From an anonymous author, circa 1949:
“Christmas does something quite miraculous to most of us. We may go to bed the night before weary of crowds and rush and dozens of last-minute chores, and fed up with the whole business. And then we arise on the day itself to find ourselves transformed almost as remarkably as Scrooge was, and without any ghostly assistance.
If we have small children we find that we love them, even though they wakened us at dawn. The sense of family unity becomes something to be newly cherished. We greet our friends with uncritical affection. Our hearts go out to all our fellow men, and we wish them well.
We do not do these things because we are compelled to or because tradition says we ought to. We do them simply because the spirit of Christmas is upon us. Peace and good will, familiar words of the Christmas story, suddenly become positive and meaningful.
The good will recedes, the peace is disturbed, and we go back to the strivings and the differences of everyday life. But the spirit of Christmas does not disappear. It is forever part of us.”
With that said, I leave this offering to you… In The Spirit Of Christmas.
From his new CD, "In The Spirit Of Christmas II"
And here's what the critics are saying about Chuck:
"His piano sounds like a one-man symphony in celebration of this most joyous time. His music, which shines like a light in a forest of Christmas trees, is powerful as is his message...Highly recommended.” - RJ Lannan - ZoneMusicReporter.com
"..reminds me of George Winston, but with a bit more muscle and a dollop of unbridled joy. I doubt that I have ever heard a musician play with more passion–thank you for this lovely gift!" - Carol Swanson - ChristmasReviews.com
"...this is a pianist of no small ability or technique...sure to liven up an evening at home or a celebration with friends.!" - Kathy Parson - MainlyPiano.com
" George Winston’s December has been my all-time favorite piano CD. In the Spirit of Christmas belongs right next to it and if I keep listening to it, it may even surpass George on my Christmas instrumental favorites list. Cape has painted musical decorations and a snowfall of notes that fill any room with the joy and wonder of Christmas" - Jonathan Gilbert - "The Biggerness"