By Dennis Hartley
(Originally posted on Digby’s Hullabaloo on December 31, 2020)
If there is one Tweet that encapsulates 2020, it’s this gem from Albert Brooks:
Saturday night! My wife and I dressed up and went into another room.
— Albert Brooks (@AlbertBrooks) March 22, 2020
Well, it’s New Year’s Eve, and I’m debating whether I should dress up and go into the kitchen…or phone a pizza. I do have my tunes picked out, so enjoy. Happy New Year!
“Time” – David Bowie – A song as timeless as Bowie himself. Time, he’s waiting in the wings/He speaks of senseless things…
“1999″ – Prince – Sadly, it’s a perennial question: “Mommy…why does everybody have a bomb?”
“1921” – The Who – Got a feeling ’21 is gonna be a good year. It has to be, Pete. It has to be.
“Time” – Oscar Brown, Jr. – A wise and soulful gem…tick, tock.
“New Year’s Day” – U2 – I know… “Great pick, Captain Obvious!” But it’s still a great song.
“Celtic New Year” – Van Morrison – Speaking of Ireland: Van the Man! If I don’t see you through the week, see you through the window…
“Year of the Cat” – Al Stewart – Great Old Grey Whistle Test TV clip. Strolling through the crowd like Peter Lorre, contemplating a crime…
“Reeling in the Years” – Steely Dan – A pop-rock classic with a killer solo by Elliot Randall.
“New Year’s Resolution” – Otis Redding & Carla Thomas – Great Stax B-side from 1968, with that unmistakable “Memphis sound”. Check out my review of the Stax music doc, Take Me to the River.
“Same Old Lang Syne” – Dan Fogelberg – OK, a nod to those who insist on waxing sentimental. A beautiful tune from the late singer-songwriter.