WordPress tells me that this is my 80th post. Thus, in the tradition of 80th posts around here,* it’s time for a Christmas song for Guitar Slide Wednesday. Last week, I sort of cheated, even though it was, indeed, a worthy substitute, so today, we’re back to guitar goodness!
I am generally not a fan of progressive rock (or progressive metal or however you want to categorize this band/”supergroup”), but the Trans-Siberian Orchestra song “Christmas Eve/Sarajevo 12/24” is pretty epic, featuring the songs “God Rest Ye Merry, Gentlemen” and “Carol of the Bells.” The song is from their concept album Christmas Eve and Other Stories (1996), which was their debut. The Christmas Attic (1998) and Lost Christmas Eve (2009) complete the band’s trilogy of Christmas albums, and taken together, the albums tell a story of an angel sent to earth on three different missions.
I’m sure you’ve heard this before, but the guitars come in around 2:15. At 2:54 or so, the guitar player pretty much gets to wail (much like Lead Guitar did when we did a version of this song last Sunday), and although it almost sounds like guitar slides at 3:00, I think its actually scales.
*There is obviously no traditional 80th post, but it sure sounds official, don’t ya think?