Merry Christmas Music

I am a lover of music. I often reflect on how I came to appreciate such a variety of sounds and songs. My mother and father loved to dance so they often played pop music on a record player in our home. I loved to watch them dance and they danced with me. I became familiar with 40’s swing music and 50’s doo wop. My mother loved movies so I was introduced to “White Christmas”, “Easter Parade, and “Holiday Inn” at a very early age. I had a wonderful children’s choir teacher in my little neighborhood church that taught us all the Christmas hymns and that included all the verses. My mother was a true patriot and she loved patriotic marches. She was a majorette and taught me how to twirl. I would go on to be a twirler myself with my high school band. However, to do so I had to play an instrument in concert band during the winter season. I played a flute and switched to bassoon my senior year. Yes, that meant reading a treble and a bass clef. I not only marched to an array of patriotic marches but played an enormous amount of instrumental music. My band director was a military man and a gifted composer. He was all business and made many a musician out of many a teenager. Later I would marry

into a family where everyone, and I mean everyone played a musical instrument. My husband had four other siblings; a trombone player, a flute player, and oboe player, and a clarinet player, not to mention that all the girls played piano. Steve played a baritone, his mother played piano, and his father a trumpet. And just to make it more interesting they ALL were accomplished singers. Moving forward, one sister is now with Nashville Opera. Steve has sung many an Opera with the Nashville chorus, the other two sisters taught public school music. His mom taught piano well into her seventies. I have heard many grand operas and have choreographed many an opera locally. I have learned to enjoy a host of beautiful operatic arias. I really love the sounds of the accompanying symphony orchestras. I danced sixteen years of competitive ballroom dancing and that brought a great enjoyment of salsa, mambo, samba, and bolero not to mention waltz, fox trot, and tango. Added to this list… I have spent my entire life in a dance studio. I have heard thousands of sounds and songs. I look back and I see how many people played a part, not just in my dance education, but in music education. To these people I am thankful. So, it is no wonder I enjoy sharing a few favorite ideas for your holiday listening. I like to mention some songs and music that one may not readily be familiar with just because there is such a treasury of Christmas music. Hope you will mention some of these songs to “Alexa” for your dining pleasure or perhaps listen in the car as you come and go. I introduced Handel’s “Hallelujah Chorus” to my six year old granddaughter on the way home from school this week. Just pulled it up on my phone. She loved it! So, here are a few of my favorites. Hope you will discover a new song this season.


JL


- Christmas Time is Here / Vince Guaraldi


- White Christmas / Bing Crosby


- Still, Still, Sill, (Austrian Christmas Carol) / Mormon Tabernacle Choir


- The First Noel / Josh Groban


- All I Want For Christmas Is You / Mariah Carey


- Hallelujah Chorus from” The Messiah” / G. F Handel / Mormon Tabernacle Choir


- Santa Claus Is Coming To Town / The Jackson 5

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