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April 1, 2021:


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Well, dear readers, I have big news for you: It is April. Yes, you heard it here, dear readers, it is April. And being April, it is my fervent hope and prayer that April will be a month filled with health, wealth, happiness, creativity, and all things bright and beautiful. I know this is April Fool’s Day, but I feel we’re rather April foolish every day of the year, don’t you? So, I’ll play no pranks in the notes, April Fool’s Day-wise. Let me begin with 124%!!! And that is no April Fool’s Day joke, that is real – we managed to go up 7% as we began our final week of the Indiegogo campaign. And we’re just about $700 away from being able to do the commentary tracks, and I’m wishing and hoping that we just might get there and even beyond so I can put some other fun stuff on the Blu-ray, including a recently discovered fun thing I recently discovered. I put up a few new perks yesterday and a few of them went within five minutes, hence the big jump. But check out the perks again, and let’s bring this puppy home. Here’s the handy-dandy link.


Otherwise, I am sitting here like so much fish, listening to some Richard Rodgers ballet scores, all marvelous. Ghost Town, Slaughter on Tenth Avenue (a favorite of mine since childhood), the Princess Xenobia ballet, and thrown in for good measure, the opening of Carousel, which is also glorious. I do wonder how much of these he actually wrote, beyond all the tunes. I mean, did he completely write them or did a dance arranger fill them out? Anyone know? In any case, it’s simply wonderful music any way you slice it and I slice it lengthwise. Prior to that, I re-watched a motion picture entitled The Secret in Their Eyes, an Argentinian film from Argentina that just happened to win an Academy Award for Best Foreign Film back in 2009. I watched it three years ago for the second time and loved it, but as with that viewing, I just didn’t remember much of the plotting, so it always seems fresh to me. It’s a terrific film any way you slice it and I slice it lengthwise. The performances are great and you never know quite where it’s going. Of course, there’s a dopey American remake with the same title, that starred Julia Roberts – dopey and awful, as these things usually are, with ridiculous plot and character changes. Blechhh. But kudos to the original, which is just great.

Yesterday was the last of March and an okay day. I got about six-and-a-half hours of sleep. Once up, I felt absolutely fine and the sore arm is much less sore now, almost all better, so that was nice. I did some things that needed doing, added the perks, did a lot of cheerleading for our Indiegogo campaign, and ordered Hugo’s pasta papa to be delivered. It wasn’t as good as usual – not bad or anything, just not a great batch.

Then I went to the mail place for no reason, since there were neither packages nor an important envelope, which I’m praying arrives on time today. I get very nervous when it doesn’t get there the usual day or two early. I came right back home and began writing the first set of liner notes, which I wrote until I finished them, so that’s one down. I had some telephonic conversations and then I finally sat on my couch like so much fish and watch The Secret in Their Eyes.

After that, I went to Gelson’s and got some chicken soup, came home, heated it up and ate it. It was kind of gross, actually, but very calorie friendly. Then I listened to music and relaxed, as you already know.

Today, I’ll be up when I’m up, I’ll do whatever needs doing, I’ll cheerlead, I’ll hopefully pick up some packages and an important envelope, I’ll eat, I’ll start a new set of liner notes, I’ll continue hearing the final CD mixes for Tonight’s the Night and I should have the final piece of sheet music for the sheet music book, and then we can get all that in the works, so we have it sooner than later. Then at some point I’ll watch, listen, and relax.

Tomorrow will be more of the same, and then Saturday we do project two aka Revenge at 5:00 PDT/8:00 EDT. I’ll relax before we do it, and then we have our Q&A directly after. I do hope most of you dear readers will be with us for it. After a lot of discussion, I decided to turn off the live chat comments for this one, so that people aren’t distracted writing and reading comments. That was a bit of searching and detective work, but I finally found it, unchecked that box, saved, and the chat window immediately disappeared. Sunday is a ME day from start to finish, and then next week is finishing all the liner note sets, deciding which two projects will be the next Kritzerland release, and then constant cheerleading as we head into the final couple of days for the Indiegogo campaign.

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, cheerlead, hopefully pick up packages and an important envelope, eat, start a new set of liner notes, hear new mixes, and then watch, listen, and relax.  Today’s topic of discussion: What are your favorite film remakes, where you thought they did a good job of it – not only foreign films but homegrown as well. Let’s have loads of lovely postings, shall we, whilst I hit the road to dreamland, happy to have jumped to 124% and to welcome in the lovelier than lovely April – and it is my fervent hope and prayer that April will be a month filled with health, wealth, happiness, creativity, and all things bright and beautiful.

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