Monday has arrived – and you know what that means… music! For the month of November, our Spotlight Dancer is our friend Robin from Songbird’s Crazy World! The theme selected for this week is “In honor of Thanksgiving, songs that spell out the word “grateful”.” Sad to say I’m not playing by the rules this week, as I was overwhelmed with a long work week and didn’t have enough time to peruse the selections to pick out 8 songs for the ‘grateful’ moniker. Robin, please forgive me?
Instead, I opted with ‘thankful’ type songs in honor of Thanksgiving this week – I even went so far as to look up the difference between ‘grateful’ and ‘thankful:
The Oxford Dictionary defines the word thankful as “pleased and relieved.” Both of those are great feelings. … The Oxford Dictionary defines the word grateful as “showing an appreciation of kindness.” This is where the difference lies; being thankful is a feeling, and being grateful is an action.
So I’m pretty sure I will be ‘close enough’ right? Right?! 😉 Bottom line is I’m grateful for your indulgence, and thankful for each and every one of you! Let’s get this grateful and thankful Thanksgiving party started, shall we?
Let’s start with a song that pretty much sums up Thanksgiving 2020 – this song is for all the Grandmas who usually host Thanksgiving. The Holderness’s always bring a bit of levity to brighten anyone’s day, and we can certainly use that in 2020, no?
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 reflected in this sentimental song. And of course we’re thankful (and grateful) for her.
Give a listen to 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 country songs from the 90’s – it was released in June 1993 as the lead single from their album, and reached number-one on the U.S. Billboard Hot Country Songs chart and on the Canadian RPM Country Tracks chart. It also peaked at number 17 on the U.S. Billboard Bubbling Under Hot 100 chart.
I suppose it could be considered an earworm, but I’m certainly not complaining. And you’re welcome. 😉
That’s a wrap for this week – have a great Monday and Happy Thanksgiving! Please stay safe and healthy!
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, Callie of JAmerican Spice, and Alana of Ramblin’ with AM!
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!
Robin from Songbird’s Crazy World