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Straight No Chaser is the place for jazz lovers (and those who will soon be jazz lovers) to enjoy podcasts with their favorite music and artists. Winner of the 2017 JazzTimes Readers' Poll for Best Podcast, your host Jeffrey Siegel will take you inside the world of jazz, from the new releases to the best festiva;s to remembrances of jazz legends.

"Some Children See Him"

Dec 20, 2009

"Some Children See Him" is a Christmas song written in 1951 by Wihla Hutson and Alfred S. Burt. Burt, the son of an Episcopal minister, was a jazz musician who composed well-known carols like "The Star Carol" and "Caroling, Caroling", recorded respectively by Peggy Lee and Nat King Cole. Regrettably, he passed away far too young, at the age of 33 from cancer.

The message of "Some Children See Him" is less religious than one of tolerance and acceptance of others. Lyrics like:

Some children see Him almond-eyed,
this Savior whom we kneel beside.
some children see Him almond-eyed,
with skin of yellow hue.
Some children see Him dark as they,
sweet Mary's Son to whom we pray.
Some children see him dark as they,
and, ah! they love Him, too! 

make this a song as relevant today as when it was first written.

This version is recorded by Dave Grusin, best known for his smooth jazz keyboards and award-winning movie scores (eight Oscar nominations, including a win for The Milagro Beanfield War) Grusin is the "G" in the GRP Records label, created with Lee Rosen in 1994.