Who Needs Presents?

xp   It’s snowing, it’s cold, and in a lot of ways it’s frightful, but inside it’s so delightful. The tree is up, the fire is going, the wrapping paper is ready for action, and the tunes are on the box. It’s that time again.

xp5   Hell’s Bells   Carla Bley

There is so much music at Christmas, who needs presents? I am primed for old memories, new memories, friends, love, good intentions, and holiday wishes. Every song seems to go deeper. Each voice seems to sound clearer. All the notes, high, low, and in-between, harmonize with a special glow.

xp4    An Eggnog, Some Mistletoe, and You   Dave McKenna 

There’s a lot of Christmas humor, Christmas soul, Christmas blues, and every other kind of celebration going on. Bring on the choir, turn up the schmaltz, rock out, get in the groove, and get it on. Santa Claus is coming and Christmas time is here. Everybody’s feeling it and raising their voices in whatever way means the most to them.

Jingle Blues   John Hicks

xp6   Christmas Blues   Eric Reed

I like it all. The corny, the sentimental, the uplifting, the funky. Caroling with strangers and listening to the kids shout it out. Knowing the tune and, somehow, remembering the words. Melody prevails, feeling triumphs, and everything sounds good to me.

xp7   Christmas Day   Detroit Junior

No matter the style, young or old, loud or soft, rockin’ or symphonic, amateur or professional, the sentiment is the same. Peace on Earth. Get it right. Good will to all and to all a good night.

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For a blast of Christmas past, check out the December 2014, 2013, 2012 Paswonky, in the archives.

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About Ted Ringer

I am a writer, artist, and listener. Great music is everywhere and has no limits. Some of it is well-orchestrated and some is short and sweet. It can spring out of a moment of deep feeling or result from long periods of development. Music is communication, inspiration, and a million other things. This blog wants to share the wealth and keep toes tapping.
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