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November 2, 2020:


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Well, dear readers, this month is flying by, like a gazelle listening to George Szell and doing an interpretive dance to Dvorak’s Slavonic Dances, in a tutu and pink polka dot tights.  Like the gazelle, I, too, am listening to George Szell do Dvorak’s Slavonic Dances but I’m not doing an interpretive dance nor am I wearing a tutu and pink polka dot tights, for that would simply be too too.  I did finally have time to futz and finesse project one in its entirety and I must say I was surprised at how much I liked it.  I really only added two or three small things, revised a couple of small things, moved something around a little, but mostly I corrected typos and stuff like that.  So, I got that done, and I also futzed and finessed all the songs I’ve been writing and had to actually finish two of them and write one musically in its entirety.  I also changed the title of two of them.  The next step will be to hear the thing aloud – I guess I can say it’s a musical of sorts and involves three characters, and that’s all I’m saying.  I wrote it for specific actors and while I hate Zoom that may be the only way to read through it but trying to play tracks of the songs on Zoom is a fool’s game.  We’re looking into other options, too.  So, that was a chunk of the day, but I got it done.  And now I’ll begin work on project two, which is a really fun idea if I can pull it off.  It’s a very different kind of thing for me, so we’ll see.  Otherwise, Dvorak has given way to Bartok’s Concerto for Orchestra and of course Szell’s performance is making me hear it as if for the first time.  It’s amazing how influential Bartok was on a whole generation of film composers like Jerry Goldsmith and John Williams and others.  The sound on it is spectacular, too. Otherwise, I’m just sitting here like so much fish, trying not to eat everything that’s edible in the house.  This time of night is always difficult in terms of wanting to just eat everything in sight, but I’ve been very good about it for eight weeks now and I shan’t weaken now, for to weaken now would be weak.

Yesterday wasn’t so bad; in fact, it was rather pleasantly pleasant in a pleasant sort of way.  I got eight-and-a-half hours of pleasant sleep, then once up I had a lot of e-mails to answer, a booklet to proof – found a few typos and things and so got those to the designer, then I knew there were packages from Saturday and yesterday so I moseyed on over to the mail place and retrieved them and came right home.  One of the packages was a ten-pack of Chapstick from Amazon – much cheaper than the store and they’re the individual packs, which is what I like.  So, that should keep me for a while, Chapstick-wise.  I gotta tell you, the third movement of the Bartok concerto for orchestra was definitely borrowed from by Mr. Elmer Bernstein, but not only him.  You could score a film with this movement of the concerto.  Then I did the futzing and finessing, and it was already four when I realized I needed to eat.  So, I made tacos – cooked the meat (no onions), and then put that into three taco shells, added lettuce, tomato bits, and then cheese, and topped it off with a little salsa.  Well, they were really quite excellent and quite yummilicious.  Calorie-wise it only was about 600 tops so about two hours later I made another two ounces of meat, this time with some onions, warmed up a tortilla, but the meat, tomato bits, cheese and salsa in and made a little burrito for another 220 calories or thereabouts.  That, too, was very good.  I had a few grapes left, so I polished off those.  Then I sat on my couch like so much fish.

Last night, I began watching a Japanese science fiction film called Warning from Space.  I’ve only ever seen a couple of scenes with the weird looking creatures, so I thought it was high time I see the whole thing.  I watched the first twenty-five minutes, but then I kept getting interrupted so I shut it off and will finish it this evening.  It’s a bit slow but fun in that Japanese sci-fi kind of way.

After that, I had a ME evening, not doing much of anything other than relaxing and listening to music.  I have to say that it was nice to gain an hour.  I forgot to reset the clock in the car – I’d best do that today or it will be too confusing.

Today, I’ll be up by eleven at the latest, I’ll do whatever needs doing, then I have to do some banking, then I’ll come home and work on the December Kritzerland – I have wonderful folks already lined up for it, so that’s fun. Four guests if the final one works out, which I think it will.  I’ve chosen about eight of the songs already and will finish doing that.  We’ll stick to the second Sunday, which is the thirteenth.  I’ll do work at the piano as I now have to record more stuff to get charts done on these new songs.  I’ll hopefully pick up some packages, I’ll eat something – I do have to finish the other six ounces of ground beef that I have so maybe more tacos or maybe I’ll just shape them into thin patties and make a double cheese burger – that might be fun.  Then we’ll continue to make sure all is ready for next Sunday’s Kritzerland show, and then I can watch, listen, and relax.

The rest of the week is more of the same – Kritzerland show stuff, the December Kritzerland stuff, starting in on project two, and whatever else needs doing.

Well, dear readers, I must take the day, I must do the things I do, I must, for example, be up by eleven at the latest, do whatever needs doing, bank, work on the December show, do work at the piano, hopefully pick up packages, eat, do Kritzerland show stuff, then watch, listen, and relax.  Today’s topic of discussion: What have been your favorite Mexican meals – what do you like best, why was it great, do you make Mexican food at home?  Let’s have loads of lovely postings, shall we, whilst I hit the road to dreamland, directly after I do my interpretive dance to the music of the night.

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