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Album Review: Same Auld Lang Syne (single)
Anne Trenning
Cover image of the album Same Auld Lang Syne (single) by Anne Trenning
Same Auld Lang Syne (single)
Anne Trenning
2020 / Shadetree Productions
3 minutes
Review by Kathy Parsons
“Same Auld Lang Syne” is Anne Trenning’s solo piano arrangement of the late Dan Fogelberg’s iconic song about a chance meeting with an old girlfriend on Christmas Eve in 1975. Originally released in 1980, it became one of Fogelberg’s most popular songs - it’s certainly one of my favorites. Fogelberg died of pancreatic cancer in 2007 at the age of 56, so I was thrilled to learn that Anne Trenning was releasing her arrangement of the song in time for the holidays in this year of years (2020). Anne also has two videos of her arrangement available - one with a charming animated video by Caroline Palmer and one with just the cover artwork and her recording; both are available on YouTube. Be sure to watch the animated video to the end because there is a really cute video of a cat playing with a dog’s tail by the piano (I assume they are Anne’s pets).

Fogelberg’s original song was written in 4/4 time, but Anne changed it to 3/4 to create a very sweet and poignant waltz. Even without the lyrics, the emotions expressed in the song communicate clearly. Anne also included a snippet of Joni Mitchell’s “The River” at the end of the song - a very nice touch! Since “Same Auld Lang Syne” isn’t specifically a Christmas carol, it can be enjoyed all year! (If you aren’t familiar with the song, Fogelberg’s original version is still widely available on sites like YouTube and Spotify.)

The single is available from Amazon and Apple Music/iTunes as well as many streaming sites. Don’t miss it!
December 4, 2020
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