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A Song for the New Year

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Whew! A lot of nastiness out there these days!

At the same time, once we get through the orgy of shopping surrounding the December holidays, we are presented with what is usually the illusion of a restart, a new beginning, initiated on the day we humans have arbitrarily designated as the first day of the New Year. Of course, it does offer that opportunity but only if we choose to make it that way.

Five years ago, I wrote a song appealing for some modicum of courtesy and tolerance -- i.e. less nastiness -- my attempt to promote civility and hope in an atmosphere of increasing divisiveness, animus, acrimony, and general crankiness. Then my wife joined me in my home studio and we performed the song. It's called "Happy New Year".

I honestly don't think it's naive or asking too much to be kind, or at least respectful, to others, many of whom we disagree with. I offer this song as my holiday greeting card to the world and hope you enjoy it.

HAPPY NEW YEAR

It's a very special time of year
For family and friends holiday cheer
For those no longer with us
We shed a tear
A time to share
A time of feast
A time to care
And pray for peace
A time to give to those
Who have the least

(Chorus)
Merry Christmas
Happy Hanukkah
Peace be with us
Happy New Year

This is the time to start anew
Atheist Christian Muslim Jew
To reach within
And find the love inside of you
Discard the old seek out the new
Reject the false embrace the true
To look ahead decide
To bring out the best in you

(Chorus)
Merry Christmas
Happy Hanukkah
Peace be with us
Happy New Year

(Chorus - Japanese)
Akemashite
Omedetoo
Peace be with you
Happy New Year

(Chorus)
Merry Christmas
Happy Hanukkah
Peace be with you
Happy New Year

Let this new year finally bring peace to the world. May we discover and embrace the understanding needed to live together in genuine and lasting harmony.

"Happy New Year" © Copyright 2014 - Words and music by John Rachel
Dancing Needles Music - ASCAP (all rights reserved).

 

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Happy everything and even Christmas and a new year some major progress towards your dreams has just got to take hold of the comfortably numbed in a land of material wealth.


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Thank you John. I needed that. I really did...

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The dream is gone
I have become comfortably numb

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Since this is clearly headed toward being my least popular article here at OEN, I've decided to make it more relevant by changing the title of my song to "Trump Is The Orange Godzilla and Grabbed Mothra's P*ssy".

I'll be back in the studio today and hope to have the updated version of my holiday anthem available soon.

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He's an hoenst jerk who gonna say to his blind supporters, "see ya suckers."

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Love ❤️ it. Thanks 😊 for something civil and kind. Happy New Year John !

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And best to you and those you love, Susan.

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Bah.

Humbug.

:-)))))

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Interesting you would say that. In the extended version, the one with the 25-minute "In A Gadda Davida"-style drum solo, I have 75 Tibetan Buddhist monks chanting that very phrase. It adds some nice counterpoint to the otherwise milquetoast vibe of the song.

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Is there a link to the humbug version?

By the way, John, I love your song. After playing it through 3-4 times, I was singing it throughout the evening.

And this is not the first Christmas I've done that with your song.

So, thank you. I don't think it's your most unpopular post at all.

In fact, I've maintained our finest (and most effective) resistance would be dancing in the streets. Now, how to make the clarion call to billions?!

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