by Eric Berman
Song Of The Day – “Skating” by Vince Guaraldi Trio from the album “A Charlie Brown Christmas”
Christmas songs…really don’t like most of them! With the exception of this album, the “Ventures’ Christmas Album” and John Fahey’s “Christmas Album,” I can easily do without the rest. That includes the heralded “Phil Spector Christmas Album” which is a good record but is so overplayed that I don’t care if I ever hear it again! Don’t even get me started on that monstrosity of a Christmas song by John Lennon and Yoko Ono, probably the single most cringe-worthy holiday song of them all! Guaraldi composed this song in 1964 for the classic animated “A Charlie Brown Christmas” TV special that first aired in December of 1965. At the time, he was already famous as a renowned Jazz pianist who worked with Cal Tjader, Woody Herman and Stan Getz…he was also known for the Grammy Award winning hit “Cast Your Fate To The Wind.” Close your eyes and you can almost feel the gently falling snow falling as you circle round your favorite ice rink!