Boy, has there been a bunch of new Christmas albums released this year! Oh, we aren’t complaining, unless we go to the store and can’t find the one we want, which has happened. What’s surprising, though, is as big a family holiday as Thanksgiving is, there just aren’t a lot of Thanksgiving songs.
Whether Trisha Yearwood and Garth Brooks were thinking that or not when they wrote “What I’m Thankful For (The Thanksgiving Song)” for their duets album, “Christmas Together,” is uncertain, but it truly does encompass all of the tradition, spirit and emotion of the holidays. And for an added treat, because who can’t enjoy an extra dessert on Thanksgiving, there’s a slice of James Taylor on “The Thanksgiving Song.”
Garth appeared on the hit daytime talk show “The View” Nov. 21, holding his guitar and calling it a prop to hide his gut, and he joked with hosts Whoopi Goldberg and Sara Haines about the song.
“Anybody that knows Garth stuff knows that my favorite song on every record is the very last one,” he said. “Ms. Yearwood wrote this song, which killed me. And then who comes to play on it, showed up to sing on it is James Taylor. Are you kidding me? Now, the problem in the house is my wife thinks because she’s written her first song, that every song, James Taylor comes in and plays and sings on. I told her that’s not how it happens.”
But once the new CMA entertainer of the year began to sing the song, the joking was over. Stripped down and acoustic, the first verse emotionally sets up the entire song: “What I’m thankful for ain’t on no list for it only in my heart exists for time has helped me understand the things I can’t hold in my hand.” As Garth began the second verse, which focuses on his children, his voice began to break, which, of course, makes our eyes water. You can watch the full performance here.
Now remember, in addition to “Christmas Together,” and his new boxed set, “The Ultimate Collection,” Garth is releasing his new project of original music, “Gunslinger,” on Nov. 25.
Happy Thanksgiving to Garth, Trisha and all of our great Rare Country family!