I’m sure won’t happen again, and everyone doing a really good job. The pace and structure of the show was excellent, so that was good.  After we finished, I gave a few notes, we ran a few things, and that was that.

Then Doug Haverty and I went to Casa Vega for a bite to eat.  I had one cheese enchilada and one beef taco, both excellently excellent.  Then we stopped and got some gaily-colored Easter egg chocolates to give out at tonight’s show, and I got some Mucinex-D, which will hopefully clear up some of this phlegm I have, mostly due to allergies, I think.  I came home, caught up on e-mails and such and was surprised to find a Best Offer on one of the eBay items.  But it was literally almost forty percent under my asking price, which is a lot of chutzpah, but I made a reasonable counteroffer and we’ll see if they accept that. It’s really not all that much more and it’s still almost thirty percent off the asking price and that’s more than a dealer would give.  In fact, just doing the math, it’s over thirty percent off.  Personally, I hope they go for it.  Certainly they’re not going to find it cheaper anywhere – in fact, there are literally no other first editions of this book for sale anywhere, so it’s pretty rare, and it’s inscribed by the author to someone who was important to her and it’s in great condition.  We shall see, but hope springs eternal and eternal springs hope, not necessarily in that order.

Then I took two hours and wrote a set of liner notes for our next show release, a reissue of something I reissued at Varese Sarabande, and something I’m happy to do, as I know it would please the composer. I also hated the packaging on the Varese release – it was completely inept but it was toward the end of my time there and I was weary of the endless battles.  I also can make it sound better and a little warmer, which it could use. The previous issue had a plot synopsis and that was it.  I removed that and wrote a nice history of the show and a few personal reminiscences. I know Doug will do a beautiful job with the packaging.  Then I sat on my couch like so much fish, feeling a bit congested and waiting for the Mucinex-D to kick in.

I started another motion picture on Netflix – needed something mindless, so I chose something called The Art of War with Wesley Snipes, from the year 2000.  And mindless it is, and ridiculous.  You know, one of those movies about a black ops kind of person who gets set up for something he didn’t do, with the kinds of stunts that can only happen in movies.  I’ll finish it either after I post these here notes or at some point today or tonight, either before or after our show.

Today, I shall hopefully arise after a good night’s beauty sleep.  Once up, I’ll do the usual morning stuff, then I’m relaxing until it’s time to get ready for the show.  Once ready, I’ll mosey on over to The Federal for sound check, and then we do our show. I’m sure some of us will go out afterwards for a bite to eat.

Tomorrow, I think I have some meeting or something going on, but I’ll also begin casting and planning the May Kritzerland show. The rest of the week is shipping out books, announcing the new show release and, if I can get it ready, a new soundtrack release along with it, more meetings and meals, and lots of other stuff.

Well, dear readers, I must take the day, I must do the things I do, I must, for example, do stuff, relax, get ready, have a sound check, and do a show.  Today’s topic of discussion: It’s free-for-all day, the day in which you dear readers get to make with the topics and we all get to post about them.  So, let’s have loads of lovely topics and loads of lovely postings, shall we, whilst I hit the road to dreamland, happy to do a meet and greet with April – and it is my fervent hope and prayer that April will be a month filled with health, wealth, happiness, creativity, and all things bright and beautiful.  Happy April, Happy Fools, Happy Easter, Happy Passover!

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