Happiness and Cheer

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

The past few days have been filled with experiencing the Joy that comes with this time of year.

Last night we celebrated Music, Mind & Brain style at the Mayflower Pub in Rotherhithe, a gem of a pub with an incredible view of the Thames. For yet another American history lesson, this pub is very near to where the Pilgrims set sail for the New World, hence the name the Mayflower. According to pubs.com (and excellent source of information, right?), the Pilgrims set sail in 1620 near a pub called the Shippe, which was later rebuilt and named the Spread Eagle and Crown, and finally got its name the Mayflower in 1957.

The pub was lovely and cozy and oh so Christmasy. We had a private room upstairs, so clearly everyone brought their instruments, voices, and superior listening skills and set out to have a very merry Music Cognition Christmas.

The night opened with some beautiful Bach chorales. Then, after some food and drink, we danced and clapped to “Whiskey in the Jar.” We were pensive with guitar and electric reed organ, and then blown away by Portuguese fado.

We ended the night with a Beatles sing along and, of course, Christmas carols. Delicious food, ever flowing drinks, incredible music, a secret Santa exchange, and the obligatory sine wave jokes were the perfect finale for our first term at Goldsmiths’.


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