- Holidays and Celebrations
My Christmas = A Charlie Brown Christmas & the Original Soundtrack by Vince Guaraldi
Charlie Brown Christmas music has always been the best loved holiday music in my home; both as a child and as an adult. Little did I know how talented Mr.Guaraldi was. Had I paused to think, it should have been clear that the artist and art was something special. The piano, bass, and drums are simple but beautiful trio for the Charlie Brown soundtrack. Vince Guaraldi is quoted as saying,
"I don't think I'm a great piano player, but I would like to have people like me, to play pretty tunes and reach the audience. And I hope some of those tunes will become standards. I want to write standards, not just hits."
Clearly, he has reached myself as well as many others. His music has become the Holiday Season standards. This season, for a perfect holiday atmosphere, play the soundtrack from Peanuts.
Vince Guaraldi was born in 1928. He began performing in college and worked hard at his craft. In the 1950’s he was busy with performing, studio sessions, and making albums. In the early 60’s he won a gold record and a grammy. In 1965, he composed and performed the choral Eucharist at San Francisco’s Grace Cathedral, that album became another very important hit. In the mid-60’s is when he began working with Shultz, Lee Mendelson, and Bill Melendez with the Charlie Brown projects. Vince Guaraldi passed all too soon at the age of 47. I did not do his life or his talent justice, and you can learn more about him at the Vince Guaraldi official website.
The Mister and I were very fortunate. We purchased the 40th anniversary tin with 3 discs and over 40 tracks. Currently, I see only one tin listed on Amazon. Luckily, there are other combinations of the Vince Guaraldi – Charlie Brown music in a variety of formats. If you miss out on the tin, you will have plenty of other items to choose from.
Charlie Brown's love of that little stick of a Christmas tree resonates with us to a great degree. While we both have religious-based childhoods (the Mister more-so than myself), the part of the message that sits with us is the non-commercialism message. We too delight in the small, wispy tree. Or perhaps no tree at all. We delight in the sights, sounds, and tastes of the season. But we don't get very wrapped (yes, pun intended) in the gifts; given or received. Black Friday, sales, and who got the most or the best doesn't compute with us. We do exchange gifts. But our focus is on keeping company and being thankful. Perhaps because I've lived in poverty for a good portion of my life, I feel as though being warm, fed, and together is the greatest gift of all.
I love the combination of the wonderfully composed and performed jazz music, and the Charlie Brown sentiment about the real meanings of Christmas shown in the movie. In this politically correct world, Charles Shultz might have had to heavily edit Linus’s lines before marketing this video due to the direct quotes from the Bible. While I’m neither here nor there on quoting the Bible at Christmas, I do believe the video has extremely important messages about believing about something more than ourselves. And the importance of focusing on love, peace, sharing, giving, and not focusing on the biggest, best, and most expensive. This year, like most years of my life, I will watch Charlie Brown and the gang joining together to love that droopy little tree. And Vince Guaraldi’s music will be playing in the background. Peace and happiness to all.
Additional items we use for celebrating a Charlie Brown Christmas at the Dawn Rae abode.
A yearly tradition. We watch at least once during the season.
The best little tree ever. The in-laws gave one to the brother-in-law. And I knew I had to have one too.
Chicken Soup for the Soul at Christmas too. Yummy.
Disc 1, Track 1 on the 40th edition set.