In the very odd case that you have yet to be convinced that The Ill-Tempered Klavier is the best non-rap record ever to contain the word Ill, I submit today’s Song of the Day as evidence and hope you will be persuaded.
“New Year” is the sort of song I can’t help but listen to over and over again and I usually end up imagining a future movie in which it will be the soundtrack to a montage of a middle-aged guy cleaning his house, watering his plants, hugging his kids, finishing his long toiled-over first novel, baking a pie, dancing in the rain, delivering a newborn calf, beating Apollo Creed in a foot race, and most likely joining an inner-city chorus line as fireworks erupt and people in a hundred countries across the globe spontaneously break into song, hold hands, and offer to buy each other a coke. Just listen to it, you’ll see.
Pete Peterson is the author of the Revolutionary War adventure The Fiddler’s Gun and its sequel Fiddler’s Green. Among the many strange things he’s been in life are the following: U.S Marine air traffic controller, television editor, art teacher and boatwright at the Florida Sheriffs Boys Ranch, and progenitor of the mysterious Budge-Nuzzard. He lives in Nashville with his wife, Jennifer, where he's the Executive Director of the Rabbit Room and Managing Editor of Rabbit Room Press.