Monday, November 22, 2010

Music to Play on Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving Table - Ocean Spray/Share Our Strength Event with Martha Stewart - Photo by Taste As You Go

You've carefully planned your Thanksgiving meal (including promising your family that real mashed potatoes and boxed mashed potatoes will make an appearance). You've set your table with your best dinnerware and flatware. You've wiped all of the wine glasses a third time to remove traces of fingerprints (and to lessen the chances of being criticized by your in-laws). You've meticulously written the names of your guests on place cards and have strategically assigned each of them a seat. All you have to do is wake up at the crack of dawn on the Big Day, carefully coordinate the simultaneous cooking of multiple dishes at once, and play host/hostess.... Right?

Crap.

You were so busy with everything else, that you didn't leave yourself time to create the perfect Thanksgiving playlist of songs to have softly (or loudly, depending on your family) playing in the background. You could resort to tuning the television to the parade or the football game, but that would be too easy. Luckily for you, I was asked by the team at Songza to create a playlist for this exact situation!

Described (by me) as consisting of "songs to play while preparing your Thanksgiving feast, during the meal, or when you're ready to loosen the belt and pass out on the couch," my Thanksgiving playlist features music from a variety of genres to ensure that there's something for everybody at your holiday celebration:

  • The J.B.'s - Pass the Peas
  • Natalie Cole - Be Thankful
  • Everybody Eats When They Come To My House - Cab Calloway & His Orchestra
  • "Hoe Down" from Rodeo - Aaron Copland
  • The Thanksgiving Song - Adam Sandler
  • Stuffy Turkey - Thelonious Monk
  • Hot Turkey - Joe Craven
  • Cornbread - Herbal Nation
  • Autumn - Paolo Nutini
  • Carvin' The Bird - Charlie Parker
  • Homeward Bound - Simon & Garfunkel
  • Thanksgiving - George Winston
  • Eat It - 'Weird Al' Yankovic
  • Big Buffet - Eric Two Scoops Moore
  • Sweet Potato Eyebrows - Rick Gallagher
  • Thanksgiving Day Parade - Dan Bern
  • (I'm Gonna Eat) On Thanksgiving Day - Laurie Berkner
  • Country Pie - Bob Dylan
  • Down A Country Lane - Aaron Copland
  • Gratitude - Earth, Wind & Fire
  • Be Thankful For What You Got - William DeVaughn
  • Thanksgiving Song - Mary Chapin Carpenter
  • Thanksgiving Waves - Eef Barzelay
  • Sweet Potato Pie - Ray Charles
  • Thanksgiving Theme - Vince Guaraldi Trio
  • All That Meat And No Potatoes - Fats Waller
  • Give Thanks - George Nooks
  • Thanksgiving - Jim Brickman
  • Alice's Restaurant Massacree - Arlo Guthrie - added to playlist based on mykroft's suggestion

Is there a song you feel should be on this playlist? Leave a comment and tell me about it.

Otherwise, check it.

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