Tag: songs

Auld and New Lang Syne

 

The song most associated with the (western) New Year is a Scottish tune with lyrics coming from Scottish folk roots. The words, as we know them, come from Robert Burns. The poet claimed he had found the words, yet he most likely wrote a significant portion himself, riffing on older sources. Here, then are a series of recordings, from the dawn of voice recording to this year, so that we do not forget the old times in the rush of the new.

The earliest recording I found was from 1910, performed by Frank C. Stanley:

My Music Contribution for the Week: Hard Times of Old England

 

Steeleye Span is one of my most favorite groups, and they have been around since the 1970s.  For some unknown reason, their rendition of Hard Times of Old England has been playing on my internal tape today.  So, I wandered through YouTube, looking for something the Ricochetti might like.  There are the usual, just cuts from an album with audio only, or audio and still photos.  But I found this unusual recording from 1984.  I’m sorry the sound level isn’t what it could be, but the video is pretty cool!

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It all started with @terichristoph and our recent discussion concerning first concert experiences. Mine occurred on August 28, 1966 when I saw the Beatles in Dodger Stadium. I was only 13, but between the screams and tears, I was breathlessly waiting for “that song.” You know the song I mean; the one song each of […]

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Today is the eleventh day of the eleventh month of 2015. Ninety-seven years ago on the eleventh minute of the eleventh hour of this date, the guns of World War I fell silent. World War I was not the bloodiest war of the twentieth century (World War II had it beat all hollow). It was […]

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A few days ago, after reading Jon Gabriel’s “You Are a Snob” post, I was reminded of a country music group that I loved listening to during my childhood and teenage years: the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band.  In the comments I remarked, “Damn, those guys were good.”  They were, and still are.  Here’s their single “Oh […]

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