Wednesday, December 05, 2007

How I Know I'm a Yankee

We United States folk have our identity tied up in so many different beautiful things. At the yuletide season, one of these beauties in particular stands out, something without which the season would be barren: the music of Vince Guaraldi.

I've never asked any of my friends abroad if they listen to Guaraldi during this time of year, though I feel like the answer is that they do not. After all, why would they buy into the idea that piano jazz is the best music for winter solstice; accompanied by a children's choir, no less? Add in that the music is soundtrack music for an animated television special and you have a uniquely "new world" concoction.

Listening to the ever-optimistic Guaraldi might be the nearest to a patriotic sensation I feel this year.

3 comments:

jonathan said...

True...very true. Although, I'm quickly becoming more partial to Sufjan's Christmas banjo and piano licks...

wngl said...

i LOVE sufjan's yuletide cheer, J! Gave it to D&A for xmess last year

Katy Shaw said...

I love the Charlie Brown Christmas special! The soundtrack is great too. Unfortunately it is from 1965 so it's outside the scope of my blog... sigh....