I try to write at least a couple of Christmas pieces each year. Here is the second one for this year. This probably won’t sound very Christmassy to you, but it is to me. It is quite personal.
My found recollections of Christmas go back to where I grew up---- on a ranch--riding horses, chasing the chickens and pigs, waiting for a reindeer to land in our corral, expecting to find elves in the hay loft. I tried to depict these in the music. My mother had a wonderful collection of musical boxes; one in particular, had a ballerina that popped up and began dancing when you opened the lid. (also in the music).
When I was a teenager, everyone else would be watching football or playing with their gifts in the afternoon….not me, I would sit down in front of the television and watch the Twilight Zone marathon all afternoon, nonstop.
There is a brief reverence to the famous 4-note- theme of the Twilight Zone towards the end of this piece, which was originally written by Mariaus Constant for Rod Sterling in 1960. I’ve altered it quite a bit, but still recognizable.
Other than that brief encounter, the whole piece is made up of just two themes, the Ranch theme and the music box theme, spun, flipped, twisted, stretched, etc, in many different ways; all depicting the enduring memories of mine of this wonderful season.
Still needs a lot of mixing and mastering, but I won’t get it done before Christmas, so I thought I’d post it as is for now.
Hope you enjoy,
RECOLLECTIONS OF CHRISTMASES PAST