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October 16, 2019:


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Well, dear readers, I must write these here notes in a hurry because I must be up pretty early in the morning to do some stuff that needs doing.  Whilst writing in a hurry I am listening to the musique of an interesting French composer from France named Jean Rivier.  I like his musique very much – tres bon – he wrote a lot of pieces and yet very little of it is available – enter YouTube.  I’m enjoying his symphonies and I already owned a flute and orchestra piece by him. I’ve been discovering a lot of interesting composers over the past week.  Enough about the French.

Yesterday was another nine-hour sleep day for me, arising at noon-thirty.  I did the usual morning things in the early afternoon – answering e-mails, doing some work at the piano, and then picking up some packages and an important envelope. Naturally, the package I actually knew was arriving arrived about ten minutes after I left.  That’s Amazon for you.  I did some banking at the bank, which is where I like doing banking – longer line than usual and very slow idiots at the windows who don’t care HOW much time they take and how many people are waiting.  It took about fifteen minutes to get out of there.

Then I decided I needed something quick and easy for food, so I stopped at McDonald’s and got two filet-o-fish sandwiches, brought them home, and ate them all up, complete with extra tartar sauce.  Then it was more work at the piano, some telephonic conversations and then suddenly it was evening.

I must say, I did nothing in the evening but listen to music – discovering new things and listening to the CDs recently gotten.  One of the most delightful of these is a two-CD set of performances from the Hoffnung Music Festivals in the mid-1950s.  The pieces, which really are hilarious, are written by well-known and respected composers like Malcolm Arnold, Gordon Jacob, and Francis Chagrin.  Some of it is laugh out loud funny and one wonders why nothing like this was ever done here – give composers a chance to be funny and spoof music styles and such.  The Arnold piece, which I’ve known for forty years, is a Concerto for Orchestra and Vacuum Cleaner.  It’s very amusing and very tuneful.

I had some taquitos for my evening snack, which I had in the evening.  They have taquitos at Casa Vega, as an appetizer, so I think a trip over there will be in order, maybe even today.  I never got around to the second set of liner notes, but I’ll do those today for sure and it shouldn’t take too long.  Then I relaxed and began the Rivier symphonies.  Currently on number five, as I couldn’t find number four.

Today, I’ll be up very early to do something, have some early visitors, and then I’ll do the other morning stuff that needs doing.  I’ll do the second set of liner notes, although it’s conceivable that I could try to get another hour or two of sleep – we shall see.  Then I’ll hopefully pick up some packages, eat, and then come home and do all manner of things, including watching a motion picture I would have watched last evening had it not arrived ten minutes after I’d left the mail place.  I gotta tell you.  And I’ll relax at some point.

Tomorrow, I have a lunch meeting during which I’ll eat lunch, which is what I like to do when I eat lunch.  I think there’s something happening on Friday, but I can’t remember what it might be – hopefully someone will remind me, should there be something to remind me about.  Saturday we have a three-hour What If rehearsal, which I’m looking forward to, Sunday will be a day of rest, Monday is our second What If rehearsal, Tuesday we have a stumble-through, and then Wednesday we play our first performance, and Thursday we play our second performance.  And then it’s on to The Man Who Came to Dinner.

Well, dear readers, I must take the day, I must do the things I do, I must, for example, be up early, have visitors, do morning stuff, write liner notes and get them where they need to go, hopefully pick up packages, eat, watch a motion picture, and relax.  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, happy to have finished the I-must-be-up-early notes.

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