I’m glad it’s Sunday, the start of a new week. Last week was trying.
I followed up with a company that was interested in hiring me as a consultant, but they have no room for me at the moment.
After reaching out to every appropriate music supervisor and music executive I can think of, I got no takers for the two acts I’m pitching for television and film uses. I received a lot of positive feedback about the tracks I sent, one a stripped down soulful piano ballad and the others EDM bangers, but no deals.
I’m frustrated with a class I am taking. Though the teacher is smart and knows his stuff, there are times when his focus seems misplaced.
I had to call the customer service departments of Anthem Blue Cross, Verizon Wireless, Express Scripts mail order pharmacy and Hewlett Packard. All have lousy customer service, and each call left me angry (or as close as I get to angry).
I had lunch with a former co-worker I haven’t seen in years on Friday. The lunch was nice, but I didn’t realize how awful the parking situation in downtown LA is. It’s insane that what I paid to park for fewer than ninety minutes was the same as what I paid for this nice lunch.
I don’t have dental insurance at the moment. My insurance broker suggested I ask my dentist what insurance plans he accepts and what he would recommend for coverage, as he know my dental situation better than anybody. I emailed my dentist and he wrote back that “there are literally thousands of plans” and it doesn’t make sense for me to get insurance. Really? His office accepts thousands of plans?
It was one of those weeks where at times it seemed like nobody was the least bit helpful or caring. However, I’m an optimistic guy. Despite all of the annoyances I think “things will get better.” Another company will hire me as a consultant. A deal for the songs I’m pitching will come through at some point. I switched my medical insurance coverage – there is no possible way any company could be worse than Anthem Blue Cross. I’ll fill my prescriptions at my local pharmacy. Everything will work out.
Last night I went with a friend to the opening night performance of a new musical entitled Beguiled. Afterwards my friend described it as “the worst grade school production I’ve ever seen.” I didn’t like it as much as he did. The humor fell flat (how any times must you say the word ”penis” hoping for a laugh?), the plot was full of holes, and the music was stolen from Broadway shows, with no credit in the program to the composers. The highlight of the show was near the end, when one of the actors climbed up to the balcony and, while stretching out his arms, smashed a window in the theater, sending shards of glass flying all over. I didn’t see that coming. Bravo!
While I hate sitting through awful shows, they do inspire me. If that load of crap could get produced and have a multi-performance run on Saturday nights at a known theater in Hollywood, then I need to finish my script/book/whatever. There is an audience out there starved for entertainment. That thought is what I needed to be back on a positive track. This week will be great.
With all the time I spent arguing with poorly-trained customer service reps and looking for parking, I didn’t get a chance to post a blog entry about Fleetwood Mac’s Christine McVie, who turned 71 yesterday. Better late than never. Given the theme of this post, it makes sense to kick off today’s playlist with “Don’t Stop.” It’ll be better than before. Yesterday’s gone.
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