Music

A Simple Christmas Album

December 22, 2015

Track Listing:

  1. O Tannenbaum
  2. The Holly And The Ivy
  3. What Child Is This
  4. I Saw Three Ships
  5. The First Noel
  6. God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen
  7. Auld Lang Syne

When I was first studying piano, my teacher (who happened to be our next door neighbor, Aunt Marion) held a piano recital for her students. At first it was my brother, then me, and in later years my cousins joined in on clarinet or trumpet or sleigh bells or whatever instrument we were playing at the time. It was always on a weekend. It was always in the living room. It always smelled like hot spiced apple cider and cookies and cologne. Mom and Dad were there. So were Grandmom and Grandpop. The Baxters (all three boys), Aunt Marion, Uncle Wes and Uncle Nils. Aunt Irene and Uncle Tom. The Nilsens of the North came to a few of them. There were others too. It was a time for all of us to get together, make some music, laugh, and eat cookies. I went off to college, moved to New York, and the Christmas recitals eventually stopped. But this time every year, I think back to those times, and I hear the electric trains running around the Christmas tree, smell the mulled apple cider, and see the snow falling from the picture window, and I think of what a beautiful tradition it was.

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My brother Johnny at a Christmas Recital, circa 1989

This is a simple album of Christmas songs that remind me of my Aunt Marion, who taught me that music is best when it’s shared.

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