Happy New Year

New Year, I have found, is always the most disappointing of festivals. the nicest part is the singing of Auld Lang Syne, which perhaps is an odd thing to sing as the old year dies and the new year is born.

Should auld acquaintance be forgot,
and never brought to mind?
Should auld acquaintance be forgot,
and auld lang syne?

The song, with it traditional melody, was written by Robbie Burns, I think as a sentimental journey on days long since past, of old friendships, old happenings and old loves.

Perhaps it is fitting that we look back on our pasts as the clock strikes midnight tonight, but I think the tune, rather than the words, is the fitting response and the tune is best heard played on a guitar by John Fahey.

If you want to hear it and learn how he played it   https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QrJQystmyl8

So instead of looking back sentimentily (I do too much of that anyway) I look forward and wish you all a very Happy New Year

4 Responses

  1. Isn’t it “acquaintants” ?

    • Not according to Burns

  2. Here is a more accurate song of how nature begins, not on the 24 December/midnight, as Virgo/Astrea and the star Vindemiatrix in the elbow of her outstretched arm, rises above the eastern horizon, and the sun lifts itself by a full degree towards the true beginning, where on 21 March our sun/Ioa crosses the Vernal opening and the year begins in earnest.

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