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February 5, 2019:

THE ROBBY AWARDS

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Well, dear readers, I had a grand old time co-hosting the Robby Awards last night.  The show ran about fifteen minutes too long for my taste, but it was fun, the performers were great, and the audience seemed to have a fun time.  I opened the show and had written my own opening patter, and I think that went pretty well.  The Federal is a very long room and if you have vociferous young folks in the back who pretty much are only about themselves, then it’s hard to get everyone on the same page, listening-wise, so that laughs, which were fine, were what I call pocket laughs – big pockets of laughter from various parts of the room, but only big, full laughs at once if the young’uns were paying attention. I knew people who were sitting next to that particular table and said it was kind of annoying, but I’m always happy that people are having fun.

Throughout the evening I was able to riff on things that were said, and I love doing that.  My co-host was my old pal Linda Hart.  We didn’t really host together until the very end, but she was fun and delightful. There were, I think, twenty-nine categories.  I was nominated for four awards, and I suppose you could say five if you count the revue I directed, which was also nominated.  I knew it wasn’t going to win because its writer got a special award. I basically knew that nothing I was involved in was going to win – the three Kritzerland shows that were up were three of our best, but when we’re three shows against a solo show, I know where the award is going.  And I lost music and lyrics to Come from Away, which I figured would be the case. But I had fun with losing and the Robbys are so much fun that no one really cares if they lose.  I met a couple of people I asked to contact me about doing a Kritzerland show – we’ll see if they do.  There were many highlights, both from performers and from presenters.  Carole Cook brought down the house, as she always does, presenting with hubby Tom Troupe. Carol is ninety-five, but still so sharp and so funny.  Anyway, I had a great time and I do love hosting these kinds of things.

After, Jenna Lea Rosen (who’d performed Ship in a Bottle, as she did at one of the nominated Kritzerland shows), her mom, Robert Yacko and I went downstairs and had some food.  I had mac-and-cheese and some fried chicken sliders (Jenna ate one of those) – it was very good and I’d only had a little salad before the show.

Prior to all that, I’d gotten just about eight hours of sleep, did my morning stuff, which included answering e-mails, having telephonic calls, and fixing the one remaining thing I was having issues with in the book, mostly involving one word that could have gone two ways.  Once I’d isolated that problem, I started not liking anything about the few sentences the included the word.  So, rather than worry about the word, I rewrote it, made it much simpler and much more to the point, and that was that.

Otherwise, I just relaxed and did a few things on the computer, and also got our new release ready to announce.  Then I got ready, stopped at the mail place and picked up a tiny package, then moseyed on over to The Federal for sound check.  The rest you know.

Today, I shall sleep in, I shall work on the Kritzerland show, I shall eat, hopefully pick up some packages, and then relax and perhaps watch something.

Tomorrow is more of the same and then I’m supping with Muse Margaret and her ever-lovin’ Richard, so that will be fun.  The rest of the week and weekend is assigning songs and getting singers their music.

Well, dear readers, I must take the day, I must do the things I do, I must, for example, sleep in, work on the Kritzerland show, eat, hopefully pick up packages, and then relax.  Today’s topic of discussion: If you want to refresh your palate, what is your favorite way of doing so?  Let’s have loads of lovely postings, shall we, whilst I hit the road to dreamland, happy to have had a good deal of fun at the Robby Awards.

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