Dear Gentle Reader,
Last night was the first night of #Smojos rehearsals that we worked on staging and I have to tell you, I was crazy nervous. My words were falling out of my head and leaving my mouth struggling to explain what I wanted. THEN, I would try and say a number and my hands show the wrong number. For example, I was saying that I wanted 4 steps but was holding up 3 fingers. LOL.
I know I am putting way more pressure on myself than anything I have ever worked on before. I just want so badly for this production to read the way I see it in my head. I feel that if I can pull it off, people of all ages will connect with this amazing musical revue on an emotional level. The younger audience goers will find the messages in the music as relatable and the older audience members will revisit these songs and all the memories that come with it.
My Dear Reader, this hope I hold on to has been keeping me up at night but not in the way that makes me anxious.
I am excited about the ideas and the transitions that are popping up in my dreams or as I begin to fall asleep. So much so that I make notes of them so that I can focus on sleeping, but the idea just continues to blossom and my excitement grows with it.
I mentioned it before, but I will say it again, I am very humbled to have this opportunity with this team with this cast. I may not be D.W. Washburn, but like him, “I believe I got it made.”
I don’t know how familiar you are with the song D.W. Washburn. The song is about a down on his luck man that a few well intentioned people try to help. He, however, doesn’t want any help because he finds comfort with alcohol and he is okay with that.
Here’s a fun fact, Kind Reader.
The first version of the song was actually released by The Monkees! The Monkees! The television comedy group released the song one month before it was released by The Coasters, who were regular singers of Leiber and Stoller songs. The Coasters recorded the song nearly a year earlier but The Monkees put their version out first
Wanna hear? The Monkees The Coasters
I do think that the best version is the one that is in the Smokey Joe’s Cafe show. The orchestrations seem to be fuller and the addition of more voice ranges give it a richer sound, which makes it my favorite.
If you want to hear how good our version is, you’ll have to get tickets! 😜 Seriously, get those tickets!