When the leaves start to turn and the nights turn chilly, it isn’t long before we begin to see the first snowfalls. When we do, the sounds of Christmas songs will soon ring throughout the land. The lights go up and Christmas music begins to play. I always enjoy songs of Christmas Piano music. It is a moment of joy and peace and serenity for me.
Hopefully you will enjoy the wonderful piano arrangements created by Don Shetterly. These were some of Don’s favorite and wonderful Christmas carols that he knew as a child. They have stuck with him to this day and are still the classic Christmas carols that are his favorites.
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Each one of these Christmas songs played on the piano come from a deep place in Don’s heart. You’ll recognize the joy and peace and serenity as you hear the notes come together in harmony.
Everyone celebrates Christmas in different ways, but music joined with all the lights of the season, make the holiday a magical time of year. Growing up in the colder climates where most of the landscape was snow covered or brown and bare, the lights came alive as they glistened in the snow.
I still remember one neighbor that would always have a line of cars for miles to see their outdoor Christmas display. As you drove by slowly in your car, you could hear the beautiful Christmas songs and music playing. It was always a highlight.
Another great memory I have is when my mom, an employee of a local nursing home, would invite a couple of the residents over for a Christmas meal. After the meal was over, I would play many of these same Christmas songs on the piano and everyone would enjoy the piano music. When it was time to take the residents of the nursing home back to their place, we would weave in and out of the city blocks looking at the beautiful Christmas lights.
There are no special effects and everything is recorded as it is played. It isn’t electronically created music from a computer, but actual playing of these wonderful songs on his Yamaha P120 keyboard. I realize I could have added all kinds of electronic effects to the music, but I believe the music stands on its own. I think it is begging for simplicity in the season of Christmas.
I take pride in how this music sounds and others only get to hear it if it touches my heart deeply.