Happy Hogmanay – listening to BBC Radio Scotland Live!
It's almost midnight in Scotland.
I am listening live to BBC Radio Scotland, as they count down the minutes.
minutes ago when I tuned in, they were playing Elvis Presley, followed
by Dolly Parton's “9 to 5″…. then there was Tom Jones…
Now they are going live to Edinburgh….
A pipe major plays the bagpipes.
There is a countdown…. 10, 9, 8, 7, 6, 5, 4, 3, 2, 1….
Then everybody sings a song – what is it??
It's not Auld Lang Syne!?!?!
It's some song about Happy New Year!
The hosts come back and ramble on like New Year's hosts do…
They pop a champagne cork.
Now I hear accordion music… sounds like a polka – no it's not.
It's some song about Caledonia…
I've never heard it before.
“Come in, come in…here's my hand…”
Oh – it's Andy Stewart… whoever he is…
Now they thank Radio Scotland listeners from around the world.
here's a song I recognize. “I Would Walk 500 Miles” by the
Proclaimers. This reminds me of the 2003 GHFC dinner when my
musician buddies Pat Coventon and pd wohl played their own version with
a “Eat Haggis” bridge, and words about Toddish McWong.
Happy New Year everybody!!!!