Wednesday, December 21, 2016

TWO CHRISTMAS CARDS

It's the winter solstice - first official day of winter, shortest day of the year. After a nasty stint of bitterly cold weather, it's gradually warming up. Today here in the wilds of Tennessee it was near 40 degrees (that's Fahrenheit, for those of you in Malaysia).

Nothing new in my life, except for the fact that I now have two resident 'possums. Thought I was seeing double the other day, but I wasn't drunk. Twin 'possums on the premises. I'll go broke feeding all these varmints.
'Possum stew is a possibility on my Christmas menu.

Speaking of twos, I have two musical Christmas cards for your consideration.

These are my own piano arrangements, which I wrote and recorded long ago in Los Angeles (when I was about nineteen).

Last night, just for the hell of it, I transformed the recordings into videos. Nothing special here - - just some dreary examples of how I while away the boring late-night hours. 

Caution - you might want to turn the volume down. For some reason they came out annoyingly loud.
Full-screen viewing is best. 







My YouTube Channel: Jayveesonata

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    1. Seasons Greetings to you, too, John!

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  2. Jon, these clips were perfect. Don't argue. I just came in from working on the roof all afternoon and my old legs are shaky and I had a panic attack up there. And yesterday I helped the septic tank guy dig out the ports out back. I felt lousy and scared until I came in, checked my O2 level, uncorked a bottle of fermented muscle-relaxant and checked the reading list. Your clips brought me right back to the calm thing I've never reliably been. I consider that a gift. Thank you.

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    1. Wow, I never thought these videos would serve a purpose, but I'm certainly glad they did. As you know, I can strongly identify with panic attacks. Music often serves to calm the nerves.

      It does sound like you're working too hard. Thanks to my back back, I can hardly hobble around and clean the litter boxes (not mine - - the cats).

      When I lived in TX I had to do a minor repair on the roof. Every time I tried to climb up there I started to panic. Finally I hired someone else to do the repair.
      Take care!

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  3. Pretty Christmas videos, thank you.

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    1. I'm glad you enjoyed them Paula, and I hope your holiday is a pleasant one. I liked that Santa outhouse poem!

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  4. Two possums??? oh I see, Eva decided to join Zsa Zsa now. Well Jon, both of your arrangements are beautiful, but being a huge favorite of the Christmas Song I must pick that one. Now behave yourself tonight and check on the Garbors from time to time.

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    1. The Gabors always stick together.
      The problem is - - if I name these 'possums, they will automatically turn into pets. And then I'll get too emotionally involved.
      I've always been a sucker for furry, needy creatures....

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  5. You've still the power, Jon.
    Funny, I expected to vote The Christmas Song my 'favorite' ... then your rendition of 'White Christmas' blew me away.

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    1. I'm always extremely self-critical, but my vote would be for "White Christmas", too. My Mom used to play a very beautiful version of it. Unfortunately, all of her piano music was "lost" when I moved.

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  6. Glad to see no pics of you eating possum stew. THE CHRISTMAS SONG is my sentimental favorite pick. I love the squirrels, bird and snowman in it besides the BEAUTIFUL music.

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    1. Possum Stew will be my next video....(just kidding, of course). I thought those rabbits were so cute! I got them from an old Christmas card.

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  7. Morning Jon: Either your music is serenading the wildlife, or possibly there is a Mark of the Hobo 'possum-style' round your property! MaggieB

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    1. When word gets around that I'm serving free food, the whole forest is listening...

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  8. Jon,
    I think you're going to see more possums once "the word" gets around that's there freebies at your house. This is going to be interesting.
    Ron

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    1. I've always maintained that being nice will get you nowhere - - but since I started serving dinner on the back porch the wild beasts seem to love me.

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  9. I thoroughly enjoyed these beautiful videos. Your talent goes without saying. The music - and that magical scenery of those snowy mountains in " White Christmas" are simply breathtaking. I had a feeling that your resident possum would be bringing friends along. It will get interesting if the numbers keep growing.

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    1. Thank you - - I made these two videos very quickly without much thought, but they turned out quite good. Today I only saw one possum, but I'm sure the second one will return soon (with all his friends....).

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  10. Thank you for the great piano and video versions of these two songs. Believe it or not I never knew the name of the second one although it is of course very familiar. I think it must have been played in movies that I have heard over the years. I hope you take up the piano again. I think you either have to stand your ground with those possums, and tell them you'll make them into stew - or else simply invite them inside tomorrow, give them hot toddies and little fur Santa hats to wear :)

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  11. "The Christmas Song" was written in 1945 and originally titled "Merry Christmas to You".
    It was soon changed to "The Christmas Song" and subtitled "Chestnuts Roasting on an Open Fire". I doubt if very many people actually know the title - but the tune is so familiar.

    With my three cats and the two possums,I'll have a lot of dinner guests for Xmas!

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  12. you did a
    great job
    music
    and
    images

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