It’s the day after Thanksgivukkah. That’s the name the press made up for yesterday’s holiday, which was a combination of Thanksgiving and Hanukkah. I’m told we’re not supposed to see a combination of those two holidays for another 70,000 years or something…
I have been trying all week to come up in my head with a clever blog about music that combines concepts of the two celebrations: one a holiday, where we talk about what we’re grateful for; mixed with a holiday that’s about a miracle that gave the Jews hope. And, I’ve been unsuccessful and gave up. So, don’t expect me to write about gratefulness or hope. Plus, my email inbox has been barraged with emails about being grateful. I’m sick of hearing about it!
I decided not to talk about how grateful I am to my dad for paying for, and taking time out of his busy day to drive me 30 miles to guitar lessons when I was growing up. As a kid, I took all that for granted, and I’m not about to change now!
Today, I paid for and took time out of my busy day to drive my daughter 30 miles to voice lessons. Afterwards, she said, “ Dad, I’m so grateful that you paid for and took time out of your busy day to drive me 30 miles to voice lessons.”
NOT! Actually, I made that up. Because nothing of the sort was ever said. She’s just a kid, and most kids take this kind of stuff for granted. Her dad did.
As you will recall, I also promised to not discuss hope. I’m not going to talk about my mom’s response when I told her that I wasn’t going to use that journalism degree after all. I was going to be a musician. I won’t tell you that she said, “I know you will be successful in whatever you choose to do.”
I won’t get all teary-eyed and say her unconditional belief in me made me feel like anything was possible. And, I won’t tell you that in a profession where it’s a one-in-a-million chance of succeeding- a miracle, if you will- her faith in me gave me hope…
So, phew- that was hard not talking about being grateful or hopeful.
And if you’re an artist, never- I repeat- never- thank the people that helped you get to be an artist… especially if they’re your parents.
P.S. “Alice’s Restaurant” by Arlo Guthrie is a great combination of a Thanksgiving song and an anti-war song, all wrapped up in a humorous, 18 minute talking-blues. Read about the story behind the song and take a listen, I highly recommend it!
© Ron Shaffer 2014