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July 17, 2019:

RECORDING PART TWO OF GEE

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Well, dear readers, we had another grueling but fun day recording part two of GEE.  It went very smoothly, but it’s taxing to talk that much and so it was my job to make sure the energy was where it needed to be and that the characters were clearly delineated, which mostly was not an issue.  I did stop more than usual in the last ten pages or so, because, well, that’s the crux of the book and I wanted that to be perfect and have the emotional weight it should.  Much of the time, I’d just fumfer around what I was saying to Diana, which is what I like to do – and she just somehow divines what it is I want, rather than me laying it out specifically.  Her voicing of one character in part two had the engineer and me laughing out loud. And the ending was indeed very touching. If I were to do this again, being in a studio doing this, I would spread it out over four days.  It would ultimately be the same number of hours. When we finished, the engineer still had to edit out the stops and starts and that will actually happen today.

I did have a bit of sticker shot when I heard what the actual cost of the studio was because I’d completely misheard it – what I heard was a figure per hour when that figure is per half-hour – for what they want to charge me I could have gone to a much nicer studio’s small room.  But a nice lady in the office saw my shocked face and came to me and said she’d make sure to give me a nice discount, so we’ll see how this all pans out.  Certainly, it’s going to be substantially more than I thought and had I known that I might have looked for other options.

Prior to recording, I got seven hours of sleep, got up, got ready, moseyed on over to the bank and did some banking, and then I was on my way to the studio.

After we finished, I said goodbye to Diana, who flies home on Thursday, and then I went to the mail place and picked up one package, after which I went to Gelson’s and got some chicken enchiladas.  I came home and ate that up and it was excellent.  I had a half-cup of toasted almond chip ice cream, too, just because I thought I deserved such a thing. I caught up on e-mails, had a telephonic conversation and I can’t for the life of me remember who with, and then I finally sat on my couch like so much fish.

Last night, I watched a motion picture on Blu and Ray entitled Klute, from Criterion.  I saw the movie many times when it came out and loved it – at the time, the direction was so unique and so was the camerawork, and Michael Small’s score was like none I’d ever heard before.  The performances were brilliant straight down the line, none more so than Miss Fonda.  Watching it again last night, it’s like a little time capsule of what 1970s films are all about.  The transfer, supervised by camera operator Michael Chapman, is superb, with perfect color, contrast, well, perfect everything.  I watched a few of the supplements, which are supplements. Highly recommended by the likes of me.

After that, I relaxed, listened to music, and had a handful of crackers.

Today, I will sleep in as late as I please, I’ll hopefully pick up some packages, and then I have a dinner meeting, where I shall have a meeting and dinner, which is what I like to do at a dinner meeting.

Tomorrow, I will be seeing what I hope will be a new and improved director’s cut of The Creature Wasn’t Nice.  I can’t tell you how much I’m looking forward to that.  I’ll also probably pick up the book files, since both things are in the Bank of Bur.  Not sure what’s the haps on Friday, but Saturday I have a little work session where I’ll do a little work.

Well, dear readers, I must take the day, I must do the things I do, I must, for example, sleep in, hopefully pick up some packages, and have a dinner meeting.  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, so happy to have had a wonderful second day of recording part two of GEE.

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