Monday, December 31, 2012

Lesson 206 (Part 2): Auld Lang Syne

Here is the a cappella group Straight No Chaser performing the song from my video.

The group began at Indiana University in 1996.  They rose to fame with their version of the 12 Days of Christmas.  The youtube video at the following link has been viewed over 15 million times.  Check it out here:

For 12 Days of Christmas click here

For your lessons today---vocabulary and terminology:

  1. auld lang syne:  literal translation from a 1788 Scots poem--"old long since", now commonly thought of as "days gone by."
  2. 12 Days of Christmas:  They BEGIN on Christmas Day and continue through January 5th.  Many people think they are the dates prior to Christmas.
  3. a cappella:  Many recognize this as "singing without accompaniment" which is correct.  Cappella means chapel in Italian.  Therefore the phrase a cappella is translated to "in the manner of the chapel."
  4. straight no chaser:  you will probably find out the real meaning of this phrase tonight--just study it too hard---you don't want to enter the new year with a headache.
Take a cup of kindness tonight, My Friends.
See you in 2013.

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