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August 15, 2018:

LITTLE MIRACLES

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Well, dear readers, we’re still looking for a lovely miracle, which I was hoping might happen yesterday but which did not happen yesterday.  Hence, please send those excellent vibes and xylophones because a little miracle right about now would make life ever so much easier.  Did you know I wrote a song for A Carol Christmas entitled Little Miracles?  I did, and it’s one of my favorites from the score, sung by, well, in our version the male characters in the Dickens story are female so instead of Tiny Tim we have Trina and instead of Bob Cratchit we have her mom Blythe.  And Trina has a heart problem instead of a leg problem. And mom Blythe sings Little Miracles to Trina when Trina, the most positive kid you’d ever want to know, is having a rare moment of mopey behavior.  I won’t bore you with the entire lyric, but there’s an intro verse, and then the first verse of the song proper, which is:

 

The world is filled with little miracles

And though sometimes they might pass you by

There comes a day when one little miracle

Stops – and looks you in the eye

And says “Today’s your little miracle

The one that you’ve been waiting for”

And then you get your little miracle

And you don’t have to wait anymore

 

This song didn’t exist and would never have existed except for Doug bugging me about having an “inspirational” ballad.  When he first said it, I told him I was not about to write You’ll Never Walk Alone of Climb Ev’ry Mountain – no interest at all.  But as I read the scene I saw it needed something, but still I did not want to write that kind of song.  So, I pondered, and then whilst jogging the title came to me, and about a mile into the jog the entire opening verse and first two verses proper came to me full blown. I had to speak them over and over until I finally got home from the jog – I thankfully remembered everything and got it all down.  Then I made an attempt at a tune and of course the first musical idea was exactly the kind of song I did not want to write, but about thirty minutes later (I’d actually gotten the music for the intro verse very quickly), I hit upon a vamp and a feel and then it all just came out willy nilly and also nilly willy. When something is right it’s just right and I was very happy with it and it did exactly what it needed to do without being a Jerry Lewis Muscular Dystrophy Telethon moment.  And I certainly like its sentiment.

Yesterday was a bit of a day.  I got eight hours of sleep only because the alarm didn’t go off.  Once up, I saw that there was no miracle happening and that didn’t make me happy at all.  Then I did some work on the computer, had some telephonic calls, and listened to some music, too.  Then I went to Doug’s and we shot some video for the Indiegogo campaign we have to do for A Carol Christmas.  I was hoping to not do one at all this year, but doing a full-on musical at the Group Rep is not something that’s easy for them.  So, we have to raise the money to cover our sound package needs, to pay for the musical director and the orchestral tracks he’s done rather brilliantly, and to have a little more money for our design team in terms of salary and materials.  We’ll have some fun perks, including a cast album CD that will be a VERY limited edition, and other fun stuff. 

After we finished, we all went to the Coral Café and I had the chicken fried steak again and it was every bit as good as the previous evening.  But that’s it for a while, chicken fried steak-wise. 

After that, I came home, answered e-mails, did some work on the computer, then went over to Ralph’s, where I bought some of the little individual pudding things they have.  They’re pretty low calorie and very tasty.  Then it was listening to more music and trying to remain calm.  I also did the event page for the Kritzerland show – it’s already gotten a nice amount of reservations because at this club you choose your own seats, so waiting until the last second, which people love to do, means you probably won’t get the table you want. 

Today, I have a visitor sometime before noon, then a meeting with my costume designer for A Carol Christmas, then I’ll eat, hopefully pick up packages, hope for a little miracle or two, and then do my show order and write liner notes.

The rest of the week is meetings and meals, and trying to get two releases ready for announcing.  I’m not sure whether I have to see anything or not, but I guess someone will let me know if I do. 

Well, dear readers, I must take the day, I must do the things I do, I must, for example, have a visitor briefly, have a meeting, eat, hopefully pick up packages and a little miracle or two, do a show order, and write liner notes.  Today’s topic of discussion: It’s Ask BK Day, the day in which you get to ask me or any dear reader any old question you like and we all get to give any old answer we like.  So, let’s have loads of lovely questions and loads of lovely answers and loads of lovely postings, whilst I hit the road to dreamland, hoping for some little miracles.

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