Monday, December 12, 2011

"Charlie Brown Music"

This time of year one is hard-pressed to not be reminded of a certain holiday special powered by the the extraordinary music of Vince Guaraldi.  Truly an unsung master of the piano Guaraldi's percussive, almost latin phrasing  at the piano has inspired musicians and listeners alike for decades.  The melodies never seem to age generation after generation.  Guaraldi is known not only for his contribution to 1965's "A Charlie Brown Christmas", but all of the music for the Peanuts' franchise through his untimely death in 1976 at the age of 47.  Before working with Charles Schultz, Guaraldi actually won a Grammy in 1962 for "Cast your Fate to The Wind", an amazing portrait of Guaraldi's style that landed him the job of the writer of "Charlie Brown's Music". Listen to "Cast Your Fate To The Wind" and enjoy!