IT’S THAT TIME AGAIN
On the strike of midnight on the 30th November the Christmas music starts on the radio, and Classic FM in particular will now be thrumming with carols until the 7th January 2019. It starts in the shops a deal earlier, of course. It’s like spotting the first cuckoo of spring, isn’t it, only easier. A friend saw her first Christmas display in a supermarket this September. I can well believe it: I played at a music festival in Devon one particularly sweltering September and was greeted on arrival by a sweating Santa. The whole place was thick with tinsel, balloons and baubles, the menu was - Yule have guessed - and the three days I stayed were dubbed Christmas Eve, Christmas Day and New Years Eve.
I suppose this is all very jolly for complete Christmas fanatics, even if it bears little resemblance to the event it was originally meant to commemorate. But if you prefer to hear seasonal music of a different sort, then I’ve picked out a few lesser known pieces for your delectation. So settle back in your seat by a crackling log fire, cocoa in hand, and click on each of these for some December music...
First of all, a very lovely number from the 1997 Disney movie “Anastasia” called Once Upon a December. A little waif has been brought in to impersonate the missing princess Anastasia - but what the evil-doers don’t realise is that she is Anastasia!
Now for a bit of snowy music. Debussy hit the winter jackpot twice, once with this slightly ominous ‘Footprints in the Snow’ and also with Snowflakes are Dancing. Originally a piano solo, it’s been given an exciting twist by the late great Japanese synthesiser virtuoso, Tomita.
George Winston is a name which is new to me. Maybe (as he’s a multi-million selling pianist) I’ve led a sheltered life, here in the Forest? I’m rather taken with his album. ‘December’, complete with its snowy forest scenes, which you can hear/see in its entirety here. Very relaxing!
Are you now thinking “It’s all just too relaxing”? If so, here’s a couple of tracks to liven things up and get you on your dancing feet. The first is that well-known song by Earth Wind and Fire, entitled of course ‘December’. Then last, and most recent, a number by Taylor Swift called ‘Back to December’. And with that I’d better get back to work...