I was commissioned to write this piece by Electra Women’s Choir in Vancouver BC for their Christmas Concert in 2015.
Hal Leonard publishes the version for SATB while the SSAA version is available through my website. . It is a secular jazz waltz and is suitable for an intermediate to advanced level group.
The lyric is about hearing a busker on a street corner, reliving memories of favourite Christmases past, and being grateful that songs can connect us to such memories. Woven in are snippets of God Rest Ye Merry, Gentlemen and O Holy Night.
Early morning winter, Forty-first and Vine,
modern day minstrel plays carols for a dime.
The song becomes a memory when it takes me back,
way back home, home for Christmas.
It’s been so long. How I’ve missed it.
Needle hits the record, December late at night,
spinning forty-five plays a crooners delight.
The song becomes a memory that quickly takes me back,
way back home, how I’ve missed it.
It’s been so long since I went away but now
feels like yesterday.
The dream is a feast for the senses:
crack of fire and waft of pine.
Lucky are we that a song can beat its wings
and take us to these things so dear.
Snowflakes on the windshield, frost is on the ground,
radio plays as I head into town.
Christmas songs take me home at last.