To be honest, I don't really like the movie The Polar Express. And to continue being honest, I am not a big Josh Groban fan. However, I love this song that Josh Groban sings from that movie. It is, I think, perfect for what it attempts to do. It is haunting, ethereal, but also very powerful. The first lines are, "Children sleeping, snow is softly falling, dreams are calling, like bells in the distance. We were dreamers, not so long ago. But one by one we all had to grow up. When it seems the magic slipped away, we find it all again on Christmas day...."
The song sounds like the scene it describes. You can hear the snow falling. The background voices give it an otherworldly, dreamy quality. The lush harmonies, the swelling, ascending melodic line give it great power.
I also love the lyrics--"We were dreamers not so long ago, but one by one, we all had to grow up" is really well-written.
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