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May 24, 2018:

WHEN IS A MUSICAL NOT A MUSICAL

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Well, dear readers, here is the burning question that is roaming around the windmills of my mind: When is a musical not a musical. Now you may thing that’s a straightforward question, but alas, not in this case.  You see, last night I went to the Flix of Net to watch a motion picture of some sort.  And there was this film featuring an Asian cast entitled Office from the year 2015. It was billed as a thriller and you know I’m fond of my thrillers.  The brief synopsis was that a disgruntled office worker comes home, murders his entire family with a hammer and now he might just be back at the office.  Ooh, thriller.  So, I watched that first sequence and it was good, so I decided to look up the film Office from 2015 to see if it got good notices and to see how violent it was.  I found it and everywhere I looked said it was a musical.  Now, a disgruntled office worker has just offed his entire family with a hammer – and that was NOT followed by a toe-tapping number.  I was happy to see that the film starred Chow Yun Fat who I’ve enjoyed so many times in the films of John Woo, and the director was well thought of, so I figured I’d stick with this decidedly odd movie being billed as a thriller one place and as a musical everywhere else.

I continued to watch for the next hour and nary a musical number in sight – I mean, if it were me, I would have interpolated If I Had a Hammer or SOMETHING.  But just some suspenseful scenes and weird stuff that was more thriller than musical.  So, I knew something was amiss because an hour into the film, Mr. Chow Yun Fat had yet to appear.  So I went back to the Google and searched again, this time with the word thriller in the search.  And guess what?  It just so happens that in 2015 there were TWO films called Office – a musical starring Chow Yun Fat, from Hong Kong, and a thriller from Korea.  What are the damn odds?  But I was so far afield in trying to figure out when the movie I was watching was going to break into song, that by the time I sat back down knowing that wasn’t going to happen, well, the moment had past.  Plus the film went completely wacky in the final third – something about a haunted butcher knife and other stuff I couldn’t really comprehend. The first time director loves to have people pop into the frame for a jump scare, but the thirty-fourth time it happened it was just irritating as all get out and I think we know how irritating all get out is.  I couldn’t really recommend the thriller Office but I’m now interested in seeing the musical Office starring Chow Yun Fat.  Do we think that some dear readers think I’m just making all this up for comic effect?  Were that only true.

Yesterday was a day of weirdness any way you look at it. I woke up to a little miracle actually, and that was nice, but almost immediately it was counteracted by a non-miracle, but I don’t dwell on the latter, only the former.  I got seven-and-a-half hours of sleep, answered e-mails, did some work on the computer and at the piano, just solidifying things, and then off I went for food.  I had something called a California melt – I’ve had it before and it’s pretty good – turkey, bacon, and little jack cheese on grilled sourdough – not too bad calorie-wise.  I had the tiny side Caesar with it.  After that, I picked up no packages or mail and came home.

Once home I had to buckle down, Winsocki, and begin writing the commentary for the Kritzerland show, which I did.  I got about half of it done, then gave some thought to doing a jog, which I ultimately did do – three miles but the easterly route.  It wasn’t too difficult.  Once back, I sat on my couch like so much fish and watched the musical thriller Office not starring Chow Yun Fat.

After that I wrote more of the commentary and I have about three more things to write, so as soon as these here notes are posted, I will finish it before bed.

Today, I’ll do the usual morning stuff, eat (I may make some pasta and chicken here, or, if I do go out to eat, I’ll go to an Eyetalian jernt to have some pasta with red sauce.  The calorie count in restaurants is VERY reasonable and I always end up making more past than I should), hopefully pick up packages, then I have a work session for the Kritzerland show, as well as having my hands filmed playing the remainder of the musical’s songs.  After that I will jog, and then I will relax no matter what.

Tomorrow and the weekend is all more of the same – I may have something to see, I just don’t remember what it might be.  Then next week is, of course, really busy with the Kritzerland rehearsals and such.

Let’s all put on our pointy party hats and our colored tights and pantaloons, let’s all break out the cheese slices and the ham chunks, let’s all dance the Hora of the Frug, for today is the birthday of our very own beloved dear reader Jeanne.  So, let’s give a big haineshisway.com birthday cheer to our very own beloved dear reader Jeanne.  On the count of three: One, two three – A BIG HAINESHISWAY.COM BIRTHDAY CHEER TO OUR VERY OWN BELOVED DEAR READER JEANNE!!!

Well, dear readers, I must take the day, I must do the things I do, I must, for example, do the usual morning stuff, eat, have a work session, hopefully pick up packages, jog, and relax.  Today’s topic of discussion: Who were your favorite cartoon characters when you were growing up?  Let’s have loads of lovely postings, shall we, whilst I hit the road to dreamland, happy to have answered the burning question, when is a musical not a musical.

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