Thanksgiving is on November 25th this year. That day will be significant for several reasons in my family. First, of course, is the holiday itself. It's such a lovely holiday with no commercial strings attached. I tried to find some nice songs that express thankfulness, but it seems our contemporary musicians are more likely to write about failed relationships and overindulging, so off we go in another direction (although if I take on the "overindulging" aspect of Thanksgiving, Ke$ha and Pink could probably take care of a playlist for me).
Sadly, November 25th will also mark the fifth anniversary of my father-in-law's passing. While we obviously miss him, especially when we visit Grandma in Florida, I'm grateful that all my children got to know him well and have happy memories of their time with him. His passion was more boating and being on the water than music (okay, to my knowledge he didn't give a hoot about music), so trying to pay tribute to him through music would just be me attempting to scratch out another playlist.
The third and grandest reason to mark November 25th is that it is my oldest daughter's 18th birthday, and she always makes sure nothing overshadows that, particularly since she's paranoid about being shortchanged due to her birthday's proximity to Christmas. She's also a bit unhappy about sharing her special day with a national holiday every few years.
18 years ago, November 25th occurred on the Wednesday before Thanksgiving. I do remember music playing a minor role during my labor in that I barked at my husband to change the radio station when I had to endure both a Pink Floyd and a Led Zepplin song, neither of which provide the soothing, happy sounds a new mommy wants to remember the event with. My little bundle of joy and I got to enjoy Thanksgiving in the hospital where I was served something that did not even slightly resemble turkey and mashed potatoes. I remember my aunt bringing me homemade turkey sandwiches that night, which she had prepared from their leftovers- bless her, they were so good!
Over the course of the next 5 ½ years, we added three more bambinos to the clan, but there is something special about the position of the oldest (or, as she says, experimental) child. She is loving her senior year of high school, getting ready to go off to college next year, and making her own big-girl decisions about what kind of music she likes to listen to, even if it is country. A mother must let go at some point.
Although we are not generally a "Remember when..." kind of family, I decided to look back at the music of 1992. As with any year, there are both good and bad, memorable and completely forgotten songs. See how many of these #1 Billboard songs (or artists, for that matter) from 1992 you remember:
"Black or White" - Michael Jackson
"All 4 Love" - Color Me Badd
"Don't Let The Sun Go Down On Me" - Elton John/George Michael
"I'm Too Sexy" - Right Said Fred
"To Be With You" - Mr. Big
"Save the Best For Last" - Vanessa Williams
Jump - Kris Kross
"I'll Be There" - Mariah Carey
"Baby Got Back" - Sir Mix-A-Lot
"This Used To Be My Playground" - Madonna
"End of the Road" - Boyz II Men
"How Do You Talk To An Angel" - The Heights
"I Will Always Love You" - Whitney Houston