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I am working on a Christmas concert I have in West Virginia this weekend and struggling to remember the Christmas music I just recorded. While going through my notes, I found my lead sheet of “The Christmas Song.”
“The Christmas Song” is my favorite Christmas song. It is brilliantly written. I love the multiple key changes that occur seamlessly throughout the song. Most people cannot tell you why, but they still sense that there is something very special about the harmony.
When I recorded the song, I reharmonized it considerably and wrote out the chords I was going to use on this lead sheet. http://www.greghowlett.com/downloads/christmassong.pdf
You will notice right a way that there are far more chords than normal. Bar 15 sets the record with six chords by itself. But when you play this song slow, the chords work if they are voiced correctly. As I have often said, the voicing is the key to making these unusual chords sound good.
Anyway, play through it and see how it sounds. Send me a recording of you playing it and I will send you something for free.
UPDATE: Some have mentioned that the chords don’t seem to work, so here is a clip of the first verse from Seasonal Spice. The reason these chords work is indeed the voicing.