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September 13, 2019:


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Well, dear readers, I do believe I have a few more videos for your mental delectation, but we’ll get to those in a few paragraphs.  It would be unseemly to just dive in without our usual blather and preamble ramble, wouldn’t it?  But here’s what I can tell you: Yesterday turned out to be a pretty good day any way you look at it and I, of course, look at it askew.  There were two major reasons why it turned out to be, well, not a pretty good day but a pretty great day.  And here’s how it all happened.

I got about seven hours of sleep, and then was awakened by both a telephonic call and a text – the telephonic call was from an elated Gerrit Graham, who told me the video was on ChasSmith’s laptop and all was well. The text was from ChasSmith and said: The eagle has landed.  That was great news and ChasSmith was on his way home to send it to me via both Google drive and We Transfer.  I wasn’t going to rest easy until I actually had it, though.  I was, however, disappointed to go to gmail and see no e-mail from Indiegogo.  I was beginning to think they were going to take the full fifteen business days.

Then I went and put gas in the motor car.  After that, I went to Jerry’s Deli and had a roast beef sandwich – unlike the last one, this one was so fresh and excellent – no fries or onion rings either.  Whilst there, I got a text from ChasSmith saying he was in the process of uploading the video.  So, I finished lunch, stopped at the mail place and picked up some packages, did some banking, then came right home.

The gmail e-mail was there about Gerrit’s video, so I clicked download, although it didn’t look like it was doing anything, so ChasSmith also did a We Transfer, but whilst he was doing it, the download completed, and I finally saw Gerrit’s eleven-minute video.  It was really funny and he was delightful.  All we have to do is snip off the beginning and end.  I uploaded it to Dropbox and alerted the authoring house it was there for the taking.  I did some work at the piano and on the computer, then around six o’clock I got the e-mail from Indiegogo saying the funds were on their way to my bank and that that would take three to five business days to show up.  That was the BEST news and I breathed a sigh of relief, which I’ll breathe again as soon as it’s actually in the bank.  That leaves the six hundred bucks they held back – I suspect I’ll get that long before the six months they can hold it for happens. At least, that’s the hope.  So, that was the very good day.  I went to Gelson’s and got two tiny chicken tenders, a tiny bit of seafood salad, and a REALLY tiny bit of sausage and peppers, just to taste it.  I came home and ate them all up.

And now, some videos before I tell you about the rest of the evening.  Here’s the wonderful Kay Cole opening the show.  I had the idea for this arrangement – I knew it would be the perfect way to get her onstage and give her a big laugh right away to make her comfortable when doing her club act, and it worked like a dream.  She’s at her best here.

Here’s Kerry O’Malley socking home the title song from I Had a Ball.

Here’s Laura Wolfe doing Kander and Ebb’s beautiful My Own Space from The Act.

And here’s Kay again, doing our closing number – you might recognize the song, which has a little something to do with her.

I’ll have a few more videos tomorrow.  I’m not putting up the ones where we had lyric flubs.  After my snack, for fun I opened up the Word document that’s for my next book. I’d written a page-and-a-half when I created it, and I just felt like writing another couple of pages, which I did. Over the next months, I’ll be doing a lot of organizing and typing for this book, so the come January, it will be more of an assembling job, although there will still be plenty to write.  I listened to music, and took a hot shower, and made a recording at the piano and sent that off where it needed to go.

Today, I’ll try to have a bit of a ME day.  I’ll hopefully arise after a good night’s beauty sleep, then I have a few things to do, after which I’ll have some lunch.  Then I’ll hopefully pick up some packages and then come home.  I may write another page or two if I feel like it, but then I’ve got to start prepping two new releases, which we’ll probably announce in a week or so.  Then I’ll relax and perhaps watch a motion picture of some sort.

Tomorrow, I can sleep in, then I think I’m going to an interesting bookstore I’ve been meaning to go to for the last few months, in the neighborhood in which I grew up.  Otherwise, I’ll relax and begin choosing the What Ifs for this two-night benefit we’re doing for the Group Rep.  Sunday, I’ll relax during the day, and then I’m sitting in on some new member auditions at the Group Rep to see if there are people I want to call in for The Man Who Came to Dinner.  I’m hoping there are.  Then next week is more auditions, call backs, and meetings and meals and going and doing and doing and going.

Well, dear readers, I must take the day, I must do the things I do, I must, for example, get a good night’s beauty sleep, do a few things, eat, hopefully pick up packages, maybe write another page or two, prep two new releases, and then relax.  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, two Phillippe Sarde scores – Ghost Story and The Tenant.  Blu-ray, not sure.  Your turn.  Let’s have loads of lovely postings, shall we, whilst I hit the road to dreamland, happy to have had a great day of good news and good things.

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