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May 17, 2018:

BACK TO THE JOG

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Well, dear readers, it is very late so I won’t be able to wax nostalgic about my film collecting days until tomorrow’s notes. So we’ll save the waxy buildup until then.  In other major news, last night I did a three-mile jog.  I’ve been trying to get up the energy to do that for the last two months, but last night was it and off I went.  I can’t say it was easy, but I’ve had much harder jogs.  I’m sure my little legs will be sore when I get up in the morning, but maybe not.  I really have to get my metabolism working so I can lose some damn weight.  I am now firmly in that mode and my calorie intake after the jog was 1100 for yesterday, so that’s a good thing.

Speaking of yesterday (and who wasn’t), it was another day that I couldn’t put my finger on, really.  The alarm didn’t go off so I didn’t get up until eleven-thirty, but that gave me eight hours of sleep, so that was good.  Once up, I answered e-mails, had telephonic calls, then went back to work at the piano and on the computer.  At some point I made two turkey sandwiches on low-calorie buns – just turkey, low-calorie cheese slice, tomato, and onion – both were very good and hit the proverbial spot and frankly the damn proverbial spot deserved to be hit. After that, it was back to the piano and I finally finished the song.  I struggled with this one because I a) had to find the personality of the character singing it – that was the actual turning point today – and b) find the feel for it and by adding one simple descending bass line I found it.  Then I was able to write an intro verse and a really fun bridge and I think it came out pretty well.  So, one or two more songs to go and that should do it, at least until we get the script conformed and can read through it with all the lyrics in place.

Then I went and picked up the Freshly meals and a couple of packages.  Oh, and before any of that, we got approvals on the master and packaging for the soundtrack release, so that and a show release will announce this evening at midnight or thereabouts – they’re both really strong releases and I really need them to get good preorders.  After all that, I did the three-mile jog, then sat on my couch like so much fish.

Last night, I watched the third and final film in the Alive trilogy, It’s Alive 3: Island of the Alive.  That’s the one I’d never seen, even though I was friends with the gal who was the property master on the film.  I’d stayed away because some review I read said it was shoddy and cheap and all took place on an island.  Well, none of that was or is accurate and I’d like to throttle that idiot reviewer.  First of all, it’s the best looking of all three films – much better cameraman. Second, by this time Larry Cohen was at his most outré, and this film is beyond wacky, in a whole other wacky universe. My friend Gerrit Graham is in it and is great (he’s Rodzinski in The Creature Wasn’t Nice), and it’s got Michael Moriarty, the actor who seemingly vies with Christopher Walken as to who can give the weirder performance.  He’s SO weird in this film it defies description really.  Karen Black is in it, too, and Laurene Landon, who I’ve supped with twice as she’s still good friends with Larry.  The set is really fun and anyone who likes crazily weird and wacky movies of the kind they simply can’t and don’t make anymore, you’ll probably get a kick out of the three films.

After that, I had a telephonic conversation, took a hot shower, and made a recording of the new song and actually got through it pretty quickly, rather than the hour or two it usually takes.

Today is more of the same.  I’m still lacking one female performer and I’m now actively bored trying to find one, so we have a young performer with us and I can give her two songs, and I’m doing one.  So unless I find someone today, I’ll do without.  Then I have to get the rest of the music to the singers.  I’ll see about starting a new song, if I can figure out what exactly it will be.  I’ll eat Freshly meals, hopefully pick up an important envelope that should have been here yesterday, and get everything prepped for the two new releases.  I may do some of that as soon as I get these here notes posted.  Then I’ll relax and watch some movie or other.  Oh, and The Man With Bogart’s Face and Demi-Dozen are both shipping today.

Tomorrow will be more of the same.  I think she of the Evil Eye is coming then rather than Saturday.  I have to make a show order, I’ll hopefully print out a LOT of orders, I’ll start writing the commentary and do whatever else needs doing.  The weekend is more of that, plus maybe a dinner or something I’m not remembering.

Well, dear readers, I must take the day, I must do the things I do, I must, for example, try to find one more female, get people music, maybe start a new song, hopefully proof another chart so a new track can get done, eat, jog, relax, and then announce our new titles.  Today’s topic of discussion: Who are your favorite weird actors, whether leading man or woman, or character actors – you know, the kind who are off-kilter and off-center, a perfect example being Timothy Carey.  Let’s have loads of lovely postings, shall we, whilst I hit the road to dreamland, happy to be back to the jog.

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