Linus and Lucy

Yesterday I posted one of the family favourites from the Vince Guaraldi Trio album, A Charlie Brown Christmas, and promised that today I would post my personal pick from the collection.

After a busy day of Different Christmas, I’m looking forward to a relaxing day of reading, listening to music, and riding my indoor bike trainer. And for lunch, a sandwich of leftover turkey.

But even on a lazy day, it’s a treat to hear the upbeat sounds of the trio playing “Linus and Lucy.” It’s hard not to get up and move to that tune!

Jazz musician and composer Vince Guaraldi (1928-1976) was well-known for the music that accompanied animated depictions of Charles Schulz’s (1922-2000) Peanuts characters. When I hear those unmistakable first piano chords on “Linus and Lucy,” I’m immediately reminded of watching A Charlie Brown Christmas TV specials in my childhood.

When I was a kid, another Christmas tradition in our home was receiving Life Savers Sweet Storybooks in our stockings. That’s a tradition I’ve continued with my kids, though I could not find them anywhere this year despite trying about ten different places. Some staff said their stores hadn’t had any at all, and others thought the makers might not have produced them this year.

The catchy “Linus and Lucy” is also the theme music for Amy Lamé’s Sunday program on BBC 6 Music.

Now you know a little about why this is my song of the day for today. Thanks for joining me here, and please enjoy.

Here’s the video from Vince Guaraldi’s official YouTube channel:

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