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March 19, 2021:

MILES AHEAD

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Well, dear readers, there are good Indiegogo days and bad Indiegogo days. Yesterday was a bad Indiegogo day, with exactly one contribution in the morning that did take us to 68%. So, we’ll hope for a better day today because we need to make up for yesterday, oh, yes, we need to make up for yesterday. To that end, there’ll be a few new perks up, so check ‘em out. I simply think the Facebook algorithms are literally preventing everyone from seeing the posts. When we did the Creature campaign a year and a half ago, the algorithms weren’t like this at all and everyone saw every post (you can always tell by the “likes”) – now, not so much. So, there’s no way to really combat that, sadly. Anyway, let’s make today a good Indiegogo day. After all, it’s Friday.

https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/tonight-s-the-night/x/9165600?fbclid=IwAR1FNZtZAEZA21CfuDLo4xv-HygajzD1lGGsbamfi95b8NDeD4Hvbt0sQvM#/

Otherwise, I am sitting here like so much fish, listening to an album called Nefertiti by one Miles Davis. This is Miles in 1967 starting to head into a whole new territory and it’s still good and all that – moody and a good group of players – but the more he ventured into fusion and out there jazz, the less interested I was, and that began on this disc. Too much meandering without a seeming point, just everyone doing their thing. But prior to that, I’d listened to Miles 1958, which is the Miles I love – lyrical, moody, gorgeous playing on standards. And prior to that I’d listened to all of Miles’ albums with Gil Evans and those are all incredible. And, of course, the Blue in Green album, which is one of the greatest jazz albums ever made and whose title track is a masterpiece. But now it’s Nefertiti – it’s not bad at all, but albums that followed just don’t resonate with me, but there are others for whom those albums are all masterpieces. I haven’t heard all of them, those later albums, and I had no idea that Sony had done a big box set of all his Columbia recordings – might try to find a reasonable copy of that set. Today, I should have another operetta to hear, so looking forward to that. On deck is the Columbia recording of Show Boat with John Raitt and Barbara Cook, which I’m not sure I’ve ever actually played – I mean, I had the LP and played that, but I don’t think I’ve ever played the CD. And after that, it’s my every five years listening of Whoop-Up because, well, one simply must listen to Whoop-Up every five years, mustn’t one?

Yesterday was a dead Indiegogo day, so that wasn’t any fun. I did get eight hours of sleep, answered e-mails, picked up some screeners of movies I already had screeners of, came home and got ready for the interview David Wechter and I did for some video podcast. I’ll get a link when it airs. It went on for quite some time and we had a lot of fun reminiscing about The Faculty. Once that was done, I had to catch up on a few things, which I did and I had to eat, which I also did – two tuna sandwiches on two bagels because I find it unseemly to eat two tuna sandwiches on one bagel. I must say the tuna in this particular can was less than there usually is, a first. See, now we’re in a track on Nefertiti where they’re just blowing to blow, with no real sense, just a lot of improv that goes on and on. But the sound sure is good.

After eating, I did some work on the computer and then began listening to Miles. There wasn’t anything I felt compelled to watch, either. I did do a quick Gelson’s run for waters and I got a muffin top, came home, ate a third bagel with cream cheese, and then the muffin top, which was supposed to be corn but wasn’t.

Then I had a really fun Zoom catch-up with David Wechter and his ever-lovin’ Barbara. That was an hour, and it was great to spend that time and we laughed a lot. Then it was already ten so it was back to Miles and there was more Miles ahead.

Today, I’ll be up when I’m up, and I’m determined that we should have us a really good Indiegogo day – we’re so close to 70% and I’d love to get us over that hump and on the way to 80%. So, here’s hoping. I’ll finesse the commentary, I’ll hopefully pick up some packages, I’ll eat (I’m thinking Chinese food), and then at some point I’ll watch, listen, and relax.

Tomorrow will be more of the same and then I have to do stuff for the Kritzerland show – still waiting on the final three videos, which should all be here today, actually. I do hope to get some actual relaxing in at some point. Sunday will be more of that and hopefully a bit more relaxing, and then we begin the very busy Kritzerland week heading up to the show on March 28. It’s also busy with project two stuff, because we’ll head into that right after the Kritzerland show is done, and the day after the Kritzerland show is done I get my second vaccine shot and I’ve decided I’m not having any side effects. I do not have time for such things.

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, hopefully we’ll have us a really good Indiegogo day, finesse the commentary, hopefully pick up packages, eat, and then at some point, watch, listen, and relax. Today’s topic of discussion: It’s Friday – what is currently in your CD player and your DVD/Blu and Ray player? I’ll start – CD, Show Boat and Whoop-Up. Blu-ray, have no idea. Your turn. Let’s have loads of lovely postings, shall we, whilst I hit the road to dreamland, happy to be revisiting Miles Davis, mostly for the glory days before he went Miles ahead.

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