This is an online fiddle lesson for the Christmas song "Winter Wonderland."
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Skill Level: Intermediate
Key of G
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Video #1: Here is a video of me performing the Christmas song "Winter Wonderland."
"Winter Wonderland" is a winter song, popularly treated as a Christmastime pop standard, written in 1934 by Felix Bernard (music) and Richard B. Smith (lyricist). Through the decades it has been recorded by over 200 different artists.
Dick Smith, a native of Honesdale, Pennsylvania, was reportedly inspired to write the song after seeing Honesdale's Central Park covered in snow. Smith had written the lyrics while in the West Mountain Sanitarium, being treated for tuberculosis, better known then as consumption. The West Mountain Sanitarium is located off N. Sekol Ave. in Scranton, Pennsylvania.
The original recording was by Richard Himber and his Hotel Ritz-Carlton Orchestra on RCA Bluebird in 1934. At the end of a recording session with time to spare, it was suggested that this new tune be tried with an arrangement provided by the publisher. This excellent "studio" orchestra included many great New York studio musicians including the legendary Artie Shaw. The biggest chart hit at the time of introduction was Guy Lombardo's orchestra, a top ten hit. Singer-songwriter Johnny Mercer took the song to #4 in Billboard's airplay chart in 1946. The same season, Perry Como hit the retail top ten. Como would record a new version for his 1959 Christmas album.
Winter Wonderland Sleigh bells ring are you listening In the lane snow is glistening A beautiful sight we're happy tonight Walking in a winter wonderland Gone away is the bluebird Here to stay is a new bird He's sings a love song as we go along Walking in a winter wonderland In the meadow we can build a snowman And pretend that he is Parson Brown He'll say are you married we'll say no man But you can do the job when you're in town Later on we'll conspire As we dream by the fire To face unafraid the plans that we made Walking in a winter wonderland In the meadow we can build a snowman And pretend he's a circus clown We'll have lots of fun with Mr. Snowman Until the other kiddies knock him down When it snows ain't it thrilling Though your nose gets a chilling We'll frolic and play the Eskimo way Walking in a winter wonderland