Time for the annual Thanksgiving “thanks!” post. I’m thankful for a lot of things. Right now I’m thankful that I did this post two years ago, and that all the songs in it were in a playlist, although one of them has been blocked in this country by WMG, because they can. But there was a ready substitute. I added a couple of songs, too.
- Bob Hope, “Thanks For The Memory” He sang this with Shirley Ross in the movie The Big Broadcast of 1938 (where this was taken from) and Hope used it for years as his theme song. He used to sing it at the end of all his specials.
- Sam & Dave, “I Thank You” This song was written by David Porter and Isaac Hayes and recorded by S&D in 1968. It reached #9 on the Hot 100 and #4 on the R&B chart that year, and was covered by ZZ Top on their 1979 album Degüello.
- Sly & The Family Stone, “Thank You (Falletinme Be Mice Elf Again)” This is a 1969 song and managed to reach #1 on the R&B chart, and reached #1 on the Hot 100 in February 1970.
- John Denver, “Thank God I’m A Country Boy” This was on his 1974 album Back Home Again, but it was this live version, from 1975’s An Evening With John Denver, that reached #1 on the Hot 100 and the Country chart. 1975 was evidently a big year for country and pop crossovers.
- Led Zeppelin, “Thank You” From their 1969 album Led Zeppelin II, written by Robert Plant and Jimmy Page.
- ABBA, “Thank You For The Music” This was on ABBA’s 1977 album, ABBA: The Album and was used as the title track from their 1983 compilation album in 1983. It wasn’t released as a single in the US, evidently.
- Céline Dion, “Thank You” A quintessential Céline Dion song.
- Otis Redding, “I Want To Thank You” From his 1965 album The Great Otis Redding Sings Soul Ballads.
- Kelly Clarkson, “Thankful” Title track from her 2003 debut album, but wasn’t released as a single. I know we have some Kelly Clarkson fans here.
- Cynthia Fee, “Thank You For Being A Friend” Written and originally performed by Andrew Gold, who released it as a single in 1978, which went to #25 nationally. I would have used that version, but as I mentioned previously, WMG blocked it for the US and probably several other countries. This is the version Cynthia Fee did as the theme song for The Golden Girls.
And that’s Monday’s Music Moves Me for November 20, 2017.
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This playlist is relatively short; I had originally intended on coming up with ten songs that had “thanks” or “thank you” in the title, but I only found six. When I looked at the six, I realized that yeah, I have a lot to be thankful for, and that the songs I had chosen tied in with what I’m thankful for.
- Thank You – Led Zeppelin: This beautiful song captures the way I feel about Mary, for whom I’m thankful every minute of every day.
- Thank You For Being A Friend – Andrew Gold: Naturally, with my obsession with TV themes, I immediately associate this one with The Golden Girls. In fact, until today I didn’t realize the theme was an actual complete song. When I was in the hospital after my stroke, one of the TV stations they had was (I think) Lifetime, and they must have shown half a dozen reruns of this every day. I think that stay in the hospital made me truly appreciate being alive, and I’m thankful to the doctors and staff at Wellstar Kennestone Hospital for helping me get back on my feet, and for working things out for us financially because I was two weeks away from my insurance with my new company at the time kicking in.
- Thank You Fallettinme Be Mice Elf Again – Sly and the Family Stone: Of course, this one is for my family. I tell people that I was born a Gypsy and stolen by a roving band of Irish schoolteachers, but really, I’m eternally grateful to them for putting up with me and for making me what I am today (
whatever that is).
- Thank You For The Music – ABBA: Music is an enormous part of my life, as I’m sure you’ve figured out by now. I miss playing the guitar, at least to the degree I was playing before the stroke, but I’m thankful to all the people who make the music, who write it, and who post a lot of it on YouTube so I can share it with you.
- Thanks For The Memory – Bob Hope and Shirley Ross: From “The Big Broadcast of 1938.” This is for the memories I have, good and bad, that provide me with lots of things to talk about here. It’s also for comedians like Bob Hope who have brought me lots of laughs and good times all my life.
- I Thank You – Sam and Dave: This is for my cats, both past and present. I’ve already said, if I get to Heaven and they aren’t there waiting for me, I ain’t going in. There’s a crowd waiting for me at the Rainbow Bridge, and Pope Francis did say they’d be there…
I got through the whole list, and I realized I forgot one of the most important things I’m thankful for: YOU, my readers. You make doing this worthwhile. So, let me share one more song, which I didn’t include in the playlist because (a) it doesn’t have “thanks” or “thank you” in the title and (b) it’s from a Christmas movie. Here are Bing Crosby and Rosemary Clooney, from the movie “White Christmas,” with “Count Your Blessings Instead Of Sheep.”
That’s Monday’s Music Moves Me for November 23, 2015. Thanks for watching!
Today marks one year of blogging daily. I started during last July’s Ultimate Blog Challenge, and I’ve been going ever since.
I’ve really been having a blast doing this. I’ve enjoyed participating in blogging challenges like the A to Z Challenge, the Battle of the Bands, A Round of Words in 80 Days, Linda Hill’s Stream of Consciousness Saturday, and Mama Kat’s Pretty Much Famous Writers’ Workshop. I’ve enjoyed coming up with ideas for my daily posts, and especially the comments I get from you, my readers. Thank you for reading and for leaving your comments. It’s what makes this worthwhile.
Now, in case you’re wondering if all of this is leading up to me saying, “It’s been a slice, but I’m outta here,” let me assure you, you don’t get rid of me that easily. But I didn’t want this occasion to pass without thanking you for your support, and to let you know that the Battle of the Bands follows shortly…