Did you ever wonder about the meaning behind the traditional New Year’s Eve song “Auld Lang Syne”?
One of my favorite renditions of the traditional song is a version by The Hotel Café. It features a myriad of voices and holds for me just the right amount of nostalgia and melancholy to look back on the old along with a twinge of hope to enter into the new. While the music itself has always stirred a bit of emotion for me, I never quite knew what the lyrics actually meant.
As it turns out, the lyrics of "Auld Lang Syne" originate in Scotland with a poem written by Robert Burns in 1788. The poem invites us to reflect on the past and look to the future as we walk together, raising a cup both for remembrance and hope.
In the same way, God invites us throughout Scripture to remember, “I will call to mind the deeds of the Lord; I will remember your wonders of old” (Psalm 77:11), as well as to look forward: “See I am doing a new thing!” (Isaiah 43:19). So in the spirit of remembrance and hope, we have assembled a year-in-review podcast to revisit some of the voices we heard on our podcast this past year. Just like The Hotel Cafe’s multi-voiced version of "Auld Lang Syne," we’re delighted by the variety of voices we’ve heard in 2019 and eager to hear more in the new year. Here’s a sampling of some of those voices as we reflect on days gone by and enter into the new together. Cheers!
— Caroline Triscik
You can also listen to the full-length podcasts with each of the featured guests:
Other links mentioned in this year-end review podcast: