SINGLE REVIEW: Auld Lang Syne Again (with 2020 Vision) by Bernie Pickett

Bernie Pickett’s new single Auld Lang Syne Again (with 2020 Vision) has an incredibly rich and diverting background. Originally intended as part of an album Songs from the Bottom Drawer, the track has endured the strains and tribulations of this COVID era. After a long hiatus, Bernie Pickett returned to the music industry intending to record an album with his friend, Dave Regan, at Pearl Shell Studio in Broome, WA, under the guidance of acclaimed musician, producer and Yawuru Elder, Alan Pigram (The Pigram Brothers, Kasey Chambers). After nearly a year of preparation, Dave suddenly fell ill and passed away. But the concept once again found wings, resulting in the album, Songs from the Bottom Drawer. With the crisis now seemingly easing in Australia, thoughts on how to reinvent this promotion and digital launch led to a new recording driven by Bernie, and two other heavily featured musicians on the album, James Gillard (who also produced the song), and Pete Stone. As Bernie has said about the process of creating Auld Lang Syne Again (with 2020 Vision): ‘I reworked an old piano recording of Pete’s that Dave had given him many years earlier, and with the idea of trying to have clear 2020 vision from all the things we’ve seen in the year 2020, the song was written.’ Bernie has worked with an illustrious team of musicians on this track, including producer, bassist, keyboard player and backing vocalist James Gillard (Mondo Rock, Mental As Anything), guitarist Sam Hawksley (John Farnham, Wendy Matthews, Richard Clapton, Vanessa Amorosi, and Adam Brand), drummer Steve Fearnley (John Williamson, Kasey Chambers, Jenny Morris, Shane Nicholson), ARIA Award-winning vocalist Shanley Del, and pianist and vocalist Pete Stone. Produced by James Gillard, this heart-warming contemporary country-rock track utilises strong melodies and a succinct lyric to reinterpret the essence of the quintessential celebratory folk song, Auld Lang Syne, imbuing it with all the eternal charm of the original. Auld Lang Syne Again (with 2020 Vision) will undoubtedly connect with audiences everywhere, the soulful performances reflecting these testing times and affirming the power of music to act as a protective entity and launching pad for renewal.

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