Auld Lang Syne Around the World
After yesterday’s post it was brought to my attention that ALS is not just big band like Guy Lombardo. Since the song is based on a Scottish poem, it makes sense that it would be done in a Scottish style. That got me to thinking… How many different styles could this song have? How diverse could musicians do this music? The answer was staggering. I offer for your listening pleasure, Auld Lang Syne from around the world.
The first version is from the Scottish Folk group, Cast. You will also find this version on the Sex in the City soundtrack.
Could it be a true Scottish song if you couldn’t find a version set to bagpipes and drums. Here is the Caledonian Pipes and Drums doing Auld Lang Syne.
If you find yourself in Melbourne, Australia, drive 250 km, north by northwest, through the town of Bendigo. Take the Wimmera highway and you will at some point come to the little town of Emu Creek. Hang around a little while and you might get the pleasure of an impromtu concert by the Emu Creek Brush Band.
In Japan it is customary for stores to play Auld Lang Syne as their closing time music, ushering out customers with a fond farewell.
Turn the clock back 41 years. The date – December 31, 1969. The place – the Legendary Fillmore and the last New Years Eve celebration of the Sixties. In a year that brought us Woodstock and The Who’s rock opera ‘Tommy’. The Rolling Stones came face to face with the Hell’s Angels at the Altamont Speedway. And a young black man from Seattle wows fans around the world showing off his revolutionary skill with the electric guitar. Here’s Hendrix and the Band of Gypsies playing the New Years Eve show with legendary rock promoter Bill Graham introducing the new decade.
Jimi Hendrix would not see another New Years.
“Cheers to a new year and another chance for us to get it right.” ~Oprah Winfrey