I love Gary Larson and find him one of the funniest comics ever. This weekend is our Canadian Thanksgiving...the time we say thank you to the Native Americans for letting us steal their land, destroy the Buffalo almost to extinction, being the first to scalp the Indian, place them on reservations and deride them as human beings. Well, enough about thanking them, and on with some music that made me think about thanks. So here are my 3 picks...
1. I'VE GOT PLENTY TO BE THANKFUL FOR SUNG BY BING CROSBY-1942
This song was written by Irving Berlin for the classic movie, "Holiday Inn". This is the Thanksgiving part( duh) and it's just a nice song that makes us think what we truly should be thankful for. Funny, this part starts off with the cartoon turkey on the November calendar, running from one Thursday down to the following Thursday and back again before giving up and shrugging its shoulders. I guess FDR wanted to change the Thursday Thanksgiving was celebrated on and it became a heated debate.
2. THANK YOU FOR THE MUSIC SUNG BY ABBA-1977
Well, of course I thought of ABBA and this is a great song that I loved listening to and I also have it in Spanish from their Spanish album, "Gracias Por La Musica".
3. THANK YOU SUNG BY DIDO- 1998
I actually like Dido and this song is so good. I first heard it in the movie "Love, Actually" and then I went on a search. I didn't know she was singing about depression but that didn't matter because it sounds ethereal to me.
What thank you song can you think of?
Hi, Birgit, and happy Thanksgiving to you, dear friend!ReplyDelete
Thank you for mentioning Far Side cartoon series creator Gary Larson. I love time saving single-panel cartoons. You either get the joke or you don't. The stuffed turkey cartoon you posted is an excellent example.
I appreciate the message in crooner Bing's "I've Got Plenty To Be Thankful For." The song makes reference to shopping at the "five and ten cent store," something I often did with my mother when I was a young boy. She often took me with her as she shopped downtown at discount stores and the more elegant department stores. Riding the elevator from floor to floor in the latter is a pleasant memory.
During our recent 60-hour cable and internet outage caused by hurricane Ian, I got out my boxes of DVDs and played some of them. I was pleasantly surprised to be reminded that have half a dozen ABBA DVDs in my collection. Watching that clip from 1977, it is hard to grasp that Aggie is only a few months younger than Shady D, meaning that she will turn 73 next spring. Please say it ain't so!
I also enjoyed hearing "Thank You" by Dido, an English singer and songwriter who performs in the interesting musical styles of electropop, downtempo, trip hop and folktronica. All these new genres to choose from, Birgit! When I was a kid, there was only chocolate, vanilla and strawberry.
The first "thank you" song that popped into my noggin was "I Thank You," a top 10 hit (top 5 on the R&B chart) for soul men Sam And Dave in 1968, and covered nicely in 1980 by ZZ Top, a top 40 hit for the bearded boys from Texas.
Have a wonderful (and thankful) Wednesday, dear friend BB, and I'll be waiting for you tamale in the balcony "At the Movies!"
Gary Larson was my favorite comic strip writer.
Sly and the Family Stone! "Thank You (Falettinme Be Mice Elf Agin)"ReplyDelete
Well, when you put it like that (and you’re right of course) it feels odd to say Happy Thanksgiving, but Happy Thanksgiving anyway!ReplyDelete
Isn't it the truth about the Native Americans. Pretty disgusting.Don't ya love Abba:)ReplyDelete
I thought your Thanksgiving corresponded with our Columbus Day, which is the 17th. Don't ask why...ReplyDelete
I thought of three:
"I Thank You" by Sam and Dave (covered by ZZ Top)
"Thank You (Falletinme Be Mice Elf Agin)" by Sly & The Family Stone
"Thanks For The Memory" by Bob Hope and Shirley Ross from "The Big Broadcast of 1938"
Hi Birgit - thank you for reminding me about Thanksgiving - great fun post ... cheers HilaryReplyDelete