by JC PORTIS
What’s happening, folks? JC here for Tystenac’s Dragon Fire Music Reviews! With the holidays approaching, everyone is playing their favorite Christmas songs. So I thought I’d do a comparison review two of my favorites: “When Christmas Comes to Town” from the Polar Express (sung by Matthew Hall & Meagan Moore) and “Where Are You Christmas” from How the Grinch Stole Christmas (sung by Taylor Momsen).
Yeah, these aren’t normal little tunes you hear on your Christmas playlist or on the radio. However, I wanted to review this song mainly because of the passion behind both songs. Both have small children singing them, so I don’t want to judge these by talent as an overall factor. The meaning and the composure are the true factors of which song is greater here.
In the case of “Where Are You Christmas,” young Cindy Lou Who is explaining how she feels that the Christmas spirit that once engulfed her town is completely gone and that it’s all about buying things for everyone else and showing off your festivity. No one has true Christmas spirit or cares about a person in great need. In the version sung by Cindy Lou Who, it’s a beautiful ballad of flute and piano that makes you feel the emotion of this little girl who just wants the true Christmas spirit.
For “When Christmas Comes to Town,” two young children are singing about what they feel Christmas is truly about: the presents, the friends and family, and the wait for Santa Claus. The orchestral music behind the children makes a powerful statement as they about what they say is the “best time of the year.” You can’t help but wish Santa Claus was coming to bring you presents like you were a kid again when you hear this song.
Both “When Christmas Comes to Town” and “Where Are You Christmas” are amazing songs with meaning behind them. They tell stories that grab at your emotions and give you hope. Personally, I love both songs. Due to this being a comparison, though, I have to choose “When Christmas Comes to Town.” Cindy Lou Who is passionate, but the composition behind her isn’t as good as the other song. If we would use the Faith Hill version that was on the soundtrack, the Polar Express kids would have lost. It’s powerful and meaningful and you want to listen to it over and over again.
So guys, the Polar Express wins. I hope you all have an amazing Christmas, and I’ll see you in 2016 for more Dragon Fire Music Reviews!
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