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Christmas Music Update

Posted by yopasjim on Tuesday, January 27, 2015

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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:

  • Joy to the World
  • Silent Night
  • First Noel
  • Good King Wenceslas
  • Joyful Joyful We Adore Thee
  • Deck the Halls
  • God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen
  • We Three Kings
  • Hark the Herald Angels Sing
  • Jingle Bells
  • O Come All Ye Faithful
  • Away in a Manger

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):

  • O Christmas Tree
  • Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer
  • Frosty the Snowman
  • Twelve Days of Christmas
  • Silver Bells (Mom’s favorite)
  • We Wish You A Merry Christmas
  • The Holly and the Ivy
  • Go, Tell It On The Mountain
  • Angels From the Realms of Glory
  • It Came Upon A Midnight Clear
  • Holly Jolly Christmas
  • O Little Town of Bethlehem
  • White Christmas
  • Christmas Times A Comin'
  • Beautiful Star of Bethlehem

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


4 comments on “Christmas Music Update”

RB4picker Says:
Saturday, January 31, 2015 @8:23:37 PM

Don't forget about "Christmas Time's a' Coming".

Wyozark Says:
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

yopasjim Says:
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.

Nashvillebanjo22 Says:
Tuesday, August 18, 2015 @12:52:05 PM

Here is a awesome Christmas book and CD it was just released by Hal Leonard I got it great
Christmas book and CD.

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