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August 18, 2020:


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Well, dear readers, I am sitting here like so much broiling fish, having to endure the air conditioning because I cannot endure a home environment that’s eighty-four degrees.  This is what the wags call a no-win situation.  You’re either too hot or too cold and the cold wreaks havoc with my allergies.  If I could just get the temperature to seventy-four then it would at least hold there for a while, but no matter what I do I can’t get it under eighty.  Damn them, damn them all to hell.  Other than that, it’s cold and then it will be broiling in mere moments.  I’m listening to another performance of the Mahler 10 – it’s okay, not as good as Ormandy, but I do love the music so.  Now, let’s get to it, shall we, and let me just preface the next paragraph by saying that yesterday was a drum roll kind of day.  Read on, MacDuff.

Yesterday was a day and then some.  I fell asleep around 3:15 only to wake up at 6:45 because – drum roll – it was hot.  I managed to fall back asleep around nine, no thanks to the noisy neighbors who I would like to banish to Outer Siberia or Inner West Covina.  I slept until one, so I guess I got seven-and-a-half hours of sleep in.

Once up, I attended to e-mails and the first one was a goodie – drum roll – the guest I’d written last night wrote back instantly and is available and happy to do the show, so that was just great.  We figured out the song and so that is now set.  That left only the big guest that I’ve been pushing for, for weeks now.  Then I went to gmail to check those accounts and lo and behold there was an e-mail about the big guest and – drum roll – the big guest said yes and let me tell you just WHAT a drum roll it is.  I’m hoping we can get the flyer done today and then I can reveal the heady news.  So, the show is all set now.  I’d originally planned to have five guests, but the four we’ve got are superb, so I think that’s enough.  Plus, I’ve got surprises galore in store for the show that will remain a secret until the show.  And I can’t guarantee that this one will remain available after the live showing, so hold the date – September 13.  If I haven’t mentioned it yet, this one’s a benefit for the Actor’s Fund.

So, that was just the best part of the day and I spent time nailing down the details.  Then I went and picked up stuff from the mail place, came home, got pasta papa for food, it arrived forty minutes later, and I ate it all up and then it was time for our quick Zoom rehearsal for a little duet thing.  That went very well, and we got all the details hammered out.  I got the final two tracks and sent them to their respective singers, so that’s all done now, and then we set our Zoom rehearsal for Friday and that goes from three to six-thirty.  And then I buckled down, Winsocki and began writing the commentary.  I worked relentlessly on it and got all but five songs done.

Then I did a Gelson’s run, just to basically turn the air on again, got some melon squares and more Diet Coke, came home, turned off the air and within minutes it was right back up to eighty-three.  Then I went ahead and finished the commentary.  I’ll still need to finesse it, of course, but at least the big part of it is done.  So, I had no time for a motion picture or even much listening to music, but what a wonderful kind of drum roll day it was.

Today, I wouldn’t mind some more drum rolls – they’re such a pleasure in these difficult times.  I’ll be up when I’m up, I’ll do whatever needs doing, I’ll finesse the commentary, I’ll work on the surprises for the Kritzerland show, I’ll hopefully pick up some packages, I’ll eat, I’ll try not to have the air on too much, and then at some point, I’ll watch, listen, and relax.

The rest of the week is more of the same, Friday we have our long Zoom rehearsal day, not sure what’s what on the weekend, and hopefully there will be a few more drum roll moments along the way.

Well, dear readers, I must take the day, I must do the things I do, I must, for example, be up when I’m up, do whatever needs doing, finesse the commentary, work on surprises, hopefully pick up some packages, eat, try not to have the air on too much, and then watch, listen, and relax.  Today’s topic of discussion: What are your favorite pop songs of the 1960s?  Let’s have loads of lovely postings, shall we, whilst I hit the road to dreamland, happy to have had a good drum roll kind of day.

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