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Thursday, December 30, 2010

TRADITIONAL SONG OF NEW YEARS -- AULD LANG SYNE

Time counts down toward New Years Eve and the stroke of midnight
Traditionally, the song Auld Lang Syne is sung by party-goers when the clock strikes 12 midnight on New Years eve. The title words of this song roughly mean, long, long ago. Wrote in the 1700s, it became a traditional folk song in Scotland and eventually spread to many countries including the United States. 


The song contains a beautiful sentiment of friendship.


The YouTube below has a wonderful male vocalist singing Auld Lang Syne. He is not identified on the YouTube site. But nonetheless, he has a crystal clear voice and sings with his heart. The video carries the song's words against a black screen.  It only lasts five minutes but it probably will stir some emotions of times long, long ago.

HAPPY 2011 TO ALL!


adddendum: Lallofah of Mehitable Days Blog has identified the 
vocal artist as Dougie MacLean from his album Tribute. 


24 comments:

  1. Thank you for that song - I realized, seeing the words, I don't know what they all mean. I'll probably look it up.

    Happy new year to you. I hope you'll continue to find fascinating things in your neck of the wood to tell us about in words and pictures. I've enjoyed your discoveries this year.

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  2. Barbara, thank you for sharing that beautiful version of a wonderful old song. The young man singing made the song so dear to my heart. Happy New Year and thanks for being a new friend! I really appreciate you following my blog and look forward to you visiting again.

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  3. I have always loved this song. Simple, yet haunting.

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  4. What an absolutely beautiful blog!
    I look forward to following!
    A bright New Year to you and yours!
    ~Mimi
    www.thegoatborrower.blogspot.com

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  5. Barbara, I love the photo of the old clocks - how perfect is that for this post?! And it definitely brings me a wonderful memory of auld lang syne, as my Italian grandfather was a clock collector. :-)

    That YouTube video is just brilliant! I love his voice and this rendition of the song! What a shame he's not identified. I've been working on my post for tonight and am including a link to the Scottish lyrics and their English translation, as well as a new playlist of a wide variety of Auld Lang Syne recordings (from Guy Lombardo to Jimi Hendrix to one sung in Hawaiian!) But I would love to include this video - mind if I steal it? I'll give you credit for finding it first. :-) Well done!

    May 2011 bring you health, happiness, and lots of wonderful folk art finds!

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  6. P.S. Here's the info on that performer!

    As sung by Dougie MacLean on the album Tribute.

    Ol' Dougie's scored a new fan! :-)

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  7. Laloofah -- You amaze me -- how did you find the artist I featured on my post? Dougie Maclean -- I'll slip in an addendum on my post.

    Why of course you can use the video -- I'm looking forward to all the renditions that you will be posting. Guy Lombardo is an Auld Lang Syne icon in the U.S.

    Thanks for the info and nice comments. The best to you in 2011 -- barbara

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  8. Mimi -- Welcome aboard. thank you so very much for the nice comments. May 2011 be a good one of health, peace, and economic stability for all. -- barbara

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  9. Farmchick - the sun is shining in KY as I write this comment. May the Kentucky sun continue to shine on your shoulders for 2011. barbara

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  10. Mama-Bug -- I look forward to the new year following the wonderful posts created by you and others. Being a blogger brings friendships from people around the world -- how great is that. -- barbara

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  11. June -- I have so enjoyed your posts this past year. I look forward to many more that increase my knowledge of good books to read, little known world facts, and your personal reflections. All very interesting. 2011 will be a good one -- barbara

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  12. Vicki -- Continued success to you in your writing career for 2011. -- barbara

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  13. Barbara, there's a wee blurb under the video on the YouTube page by wacplayer32 that credits it. :-)

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  14. What a lovely recording of this classic. I think Robbie Burns should get a mention as the author of the words which he set to a classic folk tune for Hogmanay.
    Best wishes for all the best in 2011, Barbara!

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  15. The clock on the right in your photo is very similar to my grandmother's old kitchen clock, which now resides on the upstairs landing windowsill at the manor.

    Warm and woolly wishes for 2011! xx

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  16. barefootheart -- Hogmanay -- the Scots word for New Years Eve.

    Auld Lang Syne had two authors. James Watson wrote the original first verse and chorus in 1711 followed up with attributions from Robert Burns in 1788. Both should be attributed to composing the song that actually originated as a poem.

    Happy 2011 to all your household including the girls -- barbara

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  17. Tess -- how lucky are you to have such a lovely clock. I took the photo of the clocks in an antique store. If you look closely you might notice some price tags! Happy 2011 to you and yours -- barbara

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  18. Laloofah -- I found MacLean's credits on line and more of his wonderful music. He plays the kind of music I love -- barbara

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  19. Me too, Barbara! I've got "Perthshire Amber" and "Tribute" on my Amazon wish list now! :-) Thanks for introducing him to us through the video you shared. We played it again last night at midnight, and at the same time viewed this slideshow of New Year's celebrations around the world. The slideshow and the song finished in perfect sync! Good mojo for the new year, I hope! :-)

    Happy New Year!

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  20. Hey-oh and good morning!

    Have you seen this great new project,
    A River of Stones?
    I found it on Granny Sue's blog.
    It's a really cool, universal writing project for the month of January. (or 31 days depending when you start) The blog owner did an amazing job!
    I'm not as smart as a goat when it comes to links but I joined the project at my art blog
    www.collagepiarte.blogspot.com and if you click on the "stones" icon there it will take you to the project page.
    I think I'll have fun with it. Though it might be something you'd like!

    Have a lovely day!
    ~Mimi

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  21. Mr Birdman -- good comment -- I wish I would have thought of it! I will continue to read your posts in 2011 with utmost joy. -- barbara

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  22. Mimi -- I too noticed it on Granny Sue's blog. I gave it some thought and decided that I'll have to take a rain check for some later date. I will look forward to reading the writings of others that have signed up for River of Stones. Besides my blog I have several other major writing projects that seem to set on the back burner most of the time. They have been simmering back there for years. Some day! -- barbara

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