When my workplace held its winter concert back in December of 2019, none of us knew it might well be the last of its kind (certainly for a long time, at least).
As I mentioned in a previous post in this series, the annual winter concert was always the hardest one of our quarterly shows for me to come up with a song idea for, as it tends to be filled with holiday-oriented music (we even have a group of carolers that rehearse together and perform each year at this event).
For this past year’s show, it dawned on me that I actually had a tune of my own that could fit the bill. “New Year’s Eve” seemed an appropriate enough selection for the winter holidays, and I managed to put together a new group to perform it. None of us in the quartet had ever played together before (in fact, the saxophonist and upright bassist were completely new to the “music scene” at our workplace despite both being accomplished players), which added some novelty to the proceedings.
The song is about – while in the midst of heartache – looking ahead hopefully on the brink of a new calendar year and relishing the sense of possibility a fresh start can bring. Seems appropriate right about now.
Like a couple of the other songs featured in this series (“Like the Government” and “Everything is Temporary”) “New Year’s Eve” originally appeared on the album I released in December 1996 (at 24, half my age ago!) entitled Sanity Check and Other Loves Songs. As mentioned before, you have until this Friday, October 9th, to request a free copy of the physical CD if you would like one. Just write to me at the address found on the About page of the blog. Digital versions can be found on most of the popular streaming services.
Here’s to better times ahead for us all. Hope you’ve enjoyed this series, and hope you enjoy “New Year’s Eve”: