Happy New Year

31 12 2008

To me there’s nothing more moving than the bagpipes.  Uptempo songs make me, a normally peaceful guy, want to charge into to battle.  Slow, mournful songs like “Amazing Grace,” make me want to weep.

“Auld Lang Syne” is a traditional Scottish tune to which lyrics had been put (or finished) by Scotland’s national hero-poet, Robert Burns.  The title is translated several ways, but I like “old long ago.”  Of course, many of you will know it as it is traditionally sung in Britain, America and many of the former British possessions around the world at the New Year.

This is a particularly beautiful bagpipe rendition.  Enjoy.  And have a safe, happy, peaceful, prosperous, joyous new year!

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Thanks for the inspiration, Noel.

31 12 2008

I love the line in the new Oasis tune, “Shock of the Lightning”: “So godspeed to the sound of the pounding!” Indeed!

What a great line. It’s one of my favorite lines from an Oasis song and it’s a perfect fit for this blog.

Thanks Mr. Gallagher. Cheers!