Christmas Time

It’s that time of year folks and Christmas is not too far away. To help people get into the spirit of Christmas this year, I’m not only posting my Christmas song and its download links, but am adding the lyrics and guitar chords for any who are musically minded and/or talented so they can play along and sing along. The Full song can be heard below. I hope you enjoy it. And if you really like it, please stream or download from one of the sites listed. Thank you in advance.

Lyrics with Guitar chords:

G                        C           G

G                        C           G

It’s Christmas Time

                          Am                           Bm

Soon the bells will be ringing

                     D                                                       D7

And as people are driving to work in their cars

                            D                                                       D7

With their radios on, playing all Christmas songs

                      D                                                              Am

As their cruising along and their singing

G                        C           G              G                       C          G

It’s Christmas Time, It’s Christmas Time

CHORUS

D                                                                G D G

Time for spending with family

D                                                                     G          C

Crowding round the Christmas tree

D                                       G       C

Everyone is ha happy

D                                                  C                          D7               G

Time for spreading Christmas cheer again. X3 beats

G                        C           G

It’s Christmas Time

                         Am                     Bm

Time for your decorations

                  D                                                                      D7

Let us put up the tree, add some tinsel and glee

                           D                                                                               D7                                                              Am

While the lights shine on bright flashing all through the night celebrations

G                        C           G              G                       C          G

It’s Christmas Time, It’s Christmas Time

CHORUS

D                                                                G D G

Time for spending with family

D                                                                     G          C

Crowding round the Christmas tree

D                                       G       C

Everyone is ha happy

D                                                  C                          D7               G

Time for spreading Christmas cheer again. X3 beats

G                        C           G

It’s Christmas Time

                           Am                                         Bm

Wait with antici ……………….pation

           D                                                       D7

For Santa to arrive in his sleigh with his sack

                   D                                                                 D7

As the train runs around a huge tree on it’s track

                     D                                                              D7

and it’s snowing outside So the kids are in bed

                 D                                                                          D7

trying to fight the sleep from their own sleepy heads

                                     D                                                 D7

While they’re all listening to, the Angels that sing

D

Ding dong ding, ding a ling a ling, Ding dong ding, ding a ling a ling

N.C                                G              G                       C           G

It’s Christmas Time, It’s Christmas Time

[Bring in lead Guitar solo]

G                        C           G

It’s Christmas Time

                          Am                           Bm

Soon the bells will be ringing

                     D                                                       D7

And as people are driving to work in their cars

                            D                                                       D7

With their radios on, playing all Christmas songs

                      D                                                              Am

As their cruising along and their singing

G                        C           G              G                       C          G

It’s Christmas Time, It’s Christmas Time

CHORUS

D                                                                G D G

Time for spending with family

D                                                                     G          C

Crowding round the Christmas tree

D                                       G       C

Everyone is ha happy

D                                                  C                          D7               G

Time for spreading Christmas cheer again. X3 beats

G                        C           G

It’s Christmas Time

C

We wish you a merry Christmas

Am                                             D

We wish you a merry Christmas

G                                                 C

We wish you a merry Christmas

G                        C           G

It’s Christmas Time,

(Slower) It’s Christmas Time…

(Slower to fade) It’s Christmas Time

Slow partial Guitar lead to fade without vocals… [It’s Christmas Time]

Listen To Christmas Time Here:

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Christmas Time written by Kevin Cooper

While The Bombs Fell

What was it like for children growing up in rural Suffolk during World War 2?
Elsie and her family live in a small double-storey cottage in Bungay, Suffolk. Every night she lies awake listening anxiously for the sound of the German bomber planes. Often they come and the air raid siren sounds signalling that the family must leave their beds and venture out to the air raid shelter in the garden.
Despite the war raging across the English channel, daily life continues with its highlights, such as Christmas and the traditional Boxing Day fox hunt, and its wary moments when Elsie learns the stories of Jack Frost and the ghostly and terrifying Black Shuck that haunts the coastline and countryside of East Anglia.
Includes some authentic World War 2 recipes

As I read, While the Bombs Fell, I had a deep sense of nostalgia despite growing up in a different era… One of peace time. I think it’s probably to do with some of things I could relate to such as the use of a mangle, a galvanised tub to bathe in, and having only an outside toilet in the backyard.

It is an enjoyable read that serves to remind us how fortunate we are to have the the things we have today and to be living in peacetime Britain.

Amazon Link

A Tale for Halloween:

The following tale is from my current project: A collection of short stories I am writing for my latest book: Dreamscapes which I am hoping to have published early next year.

True Vampire’s Kiss

Sherry stood at the door with three large and rather overly packed suitcases. She looked around one last time before. John pretended not to notice while he sat at his desk and stared at the blank page of Microsoft Word on his laptop. It was something he had done far too often as of late. There were no more words to share between them. Everything had been said during John and Sherry’s last heated argument which had ended just minutes before.

“…For God’s sake, it was just a stupid dream, Sherry! You’re the only one in my life baby, you know that… There is no ‘She!’”

“Just a stupid dream? you were practically humping the bed as you called out her name for Christ sake! What was it… Belle, Elle… Go rot in hell you sick fuck!”

The door slammed.

John looked up and stared at the door a while before grabbing for his packet of Marlboro. He lit one, inhaled deeply and held it for a moment before exhaling.

He had met Sherry at a book signing almost two years previous. She had proffered the last book of his vampire series for his signature. The series had been a success, and John had proudly kept the clipping from the New York Times with the heading, Twilight meets Underworld. John Buchanon’s latest…

“Who would you like me to make it out to?” He had said as he reached for the book. As he reached and looked up from the signing table in, he was immediately struck by the red-headed beauty smiling down at him. Her hair fell in waves upon her shoulders, and bright green eyes shone at him. She was wearing a light green see-through dress which revealed her slender form and well-rounded breasts cupped in an emerald bra that matched her other underwear. “Sherry.” She said. “You can call me, Sherry.” “Thank you, Sherry.” He drooled, and signed it, “With love…” without even thinking about it.

It was almost closing time at Barnes & Noble and after signing her book he said, “I’ll be done in a few minutes, would you fancy joining me for a coffee… er, if you’re free of course?”

“I’d be delighted!”   

Returning from his short reverie, John reached for a bottle of red which was conveniently situated near his already drained glass beside his laptop. He inadvertently knocked the glass over as he went to put the bottle back down.

“Shit shit shit!” he quickly lifted his soaked laptop, strode across the open-planned bachelor pad to the kitchen sink and grabbed the nearest dish towel to dry it down. Putting it down on the counter he turned his attention to his desk, the old blue rug below had a big patch of red quickly turning pink as it soaked the wine like a sponge. He loved that rug. “Fuck!” He threw away the dishtowel, ran some water in the sink and spent the next half an hour cleaning up properly.

Draining the rest of the red down his throat from the neck, John threw the bottle in the bin in disgust, lit a cigarette, grabbed his jacket and went out. By the time he returned and replaced his laptop back on his desk, the keyboard was already beginning to turn stiff. “Oh Fuck!”

***

It was evening and John was not expecting anyone so he was surprised by the sudden knock on the door. He thought maybe Sherry had forgotten something, or changed her mind and come back. He grinned as he visualised her with mascara running down her tear-stricken face, suitcases in tow and the anticipation of what the raw emotion would probably lead to. He remembered how she’d pleasured him down on her knees the last time she’d walked out on him and returned. He composed himself quickly not wanting to open the door with a hard-on.

It wasn’t Sherry. Nevertheless, upon opening it he stood transfixed as the most beautiful girl he’d ever seen stood there smiling. Her large dark eyes complemented the perfect nose and high pale cheekbones as raven hair fell in locks upon her shoulders. She spoke in a melodic tone, her perfect white teeth highlighted by perfectly applied deep red lipstick.

“Hi, I’m Elle, your new neighbour. I thought it would be neighbourly to come over and introduce myself…”

“Oh, hi… eh, yes… Sorry, it’s just, I wasn’t expecting anyone, and when you knocked on the door… God, I’m rambling like an idiot… Sorry, I forget my manners, I’m John, by the way, John Buchanon. Would you like to come in?” Did I really just say that last bit?

“Yes, thank you so much, John. you’re very kind to invite me in.”

“I thought I noticed a removal truck yesterday,” he lied. “Er, would you like a drink of anything? I have some wine if you like that sort of thing. I take it you’ve been busy with unpacking and getting things sorted?” What is wrong with me!

“Do you have red?”

“Sure, it’s my favourite. Make yourself comfortable, I’ll be right back.”

John went into the kitchen, grabbed a couple of glasses, and a bottle of red. As he turned around he almost bumped into Elle for she was standing right behind him. Her rounded breasts beckoned a glance from him as they bulged from the short, black, silk v-neck dress she was wearing. He gulped uncontrollably and started to get hard. Oh, my God!

Elle pursed her lips slightly then smiled and caressed his bulging groin. She reached to take the bottle from his hand saying,

“Why don’t we take this upstairs where we can be more comfortable and get to know each other better?”

Initially, John began to object, but as he gazed into her eyes it all seemed to make perfect sense. She led him by the hand up the stairs and into the bedroom in an all too familiar way. They entered the bedroom and sat upon the bed.

“Do you remember me from your dreams? I’ve been calling you to come to me for a long, long time. This was all preordained, my love.” She said as her hand gently caressed his cheek.

In a trance-like state, he replied, “Yes,” as the memories of forgotten dreams seemed to resurface.

She kissed him full on the lips, exploring his mouth with her tongue and caressed his bulging groin before proceeding to undress him. pushing him gently down on the bed, she slipped off her dress, and they made love throughout the night…

Completely spent, John, lay listening to her in a daze as she spoke to him,

“I must go now my love, but tomorrow we will be together forever now that the obstacle is gone. First, I must mark you with this, for nothing ends lovemaking better than a true vampire’s kiss.”

Elle’s fangs punctured his neck and she drank deeply feeding upon his very life’s essence until he had nothing more to give.

John awoke with a start. The dream had been more potent than the others. It had all seemed so real… So much so, he actually examined his neck in the mirror before freshening up in the bathroom because it still hurt where Elle’s fangs had entered in his dream… “Phew! I must be losing it!”

***

The following evening, John was going over a poem he had written inspired by his dream…

True Vampire’s Kiss

You came to me mysteriously

Seductive… beauty… bliss

As we made love

You took my neck

With true vampire’s kiss

When I awoke

My neck did ache

I feared for a while

And when the mirror

Could not reflect

I could not help

But smile

This could be the premise for my last in the series! I have my mojo back!

John was suddenly interrupted from his thoughts by a knock on the door which rather startled him. He got goosebumps and a shiver ran down his spine as he paused and stared at the door. Get a grip! He admonished himself as he went to answer it.

“Hi, I’m Elle…”

-Kevin Cooper, 2019.

A Beginner’s Guide to the E Minor Pentatonic Scale

My new guitar method A Beginner’ s Guide to the E Minor Pentatonic Scale is live on  amazon. The book begins with basic information on how to read tablature or TABS with standard rhythmic notation and then jumps into musical exercises and scale exercises in open position. The seven chapters of A Beginner’s Guide to the E Minor Pentatonic Scale are divided according to the minor pentatonic scale positions on the guitar fretboard: open, 2nd, 4th, 7th, 9th, 12th, and 14th positions with a smaller section between each chapter connecting the adjacent positions on  the guitar. 

Although it may be used as a stand alone book, A Beginner’s Guide to the Pentatonic Scale is designed to be studied with a series of videos that I am uploading each week on my YouTube channel learnguitarandmore. Each video will include a musical or scale exercise from the book along with tips on how to improve the exercise. All of the exercises may be played over a 12-bar blues backing track which will also be included in each video.

 

This book is not a quick fix for becoming a rock star or a YouTube sensation. Its purpose is simply to aide in the memorization and facilitation of the e minor pentatonic scale from open position through the 14th position.

James E. Guin

 

 

For twenty years, James E. Guin has taught guitar in universities, colleges,  music conservatories, and music stores. Presently, he teaches online. Throughout his teaching career, he has used the format and progression in A Beginner’s Guide to the E Minor Pentatonic Scale to assist numerous students at becoming proficient in utilizing the minor and major pentatonic scales across the guitar fretboard. When not teaching music, James enjoys publishing fiction stories, throwing knives, eating Chinese cuisine, and spending time with his family.

James E. Guin can be found online at:

https://jameseguin.wordpress.com

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC-4aWcT9Fdkuut_Ey1M0PBA?view_as=subscriber

https://www.facebook.com/guinpublishing

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https://zekeguin.wixsite.com/guinpublishing

The Stranger

Her life changed forever when the stranger came to town…

Julie Williams has what most people would call an ideal life—a loving husband, a daughter in college, a son in the military. She and her husband Mark live in a small town where she owns and operates a coffee shop, Uncommon Grounds.

But Julie didn’t always have it so easy. Raised in a single parent household by a selfish and domineering mother who moved them around the country, she longed for stability and a place to call home.

When she decides to enlist the help of a local genealogist to search for information about her father, she learns shocking information about both parents.

Then a mysterious stranger with an apparent past connection to Julie arrives in town. He begins to watch her movements, ask questions, and hang around her coffee shop.

Who is the stranger? What does he want with Julie? Will he destroy the life she always wanted?

My Review: The Stranger is a beautiful tale which uncovers the mystery behind the secrets between a seemingly narcissistic mother and her daughter. It is not until after her mother’s death that Julie begins to uncover the truth about how and why they lived the way they did, constantly moving from place to place robbing her of the chance to make friends. Little did she know, it wasn’t the only thing in life she was robbed of.

This beautiful and well-written story of hope, healing, and forgiveness will keep you riveted from beginning to end.