Demo recordings can be a proof of concept.
Let’s Make Christmas picks up in the middle of a story. Maybe it’s part of a larger musical. Maybe it just captures a moment. Early Études, vol 8: Christmas Musical Workshop features two sketches of the song.
The version with one voice, and Horace Beasley on the piano, gives an idea of the accompaniment.
The duet version, “Let’s Make Christmas” is an authentic demonstration of the values behind the song: cariño, rich cultural context, vocal lyricism of family singing together.
It was me and my cousin Cindy at a piano on the sidelines of a family Thanksgiving. It demonstrates what the song’s about: making it work. We only had a few minutes while Cindy’s three daughters were otherwise entertained, to study and capture the song.