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June 18, 2018:

A DAY WITH DELIUS

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Well, dear readers, I spent a rather uneventful Father’s Day resting my voice and not doing much of anything.  Oh, I did get ten hours of needed sleep, and I did pick up a couple of Sunday packages, but other than that I was home resting.  My voice actually felt better, phlegm was much less – until two hours ago when everything got bad again.  I’d managed the entire day without once clearing my throat, but then it just began acting up in that way you feel you must clear your throat.  I did less of it than usual, definitely trying not to, but sometimes you just have to do it.  I don’t know if it was the allergy pill wearing off, which it may well have been, but it was most annoying.

I did stop at Gelson’s hot food bar and got some of their chicken enchilada thing for the meal o’ the day and I ate that all up and it was actually very good.  I listened to a couple of really fine Wes Montgomery CDs as well as two great Don Sebesky CDs and then I dove into a seven-CD box set of Delius conducted by Thomas Beecham, his foremost interpreter.  I’d enjoyed the John Barbirolli-conducted CD, but this is in a whole other universe.  The first two CDs were all his Delius stereo recordings and the sound of those was fantastic as were the performances.  The rest of the five CDs are all historic mono performance and most of those sound fine. The music is dreamy, very melodic, and lovely.  I was very taken with his opera entitled A Village Romeo and Juliet.  These are all jam-packed CDs of almost seventy-five minutes, so unlike the thirty-minute albums, one doesn’t get through these things that quickly.  My favorite pieces thus far are Brigg Fair, his violin concerto, and the Florida Suite, but everything is quite nice.  In fact, I am still listening as I write these here notes.

I also cleaned up stuff a little – put some boxes in the book room closet, threw out all the mis-printed copies of GEE and it’s much nicer in the entertainment room now, where all that stuff was piling up like so much fish.  I wasn’t in a watching mood and therefore I did not watch anything, which I can only do if I’m in a watching mood, which I wasn’t.  For my little evening snacks I had some potato chips, some chocolate licorice, and some potato chips.

I had a brief telephonic conversation, and other than that I really kind of kept my mouth shut all the livelong day and night. I then realized that there is a Delius film by Ken Russell, which I have in a box set of Ken Russell’s composer films that I’ve never even opened – so I’ll go find that today and watch it. And there’s a film of A Village Romeo and Juliet and I found a cheap DVD of it, so I’ll have that at some point in the next week, I suppose.

Today, I have to keep resting.  I almost thought I was out of the woods until two hours ago when everything went to HELL, but hopefully today I can rest some more and I’m thinking of having a nice big bowl of chicken soup as I think that will help soothe things.  I probably should have been doing that every day, but I’ll do it for sure today and maybe even tomorrow.  Other than that, I’ll hopefully pick up some packages, do a little banking – I got several residuals this week that I must deposit – between them I might, MIGHT be able to buy a candy bar.  Then I’ll just continue to relax and perhaps watch the Ken Russell Delius film.

Tomorrow I have to do a Costco run for some folding chairs, but otherwise I’ll just relax until it’s time for our cast to arrive for our private reading.  We’ll talk through a few timing and pace things, and then the two artistic directors of the theatre arrive and we do our private reading privately.  Wednesday is the Sherman Brothers event at the Academy, and then it’s just meetings and meals and working up the Kritzerland show.

Well, dear readers, I must take the day, I must do the things I do, I must, for example, rest my voice, have some chicken soup, bank, hopefully pick up packages, and relax.  Today’s topic of discussion: Which classical composers soothe your soul, help you relax, whose music you can bask in?  Let’s have loads of lovely postings, shall we, whilst I hit the road to dreamland, happy to have spent the day with Delius.

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