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February 12, 2021:


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Well, dear readers, I am sitting here like so much fish, listening to Saint-Saens’ very first opera, Le Timbre d’argent, a French opera in French. It’s very enjoyable, although, for me, he hasn’t quite found his unique musical voice yet, but there are a few moments where that voice is crystal clear, especially in the final fifteen minutes. This recording is part of a series of recordings with amazing packaging (book-sized), and this particular recording features great sound and excellent performances from singers and the band/conductor. There are two other Saint-Saens operas in this series and I’m curious to see what else they’ve done. Anyway, it’s just wrapping up and it’s very fun. In other news, the reaction to our premiere performance has been wonderful and we got a rave review from critic Steven Stanley, so that was a nice treat. Since I’m told I’ll be out of Facebook jail by morning, I will go on posting overload and make up for the three days and try to fill up the house for tonight’s second of our three performances. I was debating whether to do another partay on Zoom after, but I don’t think I will, but maybe we’ll do that on Sunday. Anyway, the reaction is heartening, and I just wish I knew how to reach more people – you know, the people who will watch completely amateur stuff and post up a storm about it but who either willfully ignore our shows or just don’t see posts about them. I’ll especially hit the Broadway groups tomorrow. I also had an initial conversation with the Blu-ray guy about doing this and the Outside the Box series on one jam-packed Blu-ray – he’ll get back to me and then I’ll know the lay of the land. We will have to do either an Indiegogo campaign or Go Fund Me. The time, trouble, and work that I have to put into the Indiegogo campaigns is not something I’d look forward to, frankly – having to figure out perks and give stuff from my personal stash and then be relentless and while it’s fun, it’s just too much work. I may, in the end, be forced to, but Go Fund Me is much easier – no perks at all and no waiting on the money. I think there’s a way to basically make two or three perks – a purchase of the Blu-ray, signed, and maybe some Kritzerland CD perks. I don’t know a lot about Go Fund Me, but I’ll do the research and then make a decision – it depends on what this is going to cost. But we’ll move it along and I could have everything needed for it by next week, as I already have all the hi-def stuff for Outside the Box handy and ready – we just have to make a new file for the hi-def Tonight’s the Night, and we’ll be good to go. I’d do a commentary, maybe with Hartley and Richard Allen for Tonight’s the Night, and then maybe do a couple of short ones for the Outside the Box episodes – not all of them, though. I’d include both cuts of Psycho, the Musical – we shortened two numbers and that’s what aired, but I have it complete, and I also had two cuts for the Animal Farm episode – we aired the longer one with three songs, and I just wasn’t thrilled with it and think the one-song version works much better. And I suppose I could look for some outtakes, too – I’m pretty sure there are some really funny ones for Psycho and maybe one or two others. So, that will be a fun project.

Yesterday was fine. I got eight and a half hours of sleep, got up, answered e-mails, did a few things that needed doing, had some telephonic conversations, and then I got ready for the afternoon’s events.

First, I went to the mail place and picked up a few packages. Then I had to go to a post house and drop off a hard drive – I never got a 1080 file for The First Nudie Musical for the computer, so I have that now and I’m going to try and see if we can license it for streaming. If I can’t figure that out, I might put it on Amazon and make it free for Prime but a reasonable price to purchase or stream. We shall see. The post house was on Barham only five minutes south of the Smokehouse. So, afterwards I went there and met up with Marshall Harvey, for a celebratory dinner. We sat on the back patio – at that early hour between lunch and dinner it was only us and two other tables. I had my eclectic meal – a shrimp cocktail, a cup of clam chowder, and then the wedge salad with thousand island dressing. That’s actually a pretty calorie-friendly meal save for the thousand island and the four pieces of garlic bread – but those are small pieces, maybe the equivalent of two pieces of bread, so not bad. I had the crème Brule for dessert – custard being calorie-friendly – in fact, according to a calorie count I found on Google, it’s only 250. It was really good. Marshall had the filet mignon with bearnaise, sauteed spinach, and a baked potato, then assorted berries for dessert. We were there two hours and before we left, the guy from the post house brought the hard drive to me, so that was great.

After that, I came right home. I wasn’t in the mood to stream anything, so I began listening to music and just relaxed.

Today, I’ll be up when I’m up, I’ll do whatever needs doing, I’ll hopefully pick up some packages, I’ll eat something light, but mostly I will make up for three days of being unable to post about project one aka Tonight’s the Night, so I’ll hit all the Broadway groups and do a lot of tagging my “friends” – you know, the ones who never watch anything we do, and then we’ll have our second performance. The direct link to the actual page that I put up the other night won’t work for this one. So, if you missed it or would like a second viewing, just use the channel link below and know that it doesn’t show up on the home page until ten minutes before airtime, which is 6:00 PST/9:00 EST. If I decide to do a Zoom thing after, I’ll post that link in the comments. Here’s the channel link.


Then I can watch, listen, and relax after, including some self-tape auditions, and relax, too, and then I have to go to bed earlier than usual as she of the Evil Eye comes the next morning.

Today, I’ll do an early light breakfast, then we have a Zoom casting session at two, after which I’ll hopefully pick up some packages, then I can have a ME rest of the day and night, which will be nice.

Tomorrow, I’ll just relax until it’s time for the last performance of Tonight’s the Night, which begins an hour earlier at 5:00 PST/8:00 EST. I’ll keep you posted if we’re going to do another Zoom partay. Then next week is Kritzerland stuff, two new releases to announce at some point, and project two stuff.

Well, dear readers, I must take the day, I must do the things I do, I must, for example, do an early light breakfast, have a Zoom casting session at two, hopefully pick up packages, and then have a ME rest of the day and evening. Today’s topic of discussion: It’s Friday – what is currently in your CD player and you DVD/Blu and Ray player? I’ll start – CD, now playing a Tobias Picker opera of Roald Dahl’s Fantastic Mr. Fox – not too good so far – followed by a Lukas Foss opera, Griffelkin. Blu-ray, no idea. Let’s have loads of lovely postings, shall we, whilst I hit the road to dreamland, happy to have had such a nice reaction to Tonight’s the Night and looking forward to tonight’s performance.

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