Tonight is Burns Night, a celebration of Scotland’s National Poet, Robert Burns. Though he died in 1796, his work is still recited and sung by the everyday people of Scotland, over 220 years later. Now that’s a legacy!
Here I share two Burns songs on zither, “Ye Banks and Braes” and the original tune of “Auld Lang Syne.”
They are not happy tunes, and the lyrics of “Ye Banks and Braes” lament a false love. However, that one is my favorite Burns melody. While I didn’t like the original tune of “Auld Lang Syne” the first time I heard it, it has grown on me now, and I enjoyed arranging it for zither.
“The Wassail Song” is an old English Christmas carol. But it’s fun, and I like the New Year’s blessings, so I sing it today, with ukulele. Enjoy, and have a blessed, happy, and God-guided 2020 and beyond! ❤
You probably know this classic song, and maybe you’ve found yourself singing it on New Year’s Eve or perhaps at a Burns Night celebration. It’s a little melancholy/nostalgic, and I can never remember the words. But it was about the 4th or 5th song I learned to play when I began taking music lessons just after I turned 10. Here I play it on zither, and you can feel free to sing along if you like!
May this New Year’s Eve ring in a blessed and happy 2020 for you and all those your life touches–always!
My song today is a zither arrangement of a carol you probably know, just not by its original name. The 1924 lyrics are still under copyright, so I don’t sing them here. However, the tune we know as “Ding Dong Merrily on High” was first published in 1588 under the title “Brane de l’Official.” Here I call it “Christmas Dance” to make things simpler!
Please enjoy this arrangement, and your holiday celebrations, or daily celebrations for that matter!
“Silent Night (Stille Nacht, Heilige Nacht)” was originally written in German in the 1820’s. It has been translated into many languages and was sung at the same time in German, French, and English during World War I. Here it is in Irish Gaelic, with lyrics linked below for those brave enough to try them!
Wishing all of you a blessed and beautiful Christmas Eve!
These are the traditional blessings said or sung on the first night of Chanukah. I sing them here with ukulele and send blessings to all my Jewish brothers and sisters and to all who see the Chanukah lights!