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A holiday
for memories,
for hopes,
... and for music.

I'm Steve Ember, and today we bring you music for the New Year.

In the United States and other countries, this old
Scottish song, Auld Lang Syne is played when a new year begins. The song is about remembering old friends.

New Year's is a holiday for
memories and for hopes.  The past and the future come together at midnight. Not surprisingly, emotions are as much a part of New Year's Eve as noisemakers and fireworks. After all, a traditional way to welcome the New Year is to kiss the person you love.

Old Lang Syne
lends its name to a modern song about a man and a woman who once were lovers. One day, a week before New Year's, they meet again by chance.

Met my old lover in the grocery store
The snow was falling Christmas Eve
I stole behind her in the frozen foods
And I touched her on the sleeve

She didn't recognize the face at first
But then her eyes flew open wide
She went to hug me
And she spilled her purse
And we laughed until we cried.

Encontré a mi antigua novia en el almacén
Estaba nevando y era Nochebuena
Me oculté tras los productos congelados
Y la toqué en su manga.

Al principio no reconoció mi cara
Pero luego abrió enormes sus ojos
Iba a abrazarme
Cuando su cartera se vació al caerse
Y nos reimos hasta llorar.

The singer is Dan Fogelberg and the song is called Same Old Lang Syne.

Music and emotions
go hand in hand. Songs can make us feel the heartbreak of a lost love, or the excitement of finding a new love. Songs can also capture the pain of a wish that a person knows will never come true. Here is James Blunt with You're Beautiful.

My life is brilliant
My love is pure
I saw an angel
Of that I'm sure
She smiled at me on the subway
She was with another man
But I won't lose no sleep on that
'Cause I've got a plan

You're beautiful. You're beautiful
You're beautiful, it's true
I saw your face in a crowded place
And I don't know what to do
'Cause I'll never be with you

Mi vida es brillante
Mi amor es puro
Vi un ángel
De eso estoy seguro
Ella me sonrió en el subte
Estaba con otro hombre
Pero no dejaré de dormir por eso
Porque tengo mis planes

Eres hermosa. Eres hermosa
Eres hermosa, es cierto
Vi tu cara en un lugar repleto de gente
Y no sé que hacer
Porque nunca te perteneceré

From New Year's Day, we turn to A New Day. That was the name of Celine Dion's music and dance show at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas, Nevada. The show's run ended two months before the start of a worldwide tour for a new album by the Canadian singer. We leave you with Celine Dion and a song that some of you will probably sing along with. From the 1997 movie Titanic, here is My Heart Will Go On.

Near, far, wherever you are
I believe that the heart does go on
Once more you open the door
And you're here in my heart
My heart will go on and on

Love can touch just one time
And last for a lifetime
And never let go till we're gone

Love was when I loved you
One true time I hold to
In my life we'll always go on

Cerca, lejos, donde sea que estés
Creo que el corazón sigue adelante
Una vez más abres la puerta
Y estás aqui en mi corazón
Mi corazon seguirá adelante

El amor puede llamarte sólo una vez
Y perdurar toda una vida
Y jamás abandonarte hasta el final

Amor fue cuando te amé
Un tiempo sincero al cual me aferro
En mi vida siempre seguiremos adelante

Wishing you a happy New Year from all of us, I'm Steve Ember.

Once more you open the door
And you're here in my heart
My heart will go on and on ...
Una vez más abres la puerta
Y estás aqui en mi corazón
Mi corazon seguirá adelante ...

Source: VOA - Voice of America

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