Okay, I was playing the piano and I was playing "Let It Snow, Let it Snow, Let It Snow." (That song is technically not Christmas music but it does talk about snow and cold and needing to snuggle up with your honey in front of the fire. Okay, maybe it was not the image he wanted on that 90 degree day.).
I then proceeded to explain to him that musicians always work at least one season in advance. How can people have music ready to be performed if they don't practice well ahead of schedule? And composers really have to work to get the music ready, formatted, published and marketed well in advance of the season! That's why I was playing Christmas music in September!
The Christmas songs I was working on are a set of Easy Piano Duets for the early piano student about Grade level 3+. These pieces feature the student with accompaniment by a teacher or more advanced student. The student mostly plays melody with some shifting between chordal or 5-finger scale positions in keys such as C major, G major and F major. The excitement comes in some of the trickier eighth-note runs and interesting rhythmic motives and some extended harmonies. These pieces are very fun to play for both participants.
"Let It Snow, Let it Snow, Let It Snow" by June Styne and Sammy Cahn
"Ding Dong Merrily on High" a traditional French Carol
"Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas" by Ralph Blane and Hugh Martin
"Parade of the Wooden Soldiers" by Leon Jessel
They are available now!