I typically wait until the day after Thanksgiving to begin listening to holiday music. But last night my friend, pianist and composer Joseph Akins, came all the way from Murfreesboro, Tennessee to present a concert in one of my student's homes in which he debuted his brand-new album, A Piano Christmas. So how could I resist?
From start to finish, the program was delightful; there was something for everyone, everything from I'm Getting Nuttin' for Christmas/Santa Claus Is Coming To Town to O Holy Night and Hark, the Herald Angels Sing. Sure, you've heard all these songs before, but you haven't REALLY heard them until you've heard Joseph play them. With his rich musical background incorporating a variety of musical styles - classical, jazz, pop, country and new age - he brings something unique and refreshing to each of these traditional pieces, and to every selection on the album. It is hard to choose just one favorite, but mine might be Angels We Have Heard On High. I can hardly wait for that one to be released in sheet music form!
We enjoyed a potluck supper prior to the concert; it was an altogether delightful evening of food, fellowship and some of the best Christmas music ever. Treat yourself to a copy of A Piano Christmas. It might just become your new seasonal favorite!
|Unita Akins, Joseph Akins, and Pam Asberry|