Saturday, December 31, 2011

Auld Lang Syne

It's a time of year when people all over the world join in singing Auld Lang Syne, a song Scottish poet Robert Burns wrote and adapted from an even older piece of music. Here's a fine version of it with Emily Smith taking the lead vocal, supported by Jamie McClennan and her own band members as well as members of the band Breabach. Smith, an award winning singer and songwriter, is from the area in the southwest of Scotland where Robert Burns made his home.




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Thursday, December 29, 2011

at the turning of the year: music and change

The turning of the years is often a time of change, a time of looking forward and looking back, a time for forgiveness, for beginning anew. The sort of music we meet here along the music road speaks of all these things, at times. Here are several snow in cambridge copyright kerry dexteralbums which make good companions for such reflection.

In the songs on her album Before & After, Carrie Newcomer invites consideration of the joy and hardship of change, and the mysteries involved with it

Tommy Sands knows a good bit about change as it plays out through politics, and through the movements of history. Take a listen to how he puts this into song on Arising from the Troubles

The gifts of winter and longing for spring are both part of the landscape Jennifer Cutting and her fellow musicians in the Ocean Orchestra explore through their music on Song of Solstice

Legend and myth, the natural world, and how those resonate with the courage it takes to risk change are part of what Cathie Ryan considers through the songs she covers and the songs she writes for her album The Farthest Wave

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Friday, December 31, 2010

New Year's Eve

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Wishing you all good things at the turning of the year.
May each of us share the light and light each other’s ways as we walk through the year ahead -- and may we all share in the music, as well.


Thank you for walking the music road with me, and for being part of a community of readers which circles the world, from New Zealand to Chile, from Thailand to Romania, from Hawaii to Tucson to San Marcos and Austin, to Eden Prairie, Minnesota, to Ann Arbor, Michigan, to Tallahassee, Florida, to Bloomington, Indiana, to Medford, Massachusetts, up through Halifax, Sydney, and St. John’s in the Maritimes, over to Calgary on the western plains, across the wide ocean to Stornoway in the Western Isles, Aberdeen, Dundee, and Perth in Scotland’s east, all through the central belt from Edinburgh to Glasgow, to Norway, Denmark, Germany, the Netherlands, and over to Ireland, from Waterford to Cork to Kerry to Limerick to Galway to Sligo to Donegal to Tyrone and through Derry, Belfast, Armagh, Down, Louth, Meath, and Dublin.

You’ll know, perhaps, that here along the music road I often write reflections on creative practice with ideas for music to accompany them, as well as writing on music and musicians. At this turning of the year, here is a look back at several of my favorite reflections, and yours, from the year that’s turning.

here are two from the winter holidays
listening to Christmas: Shannon Heaton, Cathie Ryan, Mary Black, Hanneke Cassel
third week in Advent: connection

and three from earlier this year
patrick season: music and mist
trust and music
music and focus

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