ABBA, the androids from Sweden whose music will survive an imminent nuclear holocaust, has arguably the most popular ‘pop’ New Years Eve song (that I can think of off the top of my noggin) with, appropriately titled “Happy New Year” (what originality!) Without grasping the irony in its seemingly cheerful lyrics, most who hum along don’t realize it’s a depressing, dark and sarcastic tribute to the impending year in question.
Hum away, if you must. Me? I can’t think of a more glorious way to ring in 2009 than with the Queen of, well, everything, and the late, great Billy Preston, side by side at the piano, elatedly serenading you and me with “Auld Lang Syne” (from David Brenner’s 1980s talk-fest “Night Life”), instilling in us the hope that, perhaps if we really try, we could swiftly suppress a most distressing 2008 and truly believe in ourselves the possibility of a most sanguine new year. Well…I said we could try!