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August 14, 2020:

FIVE VARIANTS OF LAZARUS TAKING A DIVE

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Well, dear readers, I am sitting here like so much fish, wondering why today, Friday, feels like tomorrow, Saturday?  Yesterday, felt like a Friday, all day and into the evening I kept thinking it was Friday and yet it was Thursday.  And yet Wednesday felt like a Wednesday.  This day confusion is running rampant in this crazy world in which we live in.  In any case, I am sitting here like so much fish listening to Sir John Barbirolli, in monophonic sound from the LP era, do wonderful versions of Elgar and Vaughan Williams – in fact, we’ve just had Five Variants of Dives and Lazarus, which is a lovelier than lovely piece, although occasionally I prefer Five Variants of Lazarus Taking a Dive, a boxing cantata by Herman J. Frick of the Delaware Fricks.  What the HELL am I talking about?  I have spent the last thirty minutes fixing a track, a track which is a perfect example of why doing the online shows as we do them can be tricky.  Most tracks are straight ahead and maybe there’s one or two places where we’ll slow down or speed up, but it’s fairly simple with those kinds of tracks.  But when we have a song where there’s constant ebb and flow and you want to give the singer all those moments, that’s when it gets difficult.  And that’s the kind of song we were working on, where other singers have changed tempo on every bar in one way or another.  We can’t do THAT, so we come up with ways to make it SEEM like the singer is phrasing freely but in terms of the track the track is not changing all that much.  So, we went through it, I phrased the song and we adjusted as we went along, and it should work really well now.  Sometimes it’s all about the illusion.  I’m also happy to say that one of the three guests we’ve been waiting on was a yay, so we have us another Tony nominee joining us.  So, that leaves two guests we’re waiting on.  We actually got a no from one of them, but the person who’s asking is seeing this person today and will try to work his magic to make it happen.  Whether he will or not is anyone’s guess, but I’m hoping for the best, of course.  If not, I’ll wait to hear about our other guest and if we get that one that will suffice, actually.

Yesterday was a perfectly okay day.  I was up at noon after almost eight hours of sleep.  Once up, I did things that needed doing, mostly Kritzerland show stuff, but also giving a final listen to the high-resolution files for the remixes of the Sandy Bainum album.  I tried it out in the new sequencing, which I must say works MUCH better, much better flow now.  The sound is sooooo much better.  I asked John Adams to check a couple of levels but otherwise we’re done with this project.  We’re now trying to figure out the best way to do this.  We don’t know if we’ll put it up on the item page at Kritzerland – we may, we may not.  But I’m thinking for any of you dear readers who are interested, we’d charge a nominal fee, like ten bucks or something, you’d PayPal that then you’d receive a folder with the tracks via Hightail or We Transfer.  We’re thinking that’s the way to go.  Let me know your thoughts in the posts.  These are quality files at 24bit/44.1kHz full resolution.  I’m really anxious to share these rethought and brand new mixes because I feel the difference is astonishing.  The files will play on any computer and could, of course, be burned to DVD or Blu-ray without any loss of quality.  No point in burning to CD as that’s lesser quality, but of course you could if you so desired.

Grant Geissman stopped by for a bit, and then I got food from Carny’s – one hot dog with red cabbage and one cheeseburger.  It arrived forty minutes later, and I must say it was really good.  I might do that again in a few days but would get two hot dogs rather than the burger.  After that, I listened to some music, and then I decided to watch a documentary on Amazon Prime – free for Prime members – entitled Family Band: The Cowsills.  It was very interesting, not a load of laughs, a little depressing, but interesting as to how a terrible father can be the ruination of everything.  I can’t say I enjoyed it, but if you like their recordings you might give it a look see.  The Cowsills were, of course, the inspiration for The Partridge Family.

After that, I did something I haven’t done in over two months: I took a forty-minute walk.  That actually felt good.  Once back home, I shaved, as I hadn’t in five days, then we worked on the track, and then I relaxed and listened to music.

Today, I’ll arise when I arise, I’ll do whatever needs doing, hopefully have positive news from guest stars, hopefully pick up some packages, eat, most likely get some more tracks to send, and then I’ll do another walk, after which I’ll watch, listen, and relax.

Tomorrow, we have a Zoom rehearsal at four for our one group number, then Sunday I’m hoping to have nothing but a ME day.  Next week is busy – have to do a show order, write commentary, and do all manner of other things.

Well, dear readers, I must take the day, I must do the things I do, I must, for example, arise when I arise, do whatever needs doing, hopefully have positive news from guest stars, hopefully pick up packages, eat, get more tracks to send, walk, and then watch, listen, and 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, Sir John Barbirolli.  Blu-ray, have no idea.  Your turn.  Let’s have loads of lovely postings, shall we, whilst I hit the road to dreamland, as I hum along to the Five Variants of Lazarus Taking a Dive, a boxing cantata by Herman J. Frick of the Delaware Fricks.

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