From the archives!
Since as a professor I am such a noodge I like to twist all your wigs, I offer this alternate setting for Auld Lang Syne, the one actually preferred by Robert Burns, the people’s composer, as sung by the incomparable Jean Redpath. And a few other sweet songs.
Let us raise to each other swirling glasses filled with bittersweet memories of the year departing, and hopes for the new one arriving.
Me? I’ll have the mulled red wine with muddled cherries and floating cranberries.
I was searching my iTunes for this version of “Auld Lang Syne” by Jean Redpath that was actually the setting preferred by the composer Robert Burns. I believe it was Dana Westover who played it a long time ago on WUMB-FM. It will sound unusual to your ear.
In the process of searching, I found this lovely song by Regina Spektor I had forgotten about. (It seems it may have been written by Peggy Lee.)
My dear acquaintance, it’s so good to know you
For strength of your hand
That is loving and giving
And a happy…
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