31 December 2011

Auld Lang Syne - Straight No Chaser

Tonight is my last video blog for the month of December.  Because it is New Year's Eve, it seems unlikely that is any song more appropriate of traditional to play than "Auld Lang Syne."  I know the song gets done to death each year, but I love this arrangement by my guys, Straight No Chaser.  It's good to switch things up every once in a while. 

I also consider Auld Lang Syne an appropriate song for today because it's meant as a farewell of sorts.  Farewell to times gone by, farewell to the old year, farewell to old friends even.  Literally translated from Old Scots as "old long ago," Auld Lang Syne is a song about love and friendships past, and toasting current friends.*  I am personally more than ready to toast 2011 goodbye.  It has been a year of medical mishap for me, and I would like to see the back of it sooner rather than later, with the hope that 2012, apocalyptic or not, involves less battering and bruising.  I would like to say farewell to old burdens and hello to new experiences.  I would like to say farewell to injury and hello to an occasional injection of excitement.  But mostly I would like to say farewell to the gift of a year, even a bad one, and hello to the blessing of a new year, full of potential and possibility.

I hope everyone has a safe New Year's Eve, and that the blessings and peace of tomorrow are made manifest throughout the entire year for each and every one of you.

Happy New Year--rock it like it's the end of the Mayan world!!

*Source:  http://www.carols.org.uk/auld_lang_syne_song.htm

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