Thanksgiving week! Can you believe it? I do like it better when Thanksgiving is ‘early’ like this year, since that means an extra week to get ready for Christmas on the other side. Usually I have my Christmas shopping done by Thanksgiving weekend so I can relax through the hectic portion of the season. For some reason I haven’t managed to do that for quite a number of years – now that I think about it, it’s been ever since kids arrived on the scene. Imagine that!
I love Thanksgiving – even though I’ll spend hours cooking up a giant feast, it’s relaxing in its own way, and I love everyone enjoying said feast. That makes me happy. Plus, there doesn’t seem to be anything more delicious than Thanksgiving leftovers, am I right?
Meanwhile, it’s Monday, and Monday means music! For the month of November, our Honorary Conductor and Spotlight Dancer is none other than little old me! The theme I chose for this week – since it’s Thanksgiving week – “songs about thankfulness or Thanksgiving”. Let’s get this party started!
Let’s start with 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 inimitable Kelly Clarkson with “Thankful”:
Next up is another American Idol winner (12th season), and a sentimental pick that proves that as long as your family is beside you, home is wherever you want to make it. Perfect for Thanksgiving!
Give a listen to Phillip Phillips with “Home”:
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 talented Alanis Morissette with “Thank U”:
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 cohort, the awesome Cathy from Curious as a CAThy, and while our beloved Callie of JAmerican Spice is taking a break, our friend Michelle from Musings and Merriments with Michelle is helping out with hostess duties! And, for the month of November, our Honorary Conductor and Spotlight Dancer is me!
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!
Stacy from Stacy Uncorked