The song, "Winter Wonderland," was written in 1934 -- in the middle of the Great Depression. Yet it's a beautiful tune full of hope.
At first glance, though, it can be hard to make sense of its chord progressions. In total, this song has 10 chords.
But why these chords specifically? The answer comes in stages. First, it helps to lay out the chords within the structure of time -- where the progressions align with the framework of measures.
Then the next step is to look at these patterns through the lens of music theory. To see the key and mode in the circle of fifths. And with this insight, you can understand how all of these chords are related to make this song great....