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March 27, 2021:

107% AND AT THE BALLET

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Well, dear readers, as expected, it was another slow Indiegogo day, although we did go up two percentage points to 107%, which was great. Another four or five percent and we’ll have covered the fees and we can then move into our final week’s big puuuuuush. There are still many wonderful perks, including just getting the Blu-ray or any of the combo platters that include Blu-ray, CD, and sheet music. In fact, yesterday I heard the CD mix of the opening number of Tonight’s the Night, and it sounded amazing. We’re going to start working on that packaging. The sheet music charts are almost done, too, so we’ll get that off to the printers once everything’s done. So, check out them perks and let’s have some fun weekend action, because what’s more fun than fun weekend action that’s fun on the weekend? Here is the handy-dandy link.

https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/tonight-s-the-night?fbclid=IwAR1tgHR6KaSLQ-Q7Lw2gguXGrU5Tt4rD-4Af2d7tWakyd05drkh9s34Tn70#/

Otherwise, I’m sitting here like so much fish, having finished another long Russian opera, Mussorgsky’s Khovanshchina, which I have to say I found a bit of a slog. It took me quite a while to get with it, especially after the wonderful Prokofiev War and Peace, but I eventually liked it better as it went along. Right now, I’m listening to an album of French music by French composers conducted by a French conductor. There is a whole mess of French here. One long piece by Debussy, but that’s not why I got it – I got it for the other two pieces, one by Andre Caplet, who I’ve recently discovered and who I like very much, and the other by Florent Schmitt. The conductor is Georges Pretre, and I’m really enjoying it – in really excellent sound, too.

And prior to that, I’d watched the first two acts of the three-act ballet, A Winter’s Tale, from the Royal Ballet, and based on the Shakespeare play. I read a synopsis before watching, which was helpful, but I have to say that the storytelling is quite clear just in the choreography and staging. It’s really excellent and it’s the exact same creative team as Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland – so, choreography by Christopher Wheeldon, sets and costumes by Bob Crowley, and featuring many of the same dancers, including the wonderful Lauren Cuthbertson. I’ll finish that up today and then I’ll have more to say about it.

Yesterday was a fine little day. I did get eight hours of sleep, so that was good, I answered e-mails and did some stuff on the computer, made a couple of decisions that needed making, did more prep work for project two aka Revenge, then did a fun fifteen-minute radio interview for KPFK here in Los Angeles, California. I’ve known the host since the early 1970s, so it was loose and amusing and mostly about Sunday’s Kritzerland show, but I plugged a few other things. After that, I had a lovelier than lovely lunch with editor Marshall Harvey, my first dine in meal since last summer. We were actually the only ones there until halfway through the meal, when two other couples took distanced tables. We all felt totally comfortable. We chose Don Cuco’s, the Burbank branch, which is actually very close to Marshall’s home. The food was great. I had two beef tacos and we shared some taquitos, which may have been the best taquitos I’ve ever eaten. And not too bad calorie-wise for all that, since I didn’t eat more than about six chips.

After food, we stopped at the collectible store next to Don Cuco’s – an eclectic collector’s store it is, too, with a little of everything, some of it quite rare. The prices seemed a bit on the high side, but we enjoyed looking around.

After that, I went to the mail place and picked up a couple of small packages, then came right home. Once home, I had to catch up on stuff, and do a couple of things on the computer, and then I sat on my couch like so much fish and watched the first two acts of the aforementioned ballet, which, by the way, was aforementioned.

Then I decided I needed to eat something, so I felt a sweet would do the trick and I went over to K’s Donuts and got the chocolate peanut butter thing – they had one left. I came home and ate it and by the time I go to bed it will have been three hours, so hopefully it won’t cause me distress. It was really good. The rest you know and you know the rest.

Today, I’ll be up by eight-thirty, for she of the Evil Eye will arrive soon thereafter. I’ll be out of the house by nine and I’ll go have a light breakfast somewhere – either eggs benedict or an omelet of some sort, probably the latter unless it’s the former but if it’s not the former I’m thinking it will be the latter. After that, I’ll hopefully pick up some packages, then I’ll come home and perhaps start writing the first of several sets of liner notes that I need to get done. But mostly I’ll relax and watch ballets. I’m sure I’ll have a salad for the evening meal, perhaps a Caesar from Gelson’s but without the chicken. Then I’ll watch, listen, and relax. And, of course, today is the first day of Passover.

Tomorrow, I’ll relax all the livelong day until five o’clock, when we do our Kritzerland show. Hoping to see most of you there and, as always, look forward to your various and sundried comments. Monday morning, I’ll go and get my second vaccination shot, then come right home. I’m hoping other than the sore arm that I don’t have any other issues – I have no time for such things, so send excellent vibes and xylophones for no side effects at all. Then the rest of the week is staying on top of our Indiegogo campaign as we enter our final week for the big puuuuush, writing liner notes, and then we get ready to do project two aka Revenge on April 3, and yes, March is almost over and how did THAT happen?

Well, dear readers, I must take the day, I must do the things I do, I must, for example, be up at eight thirty, have a light breakfast somewhere fun, hopefully pick up packages, come home and write some liner notes, and then I’ll watch, listen, and relax. Today’s topic of discussion: What are your favorite classic Mexican dishes – which have you made yourselves, and where have you had your favorite dining experiences, Mexican food-wise? Let’s have loads of lovely postings, shall we, whilst I hit the road to dreamland, happy to have gone up to 107% and had another nice viewing experience at the ballet.

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