Musings & Thoughts for Thursday, December 2, 2021, or: Waltzing to the Weekend!


Hi, there, Dear Reader. It’s mid-to-late morning here in my corner of west-central Florida on Thursday, December 2, 2021. It is a cool second day of meteorological winter; the current temperature is 66˚F (19˚C) under sunny skies. With humidity at 75% and the wind blowing from the west-northwest at 8 MPH (13 KM/H), the feels-like factor is 64˚F (18˚C).  Today’s forecast calls for sunny skies and a high of 78˚F (25˚C). Tonight, skies will be partly cloudy and the low will be 50˚F (10˚C).

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I really don’t have any news to share other than to mention that I’m expecting one of the last Amazon orders for 2021: a Blu-ray titled Neujahrskonzert 2020 / New Year’s Concert 2020. This is a classical music video presentation of the Vienna (Wiener) Philharmonic Orchestra’s New Year’s concert for 2020. Produced by Sony Classical and released on March 6, 2020 – the day after my birthday! – Neujahrskonzert 2020 / New Year’s Concert 2020 showcases a live performance of the Vienna Philharmonic led by conductor Andris Nelsons.

(C) 2020 Sony Classical

According to the Blu-ray’s Amazon product page, Neujahrskonzert 2020 / New Year’s Concert 2020 is two hours and 39 minutes long and features 20 main selections of music by various composers, including Johann Strauss, Jr.’s Blue Danube Waltz.[1] The Blu-ray also has two ballet-related bonus features in addition to the full Jan.1, 2020 concert, which was held in the same Great Hall of the Musikverein where John Williams conducted the Vienna Philharmonic a few days later for John Williams in Vienna.

As I write this, my copy of Neujahrskonzert 2020 / New Year’s Concert 2020 is – hopefully – being placed on an Amazon Prime delivery van in an Amazon facility not too far away. It should be marked Out for Delivery soon and will probably arrive here between 2 and 5 PM.

Other than that, there’s not much to tell, Dear Reader. I’m tired because, once again, I woke up earlier than I wanted to and could not go back to sleep. I will probably feel better once I take a shower and get into fresh clothes, but right now I feel sleepy and not exactly at my best.

So, on that note, I will close for now, Dear Reader. Until next time, stay safe, stay healthy, get vaccinated, and I’ll catch you on the sunny side of things.  


[1] To be honest, this is the composition I most want to see/hear from this concert. Everything else is a nice bonus.

Published by Alex Diaz-Granados

Alex Diaz-Granados (1963- ) began writing movie reviews as a staff writer and Entertainment Editor for his high school newspaper in the early 1980s and was the Diversions editor for Miami-Dade Community College, South Campus' student newspaper for one semester. Using his experiences in those publications, Alex has been raving and ranting about the movies online since 2003 at various web sites, including Amazon, Ciao and Epinions. In addition to writing reviews, Alex has written or co-written three films ("A Simple Ad," "Clown 345," and "Ronnie and the Pursuit of the Elusive Bliss") for actor-director Juan Carlos Hernandez. You can find his reviews and essays on his blogs, A Certain Point of View and A Certain Point of View, Too.

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