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January 22, 2020:


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Well, dear readers, it is late and these here notes should be posted and yet it is difficult to post notes that aren’t written yet.  I am listening to music as I write these here notes, another new discovery via YouTube, a Japanese composer named Takashi Yoshimatsu – his music is very beautiful and rather like Joe Hisaishi’s music for the Studio Ghibli films, although Yoshimatsu writes a lot of classical music – but he’s also written for films.  This is what YouTube does best – you search one composer, but in the sidebar a bunch of other stuff comes up based on that choice, so I click on anything that looks interesting.  Once I clicked on this guy, suddenly a bunch of other Japanese composers popped up and I was up until three grabbing stuff, so lots to listen to.

Yesterday was a curious day.  I got under eight hours of sleep and had a recurring dream about somehow finding a huge warehouse and wandering in and finding shelves filled with books, records, CDs, 16mm and 35mm films, piled high.  They seem to be selling stuff, so I pull a few things that add up to only about seventy bucks.  Then the guy says to me that it’s all so annoying to him that he’d let it all go for twelve grand.  So, I walk the jernt and it’s just a treasure trove of stuff and I tell him I can try to raise the dough.  That’s about it, recurring dream-wise.  Once up, I answered e-mails, was happy to see some nice orders for the two new titles, and then I moseyed on over to Jerry’s Deli after a stop at Rite-Aid to get Claritin-D, which they were out of.  You’d think the popularity of that product would mean they’d always have it, but nooooo.  My allergies were starting to act up when I got out of bed, but I willed them to stop and they listened.

At Jerry’s, I proofed about seventy pages of the book and had a breakfast burrito.  After that, I went to a nearby CVS and got the Clairtin-D, then came home.  Once home, I relaxed, did quite a bit of work at the piano, finessing the various pieces of music I’ve written for Doug’s play.  I wrote some more of the concert commentary – only about five things left to do, and then it was time to mosey on over to the Group Rep.  I worked for about forty-five minutes with Peyton, then everyone showed up for our run-through, including the author of the play, Mr. Doug Haverty.  While I’d told him he could come this week, I guess I’d assumed it would be to the designer run, so I didn’t really have time to warn the cast he’d be there.

The run-through was good – as is always the case when the actors are finally off book, some of the detailed acting we’ve had isn’t as sharp, simply because the job right now is to remember the lines and just get them out, along with calling for lines, which everyone did.  I was pretty certain Doug didn’t care for it, but he called me after and said he had no notes, so that made me very happy and will make the cast happy.  I told him the whole thing was a little off, but he knows this routine, especially from having just done The Man Who Came to Dinner, where we had an especially hard few days once the actors were off book.  But I just cannot say enough about this cast – I really and truly adore every one of them and they’re all on the same page and all want to do the best job they can and serve Doug’s play, while putting their own personal touches on it, as am I.  Given the importance of the lighting and music, and that we don’t have that yet, it’s still very affecting, even at this stage.  I think in the next day or two we’ll be past this just off book phase and back to building the performances.

After the run-through, I stopped at McDonald’s and got a filet-o-fish sandwich, came home and ate it, and then recorded all the themes for the play and sent them to Richard Allen, who will hopefully whip them into shape.

Today, I can sleep until eleven, then I’ll do the usual morning things, after which I’ll go eat something and continue proofing.  Then I’ll finish up the concert commentary, and then we have another run-through of the play.

Tomorrow, we have a concert rehearsal at the Autry.  I’ll be there from three to six, and then will take my leave and be on my way to our play rehearsal and another run-through.  Friday, I’ll relax until it’s time to go to the Autry, where we’ll do our first performance.  Peyton won’t be at rehearsal on Saturday morning, so I’ll work other scenes and we’ll run anything that she’s not in.  Then it’s back to the Autry for our second performance and then a celebratory meal afterwards.  Sunday morning, we’ll have a full run-through, then work any problem sequences.

Well, dear readers, I must take the day, I must do the things I do, I must, for example, sleep until eleven, eat, proof, finish the commentary, and have a run-through.  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, wondering if I’ll have that curious recurring dream again.

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