The Snowman

Now I know where Frosty the Snowman came from…I would prefer our children to see this film and listen to this music…the lyrics, the music, this boys voice…come from somewhere magical.  Every now and again, man creates something that is worthy of ringing through eternity.

Lyrics…”Walking in the Air”

We’re walking in the air
We’re floating in the moonlit sky
The people far below are sleeping as we fly

I’m holding very tight
I’m riding in the midnight blue
I’m finding I can fly so high above with you

Far across the world
The villages go by like dreams
The rivers and the hills
The forests and the streams

Children gaze open-mouthed
Taken by surprise
Nobody down below believes their eyes

We’re surfing in the air
We’re swimming in the frozen sky
We’re drifting over icy
Mountains floating by

Suddenly swooping low on an ocean deep
Rousing up a mighty monster from his sleep

We’re walking in the air
We’re dancing in the midnight sky
And everyone who sees us greets us as we fly

9 thoughts on “The Snowman

      • I primarily am attracted to the music piece “Walking in the Air”…composed by Howard Blake. I stumbled upon this beautiful song at my sons holiday choir performance. It moved me…seeing some 20 kids ages 5 to 9 singing this sublime music just days after a citizen gunned down kids this same age…this song….the melody…and the film…has a deep meaning to me…it summarizes a big piece of this blog.

        I believe this is an actual clip from the original…here is background on the film/animation…..”The Snowman was adapted as a 26-minute animated film by Dianne Jackson for the fledgling British public-service Channel 4. It was first telecast on 26 December 1982 and was an immediate success. It was nominated for the 1982 Academy Award for Animated Short Film.
        The film story is told through pictures, action and music, scored by Howard Blake. It is wordless like the book, except for the song “Walking in the Air”. In addition to the orchestral score, performed in the film by the Sinfonia of London, Blake composed the music and lyrics of the song, performed by a St Paul’s Cathedral choirboy Peter Auty.
        The film ranks 71 on the 100 Greatest British Television Programmes, a year 2000 list drawn up by the British Film Institute, based on a vote by industry professionals. It was voted number 4 in UKTV Gold’s Greatest TV Christmas Moments.”

      • Thank you very much, Tincup, for providing some pertinent information on this little animated gem from the past. SoundEagle will endeavour to watch it again when time permits. Merry Christmas to you, your son and your family! It is already Boxing Day here . . . .

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