Thanksgiving has changed.

So here it is Thanksgiving Day in the year 2020. Although, celebrating this holiday for many is much different than years before the COVID-19 pandemic, I find it has become just another Thursday.

My family used to to have the big family gathering with the grandparents, aunts, uncles, and cousins but as the years progressed the grandparents and other significant relatives passed away, the kids grew up and soon everyone had their own separate celebrations.

This left my immediate family (mother, after and sister) to get together by ourselves. But when my sister went away to college in California and then stayed there after graduation, it became only my parents and me. My sister came back when she could, but it wasn’t every year. Then I got a job that required me to work on Thanksgiving so that changed the day my parents and I celebrated this holiday. We began eating the Thanksgiving meal one day later.

There were no plan to get together today (T-Day 2020), in fact my parents and I had our Thanksgiving meal on Sunday November 22, because the small turkey my mom bought defrosted too early. So today we will probably get Chinese take-out if there is a place that is open.

Hopefully, Thanksgiving will be somewhat normal next year for those who celebrate with their families. In the mean time everyone stay safe and enjoy your Thanksgiving celebration.

30 Days of Songs – Day 30

Day 30: A Song That Reminds You Of Yourself

I made it to the end of the 30 day song challenge. The song I chose for today is “The Sound Of Silence” covered by Bobaflex. This song was originally performed by Simon and Garfunkel. The reason this song reminds me of me is I am very quiet and reserved but at certain times I can be vocal about things I care about. I feel the tempo of this cover version represents this well.

Thank you for taking this 30-day journey with me. I hope there were songs you liked and maybe some you discovered.

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30 Days of Songs – Day 29

Day 29: A Song You Remember From Childhood

There are many songs I can remember hearing when I was younger but the one song I remember from actual childhood is “Come And Get your Love” by the group Redbone (and no, Leon Redbone is not associated with this group), which consisted of Native American musicians. The reason I remember this song is because this group’s double album is the first one I purchased with my own money. Over the years I’ve heard sampling of the song on the To Wong Foo, Thanks for Everything! – Julie Newmar soundtrack and a cover by Real McCoy. Years later the original would be part of the Guardians Of The Galaxy sountrack.

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30 Days Of Songs – Day 28

Day 28: A Song By An Artist Whose Voice You Love

Most people who have listened to the Carpenters know that Karen Carpenter is one of the best female singers. Her voice is recognizable and had a rich, soothing tone. I like many of the Carpenters songs so I thought I’d pick one that is not as well-known as some of their other hit singles. The song I chose is “Road Ode”.

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30 Days Of Songs – Day 26

Day 26: A Song That Makes You Want To Fall In Love

I’m not one who thinks falling or being in love has to be a significant part of one’s life, most specifically mine. But the lyrics to today’s song are ones that I think someone in love would promise to their significant other in a “perfect” world. The song of the day is “The Fighter” by Keith Urban featuring Carrie Underwood.

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30 Days Of Songs – Day 25

Day 25: A Song You Like By An Artist No Longer Living

I heard a song, which caught my attention, during the closing credits of the movie “Good Will Hunting”. I read through the musical credits and found the name of the artist. It was Elliott Smith. I looked up his music and heard today’s song, “Waltz #2 (XO)”.

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30 Days Of Songs – Day 24

Day 24: A Song By A Band You Wish Were Still Together

This band was one of a handful of all girl rock groups during the late 70s. Music critics of the day didn’t take this group seriously and often criticized their musicianship because they were teenage girls. Two well-known musicians to come out of this band are Joan Jett and Lita Ford.

Today’s song is “I Love Playing With Fire” by The Runaways.

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