Happy New…

Year…2018!

Already it portends an eventful year. Book releases.  Elections.  Conflicts.  Marriages.  Arrivals and departures.  And, as always, remarkable weather.  At the moment we are experiencing an extended period of snow and cold temperatures.

The new year ushered in lots of snow and frigid temperatures here in Ontario…

Since this blog is about music and musing, let’s begin with a salute to an artist (Bruce Cockburn) who knows about a thing or two about Canadian winters…

The song can, by the way, be found on a compilation album by Cockburn titled Mummy Dust (1981).

It’s a new year…so how about a couple of “new” songs…

From Disney’s Aladdin

And from some guy named Antonin… (I think you’ll enjoy the  caffeinated conductor in this clip… maybe it’s the audience that animates him)

Antonín Dvořák‘s Symphony Number 9 in E Minor is also known as his New World Symphony.  Written in 1893, it is his most popular symphony.  The 2nd movement from the work (Largo) contains the compelling melody which gave birth to “Going Home“.

It merits a listen when you’re in a reflective mood in 2018.

Antonin Dvorak (1841-1904)

Lest our Largo leaves you a little lethargic…here’s some Chicago (circa 1970) to rouse you with a reminder that it’s “only the beginning”…

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