The Season for Music

7 12 2011

Today was filled with activity.  Our office is extremely busy, a good thing in a stagnant economy.  Our nation commemorated the 70th anniversary of the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor which brought us into the Second World War.  Alarm clocks are never pleasant.  And neither is deception.  But we woke up and answered both the subterfuge and the larger threat decisively.

It is also the Christmas season.  Christmas, which has been set apart as the celebration of our Lord’s birth is known for many things.  Decorations.  Gifts.  Parties. Shopping.  Feasting.  Family.

And music.

As a musician, I get asked to play a fair amount of music around this time of year.  Christmas music of all kinds is a lot of fun.  The songs are generally quite well-known.  And the music itself is interesting.  From the time-honored hymns to the pop favorites, there’s something for everyone.

So this evening I got out Christmas music and began arranging it for forthcoming events.  Accompaniments for things like “The Christmas Song” and classical guitar arrangements for pieces like “Lo, How A Rose E’er Blooming” and “The Little Drummer Boy”.  Getting chops up to speed as well.

I’m partial to the older pop songs.  Songs from the World War II generation.  Like “White Christmas” by Irving Berlin, made famous by Bing Crosby.  It’s not often music is written like Berlin and his contemporaries from the Tin Pan Alley era wrote.  You find it on Broadway among other places.  So warm and colorful, full of winsome lyrics and jazz chords, especially diminished chords—the ones Beatle George Harrison called the “naughty chords.”

What is your favorite Christmas song?  Who wrote it?  And whose performance tops your list?

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7 12 2011
Rebekah Berthet

White Christmas by Bing Crosby is number one…although Rascal Flatts just covered it and I’m a fan of that as well…the three you’re playing for me top my list…thanks again! 🙂

8 12 2011
Christian Fahey

It’s a beautiful song, Bekah. And I’m delighted to play for you. You’re quite welcome!

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