Hi there, Dear Reader. It’s late morning here in my corner of Lithia, Florida, on Thursday, December 16, 2021. It’s a cool early winter day. The current temperature is 74˚F (24˚C) under sunny skies. With humidity at 92% and the wind blowing from the east-southeast at 8 MPH (12 KM/H), the wind-chill factor is 72˚F (23˚C). Today’s forecast calls for light rain later today and a high of 87˚F (30˚C). Tonight, the light rain will continue, and the low will be 66˚F (19˚C).
My CD of West Side Story: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack – the one for the 2021 Steven Spielberg remake, natch – arrived yesterday in the late afternoon. The Caregiver fetched it from the front porch and left it on the kitchenette table, and I took it out of the Amazon mailer envelope around 7:30 PM just to look at the album cover and the tracklisting on the back.
Released by Hollywood Records – a Walt Disney Company label – on December 10 (the same day the movie opened), West Side Story consists of 21 tracks of music composed by Leonard Bernstein and with song lyrics written by Stephen Sondheim.
Here’s the tracklisting:
|2||La Borinquena (Sharks Version)|
|5||The Dance At The Gym: Blues, Promenade|
|6||The Dance At The Gym: Mambo|
|7||The Dance At The Gym: Cha-Cha, Meeting Scene, Jump|
|9||Balcony Scene (Tonight)|
|10||Transition To Scherzo / Scherzo|
|12||Gee, Officer Krupke|
|13||One Hand, One Heart|
|17||I Feel Pretty|
|19||A Boy Like That / I Have A Love|
In contrast to 1961’s West Side Story, which was a product of an era where producers often preferred to use vocal “stand-ins” or “dubbers” (Marni Nixon instead of Natalie Wood, for instance) in movie versions of Broadway musicals, all of the vocal performances were done by the cast members.
I have not yet seen this version of West Side Story, and I am too young to have seen the original 1957 version of the stage production, but from all accounts, playwright-screenwriter Tony Kushner and Spielberg (who had long wanted to direct a full-on musical), the 2021 film is more faithful to Arthur Laurents’ book than it is to Jerome Robbins/Robert Wise’s 1961 movie adaptation.
So I’m not wrong when I say that this album is more like the 1957 Original Cast Recording from Columbia Records, which I have owned on CD since the 1990s than it is to the soundtrack album from the Robbins/Wise movie.
I’ll probably listen to my new album after the Caregiver’s workday ends at five o’clock this afternoon. I could, of course, play it here in my room; my desktop computer has a DVD-ROM drive, and I can hook up a set of headphones, so I don’t disturb anyone. But the way the Lenovo all-in-one is set up makes it hard to put a CD (or DVD) in the drive, so I’ll wait till I can play it on my TV’s Blu-ray player.
Other than that, I am dealing with a missing Amazon order that the U.S. Post Office swears was delivered yesterday at 2:33 PM in our mailbox, yet when several of us checked it – including me – the mailbox was empty.
You see, last weekend I ordered a DVD of Matt Schrader’s 2017 Score: A Film Music Documentary for $20.99 – there’s no Blu-ray of this doc, so I had to settle for a disc from an older format. It was shipped originally by Amazon, but since the e-retailer has a “last mile” arrangement with the Post Office, my copy of Score was handed off to that entity. And according to them, a postal worker delivered it at 2:33 PM – along with two pieces of junk mail – in our mailbox.
Well, maybe that postal worker delivered our mail yesterday at a mailbox somewhere in Lithia. Just not at ours.
I filed a complaint online, and the local Postmaster emailed me last night. She said the Post Office would investigate the matter and let me know what happened to our mail from yesterday.
And on this note of uncertainty, we come to the end of another exciting (?) post in A Certain Point of View, Too. Until next time, Dear Reader, stay safe, stay healthy, and I’ll catch you on the sunny side of things.