For many years, I played jazz piano in middle and high school and I would say that it is because of these years spent in jazz that I became so proficient at the piano. Despite so much training and time spent in jazz, I have never recorded or written a jazz song or arrangement. When I sat down at the studio to record “Softly Christmas,” I had not planned to play this song, but just told the recording engineer to hit the record button and see what happens. This was the first take, and we both liked it, so it stayed! These chords are not the most obvious, but they are right and sound great when played up to speed. This arrangement is for advanced pianists.
This song is also available in the full piano book for "Softly Christmas" available here.