Busy Kids Love Music
Busy Kids Love Music
Episode 84: Songs of Thanksgiving


As the season of gratitude embraces us, Busy Kids Love Music invites you to join me in a special celebration of Thanksgiving. In Episode #84, we’ll embark on a musical journey to discover the heartwarming melodies and timeless compositions that resonate with the spirit of thankfulness.

**A Global Tapestry of Thanksgiving:**
Thanksgiving is a cherished time of reflection, appreciation, and joy, celebrated in various forms around the world. In the United States, families gather to share gratitude for blessings and create lasting memories. In this episode, we’ll delve into the rich artistry of classical music, exploring three extraordinary compositions that beautifully capture the essence of thanksgiving.

**1. Simple Gifts:**
Our musical exploration begins with the timeless melody of “Simple Gifts.” This Shaker hymn, known for its simplicity and heartfelt lyrics, invites listeners to reflect on the beauty found in life’s uncomplicated moments. As we unravel the layers of this melody, families are encouraged to discover the profound messages embedded within its gentle notes.

**2. Shepherd’s Song of Thanksgiving:**
Next on our musical journey is the “Shepherd’s Song of Thanksgiving” from Symphony No. 6, also known as the Pastoral Symphony. This pastoral masterpiece by a renowned composer invokes a sense of gratitude through its captivating orchestral arrangement. Families will have the opportunity to immerse themselves in the emotive landscapes of this timeless composition.

**3. Nun Danket Alle Gott (Now Thank We All Our God):**
Our exploration culminates in the uplifting strains of “Nun Danket Alle Gott,” known by its English title, “Now Thank We All Our God.” This classic hymn embodies the spirit of gratitude and has resonated through generations. Families are invited to discover the heartfelt expressions of thanks encapsulated within its enduring verses.

**A Musical Feast for the Family:**
Busy Kids Love Music endeavors to create an enriching experience for families of all ages. Episode #84 is designed to inspire, uplift, and foster a sense of togetherness. Through the harmonies of gratitude found in these classical songs of Thanksgiving, I hope to create a musical feast for your family to enjoy.

**Harmony Beyond the Holidays:**
As the melodies of thanksgiving resonate, remember that the spirit of gratitude can be a year-round celebration. Explore the harmonies of life with Busy Kids Love Music, where every episode invites you to join a symphony of learning, discovery, and joy.



Links Mentioned in this Episode:

Episode 12: Beethoven’s Nine Symphonies

Music Heard in this Episode:

Simple Gifts (Instrumental)

Simple Gifts from Appalachian Spring

Symphony No. 6 in F Major, Op. 68 “Pastoral”: V. Allegretto – Shepherd’s Song, Thanksgiving

Crüger: Now Thank We All Our God (Nun Danket)

Bach – Nun danket alle Gott BWV 657 – Kofler | Netherlands Bach Society

Edward Taylor plays Nun danket alle Gott by S. Karg Elert

Music Listening Schedule for Episode 84

I’ve created a YouTube playlist for you that includes some music from today’s episode as a few additional arrangements of the songs discussed. You can view the videos I’ve complied here.

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