I am loving this song – “Christmas In New York” by Clara Barker.
I’ve probably been swayed because I’ve met the singer Clara (rhymes-with-Sarah) Barker and she’s pretty awesome all on her own, but her voice and this song are gorgeous.
The first verse mentions frozen hot chocolate from Serendipity, the restaurant where Marilyn Monroe and Andy Warhol used to hang out.
It’s got that “Fairytale In New York” vibe but without sounding like the kind of argument you pretend to ignore when you’re shopping for last minute presents on Christmas Eve.
It’s got the sweet, whimsical, “wouldn’t it be nice if…” feeling that you get imagining you’re walking home on a city street, bundled up in a cute yet appropriately expensive coat as the street lamps twinkle through the snow.
What more do you need?
There’s currently a Facebook campaign to get Clara to number 1 in the UK charts and you know deep down you don’t want the X Factor to churn out another auto-tuned droid to mindwipe the nation while we’re all distracted with the Dr Who Christmas Special.
You can buy the “Christmas In New York” single for a very civilsed £0.79 on iTunes (or find your way to her 2 full-to-bursting-with-amazingness albums) so there’s no excuse not to join the revolution.