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My single, "Just One Shadow" ‐‐ OUT NOW!

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Available from several different platforms:

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PLAYWRIGHT WORK ‐‐ CLOSED READING, TODAY:

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The second private table reading of my two-act play manuscript happens today. I have the privilege of four wonderfully talented actors reading my words.

    The readers are, in alphabetical order:
  • Jenna Gomes De Gruy
  • Barbara Jorgensen
  • Zach Katris
  • Amanda Shannon

There will be a few guests invited to hear it and render some feedback. As I've said, I have some plans to submit the play several places soon, so it will be important to hear it out loud one more time before the final revision proceeding submissions.

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ON THE BRINK OF TECH WEEK:

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Our Women in Jeopardy Tech Week kicks off tomorrow with Tech Sunday.

Today I am doing the wrap-up on sound design for the show. The play reading mentioned above is at The Guild, and when it's done I'll be sticking around to do the sound work. In fact, I'll be bringing my sleeping bag and toiletries to spend the night, something that is a bit of a tradition for me on Tech Weekends, especially when I am the sound designer.

Along with being the show's AD, I'll also be crewing the show as a stage hand. Plus there will be a couple performances where I'll be sitting in as the sound tech.

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I'll also be shooting the promotional trailer for the show tomorrow. I'm shooting just about a thirty-second excerpt from early in the script.



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PLAYWRIGHT WORK ‐‐ SATURDAY'S READING:

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The closed table reading of my two-act play, which was held last Saturday, went well. I got some feed back, but there were only two suggestions for changes. One was to change some dialogue from passive voice to direct language, which I am not going to do. The other came froma member of the small audience who said he thought there should be some levity in a few spots to break the drama, which I may consider if I can do it without it being forced and an obvious device.

Kudos to my readers: Jenna Gomes De Gruy, Barbara Jorgensen, Zach Katris, and Amanda Shannon, who served the words well, especially with no rehearsal beforehand.

At this point, beside consideration of that levity proposal, I only know of one slight revision I'll be doing before I start submitting the play. There is a line of direction that I am going to reword because an actor mistook it for an isolated line of dialogue, despite that it did not begin flush-left, as dialogue does in a properly-formatted play manuscript. Still, I will reword it for clarity's sake.

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WOMEN (AND MEN) IN TECH REHEARSAL:

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Working on the sound plot document, at The Guild, Saturday.
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The sound tech side of the tech booth, mid-morning, Sunday.
Women in Jeopardy is now into Tech Week. Tech Sunday went pretty well. As well as crewing as a stage hand, Sunday and last night, I also was the sound tech. Our scheduled sound tech hasn't been able to attend rehearsals as of yet. Fortunately it's not a sound-cue intensive show, so when she is able to attend, picking up the show will not be a problem.

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Sunday, I shot the promotional trailer, which was in final cut by late afternoon, yesterday.

Click here for the trailer for the show



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Opening Today

WOMEN IN JEOPARDY by Wendy MacLeod at The Dayton Theatre Guild

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Women in Jeopardy's Tech Week is wrapped, with last night's Final Dress. It's Opening Night Day. If you live close by, you should check it out. It's a darkly funny show.

I am happy to say that our sound tech, Ms. Sarah Saunders, has been able to join us for the run, having ironed out the issues that might have prevented her, which is good, because she's top-notch at the job. So I am now only a stage hand from this point forward, with the exception of two shows this weekend, tomorrow and Sunday, where it had been arranged since the beginning that I would step in to run sound while Sarah is away for previously scheduled personal events.

The production is ready for you. The cast and crew are both on top of their game.

See you there.


FRANKLIN HIGH SCHOOL'S TREASURE ISLAND:
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Tomorrow is Tech Saturday for Franklin High School's production of Treasure Island, with fellow DTG board member, and fellow actor, Jeff Sams at the helm as director ‐‐ Jeff teaches at Franklin. As I've written otherwise here on the blog, I have stepped in to do the soundwork because the usual designer was unavailable for this show. I attended a couple rehearsals this week. I will, of course, be there tomorrow, and hope to be available for more rehearsals during their following tech rehearsal period.



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BACK TO THE VIRTUALLY APPROXIMATE SUBTERFUGE:

My Music
THE ALBUM PROJECT ICON
The last several weeks I have taken time off from working on the album project, to mostly deal with Women in Jeopardy, but also with Treasure Island. But now things have settled down in terms of demands on my time so I can get back to finishing the album and getting it ready for release. I'm still shooting for no later than mid December, with a hope of perhaps as early as mid November, though the former seems more realistic than the latter.

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A big thing is that I have a lot of mixing and mastering to do. All that which had been previously mixed and mastered in Final Cut Pro X, not the correct tool for the job, needs to be redone in Logic Pro X. That's everything except the single, "Just One Shadow" and "Roll the Dice," though "Roll the Dice" will not appear on the album.

I have about 75-80% of the latest song, "Burning Bridge" mixed, and the recording sessions for it are done, so I'll probably work on that one tonight. I currently have an iterim mix of the rhythm track, but the lead vocal and the instrument solos are not in a mix yet. Plus, I want to redo much of the equalization and I might tweak the mix of the stereo pan, too.

I also want to record at least one more song, and two more if I can fit the second one in. But I have not decided what the next one, and the possible one after it, will be. I do have candidates, as I've written here before, some from my youth, the 70s or 80s of last century, and a few new songs, which would need their composition finished. I'm setting a goal to be pulling out the 24-Track recorder next week. My choice of material may be some eleventh-hour action.

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One of the songs I need to re-mix and re-master sooner rather than later is my choice as the next single, which I plan to release around the same time as the album release. I also need to start conceptualizing, planning, and moving into preproduction for that song's music video.

Actually, I already have come up with an idea but there's neither the time nor the finances to manefest that concept into a final cut. My idea was a full-out animated video, which I would have to have an animator do. I simply cannot even think of asking someone to put that kind of work in without paying them fair-market wages. A 5:00 animated music video would cost me at least four figures, and likely five figures. It also would take some time to produce so the video might not make a deadline at the point for the release-date window I'm shooting for.

Music Business
I think have a bit of catchup to do to get myself fully hooked up as an artist with iTunes, Apple Music, Spotify, YouTube, etc. The single is on all platforms but I haven't connected my self with artist's accounts on them.

I also need to send out another wave of CDs of the current single to public and independent radio stations, broadcast and internet. At this point I have no knowledge that any station I have already sent to has played either song, even once. That includes WYSO, which is a ten-minute drive from my home.

There are other business admin things I need to get in gear and attend to, as well. For One thing, I should go to BMI and see if the songs have finally been listed as registered. And I need to get the single registered with Soundscan, though the idea that the service would count enough downloads or streams to put the single on the Billboard Hot 100 seems more than simply far-fetched. This is mostly a case of Act as If.


FIRST WEEKEND OF THE RUN, DOWN:

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The view from the booth during the opening night performance.
The first three performances are in the books. My position as AD was put to sleep at the end of Final Dress last Thursday. My main capacity for the run is now as a stage hand, though I was in the booth this past Saturday and Sunday, covering for the show's sound tech of record, Ms. Sarah Saunders, who had previous engagements for those two performances.

How did the first weekend go, you ask? It went

GREAT!

The audiences loved it and the cast members popped even more so when they could feed off the audiences' energies. You have six more chances to see the show!


FRANKLIN HIGH SCHOOL'S TREASURE ISLAND:

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The view from the booth during Tech Saturday.
I was in the booth for Tech Saturday of Franklin High School's production of Treasure Island, then also for the subsequent tech rehearsal this past Monday afternoon. I probably won't be able to get back there until next week and there is still some tweaking of the sound design left to do.

For one thing, there's the balance between some of the ambient sound and the actors, when they are miked, which on Saturday and Monday, they were not. One of the reasons I do want to go back for other rehearsals, after the actors are using mics, is so I can deal with the true volume balance issues.

Director Jeff Sams and his AD, Lucas George, have also asked if I could add some underscoring in a few places. I can do it but they will be teching without it for the rest of the week. Fortunately they have two tech weeks for this show, so the cast should have some good chances to rehearse with the new sound and the several tweaks that will be happening, some which I haven't mentioned here, but I know I am making.


WILLKOMMEN, BIENVENUE:

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Last night I was amung those who attended the final dress rehearsal of Dare 2 Defy Productions mounting of Cabaret. Among its cast are some of my former cast mates: Charity Farrell, Saul Caplan, Amy Askins, and Mike Beerbower. Nice work from them and from the rest of the cast.

The show runs tonight through this Saturday, at the PNC Arts Annex. It'd be a great way to spend an evening!

I must also note that fifteen years ago, Charity appeared in my first short film The Chorus for Candice.



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MIXING THE BRIDGE THAT BURNS:

Screenshot of the channels and the mixing console in Logic Pro X for the sing "Burning Bridge"

My Music
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Song number 11 finished

Though I didn't get to it on Wednesday night as I stated I would, I started over mixing "Burning Bridge" last night. When I say, "started over," that is what I mean. I went back to 0 for all volume levels and I pulled all plugins (i.e: effects ‐‐ EQ, reverb, etc) and started fresh. However, I didn't change any of the stereo pan mixes, which doesn't mean I won't, but at the moment they are as they were after my first pass.

I'm not done mixing the song, but before I get to the mastering phase I want to do as much pre-mastering as I can. I've dropped some effects plugins back in, at this point only into tracks that weren't there during the last mixing session, which was for the rhythm tracks.

I have fauxed-up the faux guitar solo work. If you read some past entries you know that I performed that solo work on my Epiphone Viola Bass. But, as I have done with several other songs in this project, I used a pitch shifting plugin to push the part up one octave so we get into the range of an electric guitar. That goal had already been helped because I ran the bass through my Boss SY-1 guitar synthesizer pedal when I recorded it, which alter the sound before I started processing it in Logic Pro X. I also have added a distortion plugin, the Chromaverb plugin, an echo plugin, and an EQ plugin. This is the only thing I've EQ'd yet, but other tracks will get such same treatment during the mixing stage.

The lead vocal, also new, also has the Chromverb on it as well as a tad of compression, and a gain (volume) plugin to help boost the volume from a plugin rather than the volume control on the mixer -- that way I can use the mixer volume for fine tuning.

I'll probably throw some individual EQ on the drums tracks and the bass. At this point I don't know about the other instrumentation, but obviously anything is fare game if I think it needs it.

I have balanced the volumes of everything against the drums at the 0 volume level, so that in the sections where I need to boost the volume of the drums a tad, I can do so without pushing them to the point of going beyond the upper threshold of volume so that the signal has that too-loud distortion sound, called pegging or hitting a hot signal ‐‐ it's when the meter needle or LED indicator is in the red zone. And there are some spots where I need to boost the drums a little bit for better effect and dynamics for the song. There's at least one spot, if not more, where I need to do it for the bass line, too, but the bass currently sitting at -3.2, without a gain plugin, so I have some room, and I won't need to boost it that much, anyway.

I'd love to work on this mix a bit more today, but with crewing Women in Jeopardy at The Guild tonight, then again tomorrow afternoon, and with a Guild board meeting in the morning, I won't likely get back to this mix until tomorrow evening.

At least I'm on it.


THREE ACTORS ON THE ROAD TO MECCA:

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The Cast of The Road to Mecca
CHARACTER
     
ACTOR
Miss Helen
      Kathy Campbell

Elsa Barlow
      Lynn Vanderpool

Marius Byleveld
      Peter Wallace

CONGRATULATIONS!
To All!!!



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ON THE VERGE OF THE LAST MILE TO THE FINISH LINE:

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Song number 11 finished
Over the weekend I mixed and mastered "Burning Bridge," and though I've gotten close, I am not wholly satisfied with the product of my efforts thus far. Since then I've done a little tweaking and have rendered newer versions of the mastered song, but I still am not completely happy. So, before I move on to anything else concerning the album project, I will attack finessing the mixing and mastering of Song #11.

And, once again, "Finished" refers to the recording of instruments and vocals being done, not being totally mixed and mastered.

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Looking at that goal of releasing the album by mid December, it's clear I have to dedicate much time soon on the mixing and mastering of the other songs for the line-up, most which will be re-mixing and re-mastering. That's a total of six songs. That total counts all parts of "Medley: The Death of the..../Memories of the Times Before/Memories Endbit/The Death of the (reprise)" as one song, and does not include Song #9, "Utopia's Dystopia," which hasn't been formally recorded yet, and I am not likely to finish for the project. There is a demo version, but that presented me with a lot of problems with the song that I'll iron out later.

As I have written before, the next song to be mixed and mastered will be the next single, which I'd like to have out by mid November, late November at the latest. And there's a music video to think about, that needs to be at final cut by the release date of the song ‐‐ and I barely have a concept for the video.

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Song number 12 finished
We're bearing down on sessions for Song #12, and though I am not completely sure what that song will be, I am leaning toward one from all those years ago, a little jazzy pop ballad I wrote when I was about twenty. There are a couple songs I've started in the last year that are possible, too. Perhaps what will happen is that I do this pop/jazz ballad from the late '70s then do one of these two new ones. If that is the case, the one most likely to be recorded would be a jazz/rock number (that I wanna see as Steely Dan influenced), which I started on that Winter Vacation 2020. Whatever I record next, the session will start first chance after I've finished the mix/master of "Burning Bridge."

Music Business
K.L. on Social Media
It's looking like I need to create an artist's page or account for my social media connections. Some of the platforms where the music is available like them as credentials of identity. Of course, I was planning on eventually creating such, but I really would rather wait until there is something that would actually at least resemble a fan base. Creating an artist's page at facebook or an artist's account on Instagram right now feels sort of presumptuous of me. I probably have it backward. These pages and accounts are probably part of the process of building a fan base. As for any hopes and dreams of building a massive fan base ‐‐ I think I'd best keep my feet planted firmly on the ground as far as that notion is concerned.

But, I mean, I did start klstorer.com, so it's not like I haven't already built something for "fans" or other curious people to visit.

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Though the laws state that I already own complete copyrights to both songs on the first single, as well as the copyright on the recording and the artwork, I have yet to officially register any of this material with the U.S. Copyright Office.

It's been both a question of sitting down to figure out exactly what I need to do to properly register each facet, as well as the expense for all the filings.

Registered intellectual property has much better protection against plagiarism and other infringements, so I do need to finally get this done.

Promotion
I've been waiting for a shipment of two-hundred self-seal bubble mailer envelopes to mail off CDs of the single to more public and independent radio stations, but the order is hung up in this major supply-chain slowdown plaguing the world. I ordered the envelopes in early September. I really need to simply stop by an Office Depot, or an equivalent, and buy a dozen or so just so I can get some CDs out in the immediate future. And I ought to think internationally. I should especially research Great Britain and Canada.

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Something else that needs my attention is me sitting down to administer the organization of a variety of information I need, as well as some record keeping. This will mostly mean creating and maintaining some Excel documents.

Some of it will have to do with expenditures out and income in, but a lot of it will be records, tracking promotional actions, what was mailed or emailed or otherwise communicated to whom and when. There also several different assigned numbers that I need close at hand for each recording or for compositions. Having those numbers collected together in one place will be a smart and handy convenience.


SIX DOWN, THREE TO GO:

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The second weekend was just as successful as the first weekend. The cast and crew rocked it, and the audiences responded well.

I was on sound tech duty, those of you who are revisiting this blog might recall, on Friday and Saturday. I am happy to report no screw-ups from me, which pleased the sound designer to no end.

We have three shows left:
  • Friday - 8:00
  • Saturday - 5:00
  • Sunday - 3:00
You should check it out if you are or will be in the area.


FRANKLIN HIGH SCHOOL'S TREASURE ISLAND:

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So, this is the spiral staircase up to the tech booth at Franklin High School. Of course, I’ve had to climb up and down that thing several times. As an uber acrophobe it has been less than fun!
To the best of my knowledge my sound design duties for the Franklin High School production of Treasure Island are wrapped.

They are wrapping their tech week with tonight's final dress rehearsal.

The show runs this weekend. I am not sure how many performances or if there are any on Sunday. but I do know that Friday is Opening Night.

Treasure island is a fun little show and the cast is having a blast doing it.

Unfortunately, mostly because of Women in Jeopardy at DTG, I will not be able to attend a performance of Treasure Island.



Fri, Oct 22, 2021

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MASTERS AND ANSWERS:

My Music
THE ALBUM PROJECT ICON
AUDIO RECORDING - ENGINEERING ICON
I now officially have two songs in finished-master form for the Virtually Approximate Subterfuge album project: the first single, "Just One Shadow," and "Burning Bridge."

The single's B-side (aka: extra track), "Roll the Dice," is, of course, also in final mastered form, but won't be on the album.

The plan is still to mix and master the second single next, then from there I'll probably do the rest of the songs in the currently projected order they'll appear in the album line-up. That line-up is not solidly determined, but any changes will likely be minimal. The opening and closing songs are pretty much written in stone, especially the opening cut, which was written with the idea that it's opening the album.

Song number 12 in progress
Now I am leaning even heavier toward the next song recorded for the album being that song from the past. It's a jazzy pop ballad titled, "The Answer," and since I have spent a lot of mental energy the last few days thinking about musical arrangement and how I'll record it, it seems pretty clear it's forcing itself onto the agenda and the album.

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If it's at all possible to make the mid-December deadline for release and still record one more song for the album, that is what I will do. It is my goal to make that happen. Again, at this point, what song that will be I am not sure. As I wrote before, it's likely to be one of the new ones that are on the docket to be finished. But, who knows. That would be a ten-song line-up, counting the medley as one song. The album would run about one hour, maybe around 55 minutes if that last song doesn't get recorded.

Ampersand - &

So I shared an MP3 of "Burning Bridge" with a few people have gotten positive responses from them all.

One wrote: "As the fan I'm happy with the new song. Good stuff. As the critical listener you've notably improved the recording quality. Congratulations."

Another wrote: "That is definitely a rock song! There was some major chair-dancing going on in this office. So when are you putting a band together?"

Another wrote: "Cool! I like that you have the bass sound pretty prominent. And, is that some fuzz guitar or is that something else doing the fuzzy sound?"

My response to the band question was a reiteration of what I've written here on the subject: "A band demands a commitment of time and energy I am not sure how I’d be able to give." I suppose the truth is that it's a demand on my time and energy that would mean sacrificing, or at least minimizing, my time and energy toward other artistic ventures, such as my thespian activities and involvements. At this moment I am not prepared to do that. It doesn't mean I won't be in the future. Plus, there needs to be a good rehearsal venue, to which at the moment I have no access.

The answer to the fuzz guitar question was: "The fuzz is actually three separate chorded bass parts, each played high on the neck, and all ran through a distortion pedal ‐‐ one panned left, one panned right, one in the middle, to get a sort of faux-surround sound," that which you five regulars may remember from past blog posts, where I'm at least reasonably sure I wrote of the process.

Also, the bass is so prominent in what he heard because he was listening on headphones which usually punch the bass end of recordings. The bass is not as prominent through most sound systems as it is on most headphones, though it's not buried, either. In the flat mix it's certainly close to up front. I've also noticed that on my headphones the Chris-Squire/Geddy-Lee-metallic-edge to the bass tone is lost, as well.

VIRTUALLY APPROXIMATE SUBTERFUGE - 1. Identity (7:49), 2. The Night Before the Night Before Christmas (My Christmas Gift to me) (5:11), 3. Icebergs (8:18), 4. Just One Shadow (6.07), 5. Chilled October Morning (4:22), 6. The Answer (4:00), 7. Burning Bridge (6:55), 8. Medley: 1) The Death of the... 2) Memories of the Times Before 3) Memory's Endbit 4) The Death of the... (reprise) (10:16), 9. *unknown* (6:00), 10. Into the Blue Dawn (3:44) - album total length: 1:02:42 - Produced by K.L.Storer - Musicians: K.L.Storer (vocals, bass guitars, keyboards, faux guitar work), David Bernard (eoectric guitar work on 'Identity')
Here is the projected song line-up for the album, as of today, Friday, October 22, 2021, with an educated guess as to the length of "The Answer," and such guess also for the length of the unknown song, based on my habitual tendency toward songs in the 5:00-7:00 range, on average.



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Closing Today

WOMEN IN JEOPARDY by Wendy MacLeod at The Dayton Theatre Guild

Directed by Marjorie Strader
Produced by Deirdre Root

Mary, Jo and Liz are all middle aged, divorced moms and best friends. When Liz falls madly in love with Jackson, a local dentist who may or may not be a serial killer, Mary and Jo set out to rescue her from unthinkable peril. Add to that mix Liz's clueless 19-year-old daughter Amanda, Amanda's on-again, off-again but equally clueless boyfriend Trenner, and Kirk, a police detective who bears an uncanny resemblance to Jackson, and you have the makings for a wacky, comedic farce.

Women in Jeopardy is a fast-paced, entertaining piece that will keep audiences laughing while they guess what comes next. But beneath all the laughter are questions that beg discussion: How do women see themselves as they navigate middle age? Do sisterhood and female friendship go out the door when a man walks through it? Do fish need bicycles?

The Cast of Women In Jeopardy

CHARACTER
     
ACTOR
Mary
      Cassandra Engber

Jo
      Peggy McDonald Allen

Liz
      Heidi A. Porter

Amanda
      Valkyrie Williams

Trenner
      Jimmy Fritchman

Jackson/Kirk
      Alex Carmichal

The Promotional Trailer for Women in Jeopardy

click here for K.L.'s actor's résumé




Mon, Oct 25, 2021

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My single, "Just One Shadow" ‐‐ OUT NOW!

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Available from several different platforms:

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SONGS #12 &13(?)

My Music
THE ALBUM PROJECT ICON
Song number 12 in progress
I guess the image I posted here Friday pretty much says it, that I am putting my decades-old little jazzy pop song, "The Answer" into the album repertoire, despite that the text from that post said "leaning even heavier toward." Also, the fact that I admitted that I had spent a lot of mental energy for several days thinking about musical arrangement and how to record the song, should have had me committing to it in that post. Well, I'm committing to it now. "The Answer" starts getting worked on this evening.

It's not probable that I'll start recording tonight, but rather just be reacquainting myself with the song. My memory of the chord spellings and progressions are that they aren't difficult, so I doubt it'll be a frustrating evening. I do want to play with the time signatures, at least in the begning of the song. I think it's what I was doing naturally back in 80s (late 70s?), but I need to correctly identify the beats in each measure, etc., for the arrangement.

For this one, I am going to finally use my Oxygen 61 Keyboard, in this case for some type of horn voice. Some will know that I've been using the Yamaha PSR-180 and the Yamaha PSR-12 for horn and reed voices for other songs in the album project, but now that I have the Oxygen, that'll likely be my go-to for such. And I haven't used it on anything yet, so we take our virgin voyage with this song.

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My goal is still to try and get one more song squeezed into the sessions for this album. I've mentioned a progressively, Steely-Dan-type jazz song that I started last December, during the Winter Vacation 2020 week at the rented cottage in Dover, Ohio. It's another piano-bassed song, and it's a strong candidate for that potential Song #13. It's not a finished song, at all. It's only partially begun musically and I have no lyrics, whatsoever. So, because of the looming deadline, it's partial shape is not to its advantage. But I may at least give it a try. Unless, I get another inspiration.

A few times lately, I've heard a song on the radio, or elsewhere, and thought: Something in that vein might not be a bad way to go. That sort of thought really comes up frequently, anyway. But there have been a few really strong occurrences here lately.

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The Legato III and the Tascam 24-Track set up and waiting for me to get home to start working on "The Answer." Though, I may not use the Tascam today.
Dust covers while they wait: My Macca beach towel for the piano and an old kitchen towel for the 24-track.



Showing weekends
Dec 3-19, 2021

Tickets available...
DTG Buy Your Tickets Now

LIVE ON STAGE
ROAD TO MECCA logo.



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Dayton Theatre Guild
last three
AUDITION NOTICES
FOR 2021/2022

The Norwegians

Dec 6 & 7, 2021

The Price

Feb 7 & 8, 2022

The Old Man and the Old Moon

Mar 28 & 29, 2022


*Graphics art by Wendi Michael     








The Norwegians

by C. Denby Swanson
The Norwegians

Audition Dates: Mon & Tue, Dec 6 & 7, 2021*, starting at 7:00 pm both nights.

The Dayton Theatre Guild at the Caryl D. Philips TheatreScape
430 Wayne Ave, Dayton OH, 45410
937-278-5993    www.daytontheatreguild.org

Directed by David Shough
Produced by Christina Tomazinis & Rick Flynn

Production Dates: February 4-20, 2022

A funny, bitter, sometimes odd comedy about two women, single in a cold Minnesota winter, who each hire a pair of really, really nice Norwegian gangsters to whack their respective ex-boyfriends. Then things get complicated.

Casting Requirements:

  • Audition selections will be available for download beginning mid-November.
    Director's note: Familiarity with (but not memorization of) the selections will be a good thing at audition; cold readings demonstrate your ability to read; I would like to see something of your ability to create a character.
  • Please bring a résumé and headshot.
  • Please bring all scheduling conflicts between Dec 8, 2021 and Feb 20, 2022.

Character descriptions are below.
The two men need passable Minnesota accents ‐‐ (recommended viewing, the Coen Bros. movie Fargo). Please take your best shot at the accent at auditions.

Race is not relevant for the women.

All characters play 30s to 40s.

You need only attend one night, but are welcome at both. If you cannot attend either audition date, contact the director at davids@pbstudios.com or 937-626-2674, and we will make time.
Performance dates: February 4-20, 2022.
Rehearsals will run through the holidays with appropriate accommodation of the schedules of all involved.

Seeking 2 women, 2 men. Please see detailed descriptions of the roles below.

Tor
      The gentler, more reflective of the two gangsters.
Gus
      More impulsive and brash than Tor (though in a really nice way). Might be part Italian.

Olive
      A Texas transplant (no accent), not at home in Minnesota yet. And not at all sure this is what she want to do. A bit naïve.

Betty
      A Kentucky transplant. She’s been in Minnesota longer, and it has made her harder, more cynical. And given to long speeches






The Price

by Arthur Miller
The Price

Audition Dates: Mon & Tue, Feb 7 & 8, 2022*, starting at 7:00 pm both nights.

The Dayton Theatre Guild at the Caryl D. Philips TheatreScape
430 Wayne Ave, Dayton OH, 45410
937-278-5993    www.daytontheatreguild.org

Directed by Debra Kent
Produced by K.L.Storer

Production Dates: Mar 25-Apr 10, 2022

Years after an angry breakup, two brothers, Victor and Walter Franz, are reunited by the death of their father. As they sort through his possessions in an old brownstone attic, the memories evoked by his belongings stir up old hostilities. The Price is about family dynamics, the price of furniture and the price of one's decisions. It premiered on Broadway in 1968, and has had four revivals since. The Price was nominated for two Tony Awards in 1968, including best play.

Casting Requirements: To Be Announced




The Old Man and the Old Moon:
a Play With Music

Book, Music, and Lyrics by Pigpen Theatre Co.
The Old Man and the Old Moon

Audition Dates: Mon & Tue, Mar 28 & 29, 2022*, starting at 7:00 pm both nights.

The Dayton Theatre Guild at the Caryl D. Philips TheatreScape
430 Wayne Ave, Dayton OH, 45410
937-278-5993    www.daytontheatreguild.org

Directed by Jeff Sams
Produced by Debra Strauss

Production Dates: May 27-June 12, 2022

The Old Man tends to The Old Moon, refilling the light that spills out every night. When his wife unexpectedly leaves home, The Old Man abandons his post to find her and plunges the world into darkness. His eventful journey across land, air, and sea reminds them —- and us —- of the unwavering power of love. This is basic storytelling at its best, and a lesson about the inevitability of change. It reminds us of the magic of folktales that take place in a timeless land far, far away.

Casting Requirements: To Be Announced

*ALL AUDITION DATES ABOVE MAY BE SUBJECT TO CHANGE



PROMOTIONS:

COMING AUGUST 31 ‐‐ "Just One Shadow" the single & its video from K.L.Storer. From the forthcoming album VIRTUALLY APPROXIMATE SUBTERFUGE.



BE OR NOT, a movie by K.L.Storer. Starring Natasha Randall and Craig Roberts. Director of photography, Fred Boomer



Still for sale, 'STILL ME' on DVD, http://brookwoodfilms.com/buy.html
As an actor I was privileged to have a small roll in this multi-award winning, very touching, most poignant short film. I was further privileged to accept the award, on behalf of Beth McElhenny, for Best Family Film at the 2008 Secret City Film Festival in Oakridge, Tennessee. The film has won awards far more than that one time. Click on the image to go to the official site and see the successes, thus far.



AND NOW, TO PROMOTE SOME THEATRE....

THE COMING ATTRACTIONS AT MY HOME THEATRE, THE DAYTON THEATRE GUILD

Continuing the 2021/2022 Season:

LIVE ON STAGE

MASK REQUIREMENT STATEMENT 08-09-2021

In order to help ensure the health and safety of all our audience members, cast & crew members, and volunteers, we are requiring masks to be worn inside our building at all times, except when actively consuming liquid or food.

We further are closing ticket sales at 75 per performance to better accommodate the ability for audience members to distance themselves from others, not part of their group, while seated in the theatre.

Please be safe,
Dayton Theatre Guild Board of Directors

THE ROAD TO MECCA, by Athol Fugard at dayton Theatre Guild

Directed by Scott Madden
Produced by Debra Kent

Helen Martins is a South African woman living in a Christian community. She realizes she is getting older, and her neighbors expect her to move into a nursing home. Pastor Byleveld comes to her house to collect the papers approving her move, but Helen refuses to sign. Her friend, Elsa comes to visit from Cape Town, hoping to help settle the situation, and Helen's neighbors are concerned about the odd sculptures Helen is creating in her yard.

Showing weekends
Dec 3-19, 2021

Tickets:
DTG Buy Your Tickets Now

The Cast of The Road to Mecca

CHARACTER
     
ACTOR
Miss Helen
      Kathy Campbell

Elsa Barlow
      Lynn Vanderpool

Marius Byleveld
      Peter Wallace




And following The Road to Mecca at the Guild

NORWEGIANS by C. Denby Swanson at The Dayton Theatre Guild

Directed by David Shough
Produced by Christina Tomazinis & Rick Flynn

The Norwegians is a strong comedy about women scorned in Minnesota and the nice gangsters —- Norwegian hit men —- they hire to whack their ex-boyfriends. Olive is a transplant from Texas and Betty is a transplant from Kentucky, but neither of them were prepared for the Norwegian men they would fall in love with there: the practical, warm, thoughtful, destructive, evil, jilting kind. Olive attempts to hire Gus and Tor to do in her ex-boyfriend who did her wrong.

Showing weekends
Feb 4-20, 2022

Tickets:
DTG Buy Your Tickets Now

Audition Dates: Mon & Tue, Dec 6 & 7, 2021, starting at 7:00 pm both nights.

Casting Requirements:

  • Audition selections will be available for download beginning mid-November.
    Director's note: Familiarity with (but not memorization of) the selections will be a good thing at audition; cold readings demonstrate your ability to read; I would like to see something of your ability to create a character.
  • Please bring a résumé and headshot.
  • Please bring all scheduling conflicts between Dec 8, 2021 and Feb 20, 2022.
  • Character descriptions are below.
    The two men need passable Minnesota accents ‐‐ (recommended viewing, the Coen Bros. movie Fargo). Please take your best shot at the accent at auditions.

    Race is not relevant for the women.

    All characters play 30s to 40s.

    You need only attend one night, but are welcome at both. If you cannot attend either audition date, contact the director at davids@pbstudios.com or 937-626-2674, and we will make time.
    Performance dates: February 4-20, 2022.
    Rehearsals will run through the holidays with appropriate accommodation of the schedules of all involved.

    Seeking 2 women, 2 men. Please see detailed descriptions of the roles below.

    Tor
          The gentler, more reflective of the two gangsters.
    Gus
          More impulsive and brash than Tor (though in a really nice way). Might be part Italian.

    Olive
          A Texas transplant (no accent), not at home in Minnesota yet. And not at all sure this is what she want to do. A bit naïve.

    Betty
          A Kentucky transplant. She’s been in Minnesota longer, and it has made her harder, more cynical. And given to long speeches




    Dayton Theatre Guild
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    THE REST OF THE 2021/2022 SEASON

    With our on-line production of The Roommate this summer, the long intermission was over. With Morning's at Seven, we have opened our doors back up and invited you all back to our mainstage!

    We have been fortunate to have your loyal patronage for all these years, and we have been impatient to get back to the business of "Giving You Good Theatre, Done Well!"

    We are most happy to announce the rest of our 2021/2022 season:

    LIVE ON STAGE

    The Price

    The Price

    by Arthur Miller

    Production dates: March 25-April 10, 2022
    Auditions: February 7 & 8, 2022

    Directed by Debra Kent
    Produced by K.L.Storer

    Years after an angry breakup, two brothers, Victor and Walter Franz, are reunited by the death of their father. As they sort through his possessions in an old brownstone attic, the memories evoked by his belongings stir up old hostilities. The Price is about family dynamics, the price of furniture and the price of one's decisions. It premiered on Broadway in 1968, and has had four revivals since. The Price was nominated for two Tony Awards in 1968, including best play.

    = = = = =

    The Old Man and the Old Moon

    The Old Man and the Old Moon:
    a Play With Music

    Book, Music, and Lyrics by Pigpen Theatre Co.

    Production dates: May 27-June 12, 2022
    Auditions: March 28 & 29, 2022

    Directed by Jeff Sams
    Produced by Debra Strauss

    The Old Man tends to The Old Moon, refilling the light that spills out every night. When his wife unexpectedly leaves home, The Old Man abandons his post to find her and plunges the world into darkness. His eventful journey across land, air, and sea reminds them —- and us —- of the unwavering power of love. This is basic storytelling at its best, and a lesson about the inevitability of change. It reminds us of the magic of folktales that take place in a timeless land far, far away.

    = = = = = = = =

    First Weekend: Friday 8pm, Saturday 8pm, Sunday 3pm
    Second & Third Weekend: Friday 8pm, Saturday 5pm, Sunday 3pm

    *Children under seven will not be admitted

    - - -

    TICKETS, INCLUDING SEASON TICKETS, ON SALE NOW:
    DTG Buy Your Tickets Now

    Adult: $20
    Senior (60 or older): $18
    Student: $13
    Special pricing for groups of 10 or more, call the Box Office at 937-278-5993 for pricing
    - http://www.daytontheatreguild.org/ click on "Tickets" link
    - or call 937-278-5993
    - or at the box office day of the show

    * All individual tickets purchased in advance via our on-line ticket system or by telephone will also include a $1 convenience fee.

    www.daytontheatreguild.org




    And, if you live close by or will be visiting soon, check out these other theatres in the greater Dayton Ohio area:

  • Beavercreek Community Theatre
  • The Black Box Improv Theatre ‐‐ Dayton
  • Brookville Community Theatre
  • Caesar's Ford Theatre, Inc ‐‐ Xenia
  • Cedarville University ‐‐ Cedarville
  • Clark State Community College Theatre Program ‐‐ Springfield
  • Dare 2 Defy Productions ‐‐ Dayton
  • Dayton Live ‐‐ Dayton
  • Dayton Playhouse
  • Encore Theater Company ‐‐ Dayton
  • Epiphany Players Drama Ministry ‐‐ Dayton
  • Human Race Theatre Company ‐‐ Dayton
  • Lebanon Theatre Company ‐‐ Lebanon
  • La Comedia Dinner Theatre ‐‐ Springboro
  • The Magnolia Theatre Company ‐‐ Dayton
  • The Nerve ‐‐ Dayton
  • Sinclair Community College Theatre ‐‐ Dayton
  • Springboro Community Theatre
  • Springfield Civic Theatre
  • Tipp City Players Community Theatre
  • Town Hall Theatre ‐‐ Centerville
  • Troy Civic Theatre ‐‐ Troy
  • Undercroft Players ‐‐ Dayton
  • University of Dayton *U.D. link is here, but it seems difficult to find the season at the site
  • Wright State University ‐‐ Beavercreek
  • X*ACT: Xenia Area Community Theater
  • Yellow Springs Center Stage ‐‐ Yellow Springs
  • Young at Heart Players ‐‐ Dayton
  • tHe Zoot Theatre Company ‐‐ Dayton
  • KNOW OF A LOCAL THEATRE COMPANY THAT SHOULD
    BE ADDED? LET ME KNOW AT "kl at klstorer dot com"

    That is, one within a 60 minute
    drive from the Dayton, Ohio area




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