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Christmas, 2018, at Two Homes in Edmonds

Posted by glennled on January 26, 2019

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“Oh, Holy Night,” Glenn Ledbetter and Nancy MacDonald

This Christmas Eve was much like all the many others in our home—we have our traditions: a fabulous meal; a program of prayer, readings, musical solos, Christmas carols; the opening of presents; and a “midnight” snack featuring familiar family fare. As usual, our local daughter, son-in-law, and granddaughter shared it all with us. Normally, our grandson, Isaiah, would be present, also. This year, however, he is in South America! So we “made do” without his cheerful energy and wit. My wife and I played “Oh, Holy Night,” me on my Jupiter pocket trumpet and she on her Kawai piano. Our middle-school-aged granddaughter, our violist, played numerous songs from her school repertoire.

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Granddaughter solos on her viola

Another tradition is that on Christmas morning, our relatives, the Kellys, drive over to our side of town for a visit—coffee or tea or apple cider and cookies. But this year, instead, we visited them at their condominium in downtown Edmonds. There, I played “Auld Lang Syne” on my Jupiter pocket trumpet, and we ate some of my wife’s wonderful oatmeal muffins as we talked and caught up on family news.

What could be better? Not much. But it would be nice to have all 9 grandkids and their parents show up at our home some Christmas Eve, wouldn’t it? It has not yet happened (hint, hint).

Please click on the photos (above, right) to enlarge them, and click on the video below to hear the first half of “Auld Lang Syne.”

 

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Music Soirees at Home with Family From Edmonds and Anchorage

Posted by glennled on April 3, 2018

The merry month of March brought us together with our three musical grandchildren in our home. One Friday night (9th), our 12-year old granddaughter tucked her viola under every-person-should-play-the-violin-300x249[1]her chin and played for my wife and me the concert music performed by her 7th-grade orchestra at Meadowdale Middle School in Lynnwood. That prompted us to play our own instruments, too—my wife (piano) and me (trumpet).

Then two grandkids from Alaska flew down to stay with us (14th-17th) during their school’s spring break. One, a 16-year old girl, has played violin in the orchestra, and the other, a 15-year old boy, plays saxophone in the band at Dimond High School. Both take private lessons. She brought her violin, and he brought two saxophones and two bagpipes. One night when the viola player came over to visit, all four of us performed solos for her entertainment. images

To top it off, the boy came with me twice to Skyview Middle School in Bothell to play with the 5th-grade kids whom I teach there. On one of the mornings when I teach beginning brass, he sat in with his saxophone among the 23 trumpeters and four trombonists. The next morning, when the full band (about 65 members) practiced, he demonstrated for them both the sax and bagpipes, and then he sat in with his sax.

What could be better than that, folks?!

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Christmas Eve, 2015, Features Trumpet, Viola, and Piano

Posted by glennled on February 17, 2016

Christmas Day 2015My wife and I have 9 wonderful grandchildren. One in New Zealand plays the drums. One in Alaska plays the violin, and another there plays the saxophone. One in Bellingham, Washington plays the ukulele. And now, this year, one here in Edmonds is learning to play the viola. My wife plays the piano, and I play the trumpet.

We could have a family septet, but what composer ever wrote music for that combination of instruments and when/where would we ever get together? We need an arranger, and then maybe we could all assemble somewhere for Christmas someday and perform.

We’re traditionalists. Each year after our traditional Christmas Eve ham dinner, we then participate in a traditional program in the living room of our home, reading the prophecy of Isaiah about the coming of a Savior and the story of Jesus’ birth, praying, singing and playing Christmas carols and songs, and opening gifts. That’s when three of us did play this year for the family—trumpet, viola, and piano.

From “The Big Book of Christmas Songs,” I played “O Holy Night,” accompanied by my wife on piano, and soloed “Santa Baby,” showing off my new Getzen trumpet (see my post of 14 December). Our granddaughter played a few pieces on her viola—some solo and some with accompaniment—from the instruction book, “Essential Elements for Strings, Book 1” by Robert Gillespie, Pamela Tellejohn Hayes, and Michael Allen. And while my wife played the piano, all six of us sang from her own beautiful songbook, “Christmas Songs and Carols for a Season of Happiness.” The songbook contains the lyrics to 39 pieces, and she plays the music by memory!

Next year, perhaps we’ll all three play together as a trio. Perhaps someone else will then join us, and we’ll work our way up towards becoming a family septet. Or maybe the other two grandchildren will choose their own favorite instruments and take some lessons so we can become a nonet.

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