It’s Thanksgiving week, people! I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again – I really need to learn the art of not blinking, because every time I blink, time flies past at lightning speed!
I love this time of year, so I really do need to slow down like a turtle to enjoy the season thoroughly. You with me, fellow turtles?
Meanwhile, it’s Monday – this week’s theme is Thankful Songs because hello?! Thanksgiving is in mere days!! So grab your thanks and let’s dance, shall we?
Let’s start off with a group who found fame in the 90’s. This upbeat number is likely aimed at a friend or love, but it’s just vague enough that it doubles as a fan-appreciation anthem. And, you know, thankful.
Give a listen to Boyz II Men with “Thank You”:
Next up is one of my favorite artists who, upon her return from a six-week “goddess trip” to India with her mother and friends in 1996, wrote this Grammy-nominated single.
A reflection of the gratitude she felt during her journey, the track conveys dreaminess and extreme vulnerability; the blend of thoughtful chord progressions and the artist’s grungy, emotive voice makes for a synth-laden treat.
Here’s the inimitable Alanis Morissette with “Thank You”:
Next is another favorite artist singing about how she is blessed in many ways. The song was released in October 2001 as the second single from her Greatest Hits album, and became her fifth Country #1 single, topping the chart for one week.
Give a listen to the gorgeous Martina McBride with “Blessed”:
Next is a song from this artist’s debut album from 2003 – one of my favorite American Idol winners. The album itself debuted at number one on the American Billboard 200, then went on to be certified double platinum, with almost 3 million copies shipped.
Here’s the mega-talented Kelly Clarkson with “Thankful”:
There’s so much to love about Thanksgiving: the piles of food, the expressions of gratitude, that uncle that still tries to get you to pull his finger, the four-day weekend, etc. And yet, this late November feast of gluttony is easily the most underserved among the major U.S. holidays when it comes to one important factor: its songs.
Christmas, of course, has more carols and novelty numbers than you can shake a giant candy cane at. Easter comes complete with “Here Comes Peter Cottontail” and a basket-load of hymns. Valentine’s Day has its love ballads, the Fourth of July has plenty of appropriate songs, and Halloween has the entire Danzig catalog.
Let’s face it: There’s only one Thanksgiving song deep enough to rep the multilayered joys of Turkey Day.
Here’s the ever-entertaining Adam Sandler with “Thanksgiving Song”:
That’s a wrap for this week – have a great Monday and Happy Thanksgiving!
Now on to the particulars of Monday’s Music Move’s Me: I have the supreme honor and privilege of being a co-host with the inimitable Xmas Dolly and our musical cohorts, Callie from JAmericanSpice, and Naila Moon from Just the Stuff Ya Know.
Want to join in the fun? It’s easy – just find a tune that rocks your boat, post it and link up – don’t forget to grab Xmas Dolly…er, um, I mean her button…over at her place here.
Check out Xmas Dolly’s sidebar for the random themes we sport each week – and you can always ask for a specific theme of music you like, too. Check out the other music lovahs and let’s jam!