MERRY CHRISTMAS !
Christmas is a colorful time with multi-colored lights, flowers, gifts, wrapping papers and sparkly decorations. Some melodies and lyrics with color references prompt nostalgia for me. The seasonal music creates moods, feelings and scene visualizations in my mind. I'm reminded of snow-filled holiday seasons of long ago before I began living in the perpetually sunny Los Angeles, California area.
Hugo Winterhalter's orchestra and chorus recorded "Blue Christmas" in 1950 with an arrangement that has always touched an emotional chord for me.
One predominant Christmas song has been arranged by each succeeding generation to suit their musical tastes. My preferred performances continue to be with renditions in straight forward orchestral and vocalist forms such as this 1992 live performance.
Doc Severinsen from the "Tonight Show" conducts the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra, featuring Maureen McGovern and Mel Torme' singing this classic song, "White Christmas."