Every Friday night we smooth our way into the weekend with music, the universal language. These selections demonstrate that despite what is being passed off as art today, there is plenty of really good music available. Come along and enjoy.
Maybe you haven’t exactly been in the Christmas spirit. A week ago we had temperatures that were a lot warmer than many days around here in April and even May.
Snow has been a no show.
But we now have wind chills and snow in the forecast. Got that spirit now?
You should, even if we’d were without frigid conditions and snow accumulations.
It’s December everybody!
Tonight, wake up folks. It’s upon us, and actually has been for a bit.
THE CHRISTMAS SEASON!
And we’ve got just the right music.
Christmas would not be Christmas without the Boston Pops, conducted here by John Williams.
From “Home Alone”…
Yes, you can find the orchestra doing “Home Alone” on the Keith Lockhart CD pictured above. Don’t have it in your collection? Go get it. You’ll love it. This ain’t no hippo for Christmas junk.
Next up, one you often heard on Christmas radio in the past but not so much thus far in 2017 and I’m not sure why. It’s a Christmas classic by a loving husband and wife team that sounded phenomenal together.
I repeat. This week we’re all about the Christmas spirit.
And to quote many a high school cheerleader…
We’ve got spirit, yes we do
We’ve got spirit, how about you?
Steve and Eydie were special and always great to watch and listen to. Kids today who weren’t around to see those great singers from the 60’s missed a lot.
Did we mention it’s Christmas.
We turn things over to trumpet/flugelhorn player Rick Braun.
Having a Christmas party? This CD is perfect background music.
It took the rock group Chicago 25 albums but they finally released a Christmas version in 1998.
One of the tracks is a famous Vince Guaraldi piano-based composition that first appeared in the 1965 TV special A Charlie Brown Christmas. Jazz wasn’t typically used in a children’s , but in this case, the music and story appealed to kids and adults alike.
Using jazz in a children’s special was very unusual, but it was a brilliant choice, helping the special appeal to both kids and adults.
The producer of the special, Lee Mendelson wrote the words to this song while sitting at his kitchen table. It took him all of 10 minutes.
Here, Chicago’s Robert Lamm does the vocal.
Time now for an original Christmas song Wayne Newton performed on his 1990 Christmas album. And since it’s 1990 you’ll notice a vast vocal difference from his Danke Schoen recording.
Just a nice, easy seasonal offering.
That’s it for this week.
Have a great weekend.
Hope we’ve put you in the Christmas mood.
We close with the great band leader Glenn Miller who boarded a plane from the United Kingdom to Paris 10 days before Christmas Day, 1944. The plane disappeared and has never been found.
The orchestra bearing his name still tours and performs today.