Well, dear readers, we had us a perfectly fun stumble-through yesterday. A few flubbed lyrics, as always, but everyone was in fine form and the structure seemed sound and the show moves along very quickly. The What If seemed to go over very well, too, so that was good. I had just a few teeny-tiny notes, and then we decided to make a last-minute song change, because one of our cast had a really difficult, very wordy, five-minute extravaganza and because of a very busy week wasn’t able to get it down where there was comfort – we discussed a music stand with the lyrics but in the end we found another song they knew and we made the switch and it’s fine. In fact, the title of the anniversary shows is always The Songs That Got Away VIII and this is indeed a song we’ve never done in all our shows. I adjusted the commentary and we’re good to go.
After rehearsal, a few of us went to Jerry’s Deli and I had a patty melt, a side Caesar salad, and some onion rings. That was fun, and then I came right home.
Prior to that, I’d gotten about eight-and-a-half hours of very needed sleep, I did some banking (hugely long line – most annoying), then picked up no packages or important envelope. Then I came back home, listened to music, relaxed and rested my voice, then got ready for our stumble-through.
After I was home for the evening, I relaxed and had to rest my voice, which I used a little too much at dinner. I also tried to watch a movie, a Netflix recommendation called Brick, about a high school loner becoming private detective and solving the murder of an ex-girlfriend. Frankly, the way they described it made it sound like a male Adriana Hofstetter – if only. Alas, what was on view was a pretentious, arty, horribly written and directed piece of tripe. It was the writer/director’s first movie and a critic’s darling, which I should have known it would be because they love this film school merde. The director, in talking about his “inspirations” for the film cited the novels of Dashiell Hammett – and how did he discover those novels? On his own? No, of course not. He discovered them because he heard the Coen Brothers talking about Hammett. A true film nerd. Other influences: Chinatown, Leone, and on and on. So, naturally there isn’t a single original thing in the film. Words cannot express how bad this is. The story is completely incomprehensible, you can’t understand a word anyone is saying and when you can you have no idea what they’re going on about. And the score. Oh dear Lord, the score, perhaps the single worst film score I’ve ever heard and Google this puppy and read about how it was created and you’ll die laughing. I got about an hour in and had to stop.
After that, I just listened to music and since I was feeling congested (the air quality of the last few days has been horrible) I took a Claritin-D. Then it was finally time to write these here notes.
Today, I’ll sleep in, hopefully awaken with a nice strong voice. I’ll just relax and rest my voice, until it’s time to get ready, and then I’ll mosey on over to Vitello’s for our sound check, and then we do our big eighth anniversary show. Afterwards, I’m sure a few of us will go for some food.
This week, even though it is Labor Day, I must labor – start choosing songs and figuring out the cast for the October Kritzerland, tons of meetings and meals, a little informal reading at my house, and then, if it happens, the trek down to Laguna for the amusing what would have been the fiftieth anniversary dinner dinner.
Let’s all put on our pointy party hats and our colored tights and pantaloons, let’s all break out the cheese slices and ham chunks, let’s all dance the Hora and the Hully-Gully, for today is the birthday of dear reader Ron Pulliam. So, let’s give a big haineshisway.com birthday cheer to dear reader Ron Pulliam. On the count of three: One, two, three – A BIG HAINESHISWAY.COM BIRTHDAY CHEER TO DEAR READER RON PULLIAM!!!
Well, dear readers, I must take the day, I must do the things I do, I must, for example, sleep in, hopefully awaken with a nice strong voice, relax and rest, get ready, have a sound check and 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 dreamland, happy to have had a fun stumble-through that was fun.