Ah… Thanksgiving. A time for family, food, and remembering what it is that we are grateful for in life. But, sometimes it can be hard to articulate what you appreciate. Sometimes, when you really want to convey a message of appreciation, a little music goes a long way.
Here are five songs from the past that can wrap your gratitude up in a neat package, put a bow on it, and give you all the feels along the way…
What a Wonderful World by Louis Armstrong
This song, first recorded by “Satchmo” Louis Armstrong and written by the team of Bob Thiele and George David Weiss, is widely regarded as one of the most sincerely celebratory odes to life’s most beautiful moments. In Armstrong’s version, the great American singer and trumpeter croons about green trees, blue skies, babies crying, bright days, and “dark sacred nights.”
It’s hard to listen to this song without thinking about the Rockwellian images that the singer describes. As the lyrics paint a picture in your mind and the warmth of Armstrong’s voice carries to your soul through the vibratory frequencies of the recorded sounds, it’s easy to recognize how the song has been re-recorded, released, and universally shared since initially being released in 1967.
For 50 years, Americans have been reminded of the world’s beauty with this song. Now you can, too.
There Will Never Be Another You by Chet Baker
Harry Warren and Mack Gordon first wrote this song for the musical filmIceland in 1942, though it was immortalized by the lyrical brass and hauntingly melodic voice of Chet Baker in 1954. It has become a popular Jazz standard performed by the likes of Nat King Cole and Doris Day, but Baker’s version is unique in that it contains the simple, silently echoing style that he was known for.
This song is sure to evoke sentiments of appreciation for those irreplaceable individuals in your life. Whether your thoughts gravitate toward a significant other, friend, colleague, or family member, as Chet Baker recounts the repeat experiences of life while simultaneously hailing one unspecified individual’s pricelessness, you too will be enraptured by thoughts of someone unique.
A Change is Gonna Come by Otis Redding
Change is a part of life, and in many ways it is the only constant we’ll ever know. Sometimes when you’re feeling low, and it seems like times will never get better, it can be a blessing to be reminded of the fact that nothing is permanent.
When Redding sang, it almost didn’t matter what words he said, you could just tell there was a story in every note. Even without the mournful lyrics telling of a need for change, this tune (originally released by Sam Cooke as a B-side), is infused with the soul and heart of human betterment. Perhaps that’s why it became an anthem for the Civil Rights movement, despite only achieving moderate success in its early incarnations.
If you’re feeling a need for change in your life or in the world, these sounds will satisfy something inside of you.
Because of You by Tony Bennett
This was Tony Bennett’s first major hit in 1951, and it’s easy to see why he has become a lasting icon in American pop culture ever since. Written by Arthur Hammerstein and Dudley Wilkinson over a decade before Bennett famously recorded his version, it’s a song that can instantly remind you of the feeling when one person can light a fire under your day.
If you’ve ever been taken by a romantic interest or swooned with sweet whispers, you can probably understand why the song’s final thought is, “Because of you, my life is now worthwhile, and I can smile… because of you.”
Whether it helps you feel grateful or not, when played at the right moment, this song can certainly imbue someone else with gratitude thanks to the sentiment it expresses.
Bring It On Home to Me by Sam Cooke
Have you ever wished there was a chance of something, despite all evidence to the contrary? Perhaps that is what the overall message of this song is meant to be… a reminder that, even when times feel hopeless, there’s always a chance of bringing things back to a place of goodness and satisfaction.
Released in 1962, it's now considered a pop standard and has been named as one of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame’s “500 Songs that Shaped Rock and Roll.”
If you know what it’s like to realize how much something meant to you after it was taken away, you might identify with the message of appreciation via hindsight that is articulated in this track.
Music from decades ago just seems to evoke emotion on a simpler level, doesn’t it? There’s something calm and relaxing about sounds like the ones that these singers have put out into the world, and in many ways this music provides something that we can all identify with on a deeper level.
It’s why we’ve chosen to honor vintage culture at Crewners. We know that there is a lot to be grateful for in history, and we appreciate being able to pay homage to the art and culture of times’ past through our humble little barber shop.
Would you like to find out what we’re talking about? If you’re in or near San Jose, book an appointment at your convenience, and stop by for a visit into the past when you take a seat in our classic, cozy barbers chairs and hear the sounds of Frank Sinatra and more filling the room.