I just received a request from a YouTube viewer to post some Christmas music. My daughter-in-law has also been after me to do some Christmas music for the past couple of years.
I just don’t do Christmas music, or at least I haven’t done so for years. I like playing only what I want to play, rather than having it determined by the season or by request. If I were a professional artist, that would have to change. But, since I’m just me, I plan to stick with playing whatever is on my mind when I set down to play.
For Christmas, I just listen to artists that I especially enjoy. For the past 10 years, ever since my wife died, I have only listened to a couple of Christmas songs by the Carpenters and a couple by Chet Atkins.
This year I am adding a couple of artists that I’ll be listening to: Tommy Emmanuel (with John Knowles) and Craig Dobbins. There are of course lots of other fine artists, including Jerry Reed, Doyle Dykes, John McClellan, and many others, who have Christmas albums/CDs. At this time, though, I am sticking with a pretty limited group of artists. I really don’t listen to music very much: I have over 50 years of music stored in my head, and I typically just listen to it.
Anyway, I’m really not trying to be a Scrooge … I just do Christmas a little different than most people. Of course, if my wife were still alive, I imagine I would be picking Christmas music for her. But, as it is, I’ll continue to just listen for the foreseeable future.