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September 15, 2018:


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Well, dear readers, it is late and these here notes should have been posted eleven minutes ago, soon to be twelve minutes ago.  So I shall endeavor to write like the wind, which is appropriate since I am listening to Gone With the Wind by Mr. Max Steiner as performed by Charles Gerhardt.  Of course, there are times when I’d like to be gone with the wind, but that’s another story for another day.  How can this month already be half over?  I gotta tell you.

Yesterday, I think I managed to get seven hours of sleep, so that was better than the previous evening’s three.  Once up, I answered e-mails, and put our two new perks – and they both were taken instantly within five minutes.  And I will only tell you they are going to good homes.  So, we shot up to 107% and hopefully we’ll keep going up, up, and away, in my beautiful balloon, or, as my Darling Daughter used to call it, bannoon. She called spaghetti pisghetti and my favorite is when we’d watch a movie shot in Cinemascope, which she called Cinnamonscope.  And that is why we love the Darling Daughter.  Where was I?  Oh, yes, 107% in my beautiful bannoon.

After that, I did some work on the computer, had some telephonic calls, laid low and tried to avoid drama, and then I went to have some lunch.  I went to Jerry’s Deli at one – I’d been the day before at that very time and there were not very many people there.  But yesterday there was a line of cars vying for parking spaces so I just beat it the hell out of there because I will not be part of such stupidity, and I ended up at Marie Callendar’s, where I had my bacon cheeseburger, a small salad, and about eight french fries.  I had no idea that it was a “special” and came with a slice of pie – so I opted for cherry and that was pretty good – very small but tasty.  Then I came back home, had a conversation with Grant Geissman, and then began listening to music, as I wasn’t in the mood for watching anything.  I honestly don’t know where the afternoon went, actually – it was just done.  Oh, right, I had a brief visit from a brief visitor.

Anyway, I realized that about seven years ago I’d gotten these new remasterings of the classic series of film music re-recordings by Charles Gerhardt on the RCA label. Of course I had them all as LPs, and I had them all as CDs, several of which were released several times.  But frankly, only the non-Dolby Surround releases sounded decent.  The Dolby Surround releases were dreadful – muddy, bad, and obviously not from first generation sources.  So, I’d gotten three or four of these remasterings from 2011 and had never even opened them.  So, I finally did, and I have to say they are pretty great, a pretty huge improvement over all previous releases.  Mr. Gerhardt really knew his way around film music and knew what it should sound like, as did his producer, George Korngold, whose daddy, Erich Wolfgang Korngold, knew a thing or three about film music.  I listened to the Humphrey Bogart album, the Dimitri Tiomkin Lost Horizon album, the Franz Waxman album and now the Gone With the Wind. The National Philharmonic plays beautifully on all of them.

At some point I went to Gelson’s and got the makings for Wacky Noodles, which I think will be today’s meal o’ the day, or perhaps tomorrow’s.  And then, suddenly the evening was over, although there was one last telephonic conversation to be had.

Today, I’ll hopefully arise after a good night’s sleep, I’m hoping for a somewhat stress-free day, I’ll either make the Wacky Noodles or grab a bite somewhere, I’ll hopefully pick up some packages, I’ll finish choosing songs, although I won’t have a confirmation from our last performer until Monday, and then I’ll relax at some point.

Tomorrow will be more of the same, and then this coming week will hopefully be one I can manage to get through – it’s quite busy, though, and we have more auditions to do, and there are plenty of meetings and meals, as well.

Well, dear readers, I must take the day, I must do the things I do, I must, for example, hope for a somewhat stress-free day, I must eat, I must hopefully pick up packages, I must choose songs, and then I must relax.  Today’s topic of discussion: Who are your favorite Golden Age film composers and your favorite Golden Age scores and re-recordings.  The Silver Age begins in 1960, so prior to that. Let’s have loads of lovely postings, shall we, whilst I hit the road to dreamland, where I shall chuckle myself to sleep thinking of bannoons, pisghetti, and Cinnamonscope.

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