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Happy New Year

December 31, 2017

Thanks to all of the people following this blog. I appreciate the feedback and look forward to see what comes in 2018.

Normally I put this blog to rest until July. Then I peek at what is supposed to be released for the upcoming holiday season, bookmark a few interesting things and start assembling December’s posts in November. Basically the site stays dormant until Thanksgiving. However, leaving the facebook page dormant all of that time makes the folks at facebook think I have left the site to die. Consequently, it stops getting any attention in search engines.
So in 2018 to keep the facebook page alive, I will post on occasion.

Tonight I’m featuring violinist and songwriter, Andrew Bird.

Bird was born in Illinois, attended Lake Forest High School and Northwestern University. As a child he was trained with the Suzuki Method at the age of four. He was a member of the Squirrel Nut Zippers, wrote the music for The Muppets skit, The Whistling Caruso and theme for the TV program, Baskets.

In 2012 Starbucks released Holidays Rule, a compilation record featuring 17 artists covering mostly Christmas tunes. And one New Year’s Eve song, Andrew Bird’s version of Auld Lang Syne. had this to say:

“Andrew Bird’s bouncy, happy-go-lucky version of “Auld Lang Syne” unsurprisingly closes out the new “Holidays Rule” compilation, and the indie-folk star says it was curiosity that drove him to pick the New Year’s Eve staple.

“I’ve been determined for years to learn all the verses of this Scottish classic,” he tells Billboard. “It’s almost in the category of ‘happy birthday’ in that it’s second nature in our society to sing this song at a particular moment yet we have only a vague notion of what it’s about. ‘A right guid willie-waught’?’ Begging the question: what is a ‘willie-waught”?”

[The line roughly means to have a goodwill or friendly drink.]

Bird’s warm reading of the traditional song (set to a Robert Burns poem) is punctuated by his bright, jazz violin solos plus the strum of a mandolin and thoughtful background vocals.”

That’s a wrap for Tom’s Christmas Music Blog for 2017.
Merry Christmas and Happy New Year. I hope your 2018 is fantastic.


Andrew Bird – Auld Lang Syne


I Am Gonna Make It Through This Year If It Kills Me

December 31, 2016

I always try to close the year with at least one version of Auld Lang Syne. I found a wonderful Andrew Bird version but I bumped it to 2017 (the Lord willing). I bumped Bird because I discovered a brilliant rendition from Hey Rosetta!, the very talented Canadian Band I featured back on December 23.

However, prior to that…The Mountain Goats.
The Mountain Goats is (yes ‘is’ is correct) a band originally made up of one guy, John Darnielle. Since back in 1991 Darnielle has recorded and released hundreds of songs many of which are categorized as “lo-fidelity” recordings (he recorded the songs into a boombox and onto cassettes and released them as is). After developing a cult following, Darnielle was rewarded with a recording contract and eventually formed the band.

In 2005, The Mountain Goats released the album The Sunset Tree, a recording Darnielle penned following the death of his abusive father. Tonight I’m featuring the song This Year from that record. It’s not a happy song but the “I am going to make it through this year if it kills me” seems to fit well as we head into 2017.

And quickly back to Hey Rosetta! (the exclamation point is part of the name btw.) They released a four-song Christmas EP back in 2012 (A Cup of Kindness Yet). The EP features a lovely rendition of Auld Lang Syne titled New Year Song.


lend me a walking stick and i’ll lean on it
and i’ll walk on out through the snowbound yard
past the neighbours on the lawn, drinking last year out
i’ll leave this town, cut the year off clean

cauterized by leaving, sick and tired of living last year

roll out the tarmac and baptize the aircraft ‘escape and loss’
and push me off

the cold can bleach us out and freeze our doubt
so all that you knew becomes muffled and mute

i’m done with this all this standing stiff
when i move my mouth only snow comes out

euthanized by whiteness but i’ll arise, despite this last year

so roll out the tarmac and baptize the aircraft ‘escape and loss’
and push me off

should old acquaintance be forgot, and never brought to mind?
should old acquaintance be forgot, and old lang syne?

for auld lang syne, my dear, for auld lang syne,
we’ll take a cup of kindness yet, for auld lang syne.

And that’s a wrap for 2016. Thanks for following this blog. I hope you’ve discovered a couple of new Christmas tunes for your holiday playlists. Remember you can easily follow and message me via Facebook.  Lord willing, I’ll see you back next year on Thanksgiving Day (Thursday November 23rd). Happy New Year!

The Mountain Goats

Purchase This Year

Purchase Hey Rosettas! New Year Song

This Year – The Mountain Goats

New Year Song – Hey Rosetta!

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