I’d like to start my series with this video compilation. Its opening number is “Count Your Blessings (instead of sheep)”, sung by Bing Crosby in the movie White Christmas.
As of the time I put this up, video two in the playlist isn’t available anymore, so you’ll have to hit the forward button to get to the rest of the playlist.
The Bing Crosby song is a wonderful Irving Berlin song reminding us of how many things we have to be thankful for. But it doesn’t really touch true thankfulness. It takes the hymns in #3 and #4 to get us into the real theme of Thankfulness.
So enjoy the entire playlist, but make sure you really listen to the final number, from Fred Waring and the Pennsylvanians. If you want something with a depth of American Tradition, the Waring numbers are an excellent place to find it.