Thinking of Christmas brings fond memories of family gatherings and the bringing together of loved ones who are apart the rest of the year. While growing up, my dad’s side of the family would all go to my Grandma’s upstairs apartment for Christmas Eve dinner. This couldn’t have been an easy undertaking for Grandma, since the family at that time consisted of her own three children and their spouses, and 12 grandchildren (Grandma now has 30+ great-grandchildren!) but the place was always filled with lots of love. I can still see the piles of presents everywhere, and Grandma’s silver Christmas tree that slowly turned, with the spinning color wheel providing a light show. That will always be Grandma’s tree. We still talk of the impromptu Christmas pageants the kids would put together and our fathers all falling asleep in a chair after dinner and the games in the hall.
These are the kinds of memories evoked when I think of Christmas. I know I have been blessed with such memories and I wouldn’t trade them for the world. It is my wish that this selection of holiday music can, in some way, help to make new memories for everyone.
Along with the traditional holiday carols on this release, I have included three of my own original compositions. As with all my recordings to date, these were improvisations, unaltered in any way from their original recorded form.
I wish you joy in your heart, peace in your corner of the world, and good fortune in the coming years. With that, I am happy to present my holiday gift to you, Christmas Fireside. It is my wish that it helps to bring the holiday spirit to all who hear it.
This release is dedicated to my entire family. This time of the year has always been special for us and I hope that it will continue that way for many, many years to come.