Last year at this time, we held out such hope that 2021 would be better than 2020, and look what we ended up with. This list is basically the same as last year’s, minus two songs that didn’t survive the year (i.e. they have since been removed) and one that referenced 2021 specifically, with three additions, one an old favorite and two that were new to me.
- Pentatonix, "New Year’s Day": This song is a few years old (I used it my first year of doing MMMM) but it’s a hopeful one about leaving the old year behind us and concerning ourselves with what’s to come. Good things, I hope.
- Charles Brown, "Bringing In A Brand New Year": Charles is ready to party in the New Year.
- Bing Crosby, "Let’s Start The New Year Right": From 1942’s Holiday Inn (hope I got that right…)
- Taylor Swift, "New Year’s Day": I like this one, despite the fact that it’s sad and depressing, but it is by the lovely Ms. Taylor, who I’ve decided is pretty good, all things considered.
- ABBA, "Happy New Year": Another perennial favorite around here, despite the fact that it, too, is kind of a downer.
- Johnny Otis Orchestra, "Happy New Year, Baby": A nice coincidence that today is (or would be) Johnny’s birthday. This is a classic from the "Godfather of Rhythm & Blues."
- Lightnin’ Hopkins, "Happy New Year": A little country blues from one of its greatest practitioners.
- Lonnie Johnson, "New Year’s Blues": Lonnie was a really talented musician who could play jazz guitar and violin (one of the first to play it in a jazz setting) and was a talented songwriter and singer who was a little chagrined that people only saw him as a blues guy…
- Connie Francis, "Happy New Year Baby": Miss Concetta certainly has it right: this is a year we won’t forget, much as we’d like to.
- Mariah Carey, "Auld Lang Syne": Not exactly Guy Lombardo, but maybe that’s not a bad thing, considering. She only goes into shriek mode briefly, toward the end.
Best wishes for a happy, safe, and prosperous new year! That’s Monday’s Music Moves Me for December 27, 2021.