It’s New Years Day

1 01 2018

As promised, the Song to usher in 2018. It is from Bon Jovi and is entitled, New Year’s Day.

It bids us to sing Hallelujah and Sha, la, la. For those out who are still celebrating Christmas,  the birth of a Christ child and angels’ singing,  it is a reminder of the wonder and hope of Christmas as we stand in the doorway of 2018.

Someone asked me what were my plans for 2018. What were my resolutions? What did I want to do?  What were the goals? My answer was a response that on the surface might sound a bit bland.  No set number of books to read. No itinerary for travel. Nothing worth putting in granite.

Rather, my response was to have a clean white board. I am looking forward to a New Year that has nothing written on it on January 1. 2018.  Let me explain. The obvious is that I may seem like a ship with out a sense of direction. Quite the contrary.

I am acknowledging that like a ship, someone else must set the sails so the wind might fill them and other hand will steer. It is to acknowledge that the ocean on which I sail will have calm and rough seas but the One who is at the helm can negotiate and navigate the journey and my small ship will arrive safely in the harbor.. Another hand is on the wheel, to quote Carrie Underwood.

It is also to say that the ship has been unloaded of the baggage of past voyages. I know there may be some duffel bags hidden in the crevices of the hull.  A rat or two might be stowing under a loose plank in the belly of the vessel. And yes, a crate or two that were too heavy to move alone will no doubt shift on perilous seas but the old cargo will need to stay on the shore for an effective and  healthy bon voyage.

So, what not join me in this New Year as we set sail. Unload that old dirty and musty baggage. Sing,  “Hallelujah”. Say, ” Amen”. Sing, ” Sha, la, la.” Sing and live Carpe’ Diem!! It’s New Year’s Day.

The tide is right, the winds are picking up and the Captain is on board. Time to cast off and set sail!!






Another One Bites the Dust

1 01 2018

It seems a song to ring out the Old Year and herald the New has always worked for me. One of the old and all time favorites goes, ” Fast away the old year passes, …Hail the new, ye lads and lassies, with the required number of fa, la la’s…”

This year I chose another one. Well, June and I chose one at dinner last evening. It comes from perhaps one of the greatest bands, ever …and one of the most iconic lead singers,  Freddie Mercury. The band?  Queen from the 70’s and 80’s. The title? ” Another One Bites the Dust.

I suppose the choice is a hint to my age and perhaps the reality of one day’ biting the dust’ as what  seems like the machine gun rapid fire of years comes from open doorways. If that doesn’t make sense, listen to the lyrics.

The bass line and the drum beat calls us into a swagger as we walk down the dusty street of life until falling face down into the dust from which we came and to which we will return.  But until then, we stride on into another year like Freddie Mercury  crosses the stage and another one bites the dust! Take that, calendar!!

Now in my case, the bass line is at 60 beats a minute. Oops, that’s the pacemaker! Still a beat that strides on.

So, sing out the old. Fa, La, La, la if you choose. For me, I hear the beat of the drum and the rhythm of the bass calling us from 2017. Can you hear it? Can you feel it?

Boom, Boom, Boom, another one bites the dust, and another one’s gone, and another one’s gone, another one bites the dust… and as the lead singer calls to us,

” Come on, let’s go!!”

Check out the next blog for the 2018 Introit!