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February 15, 2021:


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Well, dear readers, project one aka Tonight’s the Night is done with the first part of its journey. We had us a real nice crowd last night, so that was nice, and the reaction was wonderful. The Q&A after was also fun – lots of dear readers and other interesting folks asked good questions. This whole experience has been tops from the day I got the idea, through the writing of the script and the composing of the score and writing the lyrics to the shooting to the editing to our three performances. And even though I felt it was pretty obvious as to how we did things, I had a very big person in the show business assume the whole thing was live or that we’d pre-recorded the songs and just went to them between the live stuff. He thought we’d used the technology wonderfully. I mean, without spending tens of thousands of dollars and having a technical director sitting at a bank of monitors doing live switching, I’m not sure how anyone could think that’s what we did, but I guess when your intention that it look like that works as well as it did here, then we fool some people and I’m jiggy with that. Anyway, last night’s showing was really fun, and it really was like a closing night performance. Next up, we’ll get the CD ready for release, although I do have to figure out how to flesh it out to at least fifty minutes, as the score for Tonight’s the Night only runs thirty-two minutes. I suppose I could put my piano demos on, but is anyone really interested in that stuff? Or I can pull stuff from other projects I’ve done, like the incidental music for In My Mind’s Eye – that kind of thing. Or, I could extract some of the Outside the Box songs, I suppose, although that would be a ton of work. Well, we shall see. And we’ll start preparing the Blu-ray (which will included both seasons of Outside the Box). I will have to do a small Indiegogo campaign for that one, which I’m dreading, but there’s no other way to do it. But I’m not going to go crazy with this one – a smaller number of perks, mostly to do with pre-orders and maybe a Kritzerland CD perk of some sort. And now we’re right into project two, which is a whole other kettle of what is it, fish. As for now, I am sitting here like so much fish, listening to the excellent music of a Brit composer named Kenneth Leighton – he’s really good – very moody, but tonal. I wonder if he did any film scores, because that’s what his music sounds like. Let’s check. Nope, no film credits. But listening to his first symphony, you could score any number of movies with it. Anyway, most of the Leighton I have in iTunes comes from the Tube of You. He did write one opera, so I’ll see if that’s had a recording. I have caught up on all my opera recordings, and I won’t have anything new for another few days, so I’ll go back and relisten to some stuff I’ve only played once.

Yesterday was a very pleasant day. I got seven hours of sleep with one multiple part dream that was very nice. Once up, I posted and tagged and tagged and posted and that took a very long time thanks to how difficult Facebook has made doing that stuff. Then I went back to bed and got another ninety minutes of sleep. Once back up, I did a quick trip to the mail place to return a damaged item to Amazon, then came right back home. I had a chocolate donut to tide me over to food, which I wouldn’t be eating until after the Q&A – I did order it in advance to be delivered at seven-thirty – Stanley’s chicken, broccoli, red onions, and cashews in cream sauce – my closing night treat for myself. Then I shaved and showered and got ready for the final performance of project one aka Tonight’s the Night. After that, we did our Q&A.

Food arrived right on time and it was superb, the best it’s ever been. I ingested it with great relish – well, not relish like on a hot dog, relish as in delight and elan – I had a piece of their excellent bread, too. When that was all eaten up, I thought I was going to explode, so I went and sat on my couch like so much fish.

Last night, I watched the first half of Andre Previn’s opera of A Streetcar Named Desire. I think I prefer it as a listening experience, but the performance is very well done, and the cast really is excellent. And there’s a surprising amount of humor in it, which is fun. I’ll finish that up today at some point. Then I began listening to the Kenneth Leighton stuff and that was that.

Today, I’ll be up when I’m up, I’ll do whatever needs doing, but since it’s a holiday, I think I’ll just take a well-deserved ME day. No mail, of course, so no packages to pick up. For food, I’ll probably go to Gelson’s and get something to make here – hot dogs or a cube steak or maybe one of their prepared food things or maybe a chicken Caesar salad. And then I’ll just watch, listen, and relax.

Tomorrow, I will really try to finish figuring out the Kritzerland show. And then we’re getting ready for callbacks for project two and I hope to have that cast on Friday. Otherwise, it’s the usual things, the usual meals, the usual packages to gather up, and the usual watching, listening, and relaxing.

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, have a ME day, get food from Gelson’s unless I get a hankerin’ to pick something up from somewhere, which may well end up being the case, and then I’ll watch, listen, and relax. Today’s topic of discussion: Since most of you saw project one aka Tonight’s the Night, tell me what your favorite moments and numbers were. Let’s have loads of lovely postings, shall we, whilst I hit the road to dreamland, happy to have had a really fun and wonderful closing night performance.

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