14 November 2010

Music To Be Grateful For!

With not one but TWO Thanksgivings to plan for, we're scurrying about getting our gameplan in gear.

One of the most fun - though often overlooked - entertaining essentials is creating ambiance.  Music, key to ambiance in our opinion, is such an easy way to add a little something to the gathering.  The right music gets toes tapping, can trigger a smile, and can fill the room.

For Thanksgiving, we're pulling out a few old favorites - and some new musical friends - to set our stage.  Take a listen (directions below) and see if your hearth fires burn a little more brightly.

  • Bing Crosby - I've Got Plenty to Be Thankful For
  • Bing Crosby and Bette Midler - Accentuate the Positive
  • Bon Jovi - Keep the Faith
  • Dean Martin - On the Street Where You Live
  • Diana Ross and The Supremes - Someday We'll Be Together
  • Duke Ellington - I'm Just Lucky So and So
  • Ella Fitzgerald - Baby, It's Cold Outside
  • George Benson and Carlos Santana - Breezin'
  • Harry Connick - It's Starting to Look a Lot Like Christmas
  • James Taylor with Luther Vandross - Sweet Potato Pie
  • Johnny Cash - I've Been Everywhere
  • Jon Bon Jovi and Ritchie Sambora - Bridge over Troubled Water
  • Keith Urban - You'll Think of Me
  • Luther Vandross - Power of Love
  • Mary Chapin Carpenter - Thanksgiving Song
  • Mel Torme - Comin' Home Baby
  • Michael Buble - Home
  • Natalie Cole - Good to Be Back
  • Natalie Cole with Nat King Cole - Unforgettable
  • Neil Young - Harvest Moon
  • The O'Jays  - Family Reunion
  • Thelonius Monk - Stuffy Turkey
  • Tony Bennett - The Good Life
  • Tony Bennett and K.D. Lang - Because of You
  • Wynton Marsalis - Cherokee

What are your favorites tunes for your Thanksgiving feast?  What musical chords strike the best notes at your gatherings?  We're all EARS ;-) to learn from your favorites!

BTW - we've created a special Mixpod playlist including video, just for the occasion. TO LISTEN, first PAUSE the Essentially Entertaining soundtrack on the iPOD to the left.  Then CLICK ON the PLAY button on the MixPod BELOW.

Go ahead and grab the tracks for your own use if the inspiration strikes!


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Small cheer and great welcome makes a merry feast. 
- William Shakespeare

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