The Monday Music Medicine Show – Closing a window, Opening a door

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Continuing with seasonal tunes, and looking forward to the changing of the guard – aka the Gregorian Calendar – there’s one song which comes to mind from days of yore, with Guy Lumbardo holding the baton.

There’s something about this song, melodically, which speaks of gathering together, staying up late to watch the ball drop in Times Square, and toasting the new year with a kiss from your sweetie. Noise makers can be heard sounding the moment, and these days, the ever present fireworks – which I’m sure are the left overs from the 4th of July.

*Auld Lang Syne is a Scots poem written by Robert Burns in 1788, and set to the tune of a traditional folk song. While it has been used traditionally to ring in the new year, it can be heard/sung at graduations, funerals, as a farewell or ending to  other occasions, and in many countries, it’s used at the close of jamborees for the International Boy Sout youth movement.

The song’s Scots title may be translated into standard English as “Old long since” or more idiomatically, “long long ago,” “days gone by” or “old times.” Thus, “For auld lang syne” as it appears in the first line of the chorus, might be loosely translated as “for (the sake of) old times.”



A year or so ago, I found this song, which I’ve added to my personal play list by Regina Spektor:


Giving a nod to the town I was born and raised in, one of the world’s well known countdowns (mentioned  above), takes place in Times Square, in the borough of Manhattan, New York City. The streets are packed and the reverie is as joyous as can be, even when the weather is blustery. As the ball touches down, the tradition, here has been to play the song that all New Yorkers have come to embrace as their anthem:


I don’t recall when they added this next song to the end-songs line-up, but it’s been one I’ve loved from the first moment I heard it. After New York, New York, they now sing a song of hope:

So my beautiful Monday Music Medicine Show friends, if it pleases you to play, share with us: What New Years specific tunes have you found speak for the moment when we leave one year behind, and  when we step across the border into new adventures and look forward? You know I want to hear it! Share it there (your own blog with a ping back), or share it here.

BYOM and  remember: It Don’t Mean A Thing If You Don’t Send That PING!

Music is the Medicine in my Soul and I hope yours is as healing and nurturing as mine!

Wishing everyone a very happy New Year, where hope lives and peace reigns.

*from Wikapedia

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