March 4th, 2007

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Whew

Busy day. Bad night. I woke up three times feeling like I was hypo, but was 225 the first time so I shot up again. 170 the second time. 90 The third time (which is in hypo-feeling range for me at the moment).

Up at 8:30, played on the computer till 10:30. Went to my nails appointment at 11, but they were not ready for me. One person started and then she hauled another person over to do the bulk of the work. Second person is new to the place, but quite an artist with the brushes. I was impressed.

Back home for lunch, took my script to Kinko's and made a copy, leaving out the music I'm not singing. To Fry's for some multi-purpose shopping. Got a mini-tape recorder and lithium batteries for it, so I can tape the musical numbers per the music director's instructions. I was going to spring for a digital recorder, but they are 5x more expensive for the ones which do music quality. Bought gift wrap and a card for my friend's B'day party, and got a binder and index tabs for the script. Looked for but did not find an extra battery for my iPaq. Will get that online.

Home again, ordered some CDs - Gwen Knighton (she is amazing - saw her again at Consonance) and one of the old Bonhoffs CDs. More on Consonance in another posting. Also decided to get a Bonnie Dearest cover album (someone else singing Bonnie's songs) which I would not have done except Bonnie has never recorded this one tune which I have been trying to find since bigcatroary's first wedding. Or rather, the Thanksgiving after it when I heard his sister-in-law's best friend sing it when I was visiting in Boston.

Wrapped the gift, put the script in the binder, and headed off to Chevy's for Janice's birthday party. She will be 65 tomorrow, and it will be her last day of work. Unlike me, she has the financial savvy to be able to afford to retire well. Which to both of us means lots of travel. She's going to Mexico, Paris, Yosemite and Fiji for starters. I am sooo jealous. Sitting across from me was the lovely and obviously brilliant Christina. I asked Janice why I have never asked Christina out, because we've met several times before and I'm always taken with her. The answer was "maybe it's because she's in a lesbian relationship". Yup, that must be it. I don't hit on people who are in a relationship.

Someone at the table asked me "what looks good on the menu?" and I said "Nothing. This is a Mexican restaurant." Janice hit me. But looking at the menu there was nothing which looked good. I ordered the crab and shrimp quesadilla, and it was good for a quesadilla, but quesadillas are not my idea of good food. Nor is anything surrounded by a corn chip or any kind of wrap. Except maybe moo shoo.

Came home, started some laundry, tried out the tape recorder (it works well), spent some time with the cats, had some dessert (Chevy's only offered Flan and vanilla ice cream sundaes), and called the ancestral homestead. It was a long call, because all three of my sisters were there, so I talked to Romani and Shaari and Briana and then Dad and Mom. Romani lives in Baltimore, Shaari in Poulsbo, WA across the Sound from Mom & Dad, and Briana lives just outside Tel Aviv. She'll be down here next Sunday with her husband Ben. I wish I could have been able to be there this weekend, it's been a long time since all of us have been together.  

Caught up on LJ and email, and here I am.


Plans for tomorrow:
- Work
- Lunchtime, go to Post Office and pick up a couple of sapphires, and refuse delivery on amazon.co.uk's duplicate delivery of the second Torchwood DVD. The first one is on my TV stand, maybe some day I'll have time to watch it.
- Rehearsals
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Consonance

Thanks to figmo reminding us at BASFA, I managed to at least make it to Saturday night concerts at Consonance. Had a date Friday night, rehearsals all day Saturday and too much stuff to do today, otherwise I would have been there longer, and done some singing myself. If Kathy Mar did a set, I missed it. I was so hoping to hear her sing again. She was looking great, though, as toastmaster.

So a mini-review of what I saw.

Gwen Knighton is amazing on the harp. She just plain performs magic on them. Her sound check was Heart and Soul which cracked us all up. And it went uphill from there. I can't remember what she sang, thanks to my mind like a steel sieve, but I remember it as highly entertaining, and spanning the range from comedy to tragedy with lots in between. To help my memory I've ordered her CD. She was joined by a huge chorus of a who's who of filk to start and end the set. She is a natural performer, has a great sense of humor and a feel for her audience. The only improvement I would suggest would be professional voice lessons. She has a strong, clear soprano voice, and she mostly knows how to use it, but more practice with breath support would bring her a step closer to perfection. Gwen now lives in the UK, and my cousin happens to run a theater and voice school  in Brighton, I really have to get them together. Shanna would know a good person for Gwen to work with. Anyhow, she richly deserved the standing ovation we gave her.

Gwen is a hard act to follow, and Alex Bohnhoff was thrown into that spot. Sorry, Alex, but you didn't wow me. Put me to sleep, almost. Here's a young man trying to follow in the 15 EEE footsteps of his filk legend parents, but not quite making it. His guitar playing is super, but his voice is kind of dull and he's not much of a showman. His tunes are monotonous and his lyrics not particularly powerful. And the songs he sang were not filk. Which is a rant I may as well get into Collapse )

The Bohnhoffs rounded off the evening, and I am happy to report that they mostly resisted the temptation to sing mundane songs and instead reprised lots of their old filk numbers. As a result I now have their Aliens Ate My Homework CD on order from CD Baby. Maya was in rare form, and it was fun to hear the youngest girl up there singing - she has It. Maybe she can rub some off on her older brother.
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