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The Christmas Waltz
The Christmas Waltz

As far as I’m concerned, this is the definitive version of “ The Christmas Waltz ” by Nancy Wilson. Most versions are so fast as to be waltzes in name only, the speed Nancy does it lets the song breath and groove, capturing the key words of the title, “Christmas” and ...

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