18 December: Vince Guaraldi: Christmas Time Is Here

Published December 18, 2012

Written and recorded by jazz pianist Vince Guaraldi for the 1965 television special A Charlie Brown Christmas, 'Christmas Time Is Here' is a beautiful, melancholy ballad that I personally wasn't aware of until a few years ago. But when I heard it, I instantly fell in love with it. According to Wikipedia, the vocals on the recording were performed by members of the choir of St. Paul's Episcopal Church in San Rafael California. The way they sing lines such as "christmas time is here / happiness and cheer", while sounding like they feel anything but happy and cheerful, just tugs at my heart strings. I guess it's exactly right for a film about the Peanuts characters.

Listen to 'Christmas Time Is Here' here.

Vince Guaraldi: A Charlie Brown Christmas.