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July 1, 2018:

THE ARRIVAL OF JULY

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Well, dear readers, we had us a pretty wonderful stumble-through – a few fumfers here and there, but all will be fine for the show, as we went over the few issues after the rehearsal. The show structure worked perfectly, the joke we added in the middle of I Wanna Be Like You got a huge laugh, the ballads were touching, the funny stuff was really funny, and everyone did really well. All in all, a very pleasurable afternoon.  But wait just a minute here – we have a new month to welcome in and it’s called July – and it is my fervent hope and prayer that July will be a month filled with health, wealth, happiness, creativity, and all things bright and beautiful.  C’mon, July, you can do it.

Afterwards a few of us went over to Barone’s and we all shared their wonderful pizza with pepperoni – I had three pieces, but as I’ve said their pieces are about half the size of a normal slice so it was really like eating a piece and a half.  I also had a small dinner salad with their yummilicious dressing.  We all had fun.

Prior to all that, I’d only gotten about five hours of sleep, then she of the Evil Eye arrived and I went and had some bacon and eggs, then picked up a couple of packages but no important envelope, then came back home.  I listened to Ella doing Cole Porter, Ella doing Rodgers and Hart, and did some work on the computer as I was doing so.

Then everyone arrived and we did our stumble-through, then ate.  After dinner, I came home, listened to Ella sing Duke Ellington, then finally sat on my couch like so much fish.

Last night, I watched a motion picture on the Flix of Net entitled Brain on Fire, a real-life story about a New York Post young reporter suffering horrible things that no doctors seemed to be able to identify.  I suppose it could make a good film, but this was not that film, a “Netflix Original.” Here’s what that means in this case: The film was shown in festivals back in 2016, received horrible reviews, sat on the shelf, and then Netflix bought it and voila, a Netflix Original is born. The director, who also wrote the adaptation, is totally inept, the writing was puerile – well, you know what you’re in for when a film starts with horrible narration from the lead character – films that resort to this hoary device that should be abandoned forever, fail instantly.  The leading lady, Chloe Grace Moretz, does what she can but she comes off as completely irritating, whether suffering or not.  The music is horrible, and the supporting performances are ordinary or annoying.  Highly not recommended by the likes of me, unless you’re a fan of those Lifetime or Hallmark movies.

Then it was more Ella and Duke (that set is three-CDs.  I relaxed, Grant visited for a couple of minutes, and that was that.

Today, I’ll relax and do nothing until it’s time to mosey on over to The Federal for sound check and then we do our show.  After, some of us will go have a bite to eat.

Then this week is final casting for the Sherman event, casting the August Kritzerland, and trying to survive the huge amount of money due to Sony so I can free up the Advise and Consent discs – daunting, certainly.  I have meetings and meals and all manner of things that need doing and do them I shall.

Well, dear readers, I must take the day, I must do the things I do, I must, for example, relax, have a sound check, and then 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, as we welcome in the new month of July – and it is my fervent hope and prayer that July will be a month filled with health, wealth, happiness, creativity, and all things bright and beautiful.  Make it so.

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