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Andy, these are really two very nice additions to the burgeoning storehouse of Christmas arrangements. "Suzy Snowflake" was especially nostalgic -- haven't heard that one since I was a kid, but now that you posted it, I remember it vividly at Christmastime from the early to mid '50's. I've never heard "Snowfall" before, but Keveren provided a beautiful arrangement. Thanks for sharing this!
The arrangement of Suzy Snowflake I played can be found in the Hal Leonard publication, "Santa's Greatest Hits," and says that the arrangement is copyright 1951 by Chappell & Co. Here is a little something about Suzy Snowflake from Wikipedia:
Went with my daughter yesterday, a cold, gray, midwestern winter afternoon, to "The Fabulous Fox" theater in St. Lou to see the musical Wicked. (Her Christmas present. Phenomenal production. Not the point of this story...)
We arrived a little early, before they opened the "house," and in the huge lobby area, heard happy, seasonal theater organ music surrounding us like a warm blanket. While I was taking in all of the ornateness of the room, I spotted the old guy at the organ, on the third level. I pointed him out to my daughter. We started to hear some tinkly chimes, and then, she was the first to catch it-- "Dad!," she said, "He's playing Suzy Snowflake!" And he was!
The organ in the lobby is a Wurlitzer theater organ that was built sometime in the late 1920s for a theater in East St. Louis, and moved and refurbished when the Fox was renovated in the 80s. There is a little sitting area on the third level (2nd mezzanine?) where the organ is situated, so you can watch the guy play. I didn't take very good notes from the stanchion by the organ, (the organist's name was "Jim... something" (sorry!)) but the organ is a two manual deal with 11 ranks, plus a variety of sound effects, like kettle drums! Jim played quite a rendition of "Eye of the Tiger," too!
Andy, I watched at least part of the videos and found them very inferior to the renditions you played on the ML. I am continually amazed at the charm and depth of your performances, especially of pieces such as these. I don't always comment on your recordings, but I always listen to them! Thanks for posting!
How *did* I know that if the title was Suzy Snowflake the pianist was Cinnamonbear? This was a real treat, just delightfully played. You have such a great touch for this - playful, with great phrasing. I love listening to your renditions because it informs the way I attempt to play pieces from the same era. Thanks so much for posting this.
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