Mostly What I Wish For

by Teresa Jennings/arr. Paul Jennings

The one universal topic that all schools can embrace for the holiday season, and indeed for any season, is peace. Especially at a time when there is so much turbulence in the world, it's particularly important. Teresa and Paul have once again collaborated to bring you this beautiful ballad which harkens back to some of the popular holiday ballads of the past several decades. Expressive, lovely, heartfelt, and containing a tiny hint of the bittersweet, you might find yourself with a lump in your throat when you sing it.

While it was written to be performed by a group of singers, it would certainly be appropriate to use a soloist for this song. Think Judy Garland or Mel Tormé for style. (We'd love to hear Michael Bublé do this one.) Let young singers join in behind your soloist here and there as you desire. If you have a good pianist in your midst, consider doing it live, especially if you do use a soloist. (A rhythm section would be grand, too, but that's a tall order.) That way, you can really ebb and flow with it in a more rubato manner. If you don't have live players but enjoy the intimacy of just a small group with a soloist on a piece like this, we have provided a rhythm section mix for you as well. You will find it with our other extras online. (See page 77 for details.) Mind you, the orchestration on our recording is just superb, and you owe it to yourself to at least listen to it.

Text is taken from Music K-8 magazine.