Sunday, December 1, 2013

First Sunday in Advent

Today is the first Sunday in Advent.  For the offertory in this morning's service, I played my favorite Advent hymn O Come, O Come, Emmanuel.  This arrangement, by Bill Wolaver, is absolutely gorgeous!  It's part of the Big Red & Green Book of Christmas Solos.  I love the quiet simplicity of the intro, and the piano at the church has such a lovely upper range (which is not necessarily heard in this amateur video ). 

 This year, I'm trying so hard to be true to the Advent season and not play "Christmas" tunes until our Christmas Eve service.  It's such a hard thing for me to do, since the rest of the world started blasting Christmas songs the day after Halloween! I love Christmas music, so I'm thinking about doing "The 12 Days of Christmas Solos" and posting a new piano solo every day, beginning on December 25.  I have too many favorites from my Big Red & Green Book of Christmas Piano Solosand there's no way I'll be able to perform all of them in the 3 Christmas services we'll have. 

Apparently this book is currently out of print.....I hope I never lose my copy : /

Enjoy!  Thanks for watching!