Monday, December 31, 2007

Happy 2008

This is it, folks - our last post of 2007. Happy New Year and all the best in the year ahead.

We'll bring in 2008 the traditional way, with an assortment of versions of Auld Lang Syne.


Let us begin our musical journey with the sentimental stylings of Kenny G (audio only):


For something a bit lighter, here is the quirky Leon Redbone with Johnny Carson and Merv Griffin, from the Tonight Show:


Billy Preston and Aretha Franklin, with an inspired and soulful take:


Live from Times Square on December 31, 1976, here is the classic interpretation that I grew up with each New Year's Eve, by Guy Lombardo and His Royal Canadians:


And last, here's New Jersey's own Rabbi Sol, who clearly defies description altogether:


Finally, if you've ever wondered what, exactly, those elusive lyrics are, wonder no more:

Words adapated from a traditional song by Rabbie Burns (1759-96)

Should auld acquaintance be forgot,

And never brought to mind?

Should auld acquaintance be forgot,

And auld lang syne?


For auld lang syne, my dear,

For auld lang syne,

We'll tak a cup of kindness yet,

For auld lang syne!

And surely ye'll be your pint-stowp,

And surely I'll be mine,

And we'll tak a cup o kindness yet,

For auld lang syne!

We twa hae run about the braes,

And pou'd the gowans fine,

But we've wander'd monie a weary fit,

Sin auld lang syne.

We twa hae paid l'd in the burn

Frae morning sun till dine,

But seas between us braid hae roar'd

Sin auld lang syne.

And there's a hand my trusty fiere,

And gie's a hand o thine,

And we'll tak a right guid-willie waught,

For auld lang syne

Again... Happy New Year!

- Garry J. Wise, Toronto

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