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A #NewYearSongOfTheDay

For the first time ever I’ve been posting songs for the New Year on Twitter and the Facebook page for my blog (if you haven’t ‘liked’ the page yet the link is to the right – go on, you know you want to!). I began on Boxing Day and brought the sequence to an end today with a double, so there were eight in total. This is the full collection – I hope you enjoy them.

The approach of the New Year can be a positive time, when we look forward to what it may bring us, and can also be a time for reflection on the year that is drawing to a close. Both of these moods are represented in my choices. I began with a really positive, upbeat song: I don’t know much about the duo who go by the name of A Great Big World, but anyone who can create a song and video like this gets a thumbs up from me:

For the 27th I went for a long-time favourite song of mine. To me, this is the perfect song to match the mood of looking back, coupled with hope for the future. Counting Crows have long been a favourite band of mine too, since their first album way back in 1992. This song is from their second album, Recovering The Satellites, and includes what is probably Courtney Cox’s best acting performance ever (even better than when she danced with Bruce Springsteen 😉):

It was back to the upbeat and hopeful for the 28th. Semisonic were one of those bands who never got the success I felt they deserved. Their album Feeling Strangely Fine was a little gem, and produced three hit singles in the UK, of which this wasn’t one (!):

Alternating the mood again for the 29th I went for another of my long-time favourite singers and songs. This is from Kate Rusby’s first (of four) albums of Christmas and seasonal songs, Sweet Bells, but is not an original of hers. There are several attributions, including the one erroneously (and lazily) given by the guy who posted this video, but the generally accepted version is that the song was written in 1891 by Will Godwin and Leo Dryden. Dryden sang it in music hall performances and recorded it in 1898. It was also recorded by Peter Dawson (‘Australia’s first man of song’ in case you didn’t know – so not Rolf Harris, then). Dawson’s version is taken a little faster, which I find totally unsuited to what is actually a heart-breaking song from the perspective of a young man looking back at year end, and dreaming of home and family. I think Kate Rusby does it far more justice – this is beautiful:

I marked Sunday 30th with another reflective piece. There is no need for an introduction to Van The Man – like everything he does, this simply oozes class, style and laid-back coolness:

The song which I imagine most people associate with New Year’s Eve is Auld Lang Syne. There are countless versions of this, but none are quite as lovely as the one by Mindy Smith. If you’ve been keeping up with my seasonal music posts you’ll know that I featured Mindy on Christmas Eve – you can find her song here if you missed it. For the video to accompany her version of Auld Lang Syne she asked fans to send her photos of those they loved or had lost, or maybe both. The resulting collage is absolutely wonderful, and is made even better by the number of heartfelt comments from people whose photos were featured. This really does capture the end of year reflective mood so very well:

For today, I marked the New Year with two choices. The first is well-known and an obvious choice: it wasn’t that imagination had deserted me, just that I happen to like it! To begin with, then, here are ABBA:

And to round things off for this time, another selection from the incomparable Mary Chapin Carpenter. She also featured in my Christmas songs collection, on Christmas Day itself, and you can find her by following the link in the paragraph above about Mindy Smith. There is a video of MCC performing this song live, in which she explains the background to the song: it is based on a real life meeting, which she noted down and turned into the most beautiful song. I’m giving you the ‘official’ video from her record company, which is slightly clearer than the live version. As she says,

‘We dwell on possibility on New Year’s Day’

I only had a week to share these New Year songs and could have chosen many more. My YouTube playlist now comprises around 40 songs and can be found here if you’d like to see more.

Having said that I’d finished I’m going to cheat a little now, and add in a bonus just for you: this one wasn’t shared on Twitter or Facebook. One of my earliest childhood memories of New Year’s Day was the televised concert of Strauss family music from Vienna, which my Mum loved and we watched with her, along with the ski jumping from Garmisch-Partenkirchen which followed it. These were both rare treats in the late 1950s/early 1960s, before wall to wall TV took over. The closing delight of the concert was always the final encore, the Radetzky March, during which the conductor would turn to the audience and conduct their hand-clapping. This has always seemed to me to be the epitome of the joy and hopefulness that the start of a new year can bring, so I’ll leave you with this one from a few years ago, during which Daniel Barenboim does eventually keep up with tradition:

I hope that 2019 brings you all that you wish for. Happy New Year!

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  1. January 10, 2019 at 2:48 pm

    Happy new year Clive dear.<3

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  2. January 7, 2019 at 5:45 pm

    Thanks Clive for a great selection…

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  3. January 7, 2019 at 3:16 pm

    Excellent selection of songs, Clive. Happy 2019!

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    • January 7, 2019 at 3:20 pm

      Thank you, and for following. Tbh I thought you already were! Happy New Year to you too 😊

      Liked by 1 person

      • January 8, 2019 at 12:04 am

        Funny you mentioned the follow because I thought I was, as well. I’ve had a few instances like this and also, I’ve seen duplicates show up in my followed sites. 🤔

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      • January 8, 2019 at 12:18 am

        I know I’m following you so at least it was working one way! Must be WordPress’ way of checking that we’re paying attention 😉

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  4. January 2, 2019 at 9:33 pm

    A great way to mark the occasion Clive.
    Like Diane(STLF) I’ll need to listen on the ‘big desktop machine’ with the sound up – not here in my armchair on my iPad.

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    • January 2, 2019 at 10:04 pm

      Glad you like them, Cathy, and I hope you get the chance to listen on the big machine! My desktop failed a couple of years ago and I haven’t missed it: a MacBook Air and iPad with good headphones do the job for me 😊

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  5. January 2, 2019 at 10:11 am

    Terrific and eclectic line up of songs, Clive. You remind me I need to listen to more music in my daily life!

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    • January 2, 2019 at 10:17 am

      Glad you like them, Molly. Plenty more where those came from in my Christmas and Solstice songs posts, if you’re looking for more ways to brighten your day. We can never have too much music in our lives 😊

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      • January 2, 2019 at 10:30 am

        I am trying to decide whether to rejoin an a capella singing group. It is such a commitment but they sing such beautiful music – modern choral composers, like Erik Whitacre. Are you familiar with that genre?

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      • January 2, 2019 at 10:43 am

        I’m not familiar with that, sorry. I have no musical talent whatsoever so I prefer to listen! Do you follow Gael’s blog Talkin’ To Myself? If not, it’s at muellermusings.com – she sings and has posted a number of videos of their performances. They are lovely, and should encourage you to follow your heart on this.

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  6. January 1, 2019 at 9:53 pm

    Happiness & Health to you in 2019!

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    • January 2, 2019 at 9:17 am

      Thank you Cindy, I wish you the same 😊

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  7. January 1, 2019 at 7:17 pm

    I like this collection, but don’t want to listen to it until I’m alone here, and can crank the speakers to the max! Thanks for this Clive, great way to begin 2019!

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    • January 1, 2019 at 7:20 pm

      I hope you enjoy them when you get the chance to listen. There are a couple there at least that need to be heard at the max!

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