December 31st, 2008

Christmas, Advent

Advent 2008: When the River Meets the Sea

Is "Linus and Lucy" from A Charlie Brown Christmas a Christmas song? It was written for a Christmas special, so maybe it is. And with that in mind, let's turn our attention to a song that was written for one Christmas special, has appeared on more than one Christmas album, and lyrically has absolutely nothing at all to do with anything even remotely related to Christmas or the Christmas season. "When the River Meets the Sea" was written by Paul Williams for the 1977 Christmas special Emmet Otter's Jug-Band Christmas, and a couple years later it was recorded by John Denver for his album John Denver and the Muppets: A Christmas Together, though for whatever reason it didn't make it into the television special of the same name. Nevertheless, it's quite lovely, and frankly it's a little surprising to me that (according to the All Music Guide, at least) it's only been recorded by one artist other than Denver.

John Denver and Robin the Frog - When the River Meets the Sea (MP3, 6.2MB)

Previous Advent posts:

2003: This Little Babe
2004: The Rest on the Flight into Egypt
2005: New Year's Celebrators
2006: from "In Memoriam"
2007: The Adoration of the Shepherds