Vince Guaraldi :: Little Birdie (Hour-Long Loop)

If it’s not abundantly clear, we’re big Autumn Heads here at AD. From our Equinox Spotify playlist to the Way Out Weather medley to the recent Autumn Hymnal outing to the Farewell Green Leaves mixtape and beyond, we’re all about music that sounds best when the nights get cool and the days get short. Though most associated with Christmastime, Peanuts composer Vince Guaraldi crafted music for all seasons. Case in point: “Little Birdie,” one of his rare vocal takes, originally featured in 1973’s A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving. I first heard it here on AD back in 2010 and it’s remained a steady favorite ever since. Joined by bassist Seward McCain, drummer Mike Clark, trumpeter Tom Harnell, and trombonist Chuck Bennett, Guaraldi stepped into Wally Heider Studios in San Francisco and cut this on July 18, 1974, and some 46 years later, YouTube user Cade Stricklin looped it for an hour and uploaded for us all to dig. Don’t expect an “Albatross” (Blend) or “Journeys In Satchidananda” styled layering of multiple versions and alternate takes. Don’t expect any sonic trickery at all. Just expect “Little Birdie,” that perfect groover, on repeat for a solid hour. What more could you need to get upside down? | j woodbury

Vince Guaraldi :: Little Birdie (Hour-Long Megamix)

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