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March 1, 2020:

THE MARCH MARCH

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Well, dear readers, I do believe it is March.  That shortest of months, February, has taken a hike and here we are March, and it is my fervent hope and prayer that March will be a month filled with health, wealth, happiness, creativity, and all things bright and beautiful.  We had us quite the stumble-through yesterday.  It was earlier than usual but while a couple of folks were tired and one was fighting a cold, once we began you would never have had a clew.  The songs are great, the structure worked perfectly, and everyone hit their songs right out of the park, but there is no more appreciative audience than your fellow cast members in Kritzerland shows.  And for the first time in 104 shows I had not a single note and we didn’t have to run anything again.  Now, I will tell you that due to not being able to fall asleep the other night, I wrote a set of lyrics for Bosom Buddies, for Jason Graae and me to do.  And we just got up and did it yesterday having not run it a single time, and it was pretty funny.  We play really well off each other and it was just a blast.  So, we’ll be doing that tonight but with no rehearsals or sound check for it beforehand.  Anyway, it was very fun.

Prior to that, I got around six hours of sleep, got up, and just got myself together enough to be coherent at the stumble-through.  Two of our singers had to run their songs prior to it, so that began at ten-thirty. After the stumble-through, I went to the bank, picked up the second important envelope, stopped at Ralph’s and got a roast beef sandwich and a turkey wrap and a few shrimp cocktail shrimps and then came back home.  I ate the sandwich and then Grant came by.  He finished and locked the interior of the book and then said he wasn’t going to have time to do the cover, which really upset me.  He said he’d work on it for an hour and see where he got, but I think he left earlier than an hour and I haven’t heard a peep, which means this is going to fall to Doug, who really doesn’t want to do it.  But I sent Doug all the stuff from the last book, so at least he’ll have templates for it all.  Bothersome, but I am not going to lose a week-and-a-half while he’s off doing gigs out of town.

I gave the locked book a once-over and it’s very handsome indeed, all 534 pages of it.  Then I did stuff on the computer, had some e-mail volleys, but mostly relaxed.  At some point, I sat on my couch like so much fish.

Last night, I watched the first three episodes of the new Jordan Peele-produced and hosted The Twilight Zone.  This is iteration three I believe, and I bought it because I’d read a rave review, but I should have known better because the rave was on a site I absolutely loathe, the worst Blu-ray site on all the Internet.  I wish I could rave, but alas I cannot, at least for the first three episodes.  Even though Carol Serling is given a courtesy producer credit, it is very clear from the get-go that these people do not have a clew.  Mr. Peele is no Mr. Serling as host.  And the first three episodes are so ham-fisted, bloated, and heavy-handed, hammering their “message” home with a sledgehammer.  The second episode was yet another regurgitation of Nightmare at 30,000 Feet, but this one was so unrelentingly stupid it really was beyond belief.  Writing and direction are not interesting at all.

After that, I listened to music, had some text volleys, made some plans for next week, and relaxed.

Today, I’ll sleep in, then I’ll relax and rest my voice, then get ready, and then I’ll mosey on over to Vitello’s for sound check and then show.  Afterwards, some of us will go have a proper meal downstairs.

Tomorrow, I can relax a bit, but really have to stay on top of the book covers no matter who’s doing them.  Tuesday, I have that interview re David Cassidy in the morning, and then a lunch, and the rest of the week is meetings and meals and getting the book to the publishers.  That is the main order of business, actually.  Then begin our final two weekends for the play.

Well, dear readers, I must take the day, I must do the things I do, I must, for example, sleep in, relax and rest my voice, get ready, have a sound check, and then do a show.  Today’s topic of discussion: It’s free-for-all day, the day in which you dear readers get to make with the topics and we all get to post about them.  So, let’s have loads of lovely topics and loads of lovely postings, shall we, whilst I hit the road to dreamland, and it is my fervent hope and prayer that March will be a month filled with health, wealth, happiness, creativity, and all things bright and beautiful.

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