Saturday, December 25, 2010

Silent Night

Christmas Day is passing—even here in the western U.S., the winter sun is low in a gray blue sky.  I must say this has been the most unusual Christmas season I can remember, but I also feel a strange peace on this Christmas afternoon, & I thought I’d share that by sharing a piece I’ve posted each year during this season since Robert Frost’s Banjo began.

It’s “Silent Night” played “classical style” (essentially like guitar fingerpicking) on a 5-string banjo.  I made this recording a few years ago, & no doubt I could play it better now, but I was satisfied with the take when I recorded it, & still don’t have any real objections to the performance—perhaps a few quibbles, but that’s it.

I will be back with a post tomorrow, most likely the final installment of the Old-Time Holiday Train

All the blessings of the season to you, dear readers!

Photo: The christmas song Stille Nacht, autograph (ca. 1860) by Franz Xaver Gruber (1787–1863)


  1. John,
    Very nice. :-) Merry Christmas, and wishing you both a healthy, joyous, and Happy New Year.

  2. That was a first for me, but it was lovely. Boxing Day now, just barely, but it was still welcome. Hope your holiday is as peaceful as the music.

  3. Very, very nice, John! I like simplicity, and this was the essence of that. Blessings of the season right back atcha!

  4. Hi Linda, Mairi, Jacqueline & Roy

    Linda: Thanks for those kind holiday wishes, & the same to you!

    Mairi: So glad you liked it, whether on Christmas or Boxing Day. After all, it's only the second day of Christmas!

    Jacqueline: Many thanks! & best holiday wishes to you.

    Roy: Hope your holiday is bright, & thanks for the kind words!


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