It was a long day of online Christmas shopping yesterday. No hassles with crowds and parking, but many different websites, all with very different, sometimes confusing online experiences and slow responses from my computer, the Internet, and or websites; it was good to complete all that, hours later.
Then I relaxed, listening to an archived radio program on the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation site from October. Writers & Company host Eleanor Wachtel interviewed English author Martin Amis, an old favourite. It was a great way to end the evening.
Today, it was a long-ish Zwift virtual group ride on the bike trainer (45 kilometres or 28 miles). Then, after lunch, a couple of online orders were ready for curbside pickup, so my sweety and I took a drive out get them. Then as we arrived home, I noticed another store had prepared an order, but I hadn’t checked for new email while out… oh, well.
It was sunny and the temperature was mild when we were out, but it soon became dull, overcast and now, dark. Perfect for relaxing and writing a blog piece while listening to today’s selection.
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756-1791) completed the Piano Concerto No. 23 in March 1786. The second movement (Adagio) has been described as having an operatic tone and being an expression of deep longing. It’s a good piece to listen to after all the online experiences and while thinking about outdoor cycling weather (which there just might be a touch of on Tuesday… we’ll see; it might be too icy).
Now you know a little about why this is my song of the day for today. Thanks for joining me here, and please enjoy.
Here’s a video of French pianist Hélène Grimaud playing with the Chamber Orchestra of the Bavarian Radio, conducted by Radoslaw Szulc at the Prinzregententheater, Munich, Germany, from the Deutsche Grammophon YouTube channel: