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September 17, 2018:

COUNTDOWN TO THE INDIEGOGO FINISH LINE

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Well, dear readers, it’s the countdown to the Indiegogo finish line.  This one’s really been fun, but we still have a ways to go to cover Indiegogo and credit card fees and hopefully go even a little bit further as that will be very helpful to our still tight budget.  There are great perks left, from small to medium to the big-boy perks.  I also just added five classic Los Angeles TV Guides from years 1957 to 1962. Incredible ads, photos, stories, but most importantly the TV listings – like a trip in the way-back machine to a time we’re never going to have again – just a handful of channels.  The classic TV shows, not-so-classic TV shows, specials, variety shows – they’re all complete and some of them still have their address stickers on the front.  I lived for TV Guides back then and all the way through the 1970s.  I’d be at the newsstand or the market to get the new copy as soon as it hit the stands, and I’d sit and devour the listings, circling everything I wanted to watch.  These are priced very reasonably, too.  In any case, here’s the link as we enter the final forty-eight hours of the campaign. Share it with anyone you think might be interested and if you haven’t bothered to look at the perks, do check ‘em out.  And no worries if you can’t – we’re just havin’ a good ol’ time with it.

https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/a-carol-christmas-a-new-musical-needs-your-help/x/9165600#/

Yesterday was Sunday and therefore there wasn’t much to do.  I did get a good night’s beauty sleep – nine hours of sleep. Once up, I just was lazy, answered e-mails, had a telephonic call, proofed the latest guide track and music for our cast, noted corrections, and then at some point I finally went out and got some Taco Bell, as I just wanted something quick and easy.  I came home and ate it all up.  I wrote the blurb for the Kritzerland show, found the TV Guides in a box in the garage, and had more telephonic calls.

I gave the corrections to the music, did more work on the computer, then sat on my couch like so much fish.

Last night I didn’t watch anything really.  I just nosed around the Flix of Net and found nothing of interest.  But then I finally got the master for Porgy and Bess and I spent the next two-and-a-half hours listening to that masterpiece and this amazing radio broadcast from Germany.  First of all, Chris Malone has done as much as can be done with such a thing as a radio broadcast from the early 1950s – the original tape I had was filled with horrible, loud boominess – he’s gotten rid of most of that, thankfully.  But it’s so historic that I just don’t care about the archival nature of the sound. What you will hear is a Porgy and Bess filled with electric energy – I mean, this is my kind of Porgy and Bess – it moves like a house afire – even though we don’t have a visual, you can just feel it coming at you.  The performances are fantastic and the pace of it is breathtaking.  It’s also very funny at times.  The audience seemed to eat it up and I’m hoping everyone will really enjoy it.

So, that took up the majority of the evening.  For my evening snack I’m afraid I ate two count them two Trader Joe’s ice cream sandwiches, but boy were they good.

Today, I have an eleven o’clock meeting with my set designer, during which I’ll have a little something to eat, since it’s at a restaurant.  After that, I’ll hopefully pick up packages, hopefully have word from the gal we’re waiting on for the Kritzerland show, I’ll be keeping my eye on the Indiegogo campaign and having fun with that, hopefully have some kind of miraculous miracle, choose songs, gather music, finish proofing the final guide tracks for our cast, and then relax.

The rest of the week is meetings and meals, meeting with a potential lighting designer, auditions, and other stuff, and hopefully keeping my sanity.

Well, dear readers, I must take the day, I must do the things I do, I must, for example, have a meeting, eat, hopefully pick up packages, hopefully hear from the gal we’re waiting on, choose songs, keep my eye on the Indiegogo campaign, hope for a miraculous miracle, proof, and relax.  Today’s topic of discussion: Porgy and Bess.  When did you first become aware of it, hear it, see a production or the film – all Porgy and Bess all the time.  Let’s have loads of lovely postings, shall we, whilst I hit the road to dreamland, while we begin the countdown to the Indiegogo finish line.

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