Archive for December, 2010

Song of the Day – Auld Lang Syne

Happy New Year, everyone!

“Should old acquaintance be forgot, and never brought to mind?” The familiar opening lines to the song that has become synonymous with New Year. The Canadian band leader, Guy Lombardo, popularized what started out as a Robbie Burns poem that was set to a traditional air. Lombardo and his band, The Royal Canadians, broadcast their New Year’s Eve show from the Roosevelt Hotel, and then later the Waldorf Astoria, for 48 years starting in 1928. It was moved to television in 1956 where it enjoyed a 21 year run with a brief hiatus due to World War II. Dick Clark’s Rockin’ New Year’s Eve was in answer to Lombardo’s programme, the anti-Lombardo if you will, Clark feeling that Lombardo and the Royal Canadians were anachronistic so he decided to put on a more modern show aimed at the younger generation. That show is the one we are more familiar with today.

The song itself dates back to the 15th century poem Aul Kindnes Foyett. The melody, a traditional strathspey, was thought to be taken from The Miller’s Wedding or The Miller’s Daughter. Auld Kindnes Foyett translates to “(Should)Auld Aquaintence (Be) Forgot”, which became the opening lines to the Robbie Burns version that is sung today. Everyone wonders what the heck this means and it was lampooned by Billy Crystal in the movie When Harry Met Sally: “I mean, ‘Should old acquaintance be forgot?’ Does that mean that we should forget old acquaintances, or does it mean if we happened to forget them, we should remember them, which is not possible because we already forgot?” Generally, it’s meaning is that we should not forget old friends, forgive past quarrels and celebrate the New Year.

Although it has become inseparable from New Years Eve, Auld Lang Syne is also played at funerals, it was played at Parliament Hill when former Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau’s body left for burial in Montreal for instance, as well as when the British handed over Hong Kong to the Chinese in 1997. It was also played when the British troops left India. It is traditionally sung at the end of the Burn’s Supper which is held annually in Scotland to celebrate the man’s life and poetry.

There are too many covers of this song to list but here are a few of my favourites, the Chenard Walcker, a great singer from Paris, is from Comfort Stand Recordings. They have a few great compilations available for download and you can get 25 different versions of this song for your New Years bash if it’s not too late.

Chenard Walcker – Auld Lang Syne
Bruce Springsteen – Auld Lang Syne
Me First and the Gimme Gimmes – Auld Lang Syne
Oingo Boingo – Auld Lang Syne
Guy Lombardo and His Royal Canadians

Happy New Year

I am being rushed out of the door right now by my friends, we are going to go up to my cottage for the evening to avoid the craziness of the city. Heading up to the lands of no cell phone reception so we wont be getting those mass “happy new year to you and your loved ones, god bless blah blah” from people we met at a bar once like 3 years ago.

Balam Acab- Regret Making Mistakes

Don’t know about you guys, but I think 2010 was one of the best years of my life. I managed to figure out a lot of things in my life and am finally on the right track, I really don’t regret any of the decisions I made this year and actually kept my resolution to quit smoking.

Well I hope that you all have an amazing night, happy new years yall!

Sleeping Songs:Múm- We have a map to the piano

Múm have been favourites of mine for a very very very long time. I was lucky enough to catch them in concert a few years back at the Opera House, and still to this day think it was one of the best shows I have ever been to.

Múm- We Have A Map Of The Piano

Múm- The Land Between the Solar Systems

Múm- Faraway Swimmingpool

SERIOUSLY imagine listening to this stuff out on the Icelandic country side, its been a dream of mine for a while.

Can’t help but fantasize about going to check them out in their home land Iceland. Something about Iceland really comes through in any Icelandic artists music. I may sound like a crazy person now, but its really sparked an urge in me to visit Iceland. Come on look at the pictures, they have a lesbian president, a museum dedicated to penises, some of the most amazing musicians, and arguably the most beautiful landscape, how much more awesome can a country get? Well, lol this is what I get from Mum, I know its a bit off topic but Icelandic music chills me out, and makes me dream of days I will spend in the beautiful country.

Win Win: Releaserpm

WIn Win are finally out with something new, their entire album will be released some time in the near future by Vice so we just have to wait patiently till then.

Gang Gang Dance’s Lizzie Bougatsos is featured on vocals here and I must say they are pretty enchanting. I am not sure if its the song or the video accompanying here in the youtube video, but I am digging this right now.

Win Win- Releaserpm

Merry Christmas Yall

Merry Christmas to everyone who celebrates this wonderful holiday of gift giving and receiving. My family isn’t very religious and I was shocked to find out it was actually about the birth of Jesus when I started school and was christian for all but of 3 minutes when I thought Santa Clause (still the fucking coolest dude of all times might I add) and Jesus were the same person. Oh well, short lived religious experiences. Too all of you out there hope you guys are having an amazing Christmas, if you are religious, if you aren’t, if you hate it cheer up a bit eh, none the less hope its a good one.

Sufjan Stevens- Hark! The Hearld Angels Sing!

Sufjan Stevens- Once In David’s Royal City

Sufjan Stevens-Only At Christmas
*on a side note, I never listened to this album prior to this post, it’s pretty good. If you are looking for a good christmas album check out Sufjan Stevens Hark! for Christmas series, pleasantly surprised and I take back my all the comments I have made in regards to how Christmas music is responsible for cancer.

I am off to christmas dinner with my family at my cousins. I am lucky enough to have a pretty cool supportive family of everything I might want to do, and yah lol there was a point in time when I was slightly less practical and wanted to go into some questionable career paths, so I am very grateful for that. I love going over for dinner and eating until I pass out, so quite excited to say the least. For all of you that are less fortunate, I feel you, heard my share of horror stories from friends of mine. One comes to mind (Adam I am sorry if you are reading this) where a recently single family friend brought over a questionable date, and by questionable I mean was totally a hooker that spoke no english and was coming down (hard) off a slew of drugs and drank more than her fair share of booze then passed out put a turkey leg in her purse “for later.” To better explain this, Adam is an only child in a fairly conservative chinese family so the eastern european prostitute (who I am sure is a lovely girl just under some terrible circumstances) joining in on the festivities made it that much more special, ohh family friends got to love them!
Gnarls Barkley- Who’s Gonna Save My Soul Now
this one is for yall who have crazy families and family friends, haha hope it’s colourful, cuz hey at least its a good story for later.
And if you don’t celebrate Christmas hope that you have an amazing holiday and enjoy the time off!

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