Friday, December 23, 2011

Music and Christmas

I love Christmas music, especially the songs about Jesus, shepherds, wise men, and silent and holy nights.  I admit that when the Christmas music is played on the radio stations in November, I listen to that station.  There's something magical, emotional and nostalgic that comes from music.   
I found an old hymn book that was used many years ago while my children and I were taking piano lessons.  Our teacher was an octogenarian named Dott Lowder.  She was tiny, single, talented and very patient.  We loved her.  She deserves a post all to herself so I'll save that for later.   This book is a real treasure.  She always fingered the songs we played.  She felt that we needed to learn the hymns well enough to play for church and she liked to add a little something extra to make them more elaborate.  You'll notice on Silent Night she has written G G.  Those are the "chimes" and they need to be played with a light staccato.

You'll impress those listening unless you lose your place after playing the "chimes".  Believe me, I know. You'll also want to be sure the song is written in the same key or your chimes will sound awful! Believe me, I know.

Music can calm a troubled heart and a fussy baby.  The Corbanator knows how to entertain Baby Neil with his own rendition of Jingle Bells.

Take a lesson from Corban; if you forget the words, be sure to back up and sing faster to get over the part where you made a blunder, then end with a flourish.  Your audience will love it!
Enjoy some Christmas music today and if you decide to play Silent Night for your family, be sure to add the chimes.   (You're welcome for the music lesson)   


Cherie said...

That little piano teacher sounds like a cutie with alot of talent and love for kids.

I am with you - I listen to the all Christmas station starting in November too - I love Christmas music!

Merry Christmas Connie :-D

Barbaloot said...

Christmas music is one of the best parts of the season!!

So many of my favorite memories of Christmas are tied to the songs. I'll try your chimes out next time I play Silent Night:)

Valerie said...

I'm running back and forth between the computer and the the time I get to the piano, I can't remember what notes I'm supposed to be playing. :) I guess I'll give up and go wrap some presents. :)
Corban sounds like a pro to me!

Merry Christmas to you and your family! Have a wonderful weekend.

J. said...

He's a mini-MoTab in the making :). So cute.

Nana said...

That was adorable!!!!!!!!!!!!
Merry Christmas.

Garden of Egan said...

Oh my goodness! That is funny! That book is priceless. What a treasure to have it!

I think I would like to have a post about how you know about awful sounding chimes.....really.

It looks like the Corbin8r is a ton of fun!

Also sounds like you are busy this month making new little grand babies too!

Have a very Merry Christmas!

The Paper Mulberry - Glenda Steel said...

Corban is brilliant from now on I will take his lead!!! Wishing you the very Merriest of Christmas wishes and joy, health and happiness for the New Year - Glenda xxx

Joanie said...

I am so thrilled to be listening to my Christmas music. Yesterday I thought of you when I heard Neil Diamond sing!
Happy that both of my son-in-laws like the Xmas tunes also.
Corban is a cutie.
Merry Christmas to you and your precious family.

Mikki said...

Me too! I love Christmas music and always tune into the Christmas stations this time of year. Nothing else gets played in the car.

Hope you're enjoying a beautiful Christmas Connie!

Grandma Honey said...

Gotta love Corban !!!! :)

Grumpy Grateful Mom said...

That was such a cute video. I loved Corban's big ending! His audience seemed to like it too. :) I'm not quite ready to be done listening to Christmas music this year.

Kerin said...

Cute video!!

Hope you had a very Merry Christmas.
Sending you well wishes for a happy new year! Hope it's the best!

Julie Harward said...

I feel the same way about music..I live and breath it all day everyday but Christmas music is the truly does get to the heart. I wish all music came with finger numbers, then I could play. Happy New Year to you! ;D

karen said...

I just love it when I find a piece of music that was a bit forgotten about. So nice to reconnect. Loved the video - those two little boys will be great friends one day.