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Happy end-of-the-world solstice day!

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Well, here we are at Dec. 21, 2012. Today is the winter solstice, the shortest day of the year. But it's also, if mythology connected to the Mayan calendar is to be believed, the last day ever (which would make it even shorter, come to think). So if the world really is ending today at 6:12 a.m. Eastern Standard Time, let's go out in style: with a song.

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David Menconi has been the News & Observer's music critic since 1991. Before that, he spent five years at the Daily Camera in Boulder, Colo. He has a masters in journalism from the University of Texas and a B.A. in English from Southwestern University. You can find more of his writing here.