I must be in the mood!!!
Today’s song is Auld Lang Syne. I just asked my husband, I said, “What the heck does lang syne mean, anyway?” And he said he thinks “auld lang syne” means days of yore. Awesome. What?
I looked it up.
The music and lyrics of Auld Lang Syne were first published in Scotland in 1787. In Scotland, this song is traditionally sung on Burns Night, held on January 25th, to commemorate the life and times of poet and author Robert Burns. He was known as “the Bard” of Scotland.
The words “we’ll take a cup of kindness yet” refer to sharing a drink between men and women in love and friendship. “Auld lang syne” means the oldest best times, such as your fondest memories. This makes it very fitting for a New Year’s Eve dance or party.
So I’ve worked out an arrangement for soprano uke, based on what was available in a more simple format over the internet. Lately, I’ve been putting the starting chord in brackets in my arrangements, because one of the problems I have with a song with no Intro is I can’t find the notes to start on before we hit that main chord on the third or fourth word. Putting a starting chord in brackets will ensure that you don’t assume the song is in that Key. It’s just to help you get started, if you don’t feel like vamping on the main chord of the Key or doing no chording.
See? It’s optional!!