On New Year’s Eve, OF wishes you a great 2013 with the words of Chinese poet Li Po: “Joy should reflect the season.”
Among the flowers a drink of wine.
I sit alone without a friend.
So I invite the moon,
Then see my shadow, make us three.
The moon can’t know how to drink,
Since just my shadow drinks with me.
The moon brought shadow along
To keep me silent company.
Joy should reflect the season.
I sing. That makes the Moon reel.
Get up. Make my shadow sway.
While I’m here let’s celebrate.
When I’m drunk each seek the Way,
Tie ourselves to Eternal Journeys,
Swear to meet again in the Milky Way.
— Li Po (Li Bai, 701-762 - legend has it that he drowned after falling from his boat when he tried to embrace the reflection of the moon in the Yangtze River…)
Banjo Bill Peck- Auld Lang Syne
Happy 2013, NYC old time, bluegrass, country and roots music fans! It’s an extraordinary time for these types of music in the Northeast. Lots of young bands experimenting, lots of master musicians who call the region home, and lots of great bands visiting the city’s venues. Get out there and see some live music in the New Year!
And, make 2013 the year you learn to play the banjo, mandolin, fiddle, harmonica, guitar, or to sing by signing up for classes at Jalopy. Make it a resolution!
R Crumb Woody Guthrie
“This song is Copyrighted in U.S., under Seal of Copyright # 154085, for a period of 28 years, and anybody caught singin it without our permission, will be mighty good friends of ourn, cause we don’t give a dern. Publish it. Write it. Sing it. Swing to it. Yodel it. We wrote it, that’s all we wanted to do.” Woody Guthrie
Music and mirth indeed. Holy Crap!!!!
Don’t forget to dance….
1905 Gibson F2 Mandolin - Serial #4892