It’s Thanksgiving week, people! Is it just me, or does Thanksgiving seem ‘early’ this year? I mean, it’s always the fourth Thursday of November, but I think because there are five Thursday’s this year, it’s a week earlier than ‘normal’. Either that, or when it ends up being at the end of November, people consider it ‘late’.
Because it’s Thanksgiving week, our theme this week is of course “Tunes with the word Thankful, or Thanks, or about Thanksgiving – or tunes about what you are thankful for!” Grab your thanks and let’s dance, shall we?
Let’s start off with a song that outlines many Thanksgiving things – like difficult in-laws, political arguments and misbehaving kids that are often a typical part of a family’s Thanksgiving celebration. I always love seeing what creative new way this funny family takes popular songs and spins them into delightful Thanksgiving ditties.
This year they’ve outdone themselves with a Thanksgiving-themed mashup of hit songs, as they sing of all the very real struggles that come with turkey day, from grandparents who can’t figure out how to work the remote control to failed attempts at cooking.
The catchy video includes hit songs such as Luis Fonsi’s “Despacito” and Sia’s, “Chandelier,” and shows the family trying to survive the relatable trials of hosting Thanksgiving dinner. The dad even dons spandex and a Sia wig in the video – trust me, it’s hilarious. He was quoted as saying:
“Thanksgiving is the time to be around those with whom you are most comfortable. It means people will say what they mean, do what they want, and get all up in your business. There will be a million generation gaps leading to endless unintentional comedy.
This, of course, is all wonderful and it’s why it’s probably my favorite holiday.”
Without further ado, here’s the hilarious Holderness Family with their latest Thanksgiving Mash-up:
Next up is the very first winner of Fox TV’s first American Idol competition during the summer of 2002, where this artist went from an anonymous talent to a nationally known singer in a matter of months, performing for an audience of millions.
She has a lot to be thankful for, which is relfected in this sentimental song.
Without further ado, here’s the inimitable Kelly Clarkson during her AOL Sessions in 2003 with “Thankful”:
It’s becoming a tradition to share this next song during this week, because you simply cannot not have this song represent.
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 under-served 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”:
Last, but certainly not least, 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 talented Alanis Morissette with “Thank U”:
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 cohort, Callie from JAmericanSpice, and our awesome friend Cathy, from Curious as a Cathy.
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!