December 15th – Footprints

Song: Footprints
Album: Barenaked for the Holidays
Performer: Barenaked Ladies
Writer: Ed Robertson
Year: 2004

You might remember the “most celebrated Canadian alt-rock band of the mid 90s” Christmas history with their song “Green Christmas” which was used in Ron Howard’s 2000 live-action Grinch movie. I don’t want to talk about that song… or about the fact that that was one of my favorite movie for a couple years. I want to talk about this pretty Christmas song from BNL’s 2004 Christmas album. It’s always nice to hear an original Christmas song but I think it’s often difficult to pull them off without being completely corny or derivative. I think that “Footprints” is a success. It’s an interesting concept, telling the story of a relationship which has ups and downs but ultimately has a happy ending. That whole story is told through the couple taking a stroll in the snow.