I was reading the Guardian this evening when I saw a small feature about the ten best Christmas songs. Clicking on the link, I recognized all of the songs, except one.
It’s called “Walking in the Air” and it didn’t sound like any Christmas song that I was familiar with. It’s from the 1982 short animated film, “The Snowman”, based on Raymond Briggs’s book, The Snowman. It’s the story of a young boy who builds a snowman, and at the stroke of midnight, the snowman comes to life. They have adventures until the sun rises and the snowman melts. The film is silent except for the song, “Walking in the Air”, a haunting and lovely song. The film is shown every Christmas season in the UK, and it has been shown in the US, as well. But it’s not in our pantheon of classic Christmas songs or movies, like Rudolph, the Red-Nosed Reindeer.
It’s a lovely little piece, and I hope you take a few minutes to watch and listen. The song is just beautiful and a little melancholy.
I love finding new things.