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31 December 2017

We never like to end the year without wishing you the best in the one to come. And while we're at it, we strike up the band for another rendition of Auld Lange Syne.

This year's version is performed by the U.S. Marine Corps Band so you can sing along uninterrupted by any crooner. If you need the words, see our Auld Lang Syne, My Friend! from 2013, which features our contemporary translation of Robert Burns' classic.

The slide show, however, is not Marines. That's Judy's Band, back by popular demand (should old acquaintance be forgot?), to accompany the music.

We found this year's audio at the Internet Archive. Like every other cultural treasure in the country, it needs your help. As Brewster Kahle, founder, put it in his annual appeal, "For 21 years, we've backed up the Web, so if government data or entire newspapers disappear, we can say: We Got This."

Worthy causes abound, of course. So we like to highlight an especially worthy one at the end of the year.

But wouldn't it be nice if every American paid a small fee every year dedicated to the arts. It might be collected as part of our federal taxes and administered by an organization called, let's see, the National Endowment for the Arts.

But any organization that serves the arts (like Photo Corners itself) would be eligible for a crumb from that pie. And you'd no longer have to tolerate pledge drives and annual appeals from hundreds of worthy causes.

Ah, that would require more than a cup of kindness, we suspect.

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