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October 1, 2018:

THE TENTH MONTH

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Well, dear readers, I don’t know if anyone’s noticed, but it’s October.  Yes, you heard it here, dear readers, it’s October, the tenth month.  And let me just tell you this: It is my fervent hope and prayer that October will be a month filled with health, wealth, happiness, creativity, and all things bright and beautiful.  There, I’ve said it and I’m glad.

Yesterday was another nice relaxing day that was nice and relaxing and a day.  I got nine hours of sleep, not waking up until one (correct, every night this week I haven’t fallen asleep until four in the morning).  I have to now change my sleeping habits because things are too busy now to sleep in like that.  So, my goal will be to get to bed by one, maybe two at the latest.  Once up, I answered e-mails and had telephonic conversations, and then I moseyed on over to Gelson’s and got stuff for yesterday’s and today’s meals.  Once home, I rustled up some grub – one chicken breast sliced and cubed, chopped up a third of an onion, and then I sautéed that with some mushrooms.  Once that was cooked I put it on a thing called a plate and I sautéed zucchini noodles – they now have them fresh at Gelson’s. I sautéed them in butter for about six minutes then added that to the chicken, mushrooms, and onions and I am here to tell you that it was really yummilicious.  It was just the right kind of portion to and a perfect Keto meal.  I can tell you this about any diet in which you’re completely cutting out bread, pasta, potatoes, and sugar – the sugar is the hardest thing.  My body goes into some kind of withdrawal after a meal because I am so used to having some kind of sweet.  But I shall persevere.  I’m not sure I’ve lost any weight, but I know I haven’t gained any, and that at least is a good thing.

It was an all Opera kind of day.  I listened to three count them three operas by Erich Wolfgang Korngold – all three excellent and lush and wonderfully melodic and at times very much like his film music.  That’s especially impressive since one of them was written when he was seventeen, but Korngold was the poster child for what a child prodigy is.  That was very pleasurable.  I wasn’t really in the mood to watch a motion picture or anything really, so I just did stuff on the computer whilst listening to the operas.

Later, I made some scrambled eggs, mushrooms, and a bit of cheese – that was good, too.  The whole food things from yesterday was very calorie friendly.  After that, I moved from Korngold to Copland and his opera, The Tender Land.  It’s very beautiful and in the classic Copland Americana mold, which I, like most folks, love.  I wish the recording was better – the cast, band, conductor are all fine – but it’s mastered low, and it all sounds quite far away, which is my least favorite kind of sound.

Then I had another telephonic conversation, and got a jump on getting performers music for the November show – thankfully I found the Pure Imagination show book on the computer, which makes things very easy.  That’s what the November show is – a fifth anniversary concert of my revue, Pure Imagination from the songs of Newley and Bricusse.

Today, I’ll be up by ten, I’ll do the usual morning stuff, then I’ll hopefully pick up packages, eat, get the rest of the folks the show book for November, and then we have our first Kritzerland rehearsal.

Tomorrow we begin A Carol Christmas music rehearsals – just prior to that, Peyton Kirkner will rehearse her two Kritzerland numbers.  The rest of the week is Carol Christmas music rehearsals, Kritzerland rehearsals, our stumble-through, then our sound check and show. In other words, a VERY busy week.

Well, dear readers, I must take the day, I must do the things I do, I must, for example, do the usual morning stuff, hopefully pick up packages, eat, get singers the Pure Imagination show book, and then have our first Kritzerland rehearsal. Today’s topic of discussion: What are your favorite operas?  Let’s have loads of lovely postings, shall we, whilst I hit the road to dreamland, happy to welcome in a new month, October, the tenth month, and it is my fervent hope and prayer that October will be a month filled with health, wealth, happiness, creativity, and all things bright and beautiful.

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