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The Inspiration of Charlie Brown Christmas Jazz

We all have our preferences for the season, and they may involve family rituals, important religious dates, and winter solstice with ancient traditions. We are living in crazy times and sometimes we just need to unplug the computer and cell phone and take a pause.

This is supposed to be a season of peace and joy. Maybe we can experience this even if for a few moments with music.

Music can be one of the most inspiring experiences. We choose what music inspires us the most, then listen to it in a way that hopefully opens our hearts and moves our soul. When we listen intently to every note, with headphones (and eyes closed) rather than as background music, we can experience the music and let it take us away on a mini-vacation, an escape from other content that we are bombarded with (or let ourselves be bombarded with). Or maybe we choose to listen and watch at the same time, so we enjoy live or recorded live performances on YouTube.

Christmas is the most celebrated holiday in the world although there are many others. For me, the inspiration for certain music during this season is my preference. One album in particular - the soundtrack for A Charlie Brown Christmas - is one of my favorite jazz and Christmas albums. The pianist captured the intent of inspiration from the Charles Schultz movie, using a trio with bass and percussion to create a traditional jazz structure applied to both original and traditional Christmas songs.

The movie was produced in 1965, and is described in Wikipedia
In this special, Charlie Brown finds himself depressed despite the onset of the cheerful holiday season. Lucy suggests he direct a neighborhood Christmas play, but his best efforts are ignored and mocked by his peers. After Linus tells Charlie Brown about the true meaning of Christmas, Charlie Brown cheers up, and the Peanuts gang unites to celebrate the Christmas season. "

I plan to watch the movie since I love the soundtrack, and to add more inspiring music to my Christmas season playlist. 

Peace and blessings to you and your family during this season.
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- David Brown
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The Linus and Lucy song is my favorite, and you will recognize it if you use the link below to sample the album on Amazon or stream it elsewhere.

If you have an Amazon account you can listen to excerpts from the album >

An article published December 2 2020


discusses  the history of this album.
Released in December 1965, Bay Area pianist and composer Vince Guaraldi’s soundtrack to Charles Schulz's iconic Peanuts special A Charlie Brown Christmas is among the most beloved holiday albums of all time, now certified Triple Plantinum with sales of over three million copies. The session was voted into the GRAMMY Hall of Fame in 2007 and was added to the Library of Congress’ National Recording Registry’s list of “culturally, historically, or aesthetically important” American recordings."
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