My Quarantine Thanksgiving Playlist

Thanksgiving Peace Love & Rock

Back in the early-Eighties, while taking a college history/political science class, I was required to read a relatively new book at the time by a professor named Howard Zinn. That book was People’s History of the United States. That book changed my life. I had been aware of various “forgotten” stories in our nation’s history since my dad and uncle were both history teachers. Additionally, my favorite high school teacher, next to another one of my moms-away-from-home, journalism teacher Imy Rhule, who was the mother of a set of twins with whom I ran track and cross country for YEARS, American History teacher Denny Wallace encouraged me to delve deeper into the history of this country. Between those three men, I really got the sense of America’s atrocities in addition to her triumphs. Then, I read Zinn’s book.

Well, I bring this up because the American holiday of Thanksgiving is fast approaching. And as I aged, I came to appreciate this holiday. While I no longer buy into the American myth of Christopher Columbus “discovering” this continent or the Pilgrims coming to America in “peace.” I am fully aware of how white European settlers committed genocide on and unwittingly introduced their diseases to Native Americans that we could never repay those people.

Thanksgiving Norman Simmons

Instead, I chose to enjoy this holiday as a day of family. When I was younger, I would have two Thanksgivings celebrations, with each relatively small side of my family. After getting married, I then spent the next 25 years or so celebrating with my in-laws, until my mother-in-law became in capacitated. Still, my wife’s side of the family kept things going in the 2010s by holding the ever-expanding celebration at various places. First, after my mother-in-law passed away, things were weird. But, we kept going, with my wife attempting to hold her family together. Now, as of August, her father has left us, so Thanksgiving was going to be especially strange this year.

But, now, with this country putting stupidity ahead of science, COVID-19 is EVERYWHERE! I cannot believe how many people I know who are either positive or have full-blown symptoms. Fortunately, none have been hospitalized, but those that have symptoms say they have never felt worse. Unfortunately, every one of those people refused to wear masks in public, mocking much of what the science says. So, because of COVID and all the idiots who think mask-wearing is weakness or being a socialist (those people were stoned during Government classes!), we will not be having our annual large gathering.

Thanksgiving Stones

As a matter of fact, we are not even having our little immediate family gathering this year. My dad is 85 and his wife is 87. While he is physically healthy, he is showing mental signs of aging, and she is beginning to have some physical problems. Therefore, they are staying home. My aunt is staying home as well, even though she does not have any kids. She’s elderly as well, so she is out. Likewise, my older son, his wife and daughter are still quarantining away from us (I haven’t seen Sloane since August and that drives me crazy!), so they’re out too. That leaves my younger son, his wife and son to come over. We watch Crosby one or twice a week as the two work different shifts. So, they are included in our bubble. So, Thanksgiving will be so different this year.

But, one thing we can turn to in order to escape the bummer of this coronavirus pandemic is music. Today, I created a Thanksgiving playlist and thought I would share it with you good people. Of course, I have removed ALL of the little kids Thanksgiving songs from this list. Anyway, if you want to add “Thanksgiving Shark,” you can, but it is as annoying as the original version. So, this Thanksgiving, let’s bring a little peace, love and understanding to the world and try to unite to make things better.

Thanksgiving Filter

  1. “A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving” — George Winston
  2. “Alice’s Restaurant Massacre” – Arlo Guthrie
  3. “Almost Thanksgiving” – Graham Parker
  4. “American Pie” — Don McLean
  5. “Autumn in New York” — Billie Holiday
  6. “Be Thankful for What You Got” – William DeVaughn
  7. “Biscuits” – Kasey Musgraves
  8. “Check It Out” – John Mellencamp
  9. “Cooking Up Something Good”—Mac DeMarco
  10. “Cornbread” – Dave Matthews Band
  11. “Dinner” — Blood Orange
  12. “Do the Mashed Potato” — Danny & the Juniors
  13. “Family Business” — Kanye West
  14. “Family Tradition” — Hank Williams Jr.
  15. “Flying Turkey Trot” – REO Speedwagon
  16. “Give Thanks & Praises” — Bob Marley & the Wailers
  17. “Give to Live” – Sammy Hagar
  18. “Harvest Moon” — Neil Young
  19. “Home” — Edward Sharpe & the Magnetic Zeros
  20. “Home” – Phillip Phillips
  21. “I Thank You” – ZZ Top
  22. “I Want to Thank You” – Otis Redding
  23. “I’ve Got Plenty to be Thankful For” — Bing Crosby
  24. “Keep the Family Close” — Drake
  25. “Kitchen”—Mary J. Blige
  26. “Let’s Turkey Trot” – Little Eva
  27. “Macy’s Day Parade” — Green Day
  28. “Ode to My Family” — The Cranberries
  29. “Red Red Wine” – UB40
  30. “Roll Plymouth Rock” — Brian Wilson
  31. “Shower the People” — James Taylor
  32. “Sweet Potato Pie” — Ray Charles
  33. “Thank U” – Alanis Morissette
  34. “Thank U, Next” — Ariana Grande
  35. “Thank You” — Dido
  36. “Thank You” – Led Zeppelin
  37. “Thank You for Being a Friend” – Andrew God
  38. “Thank You Friends” – Big Star
  39. “Thank You Too!” — My Morning Jacket
  40. “Thankful” – Kelly Clarkson
  41. “Thanksgiving” – Loudon Wainwright III
  42. “Thanksgiving Day” – Ray Davies
  43. “Thanksgiving Prayer” – Johnny Cash
  44. “Thanksgiving Song” – Mary Chapin Carpenter
  45. “The Thanksgiving Filter” — Drive-By Truckers
  46. “The Thanksgiving Song” — Adam Sandler
  47. “Thursday Girl” — Mitski
  48. “Turkey Dog Coma” — Flying Lotus
  49. “We Are Family” — Sister Sledge
  50. “Young Pilgrims” — The Shins

Happy Thanksgiving! Peace.

Author: ifmyalbumscouldtalk

I am just a long-time music fan who used to be a high school science teacher and a varsity coach of several high school athletic teams. Before that, I worked as a medical technologist at three hospitals in their labs, mainly as a microbiologist. I am retired/disabled (Failed Back Surgery Syndrome), and this is my attempt to remain a human. Additionally, I am a serious vinyl aficionado, with a CD addiction and a love of reading about rock history. Finally, I am a fan of Prince, Cheap Trick, Tom Petty, R.E.M., Hall & Oates, Springsteen, Paul Weller & his bands and Power Pop music.

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