Musings & Thoughts for Thursday, December 16, 2021, or: One Package Arrives, Another Goes Missing


(C) 2021 20th Century Studios/Hollywood Records

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:

1Prologue
2La Borinquena (Sharks Version)
3Jet Song
4Something’s Coming
5The Dance At The Gym: Blues, Promenade
6The Dance At The Gym: Mambo
7The Dance At The Gym: Cha-Cha, Meeting Scene, Jump
8Maria
9Balcony Scene (Tonight)
10Transition To Scherzo / Scherzo
11America
12Gee, Officer Krupke
13One Hand, One Heart
14Cool
15Tonight (Quintet)
16The Rumble
17I Feel Pretty
18Somewhere
19A Boy Like That / I Have A Love
20Finale
21End Credits

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.  

Image by CrafCraf from Pixabay 

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.

(C) 2017 Gravitas Ventures

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.

Ugh.

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.   

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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