Same Old Love It or Hate It Song

I sometimes tune in to shortwave radio in the early morning. One of my favorites is Radio New Zealand because they often surprise me.

This morning, among the “psychedelic exotica and space jazz,” they played Dan Fogelberg’s “Same Old Lang Syne.” It has become a love-it-or-hate-it holiday staple here in the US, and hearing it in August felt way out of time.

I dropped a nickel into the internet search jukebox and found this interesting article by the Chicago Tribune’s Christopher Borrelli. After hundreds of plays when I was a middle-of-the-road radio host and a few thousand plays walking the aisles of any grocery store near the holidays, how did I miss the connection to the 1812 Overture?

Dan Fogelberg (AP/Joel Bernstein)

Thought In Memory Of Thomas Brown

The whole purpose of the universe is unerringly aimed at one thing – you.

Walt Whitman