1. Got masel' a' dolled up tae hit the toon (NYC that is). In memory of John "Brad" Bradbury drummer with The Specials who died yesterday. Sad to lose one of yer own and I was channeling him just a few days ago as I was putting together the drum track for this more ScotSka than ScotsReggae version of Auld Lang Syne. Really it's 2 versions rolled into one and made into a video as I am getting ready to go and PARTY for Hogmanay in NYC. Everything to live for, HAPPY NEW YEAR an Lang May Yer Lum Reek.

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  2. There being no time but the present it is safe to say that the whole thing is happening NowNowNow.

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  3. Words by Robert Burns, set to music by Ludwig van Beethoven, arranged for Scottish Reggae by Mike Ogletree, performed by Anacoustic Mind.

    After the poet Robert Burns’ untimely death in 1796 his former Edinburgh publisher, George Thompson held the rights to much of the Scots Bard’s work.
    Thompson, in an effort to generate more interest for his catalogue in general and cash for his business had commissioned the composer Haydn to create musical settings for select works of Scottish poetry and song. His idea being that he would market and sell them as European versions of classic Scots songs set to music by a famous composer of the day. However, Mr. Haydn died before he could complete the project and Thompson sought the services of another famous composer, Ludwig van Beethoven. Beethoven agreed and composed settings for 25 new musical works for the publisher’s project.
    The songs, each one a gem in my humble opinion, were not that well received by Thompson who complained to Beethoven that they were too complex for what he had in mind. As a consequence they languished, forgotten somewhat in comparison to the great maestro’s illustrious catalogue of symphonies and other popular hits.
    One of them, “Farewell Bliss, Farewell Nancy”, had lyrics which were taken from the work of two different Scottish writers and blended in the following way; the 1st two verses were written by Mrs Grant of Laggan, a prominent literary figure in Edinburgh at the time, and the 3rd verse was an extract from Robert Burns’ “Ae Fond Kiss”. As was the practice of the day the song’s title was the first line of its first verse – “Farewell bliss, farewell Nancy”. In this way the potential of a musical setting penned by the great Ludwig van Beethoven for “Ae Fond Kiss”, one of Burns’ most beautiful love poems, had never been fully explored. Until now; because I have created a new and original work for your consideration. It is an 18th century mash-up, so to speak, of Robert Burns’ words set to Beethoven’s music with a Caribbean reggae soul beat. The only words used are those from “Ae Fond Kiss” sung to the music that Beethoven originally composed for the song “Farewell Bliss, Farewell Nancy”.
    And so we have “Ae Fond Kiss” - words by Robert Burns, music by Ludwig van Beethoven, beats and performance by Anacoustic Mind aka Mike Ogletree.

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  4. A seasonal song by my gr8 love Joni Mitchel. Done Scottish Reggae Style

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  5. By a lonely prison wall
    I heard a young girl calling
    Micheal they are taking you away
    For you stole Trevelyn's corn
    So the young might see the morn.
    Now a prison ship lies waiting in the bay.

    Low lie the Fields of Athenry
    Where once we watched the small free birds fly.
    Our love was on the wing we had dreams and songs to sing
    It's so lonely 'round the Fields of Athenry.

    By a lonely prison wall
    I heard a young man calling
    Nothing matters Mary when you're free,
    Against the Famine and the Crown
    I rebelled they ran me down
    Now you must raise our child with dignity.

    Low lie the Fields of Athenry
    Where once we watched the small free birds fly.
    Our love was on the wing we had dreams and songs to sing
    It's so lonely 'round the Fields of Athenry.

    By a lonely harbor wall
    She watched the last star falling
    As that prison ship sailed out against the sky
    Sure she'll wait and hope and pray
    For her love in Botany Bay
    It's so lonely 'round the Fields of Athenry.

    Low lie the Fields of Athenry
    Where once we watched the small free birds fly.
    Our love was on the wing we had dreams and songs to sing
    It's so lonely 'round the Fields of Athenry.

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