Thursday, November 11, 2010

Journal - Christmas!

Okay, now that I got that unpleasantness off my chest, maybe I can write about something nicer.

November is here already! Last year at this time, we already had a lot of snow on the ground, and it stayed there all winter. This year, we have had the most beautiful fall. Just two days ago it was almost 80 degrees. Today was a bit colder, and it sounds like winter is finally on its way, but I sure can’t complain about the fall we’ve had here in Nebraska.

Now that November is here, that means my favorite time of year is right around the corner. Christmas! I just couldn’t help myself, I started practicing some Christmas music on November 2. Joni and I will probably have the family over sometime in December, like we did last year, and I want to play my sax again. I’ve already downloaded three or four new songs and have been trying to decide what to play this year.

I have a really challenging version of “Let It Snow”. It’s a nice jazzy version in the style of Michael Buble. That’s pronounced boo-blay, not bubble. I actually got that song last year but I ended up not using it. I also have a nice rendition of “Silver Bells” in the style of sax player Sam Levine. I wasn’t sure about that one, but after I played it, I liked it a lot. I really want to try playing “Sleigh Ride” this year, but that song is extremely difficult because it’s very fast, and it changes keys a lot. That one will take a lot of work. I also came across a very beautiful song called “Breath of Heaven, Mary’s Song.” That was written and performed by Amy Grant, one of my favorite Christmas artists. It’s one of those rare songs that has beautiful music, and beautiful words. I think I’ll post the lyrics here tomorrow. I also got a copy of Mariah Carey’s “All I want for Christmas Is You”, another challenging song that moves along quickly.

So I have my work cut out for me, but as always, I am very excited about it. I have always enjoyed playing Christmas music more than any other kind. I’ve been practicing in the afternoons, while Joni does her cleaning. She has already begun her nook and cranny holiday cleaning of the house. Now we just need to decide what to feed everyone. I was thinking of getting several boxes of cereal and having kind of a breakfast cereal buffet. I wonder if everyone would mind that. We’ll have to think about that.


  1. Yay, I'm psyched that you're going to entertain us again this year! I was hoping you would! Can't wait! Oh, about the breakfast cereal idea, I'm not really liking that idea! :) LOL