December 14th – Christmas Waltz

Song: Christmas Waltz
Album: The Magic of Christmas
Performer: Natalie Cole
Writer: Sammy Cahn & Jule Styne
Year: 1999

The Christmas Waltz is probably my favorite Christmas tune. I just really love the melody. The song is pretty simple, it basically describes a bunch of Christmas-y things and then wishes everyone a merry Christmas! This recording is a little bit over-orchestrated for my taste BUT isn’t over-orchestration kinda what Christmas is all about? The fact that it’s played by the London Symphony Orchestra and sung by the incomparable Natalie Cole makes up for the schmaltz. There’s a really nice jazz trio that comes in near the middle which breaks up the orchestration nicely.