We need more New Year's songs

December 28, 2016

It seems there are millions of Christmas songs, but only a handful of songs for New Year celebrations.

That needs to be remedied.

Some of the songs that appear to be about New Year's Eve, or New Year's Day, are really about something else entirely. U2's New Year's Day? That's about the Solidarity Movement in Poland in the early 80s.

There's Guy Lombardo's "Auld Lang Syne," but that really doesn't speak to me as much as it may have to my parents or grandparents. In other words, yawn.

Well how about Another Auld Lang Syne by Dan Fogelburg? That one actually takes place on Christmas Eve, and is about drinking beer in a car. And spilling your purse in the grocery store. Not an uplifting song about the possibilities of the new year.

The Eagles "Funky New Year" is pretty lackluster, and not at all funky.

The Bottle Rockets have a song called Brand New Year, which is frankly depressing. Here's how it starts: "Brand new year, same old trouble, stroke of midnight won't change a thing."

George Harrison released a song back in the day called "Ding Dong Ding Dong," which is about the holiday. It doesn't really say much except "ding dong," but the video is pretty coo, in a weird sort of way. It also features a bunch of special guests, including Gary Wright, Ringo Starr, Jim Keltner, Alvin Lee, Ron Wood and Mick Jones.

Hope your new year is great, even though there are really no good songs to guide you through the transition.