Thursday, December 31, 2015

Farewell, 2015 - and Battle of the Bands for 1.1.16

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.'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 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!!!


  1. Kim, Sorry to hear about the loss of your sweet fur-baby. Hope the New Year begins, and remains fulfilling for you.

    Okay - honestly, neither version was my tea cup choice. Then again, I don't think I've ever liked the song. Not to worry, as the Old 97's kept it moving. My vote goes to them, dear heart.

  2. Definitely, the version by the Red Hot Chili Peppers, because BAGPIPES! Which I think are totally appropriate, since "Auld Lang Syne" was written by Scotland's most famous poet, Rrrrrrobert Burrrns. Happy New Year!

  3. No competition for me! I love the bagpipes. Being that my heritage is from Scotland, the pipes are in my soul. My vote goes to the Red Hot Chili Pipers. Welcome aboard the Battle of the Bands.

  4. I like bag pipes so they get my vote-Red Hot Chili Peppers. The other one was to head banger for me. It has been a difficult year for many people who have lost a fur member of their family and it is not easy especially during the holidays. It will take time but it sounds like you little tyke had a beautiful life and was much loved. That is wonderful

  5. Bagpipes..edge to the Red Hot Chili Peppers

  6. Have to say that I didn't care much for Old 97's version. I might've liked it better if it hadn't been live. I think that sometimes people oversing when they are performing live. However, I'm not familiar with that band, so maybe that wasn't it at all.

    Like others before me, the bagpipes were well suited to this song and rollicking good fun. I was smiling and tapping my foot all the way through. Red Hot Chili Pepper get a slam dunk from me.

    AND here's to 2016. I know your loss of your fur baby. We lost two in 2014, so I think I felt very much about 2014 as you do 2015. And 2015 was better after the nightmare of 2014. So, keep your head up. Things are bound to improve!!!

  7. Happy New Year, KIM! I hope it's a great one for ya!

    I can't believe I'm voting for THE RED HOT CHILI PEPPERS, because I hate the sound of bagpipes. But I am voting for them because they had no competition here. That first band sounded like a bunch of 16-year-old boys who decided to form a band two weeks ago. If there's a real musician in the bunch, I didn't hear him.

    Yak Later...

    ~ D-FensDogG
    'Loyal American Underground'

  8. I vote for the clever name of "Red Hot Chili Pipers" and the actual piping is pretty good too. Old 97's do a fine version, but the pipes pull the song off with unique flair.

    The Pipers for me.

    Arlee Bird
    Tossing It Out