Thursday, December 26, 2013

White Flight

You don't notice how many Christmas songs are about snow until you move to Los Angeles.  In fact, that's the original point of Irving Berlin's "White Christmas," as demonstrated by the rarely-sung verse:

The sun is shining, the grass is green
The orange and palm trees sway
There's never been such a day
In Beverly Hills, L.A.

But it's December the 24th
And I'm longing to be up North.

Of course, no one sings that any more. The song first became associated with WWII and all those soldiers overseas, and it hasn't stopped being popular since, but no one thinks it's about LA.  Though I sometimes fill in the verse myself before the song starts.

But that's hardly the only example of snow songs:


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