MERRY CHRISTMAS! The Rice Brothers (Chris, cello; Johnny, piano) play their arrangement of “Hark! The Herald Angels Sing”
Posted on December 25, 2008
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MERRY CHRISTMAS, everyone! We hope you all have a wonderful holiday season, and a terrific New Year!
We also hope you enjoy our arrangement of “Hark! The Herald Angels Sing” (Mendelsohn – Wesley), and that the coming seasons of your lives are filled with truly beautiful music!
With a special tip of our hat to John Hodges, one of our deeply loved and honored musical mentors. John was, for the better part of three decades, one of the two extraordinary ragtime piano players at Disneyland. He was the first person to introduce the two of us to the piano. Since then, he has spent years encouraging us in our musical development, and has remained one of our truly dear friends. As we’ve gotten older, he has spent a great deal of time with us. Among many other things, John has shared lots of what he knows about arranging music! He’s been Blessed with wonderful understandings and skills about such things, and his generosity with us has been an amazing gift! (“Hark! The Herald Angels Sing,” the video which accompanies this post, is one of the first arrangements we’ve written. It draws heavily on John’s inspiration and guidance!)
A second special tip of our hat goes to Rod Miller, Disneyland’s other fabulous, long-time ragtime piano player. Rod was hired by Walt Disney himself … that was a long time ago, and Rod has brought a huge amount of musical joy to lots and lots of folks, over the years! He’s been our musical mentor and friend, too, since we were very little boys. Rod recently came to visit RiceHouse, here in Arizona … what a wonderful treat, a very special time!
It’s amazing to think about the number of children who have been contributed to by John and Rod. It would be understated to say that they’ve been a gift to us, but that’s exactly what John and Rod have been, a gift, and a Blessing … their presence, and guidance, and friendship, has always felt truly miraculous to us. We feel that, in being so utterly willing to go out of their way on our behalf, they helped us, as children, to develop our understanding of how our Father in Heaven cares for us, and looks after us, and the selfless role Jesus has played on our behalf. Which is to say that our love and appreciation for John and Rod go far beyond their contribution to us musically. We are thankful to them, and for them, and also for you, for all the times you have gone out of your way to take care of, to love, children and other folks. When we think of Angels singing, we think of the role God and Jesus have played in all of our lives, and the role you play, thanks to Grace, in the lives of those around you. That’s truly “beautiful music.” When we play music for you, today and always, we play in honor of that!
God Bless you. And… We wish you the merriest of Christmas seasons!