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I'm working on some more stuff - it is a lot of fun to take a break from the more difficult pieces and play Christmas music. Not that the music is easy - I like the jazzy arrangements, and they are far from easy.

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Sam - Thank you for starting the Holiday Music thread. You saved me from the scary prospect of opening a December Piano Bar. Your recording of First Noel with Tootles was lovely and also the one from last year. Our local classical radio station played 'Walking the Dog' this morning and it made me think of your and Tootles' fun recording from the GAS themed recital.

Rickster - I loved both of your arrangements. Jazzy Jingle Bells was my favorite. Besides being just jazzy, I detected a hint of the style of playing you'd hear in an old saloon and some country music influence also.

I finally got an o.k. recording of Santa Baby. Not without mistakes, but at least not what I consider the 'train wreck' variety.

Santa Baby

I may add one or more between now and New Years. Sounds like a nice excuse to take a break from some 'stretch' pieces.


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lilyoad, that was great! Wonderful tempo and just the right naughty but nice feel to it. Yeah, Santa Baby...

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Loved it, lilypad!! Sounded like it was played by a seasoned pro, with a bit of a jazzy flair now and then. thumb

Great music to help get me in a Christmas mood! smile

Thanks for sharing!

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This is my rendition of the classic Christmas tune. I hope you like it. I transposed it down from the original key but may have gone to far - I sound like a very old man (I am an old man but not yet a very old man).

Merry Christmas!



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Hi Bill
Really enjoyed it! This gets three Christmas trees 🎄🎄🎄


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Ah, wonderful music! I love Sam and Tootles' music - it was lovely. And I always like Rick's styling - this time I'm hoping to learn something from it - it's about time I was more "at ease" with the keyboard. And lilypad! What great swing! Just "up a lazy river" perfect! And I haven't heard Bill in a long time - what a treasure. Thank you all.


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Hi Lilypad
Don’t know how I missed your great rendition of Santa Baby! It made me want to dance😊


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That was great Bill! Very mellow. Christmas has the best music of all the holidays!

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I enjoyed that, Bill! Your superb playing, and singing, has always inspired me! smile

No, you are not an old man, but I do believe your hair is a bit whiter than the last time I saw you perform... welcome to the club, my friend (the white hair club:-)!! smile

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Sam and Tootles - I love everything about this from the nifty cross-hand work to the very cool arrangement (the key change was unexpected). What a wonderful gift to make music with your wife! We always get a smile from Tootles at the conclusion of the piece. Fabulous!


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Rickster - I always enjoy your videos and feel like I know you even though we have never met in person - I love seeing the performer perform (not just the hands). You have always had a unique piano style which is a pleasure to listen to, but I will admit to being a little disappointed that you didn’t sing Have Your Self a Merry Little Christmas as you have a wonderful voice. You have that Baldwin Rocking!


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Lilypad - an excellent performance of Santa Baby - a swinging arrangement nicely played -well done.


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BillM - I'll Be Home For Christmas was lovely, with your voice adding such a nice personal touch. I remember a number of performances of yours from the Great American Songbook themed recital. 'What Are You Doing New Years Eve' would be right at home on this holiday music thread.

Sam, Rickster, BillM, jotur and dogperson - thank you for listening and your nice comments on Santa Baby. I should mention that it was not my own arrangement, but from a collection Christmas standards arranged by Mike Springer. Curiously enough, the words and music credit for the piece is listed as Joan Javits, Philip Springer and Tony Springer. I searched the internet to discover whether Mike Springer was related to the other Springers, but came up empty handed. A coincidence?


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Wexford Carol; Bring a Torch

Here are two carols, beautifully arranged by Mark Hayes. What I plan to do over this Christmas season is provide two carols apiece by various arrangers, just to give you a sampling of what's available. Enjoy!

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Originally Posted by Tim Adrianson
Wexford Carol; Bring a Torch

Here are two carols, beautifully arranged by Mark Hayes. What I plan to do over this Christmas season is provide two carols apiece by various arrangers, just to give you a sampling of what's available. Enjoy!

Beautiful playing! I enjoyed it much! Very smooth and soothing! smile

All the best, and Merry Christmas!

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Originally Posted by Tim Adrianson
Wexford Carol; Bring a Torch

Here are two carols, beautifully arranged by Mark Hayes. What I plan to do over this Christmas season is provide two carols apiece by various arrangers, just to give you a sampling of what's available. Enjoy!

Those are great Tim. And wonderfully played, as you always do!

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Tim - beautifully done - thanks for posting!


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Originally Posted by Tim Adrianson
Wexford Carol; Bring a Torch

Here are two carols, beautifully arranged by Mark Hayes. What I plan to do over this Christmas season is provide two carols apiece by various arrangers, just to give you a sampling of what's available. Enjoy!

Tim -Both carols are really beautiful. You have a talent for discovering really nice arrangements and playing them really well. 'Bring a Torch' is a favorite that I remember singing in chorus in junior high (early 1960's).


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Here's another quick one from me. Of course, it takes forever to practice even something this simple!

"What Child is This" aka Greensleeves arranged by Lee Evans from his collection "Jazz Up Your Christmas"



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