Wednesday, December 31, 2008

Happy New Year

Our New Year's Eve photograph is one of Jim's - a new dawn, a new day, a new year.

I subscribe to the Jacquie Lawson e-cards service. I remember when her animated e-cards first appeared several years ago - pieces of fruit flying around on the computer screen, somehow morphing into such things as a Thanksgiving turkey or a wreath or a cake. People were amazed, and the cards were forwarded many times over, with the original sender's signature, of course. A few days ago, I received notice of a new Jacquie Lawson New Year's card. The background music for the cards is the Blue Danube Waltz, and information accompanying the card explains the tradition of the Vienna, Austria New Year Concert, started during the Second World War to give the local audience hope for the future. The Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra performs dance music from Austrian composers, primarily Strauss. Quoting from Ms Lawson's background information, "Tickets for the concerts are highly prized, with some Austrian families reserving seats from generation to generation." (Reminds me of the Green Bay Packers fans.) The Blue Danube Waltz is always included as an encore, followed by the Radetzky March. I found them on the Internet, of course, and thought they would be a fine way to wish you Happy New Year. So turn up the volume and follow the links.

Happy New Year!


Anonymous said...

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Cactus Jack Splash said...

Happy New Year to all of you and to the beach critters.
Thank you for sharing this part of the world with all of us.

Amanda said...

I have really enjoyed reading your blog in 2008 and look forward to reading it in 2009. I have learned so much about the turtles and sea-beans. Keep up the good work.

Anonymous said...

Thanks for sharing the music Marge. It was a great way to start the morning.

The Traditional Waltz, the Viennese Waltz, and the Argentine Tango Vals--three beautiful and compelling forms of dance and music.

All the best in the New Year!

Caroline said...

Happy New Year from the Black Hills!
We just finished watching the Great Performances program of the Vienna Philharmonic New Year's Concert on South Dakota Public Broadcasting! I look forward to it every year. Love the audience reaction to the Radetzky March.

Florida Beach Basics said...

Caroline - can you imagine being a part of the orchestra and listening to that audience reaction? marge