Christmas Song Update
January 27, 2015
I was reading one of the Banjo Hangout forums posts regarding playing for nursing homes/retirement/assisted living facilities. The main point of the poster was that when he/she first went to play, many of the residents did not know the songs that were being played. The poster realized that in order to engage the residents he would need to play songs they were familiar with…when they were younger. That made sense. Then I realized that Christmas songs rarely change over the years – with the exception of new releases.
I say all this because I want to build my collection of Christmas songs so I can share them with others. For example, playing background music for company parties, visiting elderly care facilitates, maybe a little busking or playing as my family rings bells for the Salvation Army.
These are the Christmas songs I am currently playing:
The ones in purple are the ones I know and play without tabs. The rest I can play – but still rely on following tabs.
This is a list of songs I would like to begin learning this year - (Non-exhaustive list):
This will give me directions as I work on this throughout the year. Thank you!
Rev. James Merillat, Senior Pastor
West Valley Missionary Church
11107 Wide Hollow Road
Yakima, WA 98908
Saturday, January 31, 2015 @8:23:37 PM
Don't forget about "Christmas Time's a' Coming".
Sunday, February 1, 2015 @5:06:02 PM
It's a good list. Anyone who has celebrated Christmas in the past 80 years or so should recognize about every song. One of my favorite songs that has a "country" feel is Beautiful Star of Bethlehem, which may be why it has been recorded by several bluegrass/country artists. It was written in a barn.... often the stories and people behind the hymns and gospel songs are very interesting.
I also am working on a list of songs I sort of know and ones I want to learn. Given how long it takes me to learn a song or tune, I probably should start on learning a few Christmas songs next month...~ Wyozark
Monday, February 2, 2015 @7:36:35 AM
Thank you David and Michael! I have added both of those songs to my learn list! Today I made a play list for my Mp3 player so when I do my walking I can listen to these songs.
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