Christmas song arrangements

I’m excited about going to see Patty Griffin tonight at The Sugar Club!

This week I’ve been writing some arrangements of Christmas songs, prompted by one of my students, Chloe, asking to learn Winter Wonderland. I played it to her yesterday and began to teach it to her. I had three students not show up on Monday (ugh…), so I finished it then. Another reminder that I need to draw up a set of ‘rules’ for when I return to teaching next year.

Then yesterday I sat down and did an arrangement of Gabriel’s Message, a beautiful haunting melody that I performed at carol services in Edinburgh and Dublin ten-plus years ago. Sting (whose version I had heard back then) re-recorded it for his beautiful ‘Winter’s Night’ album a few years ago. I dug out an arrangement of Once In Royal David’s City last night, too, that I made in 2000. I’m definitely going to record them all and I’d like to also self-publish the sheet music. I’ll have to check with the publishers of Winter Wonderland if I do that, but I think it’s a good arrangement that amateur pianists with a penchant for jazzy harmonies will enjoy 🙂

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