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Don't Wait Till the Night Before Christmas

Abel Baer & Sam M. Lewis


This song nearly got cut from the album and now it's one of my favorites.  I found the sheet music on EBay and had it mailed to me sight unseen. The problem was, that as it was written, it really was a children's song with little appeal for adults. So, we set it aside and didn't think much of it. Then, one day, we came across it and decided to revisit the song. As John was playing, I suggested maybe a dia stride piano approach and that simple suggestion must have triggered something, because John took the idea and ran with it, coming up with this catchy arrangement. Once David and Yvette added their parts, it was a whole new feel.

The song was written in 1937 by Abel Baer and Sam M. Lewis.