XMAS The Snowman

My Favorite Seasonal Music Video

Howard Blake StudioRaymond Briggs’ The Snowman featured the song WALKING IN THE AIR (漫步雲端) composed by Howard Blake, originally sung by Peter Auty. In Shanghai in 2011, an all new recording was made in collaboration between Howard Blake with Mandarin lyrics & sung by my very close friend, TV host and Taiwanese music star  Shocann (修侃) with Howard Blake at the piano. Published by Highbridge Music Ltd.

As I revisit “The Snowman” each year and hear the first notes of this enchanting melody, I am reminded of the enduring magic that music can bring to our most cherished holiday traditions.

The Timeless Magic of The Snowman

The SnowmanOne winter’s night, a little boy rushes out into the wintry day to build a snowman, which comes alive in his dreams that night and an unforgettable adventure begins. Originally published in 1978 as a wordless picture book, this enchanting tale has become a beloved part of the holiday season for countless families. In 1982, “The Snowman” was adapted into an animated short film, further solidifying its place in popular culture.

The narrative unfolds through beautifully illustrated, evocative images, allowing you to interpret and imbue the story with your own emotions and imagination. The absence of words enhances the universality of the tale, making it accessible to diverse audiences around the world. Briggs’ distinctive artistic style is a hallmark of “The Snowman.” The use of soft, muted colors and gentle lines creates a dreamlike atmosphere that perfectly captures the magic of a snowy winter’s night.

The film’s soundtrack, featuring the enchanting WALKING IN THE AIR by Howard Blake, complements Briggs’ visuals and enhances the emotional depth of the story. Families gather to watch the film, and share in the joy and wonder that this endearing tale brings. The legacy of “The Snowman” is a testament to the power of storytelling and the enduring magic that can be found in a simple, snow-filled adventure. Decades later, Raymond Briggs’ “The Snowman” continues to weave its enchanting spell, reminding us of the importance of imagination, friendship, and the fleeting beauty of childhood, remaining a beacon of holiday magic.

The Ethereal Melody of Howard Blake’s “Walking in the Air”

The Snowman LP iconHoward Blake’s WALKING IN THE AIR is a musical masterpiece originally composed for the film, this ethereal and emotive piece has transcended its original context to become a cherished element of holiday celebrations around the globe.

A Musical Journey through the Sky: WALKING IN THE AIR serves as the iconic theme song for “The Snowman,” perfectly complementing the whimsical and magical atmosphere of the film as the young boy and the snowman take flight, soaring through the night sky over snow-covered landscapes. Blake’s composition captures the sense of wonder and adventure, transporting listeners into a world where dreams come to life which skillfully weaves together melodic brilliance and emotional depth. The hauntingly beautiful tune, adds a layer of innocence and purity. The melody evokes a sense of nostalgia and longing, making it a poignant and memorable piece that resonates with audiences of all ages.

A Timeless Holiday Anthem: Beyond its association with “The Snowman,” WALKING IN THE AIR has transcended its original context to become a timeless holiday anthem. The evocative nature of the composition captures the essence of the winter season, making it a staple in festive celebrations. The cultural impact of WALKING IN THE AIR extends beyond the English-speaking world, as it has been translated into multiple languages, emphasizing its global appeal which stands as a testament to the transformative power of music in storytelling. Its ability to evoke emotions, transport listeners to magical realms, and become a symbol of holiday joy has solidified its place in our cultural lexicon.

My Favorite Christmas Song

Raymond Briggs’ The Snowman
with Mandarin lyrics & sung by Shocann (修侃)
composed and piano by Howard Blake

Raymond Briggs’ The Snowman
in English & sung by Peter Auty
music and lyrics by Howard Blake

The original version of the animated film
was introduced by its author Raymond Briggs
but in 1985 David Bowie filmed his own introduction.

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Walking in the Air lyrics

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 trees
The rivers and the hills
The forests and the streams

Children gaze open mouth
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
Arousing of a mighty monster from its sleep

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

Shocann Clouds Walking in the Air

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