Hello Monday! Hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving! Anyone else need another day or two to recover from the long weekend? No? Just me? Alrighty then! Since it is Monday, that of course means music! For the month of November, our Spotlight Dancer is our fearless leader and brainchild of Monday’s Music Moves Me, our very own Marie of Xmas Dolly! This week’s theme: “Thankful songs.” Let’s get this thankful party started!
Let’s start off with a song that if you’re ever feeling down, just listen to the first 40 seconds of this song where the artist talks to a child about all the simple joys we have to be thankful for. No doubt that tender and adorable moment will put a smile on your face, and the uplifting rhythm and earnest vocal performance that follows will bring you back to holding your head up high.
Get ready for goosebumps, here’s Kehlani with “Thank You”:
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.
Give a listen to the inimitable Kelly Clarkson during her AOL Sessions in 2003 with “Thankful”:
Next up is a song from an American Christian folk singer who releases a new song to digital platforms on the first Friday of every month since 2017. This song was released way back in April, but it definitely fits with this week’s theme. The artist said:
“At some point in our lives, we all want someone to believe in us, to remind us there is beauty in the world, and to tell us that everything’s going to be ok. There is a child in all of us, and that’s who I make music for.
I’m never quite able to comprehend that millions of you listen to my music regularly. It is an incredible honor to know that thousands of mothers play my lullabies for their children every night. I’m thrilled every time I hear a story about a heart being soothed by the songs I put out into the world.
I’m grateful that you would invite my voice and music into your home.”
Give a listen to the ultra talented JJ Heller with “Things I’m Thankful For”:
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. 😉
Get ready to dance, here’s Sawyer Brown with “Thank God for You”:
That’s a wrap for this week – see you on the dance floor!
For this new year, the 4M crew is operating a bit differently. If you have a theme idea, submit your request by email. Each person’s suggestion(s) will be credited accordingly – unless someone wants to volunteer for the monthly co-host spot, then we won’t be looking for anyone to fill it in 2023. It’s tough to commit for 4-weeks. The object is to keep things fun!
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!