Happy New Year!

So this is it, almost at least – I can’t believe we’ve made it through another year! Between the blog, listening to music and going to concerts, 2018 feels it has been my busiest year on the music front to date.

I’ll admit that apart from giving me lots of joy, music provides a welcome distraction from the challenges life can throw at you. I’ve no doubt it can have that magic effect on other folks as well. And that’s a good thing!

Unlike Christmas, it appears there’s a much smaller selection of decent rock and pop songs celebrating the new year. The first that came to my mind in this context are New Year’s Day by U2 and 1999 by Prince. While I like the U2 tune, it doesn’t have much of a celebratory feel to it. According to Songfacts, the lyrics are about Solidarity, a Polish trade union co-founded in 1983 by labor activist and future president of Poland Lech Wałęsa. I also dig the groovy Prince tune, but the lyrics two thousand zero zero party over, oops, out of time aren’t particularly uplifting either!

And while there’s certainly a lot of shit going on in this country and elsewhere in the world one could think about, I felt like posting a happy party song. Then good ole George Thorogood & The Destroyers came to the rescue with New Year’s Eve Party. Now, that’s what I’m talking about! I dig the soul vibe of the tune, which was written by Thorogood and apparently included on a Christmas classic rock compilation from 1983. Again, Christmas, but who cares, the song is definitely about the new year!

Last but not least, I’d like to take another moment to thank all readers of the blog. I always enjoy spotting visitors and reading comments, so please keep doing that.

Cheers and hope you all have a Healthy, Happy and Safe New Year!

Christian

Sources: Wikipedia, Songfacts, YouTube

6 thoughts on “Happy New Year!”

    1. Yep, The Rolling Stones at MetLife Stadium in June! Charlie Watts is going to be 78 by then – keeping fingers crossed!

      Also a Neil Young tribute show in January where the band recreates his 1993 MTV Unplugged concert. I’m friends with the guy doing Neil. He’s really talented, as are the other musicians he’s playing with – should be fun!

      I’m also weighing to see John Mellencamp again. This time it would be in late February at the beautiful Beacon Theatre in New York City!

      Last but not least, I’m watching Paul McCartney’s website for additional U.S. dates. So far all currently scheduled gigs wouldn’t be feasible without major travel, so hope they’ll book additional dates at venues that are closer to NJ!😀

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      1. I’m hoping for the best. It’s only going to be my second time to see the Stones after 2005/2006. For that show I went all the way to Hershey, Pa., a 2.5-hour drive with an overnight stay, but it was absolutely worth it! By comparison, MetLife is about 45-60 minutes from my house – piece of cake!

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      2. I’ve seen them three times but not since 1995. I keep hoping they will add something nearby- I wouldn’t mind seeing them one more time.

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  1. Happy New Year to you as well Christian! I’ve really enjoyed getting to know you through your blog and our “comment conversations”! Thanks for all the encouragement this past year – looking forward to a great new music year!

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