The holidays are Ray's busiest time of year - and with good reason. His unique approach to the sounds of the season has been bringing joy to individuals, families and event planners for years. The following are examples of traditional piano/keyboard solo performances as well as some fun and unique orchestrated arrangements of Christmas and holiday classics. All performances recorded live during livestream events in December, 2020. Two viewing angles to watch the performer in action. Enjoy.
My Favorite Things (Jazz Trio-Style)
Famous song by Rodgers and Hammerstein, originally from "The Sound of Music". Arranged in jazz-waltz style. Piano, left-hand bass and drum accompaniment.
Angels We Have Heard On High (Piano Solo)
Contemporary take on a traditional Christmas carol. Filled with exuberant energy and joy! (Excerpt from a live corporate holiday event).
The Most Wonderful Time of the Year (Solo Electric Piano)
One of Ray's favorite memories is The Andy Williams Christmas Album playing on his dad's record player. When this song came on, it meant the start of Christmas! This arrangement for solo electric piano. Enjoy.
Merry Christmas, Darling
Awesome song from 1970's Carpenters Christmas Album. This arrangement with full accompaniment. (Excerpt from a live corporate holiday event).
It Came Upon the Midnight Clear
(Solo Electric Piano)
Traditional Christmas song. Arranged 3/4 time (jazz waltz style) and performed solo with electric piano (Fender Rhodes) - type sound.
Santa Baby (Electric Jazz Guitar-Style)
A smooth and smoky version played in a style emulating an electric jazz guitar. Grab your favorite holiday cocktail and enjoy.
The First Noel (Solo Piano)
Solo piano performance. In this rendition, Ray plays an extended, improvised introduction designed to set the mood. The song is so simple yet so elegant.
Joy to the World
Super fun and upbeat arrangement of a traditional carol. Full accompaniment. (Excerpt from a live corporate holiday event).
We Three Kings (Samba-Style)
Traditional Christmas Song reimagined in Samba style and arranged for performance keyboard. If the Nativity was set in Brazil instead of Bethlehem, this song might have been arranged this way from the start.
Oh Come, Oh Come, Emmanuel
Traditional Christmas song performed in a style representing classical guitar. Very calming.
Grown-Up Christmas List
Written by one of Ray's favorite composers and hitmaker extraordinaire, David Foster. Originally sung by Natalie Cole. Also recorded by Amy Grany and Kelly Clarkson. Such a great song! Solo performance for electric piano.
O Holy Night (Full Orchestration)
Traditional Christmas song arranged and performed in a completely reimagined style with full arrangement. Features shakuhachi flute solo and a masterful display of individual finger dexterity (right-hand during the big finale string chorus). Enjoy.