Monday’s Music Moves Me: Thanksgiving!

It’s that time of year again! That’s right, this week is BLACK FRIDAY!!

Just kidding, although that is this Friday. No, this week is Thanksgiving, when we thank Our Creator for all the blessings bestowed on us and eat lots of turkey and stuffing (we have ribs and mac & cheese) and sit around all day watching football and the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day parade, the end of which celebrates the reason for the season, SANTA CLAUS!!

Again, just kidding….

I always have trouble with this, and always have to cannibalize whatever Thanksgiving playlists I’ve used in the past to complete the assignment. This year is no different, although some of them are different. Anyway, here’s my Thanksgiving 2018 playlist.

  1. Sam & Dave, “I Thank You” Sam Moore and Dave Prater made some sweet soul music for Stax in the ’60’s and beyond. “I Thank You” was written and produced by Isaac Hayes and David Porter.
  2. Sly & The Family Stone, “Thank You (Falletinme Be Mice Elf Again)” Funk was almost invented by Sly and his Family, for which we should all be grateful.
  3. Frankie Valli, “Can’t Take My Eyes Off Of You” It seems like this topped the WLS Silver Dollar Survey forever in ’68 and ’69. A beautiful love song that has the singer thanking God he’s alive. I feel that way these days.
  4. ABBA, “Thank You For The Music” I had to include this, because I play so much music here.
  5. Bob Hope and Shirley Ross, “Thanks For The Memory” Bob Hope was an amazing guy, and a great American, even though he was born in England. He spent his Christmases entertaining US service members for years. That’s dedication and selflessness. This was his theme song.
  6. OCP Session Choir, “Now Thank We All Our God” I was talking to Mary about this week’s theme, and she said “you ought to have a couple of good old Catholic drinking songs.” So I found this one and the next. Interestingly enough, most of the good old hymns were Lutheran.
  7. OCP Session Choir, “Come, Ye Thankful People, Come” OCP is Oregon Catholic Press. These are songs from one of their hymnals, Journeysongs.
  8. Adam Sandler and Kevin Nealon, “The Thanksgiving Song” Figured we needed some levity here.
  9. Andrew Gold, “Thank You For Being A Friend” You will, of course, recognize this as the theme song for The Golden Girls. I think I mentioned once that I watched a lot of GG reruns when I was in the hospital.
  10. Bing Crosby and Rosemary Clooney, “Count Your Blessings” From Holiday Inn White Christmas (thanks, Ed!), which also starred Danny Kaye and Vera-Ellen. One of those songs that really gets to you.

And that’s Monday’s Music Moves Me for November 19, 2018.

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26 thoughts on “Monday’s Music Moves Me: Thanksgiving!

  1. In my childhood, Thanksgiving was the really big holiday for my family (as Jews, we didn’t have Christmas, and Hanukkah wasn’t as big as it is now). In my teen years I so looked forward to going to the apartment of my father’s sister and hanging with her two teenaged daughters. A lot to be thankful for. Both ABBA and Bing touched my heart but, as usual, you put together an excellent playllst for the topic. Like others, I can’t believe Thanksgiving is almost here.


  2. I love this season and we have some chilly weather to go with it. Great selection of mewsic and quite a variety of songs. I can’t believe it is Thanksgiving already and it seems this year has just flown by. Happy Thanksgiving to you and Mary.


  3. That’s a cheerful group. It’s such a nice time of year for me and I hope for you and Mary as well. ๐Ÿ™‚
    Sly and ABBA are tops here!


  4. All of these are great songs even the organ filled ones that i might not listen to all the time but they are good. Unfortunately I was stopped dead when i wanted to listen to the Adam Sandler song. I couldn’t go any further but I do know the last ones. I love that last song with with Rosemary and Bing. Bob Hope is the best as far as I am concerned and I am so thankful(ha!) for ABBA…I love that song


  5. โ€œCome, Ye Thankful People, Comeโ€ – Ah, the children’s choir after Sunday School – fond memories (for the kids, probably not the adults).


  6. Great songs. I’ll be cooking our turkey as usual this year. Not a big to-do but one of only a couple of times the whole family is together now that the kids are all grown.


  7. Wow, John that’s what I really like about you… you get right down to the heart of things and you really know your music. Hey, we chose the same song…well, one anyway! ABBA.. they came back when they sang for that movie Mama Mia. I’ll tell ya what though I still haven’t decided if I’m ready for all this holiday stuff and ask anyone I AM A HOLIDAY PERSON… practically all year around. Anyway back to rock & roll… lovin’ your choices…. but I do have to run to a doctor’s appointment, but I will say again you’re still the best guy on the block for music! HUGS AND HAPPY TURKEY DAY my friend! I’m very thankful you’re with us and to you & yours HAPPY THANKSGIVING!


  8. +1 for ABBA. ๐Ÿ™‚

    You sure about “Count Your Blessings” coming from Holiday Inn? I thought it came from White Christmas; the Writ of Common Wisdom (Wikipedia) seems to confirm that.

    In any case, every year the Michigan Theater in town has a White Christmas sing-along the Friday evening after Thanksgiving. It starts with Christmas carols (which are legal after Thanksgiving here) followed by a “slightly subtitled” showing of White Christmas, which prompts us to use a few props they give out, and to sing along to the songs.

    I’ve always loved the Thanksgiving-Christmas-New Year holiday season; probably caught that from my Mom. And this year we have an Actual Mantel And Hearth (TM) to decorate!


    1. Darn it! I was thinking “White Christmas” and even had the cast right, and wrote “Holiday Inn.” I’ll fix that.

      My mom loved this season, too. So do I, even though we don’t decorate (cats, you know).


  9. Really like your song selection. Especially like the ABBA song. I’m a big fan of ABBA believe it or not. Hope you and Mary have a great Thanksgiving.


  10. John,

    I love your sense of humor! ๐Ÿ˜€ I’m still scratching my head in bewilderment of how we come to be at the start of the holiday season so soon. Life has thrown some wrenches in the bucket and I’m fighting the urge to cave because I know when I do THAT gives Satan an added feather in his cap. I am not going to do that! I’m constantly reminding myself of the good surrounding me even when it seems like things are falling apart. I’ve turned over the problem areas for God to tend to, after all, He is in control of all things. I’ll just leave it to the pro…I mean Master! ๐Ÿ˜‰

    I’m gonna enjoy your playlist while I finish things in the kitchen this morning. We’re having Thanksgiving dinner with our oldest daughter, granddaughter, her beau, and our son. The only family member missing is our youngest daughter who lives in Maine. sigh We’ll have a good time with plenty to eat while we count our blessings. I hope you and Mary have a lovely Thanksgiving. May God you, my friend!


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