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March 29, 2021:

KRITZERLAND AT HOME 112

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Well, dear readers, Kritzerland 112 happened, and everyone seemed to enjoy it. We had the most viewers on YouTube, which is normal, but only about thirty on Facebook, which is why that will be the last time we air anything on Facebook – exclusively YouTube for any online programming, including project two aka Revenge, which is coming up this Saturday. I loved all our performers last night and it was nice to have Greg Jbara and Judy Kaye along for the ride, since I worked with both of them so many times on our various recordings. I love Kurt Weill – I don’t know any other composer whose music sounds like Weill – he was a one-off and completely unique. And I thought the structure of the show played well and the song choices were, of course, as always in our shows, things I love, which is why I used quite a few Street Scene moments. The other fun thing about doing a Weill show is that a lot of folks simply don’t know much of his stuff beyond the biggest of his hits. I’m very proud of our LA core cast – always stellar and always stepping up to the plate. I would put our online shows up against anyone’s, frankly. So, a fun show to do and I’m glad the reaction was so wonderful. In other news, while it was Kritzerland 112, it’s Indiegogo 113 – yes, you heard it here, dear readers, we got to 113% yesterday. I’m hoping for more action today and then on Wednesday we begin our final week and the big puuuuush to the finish line. I have a few more perks going up, too. As always, here’s the handy-dandy link.

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

I listened to no music yesterday, but after the Kritzerland show, I did finish watching Kenneth MacMillan’s ballet of Romeo and Juliet and it was just wonderful every step of the way. Superb storytelling through dance and what dance. And my favorite, Lauren Cuthbertson, danced Juliet brilliantly. She’s not only a great ballerina, she’s a wonderful actress, as is evident when you watch her Juliet and then watch her in The Cellist. Again, I cannot recommend highly enough that you watch The Cellist – it’s free on YouTube but I’m sure it won’t be up forever. I’m enjoying my little ballet education and look forward to more. I have three ready to watch and a couple more on their way.

Yesterday went by rather quickly. I got nine-and-a-half hours of good sleep, got up, answered e-mails, did a little work on the computer, then ordered food from Stanley’s – my beloved grilled chicken pasta with broccoli, red onions, and cashews. It arrived pretty quickly, and it was, as always, yummilicious. And then, I just relaxed until it was show time.

Directly after the show, I finished up Romeo and Juliet, then took a little drive because I do have to drive the motor car every day to keep it running smoothly. After that, I relaxed and did stuff on the computer.

Today, I’ll be up by nine-thirty and out the door by ten-fifteen at the latest. I’ll be on my way to West Hollywood for my second vaccination, scheduled at eleven-thirty. I’m hoping there’s not too much of a wait, and then when they let me go I’ll come right back to the Valley, perhaps pick up some packages, and then come home to relax. I’m hoping and praying for no side effects, so do keep sending your most excellent vibes and xylophones for no side effects, a traffic-free drive, and not too long a wait.

I suppose I’ll eat something at some point. Depending on how it’s going, there’s a new Cajun place on Ventura Boulevard not too far from here and I may mosey on over there and try a po’ boy catfish sandwich. Otherwise, I’ll be writing liner notes, and then at some point I’ll watch, listen, and relax.

The rest of the week is more of the same – finishing up two sets of liner notes, keeping up with the Indiegogo campaign, especially as we enter our final week, but mostly getting ready to do project two aka Revenge on Saturday at 5:00 PDT/8:00 EDT. It’s coming up really fast.

Well, dear readers, I must take the day, I must do the things I do, I must, for example, be up by nine-thirty and out the door by ten-fifteen at the latest, I’ll have my second vaccination, I’ll hopefully pick up packages, I’ll eat, I’ll write liner notes, and then at some point I’ll watch, listen, and relax. Today’s topic of discussion: What were your favorite moments in last night’s Kritzerland show? Let’s have loads of lovely postings, shall we, whilst I hit the road to dreamland, happy to have had a fun Kritzerland 112 and Indiegogo 113.

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