Julia Morgan's original drawings for our Clubhouse, Courtesy of Cal Poly Archives

DECEMBER 2015 TIMES GONE BY by Christy Noble

December 17, 2015 11:45 AM | Linda Wilson (Administrator)

Here it is.  The answer to the question of what on Earth does “Auld Lang Syne” actually mean?

The confusion over the song is almost as much of a tradition as the song itself. The title of the Scottish tune translates to “times gone by” and is about remembering friends from the past and not letting them be forgotten.

Despite the strong association with New Year’s Eve, it was never the intent of the writer Robert Burns, in 1700, for it to be a holiday song.  Guy Lombardo is responsible for bringing the song into the popular mainstream in 1929.  His band used it as a bridge between two live radio programs at the Roosevelt Hotel in New York.  It was just a coincidence that they played Auld Lang Syne just after the clock struck midnight and a New Year’s tradition was born!

A schoolyard interpretation instructs us similarly to, “Make new friends, but keep the old.  One is silver and the other is gold.” So as we approach another new year remember the wealth that we all have in each other. We continue to make new friends and new memories, but never forget the value of a dear, old friendships.

Wishing you peace, joy, good fortune, and good health.

Happy New Year, my friends!

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