The holidays and Thanksgiving is rapidly approaching,  so I was thinking about songs that reflect this holiday spirit.  Here are some of my favorites, both songs of thanksgiving, hope,  and the pursuit of happiness.  Mea culpa:    No doubt there are thousands more that I haven’t thought of or included here.  You will probably have much better suggestions than these!   Anyway, here’s a short list of inspiring songs.  

l) Eric Whitacre:    ”thank you god for most this amazing day”  poem by e.e. cummings

2)  Eric Whitacre:  Three Songs of Faith:  Hope Faith Life Love

3)  Mercedes Sosa:  Gracias a la Vida

4)  Mahalia Jackson:   How I Got Over

5)  Aretha Franklin:  Amazing Grace

6)  Israel Kamaka’wi’wi’ole :  Somewhere Over the Rainbow / What a Wonderful World

7)  Jimmy Cliff:  Wonderful World, Beautiful People

8)  Pharoah Sanders:  Heart is a Melody

9)  Nancy Wilson (w. Cannonball Adderley) :  Happy Talk

10)  John Coltrane:  Welcome

11)  Baden Powell:  Felicidade

12)  The Dale Warland Singers:  Alf Holcom:  The Rune of Hospitality

13)  Yolanda Adams:  Thank You

14)  Letta Mbulu:  Common Ground

15)  Bobby McFerrin:  Don’t Worry Be Happy

16)  Beatles:  Let it Be

17)  Bob Marley:  Is it Love

18)  Joy:  State of Independence

19) Shirley Horn:  Here’s to Life

20)  Johnny Mercer:  Accentuate the Positive

21)  Keane:  On the Road

22) Sly & the Family Stone:   I wanna thank you falettinme be mice elf agin  (reader suggestion)

23.  Thelonious Monk:   Stuffy Turkey (from Amoeba’s composer-in-residence Rick Frystack)

24.  Beethoven:  String Quartet #15 op. 132, third movement “Holy Thanksgiving”  (John Colao’s suggestion)

25.  William Devaughn (original version) Massive Attack (cover version) Be Thankful for What You’ve Got

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  • tom said:

    thanks Rueben!

  • tom (author) said:

    yes, and the Beatles are in good company here!

  • tom (author) said:

    hey thanks!!!

  • tom (author) said:

    what exactly are you asking me??

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