This week’s featured LP came a little late, being that Christmas was 17 days ago, but bear with me; I didn’t have my laptop for a couple of months, so some of my content will be appearing a couple weeks late.
If you’ve ever seen the Charlie Brown Christmas Special on CBS, you have certainly heard some of this music even if you’re not familiar with the album itself. The Vince Guaraldi Trio is a jazz-bossa nova fusion band who are most famous for this LP in particular, and what fascinates me about it is that it is mostly original Christmas music and a few reinterpretations of classics like “Fur Elise” and “Greensleeves.”
Guaraldi himself has tons of solo music, but I personally have only heard this LP (I’ll get around to his other stuff soon). Aside from your typical Christmas carols (“Jingle Bells,” “Sleigh Ride,” “Let it Snow”), this album contains primarily instrumentals with a sprinkle of children’s choirs.
I was introduced to this music as a young child, being that this was some of my parent’s Christmas music as well. My favorite (and perhaps the most popular) song is “Linus And Lucy.” No vocals, just an energetic, dance-worthy tune with infectious piano riffs from Guaraldi himself. Other stand-outs include “Christmas Time is Here,” and “Hark The Herald Angels Sing.”
Whoever is familiar with this music knows just how iconic it is. And if you haven’t heard the music or even watched the special, I highly recommend it, especially if you want some different Christmas music around the holiday season. Spin A Charlie Brown Christmas below via Spotify: