Friday Playlist: Beginnings And Ends

December 27, 2018
Friday Playlist: Beginnings And Ends

Welcome to this week’s edition of Friday Playlist where members of the Times-Tribune staff submit their music picks base on a theme. This week’s theme is base around the New Year… it’s Hello, Goodbye - Songs about beginnings and ends. Enjoy: R.E.M. - It’s the End of the World As We Know It (And I Feel Fine) Joe Healey I made a valid attempt in college to learn all the stream of conscious, pop-culture  lyrics. “The other night I drifted off, continental drift divide. Mountains sit in a line, Leonard Bernstein. Leonid Brezhnev, Lenny Bruce and Lester Bangs, birthday party, cheesecake, jellybean, boom.” A cool track in the tradition of Bob Dylan’s “Subterranean Homesick Blues” Smog (Bill Callahan) - I Was A Stranger Ted Baird “In the last town You should have seen what I was If I was a stranger I was worse than a stranger I was well-known” Scrawl - 11:59 It’s January Ted Baird I couldn’t resist also submitting this as it’s one of the few New Year’s song I actually know. A great American indie rock track from Simple Machines Records compilation “Working Holiday” in 1994. Simple Machines had a seven inch record club and every month it sent out new release with 2 bands doing songs based on the season. pretty cool. The Beatles - Hello, Goodbye Rebecca Kivak One of my favorite Beatles songs, this optimistic and catchy tune acknowledges the end of a relationship marked by opposing viewpoints while being hopeful as to whatever comes next. The dB’s - Change With the Changing Times John Cole An under-the-radar ditty from NC’s dB’s about change, fashion, tastes and ambition. The The - This is the day Ed Pikulski It’s a melancholy song about realizing you’re closer to the end than you are to the beginning. Maybe a bit too sad for some, but I like the reflection. Ella Fitzgerald - Begin the Beguine Pat McKenna Always loved the tune. Composed by Cole Porter while on a cruise around French Polynesia. Harry Nilsson - Gotta get up Jim  Haggerty Nilsson rarely got home before dawn, if the lore is true, but at least he maintained plans for the next day. Semisonic - Closing Time Caitlin Heaney West It’s a bittersweet song, but one perfect for the last call that is New Year’s Eve. The Zombies - This Will Be Our Year Patrice Wilding “The warmth of your love Is like the warmth of the sun; And this will be our year, Took a long time to come.” I played this song on the drive home from the hospital with my newborn son last year (and cried my eyeballs out all along), but it’s so beautifully hopeful and thankful, I think many people can find their own meaning in it. B.B. King - Auld Lang Syne Jim Lockwood Auld Lang Syne tends to be a somber sad song, which is appropriate for reflecting on another year gone. But blues guitar king B.B. King delivers a buoyant, upbeat instrumental version - with great horns - that triumphantly closes out the old year.

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