Thanksgiving is a brutal, yet rewarding endeavor. You cram a bunch of people together who share some of the same blood or have the same last name or some sort of wandering connection and they eat. They eat a lot. Too much in fact. This is the tradition and I’m not going to disparage it. Given all the shit in the world, it’s good that humans have set aside a day to tell others that they are appreciated. Every year there is a day where we eat too much, drink too much, talk about nothing in particular, argue, cry, laugh and fart. Thanksgiving is the best.
Here’s some tunes that’ll go good with basting turkeys and yelling at your Aunt Rose.
John Coltrane – A Love Supreme Part I – Acknowledgement (Coltrane makes you thankful for humanity.)
JJ Johnson – Horn of Plenty (The table centerpiece can be a big to do.)
The Byrds – I am a Pilgrim (Henceforth, I will eat turkey to this every year.)
Bob Dylan – If Not For You (Nobody says it like he does, just nobody.)
The Cranberries – Ode to my Family (F Yes. Family and Cranberries.)
Dr. John – Peace Brother Peace (Sometimes things get crazy and Dr. John must intervene.)
Guy Clark – Texas Cookin’ (Guy gets funky when he talks about food.)
Bob Dylan – Country Pie (Country Bob in full on pie mode.)
New Lost City Ramblers – Hot Corn (I love this kinda thing.)
John Renbourn - Sweet Potato (November is sweet potato awareness month. RIP John.)
Ernest Tubb – Thanks A Lot (It says it all on the back of his guitar.)
Arlo Guthrie – Alice’s Restaurant Massacre (A holiday tradition.)
John Lennon – Cold Turkey (Day after sandwich jam.)
Steely Dan – Black Friday (Yacht rock while you online shop.)