Auld Lang Syne is a Scottish poem written by Robert Burns in 1788. It is strongly elegiac in content, expressing sorrow and mourning for that which is lost and irrecoverably past. A rough and idiomatic translation to the English would be . . . “long, long ago.”
Set to music, it is one of, if not the most maudlin and thought-provoking artistic expressions of our late December Holiday tradition.
Played most frequently just before the New Year, it is a piece nearly guaranteed to bring a misty eye to even the most hardened among us. A remembering of people–and days long gone.
And so this day, Apropos of Nothing will follow another annual tradition of long standing, and remember a short list of celebrities now moved on. Those who entertained us with their talent, and made the world, for the brief time that they were here–just a little bit better place.
There are many more than can be covered here–each deserving in their own right. The following only represents those who came to my mind, for whatever reason.
I guess you could say they were important to me. They probably are to you as well.
Richard Attenborough (1923-2014)
English actor, and master of the stage and screen.
Lauren Bacall (1924-2014)
A beauty queen and a ton of talent to go along with it.
Sid Caesar (1922-2014)
A funnyman. From the days when they were actually funny.
Joe Cocker (1944-2014)
Singer and Songwriter. And yes Joe–You are so Beautiful.
James Garner (1928-2014)
Comfortable. A perfect fit. Like an old shoe.
Maya Angelou (1928-2014)
Author and Poet. And pure genius.
Jeb Rebhorn (1948-2014)
A character actor’s character actor.
Joan Rivers (1933-2014)
The Queen of mean. And of laughter.
Mickey Rooney (1920-2014)
Little man. Big, big talent.
Maximilian Schell (1930-2014)
Best Actor (1961) Judgment at Nuremburg.
Meshach Taylor (1947-2914)
Television funnyman. Talented.
Shirley Temple (1928-2014)
Ralph Waite (1928-2014)
John Walton. Forever. Simple as that.
Eli Wallach (1915-2014)
The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly. And dozens more.
Robin Williams (1951-2014)
Actor, Comedian, Maniac. Loved forever.
Thanks for the memories, and thanks for touching our hearts. We love you all. And the ones not mentioned here as well.
Second star to the right–and straight on till morning. No goodbyes Robin.
We’ll be seeing you again . . . in the Sweet By-and-By.
May you never be forgotten. And days of Auld Lang Syne.
Thanks for reading. Merry Christmas . . . and goodnight.