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Happy New Year!

Happy New Year!

As we walk, rock and or roll into 2020, a bit of music never hurt anyone and many songs have been written about the event. From old favorites to new these songs help us reflect on the year gone by and bring hope for the year ahead. I'll keep this short post brief and get right to the music!

So we of course need to start with the oldest New Year song, a tradition since the late 1700's in Scotland. The legendary Poet Robert Burns transcribed words he said he heard from an old man. It's an amalgam of old poems and folk songs put to the tune of yet another old folk song which is listed on the Roud Folk Song Index as number 6294 out of over 25,000 songs.

"Auld Lang Syne" is roughly translated into several meanings, according to Wikipedia "into standard English as "old long since" or, more idiomatically, "long long ago", "days gone by", or "old times". Consequently, "For auld lang syne", as it appea…

Christmas and Holiday Songs

The most covered Christmas Carols and Holiday Songs



Most people love them, some loathe them and the rest perhaps are somewhat indifferent. Wherever you sit on the spectrum, this music is unavoidable at this time of year. From the traditional carol to the old favorites and the new there is never a shortage of choice and escaping it takes a lot of effort. So if you want to read a story about Christmas and Holiday Songs, I've got you covered. 😉

Just the numbers, for the most covered songs of all time according to Secondhandsongs.com we see 8 out of the top 10 are Christmas carols or songs.

Silent Night, 2758 versionsSummertime, 1898 versionsWhite Christmas, 1555 versionsSilent Night, 1454 versionsOh, Holy Night, 1442 versionsHave Yourself a Merry Little Christmas, 1414The Christmas Song (Merry Christmas to You), 1320 versionsA New Northern Dittye of the Lady Greene Sleeves, 1299 versionsWinter Wonderland, 1092 versionsJingle Bells, 1076 versions "Yesterday" the top covered…

Artists that Sing Covers = Not as talented

Artists that Sing Cover Songs are not as talented (as those who don't).

Ok hold your hand up if this is what you believe. Ok good, only a few of you did but you few are apparently not alone. The more research I do the more I run across some misinformed or misguided sentiment that if you 'only' cover a song(s) you are somehow not as talented. And some are wondering if perhaps there is some truth in this, the short answer is NO! The longer explanation is a bit more complicated. First, different genres have different 'feelings' for lack of a better term about who writes, who sings and who plays. But songwriters come from all over the music map, and making music is a lot more than just about the writers. With the odd exception as ...

once in a century you get a Bob Dylan
He can play several musical instruments, he can write songs like few others and he can sing. This Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductees list of accolades include a Pulitzer Prize special citation, 10 Gr…