Thanksgiving is over- turkey leftovers are in the fridge, Ernie put away the wooden turkey this morning, and Christmas lights are hung outside! That means....Christmas Music Time.
I had a quiet house this morning while the kids were out with Wonder Daddy (and two lessons were no-shows) so I had time to record something! The trouble with a lot of accompaniment is that it's so BORING. Broadway scores are often reduced from full orchestra to just a page full of block chords or arpeggios, plus a melody in the right hand. And Christmas songs, that were originally in hymn format? Same thing.
My favorite way to find nice accompaniments for hymns is to find piano solo arrangements, and sing over the top...and it works well with Christmas music, too! This piano arrangement is a mashup of "What Child Is This?" and Beethoven's "Moonlight Sonata." My family (siblings and spouses, plus my mom) is getting ready to provide music for some upcoming Christmas events, and this is one song I'll be performing next Saturday at my parents/sister's church building. They'll have the entire building chock-a-block full of nativity sets from around the world, pictures of Christmas, twinkling Christmas lights...and I've heard there's going to be a donkey in the parking lot. Which simply makes me giggle. We'll perform for an hour in a central room, where people can watch if they choose to, but the music will be piped all over the building.