I thought the blog needed a new look (or at least some new colors) for the New Year, so here we are. I picked dusk colors because I love that time right before sunset slips into the darkness of night. And since it's winter and the nights are longer, I've been seeing these colors a lot lately. Whatcha think?
So tell me HOW is that we're only a few hours away from 2016? I don't really know how we got here, and this fast, but honestly? I won't even be sorry to see 2015 go. Sure, it wasn't the worst of years. It was very good in the usual ways that I don't want to seem ungrateful for - we have our health, we are all currently employed. All that was made even better by the extra good fortune that fell into my lap: I own my home now, I launched ReInVintaged Goods - and have even made a few sales!, I fell in love with music again thanks to Ghost's latest, and the Foo Fighters have closed out the year with a free download of their latest EP, right on the front page of their website.
But the bad? Oh, my. I spent half the year gripped by worry over how I would make this home ownership thing happen. We lost so much incredible talent this year. An alarmingly high number of Facebook friends lost furry loved ones. As for me? The night before Christmas Eve, we lost Mini, our beloved Chihuahua puppy girl. I still haven't even been able to write anything about her, because she was another child to me, and we had her for almost 14 years. It's been a week now, and I can't tell if we are getting used to the loss yet or not (the holidays have us all discombobulated anyway). And I don't know whether to be thankful we said goodbye before this new year starts, so that we didn't start 2016 out on such a heartbreaking note.
So....here's to 2016. May it be better than 2015 in every way. I need a do-over, and I'm sure I'm not the only one.
To start things on the blog off on the right note, here is my submission for Battle of the Bands. (I really will get a better pitch together for it here at some point, but this post....is not that point. If you're interested - and you totally should be! - just follow the link to Stephen's site to learn how to participate!). It's that old New Year's classic, Auld Lang Syne.
What I need you to do, if you are so inclined, is to listen to both versions of the song (video-watching is totally optional), then in the comments, vote for your favorite. Or least disliked. Whichever applies. If you like, you can also tell me why you voted the way you did.
First up, a rollicking, twangy cover by Texas's Old 97s. This is a LONG video, but the Auld Lang Syne portion of it starts at 6:42. It's not the worst quality, but not the best. I think you can probably get a good feel for their sound from it.Now, for a little something different....a bagpipes? Yes, bagpipes! Here's "Auld Land Syne" from Scotland's Red Hot Chilli Pipers.
I'm hoping to have a close competition, because I have to say I absolutely LOVE both of these versions and can not choose one. I currently do not plan on voting, so I am hoping that it's not close enough to be a tie. I don't want to have to vote and break it.
HAPPY NEW YEAR, y'all!!!