If there were one pianist’s style I would like to emulate, it might be Oscar Peterson. His rich and complex harmonies, intricate runs, and unique interpretations have always fascinated me. His arrangements can be quite difficult, mostly due to the large intervals and my smaller hands. A Child Is Born was written by jazz trumpeter Thad Jones in 1969. Oscar Peterson recorded this particular arrangement in 1970. While not one of the more traditional Christmas songs, this piece is often included on Christmas albums by Jazz artists. The thoughtful contemplative nature of this piece seems to fit my style.
I realize not all of you reading this have the same religious beliefs that I hold to. However, as you listen, consider what the Christmas season is all about. Is it the gifts we give or the gathering together with family members? While those things can be good, I challenge you to reflect on the most perfect gift of all:
“And the angel said to them, “Fear not, for behold, I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people. For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord. And this will be a sign for you: you will find a baby wrapped in swaddling cloths and lying in a manger.” Luke 2:10-12, ESV
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