Tuesday, December 23, 2008

A Holiday Favorite...

Happy Holidays to you all and I hope you enjoy your time with friends and family in the coming weeks. This can be a stressful time of year for some, but nothing eases the pain of shoveling snow, fighting long lines at the stores or getting towed, like seeing live music with your friends and neighbors.

Every year at this time we have to endure horrible Christmas music whether it be on the radio or in the malls. It's inescapable at times and downright nauseating; especially the 'modern country' versions. (Carrie Underwood, I'm looking at you here!)

There is one record among thousands of Christmas records that stands the test of time and instantly reminds me of home, family and falling snow; Vince Guaraldi's 1965 album, 'A Charlie Brown Christmas.'

I could go on for hours about Vince's touch on the piano but it's better to hear it than talk about it. Here is his trio's take on a holiday standard, 'Greensleeves.'

This record is a classic and if you don't have it, I'd suggest hunting down an older copy before the remastered version from 2006. In the remastering process the warm 'hiss' of the original was removed and sparked a bit of controversy with fans.

Safe travels friends.

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