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Nov 22, 2007

Thanksgiving Mix Tape

On the mind of my friend J: a Mix CD with a theme of thanks and appreciation.  What to include?  Can you help with a list of must-have standards and less-common tracks you know that she doesn't yet?

  • Kind & Generous -- 10,000 Maniacs
  • Mediate -- INXS
  • Thank You (falettin me be mice elf again) -- Sly and the Family Stone,
  • Dear Mama -- Tupac
  • Without You -- Ayo
  • Thank You For... -- Hall & Oates
  • Thank You For Being a Friend -- Carole King

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*recent J-mixes featured in her multimedia trivia nights: "States" (featuring Michelle Shocked's "Anchorage" <-click for nice video and mention of not one but THREE cities and states.**) and "Animals" (featuring Bruce Cockburn's "Wondering Where the Lions Are").

**Speaking of songs with state names...

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"I Thank You" - Sam and Dave
"You Didn't Have to be so Nice" - Lovin' Spoonful
"Lakes of Ponchartrain" - Be Good Tanyas
"(Girl with the) Far Away Eyes" - Rolling Stones
"Thank You" - Bonnie Raitt
"How Sweet it is (to be Loved by you)" - James Taylor
"Thank You for Sending Me an Angel" - Talking Heads
"Thank You Friends" - Big Star
"Give Thanks and Praises" - Bob Marley
"Glad Tidings" - Van Morrison
"Watching the Wheels" - John Lennon
"It's a Wonderful Life" - Sparklehorse
"I'm So Happy When You're Near" - The Shaggs
"You got It" - Roy Orbison

and i don't care what the theme is, a Thanksgiving mix has to include
"Alice's Restaurant" - Arlo Guthrie

Posted by: Barry | Nov 22, 2007 6:18:26 PM

I am a near-illiterate, musically speaking. But Happy Thanksgiving, Phil!

Posted by: Lisa | Nov 22, 2007 6:34:15 PM

"How Sweet It Is" - Marvin Gaye

Posted by: Celeste | Nov 22, 2007 6:39:00 PM

Oh and of course "Praise You" by Fatboy Slim and its source track "Take Yo' Praise" by Camille Yarbrough.

Barry -- for some reason, I have a hard time thinking of you as a James Taylor fan. Not long ago I heard a radio broadcast from some live performance in Massachusetts, and the MC was making a big intro to "Massachusetts' own James Taylor". Because others love JT so much, I completely OD'd by the time I was ~23 and I avert my ears when he comes on. [He probably doesn't read the Archer Pelican (any more) either.]

Oh but you make me remember another song: Louis Armstrong's "What a Wonderful World". Or the fantastic cover/medley by Iz Kamakwiwo'ole.

And thanks for reminding me of "Alice's Restaurant". I borrowed the LP from a hallmate in '86, and I spent the next 18 Thanksgivings planning to return it to him. I finally gave up worrying about it. My friend Tim and I once tried to recite "Alice's Restaurant" from memory to pass the time while installing a fencing strip. We were surprised at how poorly we did.

Hi Lisa! I hope you're hanging in there for the holiday ;-)

Celeste -- you've reminded me of "My Girl", which I think fits on a list of "appreciation" songs.

Posted by: Phil | Nov 22, 2007 7:18:53 PM

JT has his moments. I don't have "How Sweet. . ." on the iTunes, but it's pretty indelibly etched in the memory circuits.

Good call on Wonderful World. Joey Ramone did a version of it on the posthumous "Don't Worry About Me."

Posted by: Barry | Nov 22, 2007 7:38:01 PM

"A Few of My Favorite Things" -- Rodgers and Hammerstein
"Thank Heaven for Little Girls" -- Bob Hope
"Sunshine on my Shoulders" -- John Denver
"You're Gonna Miss Me When I'm Gone" - (sort of appreciation) - Brooks & Dunn
"You Make Me Feel Like a Natural Woman" -- Carole King
"Somebody Saved Me" -- Pete Townshend
"Wind Beneath My Wings" - (ugh, I hate this song) - Bette Midler
"Without You" -- David Bowie

Posted by: Phil | Nov 22, 2007 7:54:03 PM

Ditch Bob Hope and go straight for the Chevalier version.

Posted by: Barry | Nov 22, 2007 9:37:06 PM

Thanks, Barry. I'm clearly not as sophisticated as you are, but in the words of John Denver, "Thank God I'm a Country Boy".

Posted by: Phil | Nov 23, 2007 11:39:51 AM

"thanks for the memories" by bob hope. altho i knew it first as a fairly cheesy theme song, the original (duet w/ shirley ross) is bittersweet & heartbreaking.

Posted by: georg | Nov 23, 2007 11:43:02 AM

Oh and all: "Thank You For the Music" -- ABBA :-)

And and let's not forget "Cryptik Souls Crew" -- with Len thanking for the moolah.

Posted by: Phil | Nov 23, 2007 1:04:47 PM

Oh and all: "Thank You For the Music" -- ABBA :-)

And and let's not forget "Cryptik Souls Crew" -- with Len thanking for the moolah.

Posted by: Phil | Nov 23, 2007 1:06:55 PM

Thanks, Barry. I'm clearly not as sophisticated as you are, but in the words of John Denver, "Thank God I'm a Country Boy".

Friend of mine wrote a knock off of this song back in our high school days. As i recall, the chorus went something like:

Well, i got me a bike and i got me a token
And i'll make it home if my head don't get broken
Life is a bummer from the Bronx to Hoboken
Good God i'm a city boy

Posted by: Barry | Nov 24, 2007 11:00:06 PM

ha!!! I totally forgot about this!

great local band "Mosadi Music" has a great song called "Appreciate" which was the inspiration for this whole endeavor.

um, duh, Alanis: THANK YOU INDIA!

And I think I will include the weepies "Happiness" as well...

Posted by: jenny cook | Nov 25, 2007 6:56:14 PM

Oh and Dido's "Thank You", which I somehow didn't get sick of during it's months of heavy rotation a few years back.

Posted by: Phil | Jul 31, 2008 12:34:22 PM

Shaggy -- "Girl You're My Angel"

Posted by: Phil | Nov 30, 2008 12:33:20 AM