Album notes: "Franz Gruber and Joseph Mohr wrote this. I think it's one of the prettiest tunes ever composed. I loved it as a child and still do."
19 December 1993 - [Hansen: "You call Silent Night the prettiest tune ever composed. What do you think makes this particular tune so beautiful?"] "Well, I'm sure the Tin Pan Alley analysts could work this out better than I can, but it's just an extremely satisfying melody that comes with a whole bunch of good associations. And there's something inherent in the music though, that there's a calm quality to the music that reflects perfectly the content of the lyrics and the depth of the thought that's being expressed in the lyrics. It' s really a well-written song." - from "Revisiting Traditional Carols with Bruce Cockburn" by Liane Hansen, Weekend Edition, National Public Radio, 19 December 1993. Submitted by Nigel Parry.
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