Music 60: American Thanksgiving


Happy Thanksgiving, tomorrow, to my American friends!

Here, in New Zealand, we don’t have Thanksgiving. It is Springtime! But my family still celebrate it with Turkey and Pumpkin Pie! It’s a vestige of having lived in Massachusetts and North Carolina!

Of course, we don’t kill the turkeys at this time of year, even though there are lots of wild ones about; they’ve all got babies!

And if I may on this day give another blogger a Thanksgiving pat-on-the-back: visit Cynthia Jobin and read (and listen) to her Turkey poem. Below is my poor effort at reading it, but Cynthia’s version deserves a drum(stick) roll.

29 thoughts on “Music 60: American Thanksgiving

  1. Cynthia Jobin

    Okay, now I know what a turkey drumstick sounds like. This music certainly evokes the turkeys, waddling along, in their determined turkey way. I like the rise in pitch at about 1:10 which makes me think of the babies, following, and the various bell-like sounds remind me of the French word for turkey: “dindon.”

    P.S. Your reading of my poem is enlighteningly perfect… Thanks!

          1. Cynthia Jobin

            I wrote and directed a little play, once, for the students at a women’s college to perform with the famous Christmas Revels….we had Morris Dancers doing a sword dance around St. George….or was it the Dragon? I don’t recall. But the best music bit was our kazoo band of sopranos and contraltos in harmony, entering in procession to their rendition of “God Bless the Master of this House,” full force with their kazoos.

            1. arlingwoman

              Naaa. I saw your late comment about DIRECTING these people in a show after. Goodness. The leaping and the bells. But I don’t like that Spanish dancing where there’s lots of stomping and tense singing either…Happy Thanksgiving, Cynthia!

              1. Cynthia Jobin

                Good chuckles, here, Lisa. I think you are referring to flamenco? I once went to a nightclub in Portugal, very small, dark, and mysterious, where the featured act was a flamenco dancer…..I must have had a little too much sangria because when I went to the ladies room I started to mimic her, just for fun, slipped and sprained my ankle and was for several days unable to join my associates on their tours of the sights….I do still have some souvenir castanets from that trip, but I only use them while seated.

  2. noelleg44

    Lovely to learn that you celebrate an American Thanksgiving. So if the turkeys are all wild – where do you get yours? Frozen and brought in from the US? Butterball? Free Range? Organic?

  3. Oscar Alejandro Plascencia

    A catchy tune brining to mind visions of the first American Thanksgiving where it was unlikely that turkey was served. So I see a gaggle of gobblers merrily dancing in the background of a joyful feast!

    ๐Ÿ๐Ÿ‚๐Ÿ—๐ŸทHAPPY THANKSGIVING BRUCE! ๐Ÿท๐Ÿ—๐Ÿ‚๐Ÿ


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