Why am I still thinking about Thanksgiving more than ten days after the holiday? Because it was a fun day where our family didn’t try to live up to an idealistic picture-perfect holiday.
Our two grown children were coming over for a turkey lunch. And that’s as far as the plan for the day went. No football. No board games. And best of all, no unrealistic expectations of the holiday. And then a fun, spontaneous thing happened: We launched YouTube Music on the big-screen TV and each of us took turns finding videos of some of our favourite artists and introducing them to the rest of the family.
My husband went first with “Nothing Breaks Like the Heart” by Miley Cyrus. That he would even appreciate Miley Cyrus was the first surprise. He is not into main stream pop … at all. But he loves this song, the power of her voice and the lyrics.
Then my daughter helped us to discover Billie Eilish. We watched a few videos and – wow- this young girl can sing and has a maturity beyond her years! (I can’t help but worry, though, that this much fame and success at 17 will cause her to go off the rails at one point. Think: Miley Cyrus, Justin Beiber, Britney Spears, to name a few. I wish her her the best!) I especially liked an acoustic version of a song called Copycat.
My son was up next and he presented an artist I had never heard of: Dimash Kudaibergen. I have no words to describe his talent. You’ll have to listen for yourself.
Then it was my turn. My favourite music videos are performances. I’m not a huge fan of Taylor Swift but her performance of “Me!” to open the Billboard Music Awards, with Brendon Urie (of Panic at the Disco, and who I adore!), a marching band, a whole crew of dancers and mind-boggling sets was amazing! Here’s the clip from the show. The sound isn’t great, but the visuals are – be sure to watch to the end for the best part.
I also shared my other guilty pleasure: The Jonas Brothers and the medley of songs they performed at the same show, ending with their smash hit “Sucker for You”. Again, you have to watch the whole clip as finish their performance in what looks like a stage ringed by fire.
We had a great time and discovered more about each other through music. If you’re looking for a new Thanksgiving tradition, consider music videos!