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October 3, 2018:

THE A CAROL CHRISTMAS JOURNEY BEGINS – THE FIRST MUSIC REHEARSAL

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Well, dear readers, we had us our first music rehearsal for A Carol Christmas and I thought it went rather well, as first music rehearsals go.  We had our full cast save for one person.  I gave my usual opening spiel about how I work, then we began.  We started with the opening number, which is about six minutes long.  Everyone has had tracks and plunk recordings for three weeks now, so they were at least familiar with everything.  By the end of the first hour it was sounding very good.

Then we began doing the duets and solos and other stuff.  It was fun to hear the songs sung by folk other than li’l ol’ me. Richard Allen taught everyone, I gave a few little pointers as we went along and the evening kind of flew by, like a gazelle giving up the Keto diet.  Unfortunately, when I arrived home from rehearsals, one of our gals had sent an e-mail that she was dropping out of the show due to scheduling problems with her day job.  Seemed rather weird to me, but what can you do.  So, we’ll move on to our other choices from the other day’s auditions.

Prior to all that, I’d had a pretty rough night, mostly due to having pulled whatever I pulled in my right lower back.  I fell asleep around three, woke up at five, was up for an hour or so, then went back to bed and fell back asleep around six-fifteen, I guess, and thankfully slept until about one o’clock.

Once up, I really had a lot to catch up on but before I could even begin, I got a call from my senior tech guy at Apple.  He wanted to send system file reports regarding Time Machine and everything to do with backing stuff up to the techs, so we did all that.  I then explained all the problems I’ve been having with Mac Mail and how my main AOL account was not properly synching with my iPhone so that when I’d delete messages they wouldn’t delete from the other device, as they always have.  Plus in the main account, e-mails would simply not show up – there were none when I got up, but when I went to the AOL site, there were fifty-six new messages. I quit out of Mail and still nothing when we relaunched.  We did a restart, and finally after another fifteen minutes they all finally showed up, but still the synching wasn’t working.  We then did what I knew he was going to suggest – we removed the account completely and then we added it again.  And even though it had to do a lot of loading, the synching problem was fixed and all was working well.  So, that was great and we got off the phone after ninety minutes and he said he’d get back to me about the Time Machine backups.  Then I had a bagel and cream cheese, since I was no longer on the Keto diet. I think I’d prefer the Dorito diet to the Keto diet.  And the thing of it is, I felt better today – no more queasy, and much more energy.  I shaved and showered and then, amazingly, it was time to mosey on over to the Group Rep for our first music rehearsal. I stopped first at the mail place and picked up a couple of packages.  Then Peyton rehearsed her Kritzerland solo and our duet.

Since I knew I needed more food because I’d only had a bagel, I stopped at Gelson’s and got a little salad from their salad bar, came home, had another bagel and the salad with balsamic vinaigrette dressing – very good.  I had a little ice cream and the sugar was very helpful in terms of energy and drive.

Today, I have things to do on the computer. I added one more song to the Kritzerland show, so have to write the commentary for it and figure out where in the show order it will live.  I’ll eat, hopefully pick up packages, and then we’ll have our second music rehearsal.

Tomorrow we have our second Kritzerland rehearsal, followed by our third and last music-only rehearsal, which we’ll do with tracks, so that will be both illuminating and fun.  Friday will be a relaxing day, hopefully, then Saturday is our stumble-through, and Sunday is sound check and then our show.

Well, dear readers, I must take the day, I must do the things I do, I must, for example, write one more commentary bit, figure out where the extra song goes, eat, hopefully pick up packages, and have a music rehearsal.  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 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, shall we, whilst I hit the road to dreamland, happy to have had a fun first music rehearsal.

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