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CHRISTMAS TUNES: Julie Felzien of Lincoln plays piano during church service Sunday morning at Raymond United Methodist Church. She performed a few songs recently recorded on her Christmas album, Christmas Card to the World 2018. (Staff Photo by Clayton Karloff)

RAYMOND – Julie Felzien’s fingers moved across the piano keys at Raymond United Methodist Church Sunday morning.

Songs of worship as well of songs for the upcoming holiday filled the church. The Lincoln woman and longtime piano player and instructor said she occasionally plays for services.

But this weekend, Felzien was also at the church to share music from her newest recording.

With the holiday season in full swing, Felzien said she’s released the latest edition of her annual Christmas album, Christmas Card to the World 2018. This music can be found on her website itsallpiano.com, where it can be streamed or downloaded for free.

“Some people bake cookies, some decorate their yards, I play songs,” Felzien said. “I’m just glad I could do this. I love teaching and it’s nice to give something back, hoping it brings something kind and hopeful for Christmas.”

Felzien said she enjoys playing music for others to enjoy, but also wants to avoid the quagmire of copyrighting that would come with selling the music for profit.

“A lot of people don’t get the chance to hear real people play real music,” she said. “So it’s free and there for people to enjoy,”

Last year was the first time she produced a Christmas album. Both this year’s and last year’s albums consist of piano music styled after Christmas caroling and pop songs.

This year’s “Christmas Card” includes songs such as I’ll Be Home for Christmas, Holly and the Ivy, Away in the Manger, Hallelujah and O Holy Night.

Felzien said she learned to play the piano when she was 7 years old. She earned a Bachelor of Music degree from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln in 1982. She began giving private piano lessons in 1999 and also now works part-time with Malcolm Public School’s junior and senior high choir.

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