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April 26, 2019:

FLIRTING WITH TONAL COUNTRY

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Well, dear readers, I am sitting here like so much fish, listening to the piano concerto of one Arnold Schoenberg – it’s interesting – jagged, angular, and yet oddly flirting with tonal country.  I, myself, often flirt with tonal country and yet tonal country never flirts back.  Why I oughta… Other than feeling jagged and angular due to listening to this concerto, I am feeling like I want to eat about thirty pounds of food, but I shan’t, never fear.

Yesterday was a kind of a day, I suppose.  I got about nine hours of sleep, so that was good.  I missed most of the morning, so the day began midday.  I answered e-mails, had a telephonic call, and then went and picked up some packages and, once again, no mail.  After that, I thought about going to Jerry’s Deli, but I knew I’d be safer, counting calories-wise, going to Taco Bell, where it’s all right there, posted for everyone to see.  Too bad, because had I gone to Jerry’s I would have run into a delightful trio of women, namely Karen Morrow, Nancy Dussault, and Beverly Sanders.  Oh, well.

I came home and at my 1,050 calories, then it was time for our work session.  Richard Allen was there to make sure everything went smoothly, which it actually kind of did.  The substitute pianist seemed prepared and we got through everything and I did whatever little arranging work had to be done and I don’t even think it lasted an hour. Thankfully, there’s only one put-together in this one, which is helpful.  In the June show, I know there will be a ton of ‘em.  Once they were gone, I listened to some music for a bit, then finally sat on my couch like so much fish.

Last night, I watched a motion picture on the Flix of Net entitled Shattered Memories, starring a no-star cast of mediocre actors, directed by a mediocre director, and written by a mediocre writer (that’s being kind to the latter two folks).  The story was strictly from Screenwriting 101, everything was entirely predictable, the characters are all cardboard cutouts, there isn’t an ounce of suspense, there isn’t a surprise to be found, it just plods along for eighty-seven minutes (four of those belonging to the end titles), with a horrid musical score.  As far as I can tell, not a single person had ever seen this 2018 film until it hit Netflix.  It says it was released at the end of 2018 but that is BS – there is not a single review, no record of any kind of release, and in what is surely an imdb first, not a single user review.  Avoid this one like the plague.

After that, I listened to more music.  I was, at that point, starving, so I did end up going to Gelson’s and getting some cantaloupe bits and some pineapple bits along with some packaged baby carrot bits.  I came home and had some of each, but I must tell you, none of it satisfies hunger at all, hence I still feel like eating thirty pounds of food.  I shall be good.

Today, I’m not sure the lunch meeting where I won’t eat lunch is actually happening.  I guess I’ll know one way or the other when I arise in the morning.  I do have to write the additional commentary, then I’ll hopefully pick up some packages, take clothes to the dry cleaners, and then if all goes according to Hoyle, I’ll be supping with those two crazy birthday people, the Geissmans.

Tomorrow, I can relax, eat my 1000 calories, and I’m sure I’ll be listening and watching, but I’ll also be prepping our next two Kritzerland releases, which I’ll announce together.  I find that people like when we do two at once because they save on postage that way. Sunday will be more of the same – finishing the two sets of liner notes, getting the audio samples ready, and then we’ll announce by Tuesday or thereabouts.  Monday is our first Kritzerland rehearsal, which I’m looking forward to, and then the rest of the week is very busy.

Let’s all put on our pointy party hats and our colored tights and pantaloons, let’s all break out the cheese slices and the ham chunks, let’s all dance the Hora or the Transylvanian Twist, for today is the birthday of every now and then dear reader Jennifer.  So, let’s give a big haineshisway.com birthday cheer to every now and then dear reader Jennifer.  On the count of three: One, two, three – A BIG HAINESHISWAY.COM BIRTHDAY CHEER TO EVERY NOW AND THEN DEAR READER JENNIFER!!!

Well, dear readers, I must take the day, I must do the things I do, I must, for example, maybe have a non-lunch meeting or not, write the additional commentary, hopefully pick up packages, take clothes to the cleaners, and then perhaps sup with the Geissmans.  Today’s topic of discussion: It’s Friday – what is currently in your CD player and your DVD/Blu and Ray player?  I’ll start – CD, oh so many things.  Blu-ray, more Twilight Time discs.  Your turn.  Let’s have loads of lovely postings, shall we, whilst I hit the road to dreamland, where I shall flirt with tonal country.

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