It took Irving Berlin a couple of go's at 'White Christmas' before it would become the song we all adore. His first draft had the song describing the LA scenesters as they sat around the pool drinking cocktails during the hot climes over the season. Understandably it fell flat on its face but on coming back to the song a couple of years later Berlin decided to relocate it to snowy New York, in what is perhaps the idyllic scene we all have of Christmas as the wind and snow pile in while the open fire provides the necessary respite.
Even when it doesn't snow in New York the city lights up like no other over the holidays, there are open-air skating rinks and Christmas trees that are big enough to compete with the city's skyscrapers. And that's before you even get to the stories unfolding beneath the colourful decorations, like the romances gone wrong that take several turns within New York's many police departments. You can hear about one of them on the The Pogues and Kirsty MacColl's heartbreaking 'Fairytale of New York'. Like the city itself there are many more seasonal stories to absorb like Marah's 'New York Is A Christmas Kind Of Town' which can be filed away for those times when your own patch of ground doesn't quite measure up to the blazing atmosphere of the Big Apple.
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