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This final chapter is out here a bit early because I am traveling for Thanksgiving myself.
My favorite shows to do are the Thanksgiving and Christmas ones.
I get to make a statement, send a message- as I have said before, music is my form of a Western Union telegram.
This episode definitely feels like Thanksgiving Day to me!
I'll start this finale off with a beautiful song by Lucy Kaplansky, with some noticeable help from Richard Shindell.
Then, saving the best for last, and calling in some heavy hitters on this topic, at least to me, two of the finest songs ever about Going Home.
And they just happen to share the same title.
After that, is there a Beatle song about Going Home? Sure is!
Finally, another one of those two different endings I do when I have two songs so exquisitely perfect for the task, I can't make up my mind.
The first one concerns Home being so fine, so desirable, you would run there.
The second...well of all the modes of transportation we have taken over the years, this is without a doubt the nicest way to go Home I can think of.
And even that wasn't enough, as I slipped in something else to hopefully surprise and delight you on my way out the door, regarding what we have learned these past two weeks through music.
While the Holiday and the Tradition may have started in this country, everybody has something to be thankful for, not the least of which is being alive and around to BE thankful!
I am most certainly grateful for those of you who listen and stick with me, with all my quirky choices of songs and theme shows.
And Happy Thanksgiving everyone!

Here's the link to where you can almost smell the turkey aroma wafting from the kitchen, at WLSO.FM:


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Comment by Mike Pell on November 28, 2010 at 3:29am
Besides her own music, Lucy Kaplansky sings backup on so many folk albums I couldn't list them.
I just like her music, glad you did too on a dreary Georgia morning.
Those are two great songs, both Home Again.
That was Batdorf & Rodney first...not Back Door anything, hahahahaha!
I was hoping you'd know the Carole King one.
The Beatles on Thanksgiving, how could I not!
It is Lindisfarne, and it was so hard to find that album back then- I would ask people to look for me, and they like you would always say, "Linda's Farm"?, lol!
Never thought of Elton John, but I right away noticed their terrific harmonies.
I ended a Thanksgiving show a long time ago with that one, before I even had a computer.
So this time, I did it again again sort of, but with that 2nd perfect to me ending by Kenny Loggins.
Yes, you've talked about John Berry, even sent me a song.
And he did a standout job of that song for you and the college mates in the Athens bars eh?
Did you know it by Loggins or just by John Berry?
Once a show is done, I am stuck with it.
But many times when I step back and listen later, and it's strange how different that seems, I like the way it turned out.
That was the case with the Home For Thanksgiving, it DID fit the day perfectly to me.
Great to hear you thought so too!
Thanks for the listen, the writing, and the encouragement to keep on going,
Comment by Mike Pell on November 28, 2010 at 3:09am

Mike, I did catch the ending but submitted by notes at about the same it started to play. Nice touch!

Ah, the old hit Send before its time, lol!
Happens to all of us.
Glad you didn't tune out early, lol,
Comment by RJhog (Admin) on November 26, 2010 at 11:13am
I liked the Lucy Kaplansky song. It had a nice folk/country sound to it. As a matter of fact, this show was perfect for a dreary, rainy morning, which is exactly what we're having here in Augusta Georgia.

The Back Door "something" Rodney song was good as well. I got a very strong CSN vibe from that song.

Carole King has a beautiful voice. She works any place and time.

The Beatles (When I Get Home) were okay, not one of my favorites.

Linda's Farm??? Run For Home...I'm not sure of the artist, but that's a pretty nice song. Somebody singing in the song sounds like Elton John to me. The harmonies were nice.

Kenny Loggins (Celebrate Me Home)...that's a very nice song. Mike, I have mentioned John Berry to you several times, and I remember when my college mates and I listened to him in the Athens bars, he use to cover this song, and did a very nice job.

Great show, fits this day perfectly.
Comment by Scott on November 26, 2010 at 8:23am
Mike, I did catch the ending but submitted by notes at about the same it started to play. Nice touch!
Comment by Mike Pell on November 25, 2010 at 7:51pm
Oh one last thing, no one has mentioned it yet, but I can understand people being busy with Thanksgiving.
But how about that sneaky ending with the Wizard Of Oz?
I thought that was a cool, fun touch- and decided at the last second to do it.
Comment by Mike Pell on November 25, 2010 at 7:45pm
I am sitting here typing with my pants open on my friends laptop in East Meadow Long Island!
Probably more than you wanted to know, but I am stuffed, the pie and ice cream pushed me over the top, lol!
Glad you liked the series, I had fun doing it- sometimes I feel it is what I do best.
No iPod shuffle for me, I play songs for a reason!
It's Lucy Kaplansky, and with Richard Shindell and Dar Williams they formed a folk group called Cry Cry Cry/
Yet they all have successful careers of their own, and write wonderful songs.
The wife is putting up the Christmas stuff now?
When I was a kid we didn't decorate the REAL tree until Christmas Eve, lol!
That 2nd song is so good, Batdorf & Rodney- been around a long time and Batdorf is still making great music.
And the Carole King equally good.
I would prefer being in the blizzard.
I am a snow freak, anytime, anywhere, I am out in it, lol!
The group is Lindisfarne, they took the name from an island off Great Britain.
Couldn't find the damn album for the longest time, so I would ask friends to get it for me if they saw it.
And they ALWAYS asked, Linda's Farm, lol?
Excellent harmonies in that group, and well worth giving a listen to- talk about Lost Classics.
Oh man, that is so cool, you thought the Kenny loggins song was perfect too!
See, told you we would start to think alike, lol!
Yes I was trying to be emotional and reflective, regarding the essence of family and home at this time of year.
And of course throw some fun in there too.
But I get to stretch my musical legs now and then, and totally enjoy it.
You can see how it probably would appeal mostly to a particular, smaller audience- the serious and smarter folks like yourself who can enjoy the ride.
We BOTH have fun along the way!
And I'll take quality folks over quantity any day.
Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family (mine is nuts, lol!), and thankful I met you,
Comment by Scott on November 24, 2010 at 9:57am
First off, thanks for a great thanksgiving series. I hope you have a great holiday!

Now onto the show.

Who is Lisa Kaplansky? and while I'm at who is Richard Shindell? Not being rude, just really have no idea who they are, but the song was pretty cool! A bit reflective and emotional, kind of sets the tone for an emotional show I think, of course it could be me. I'm working in my office listening to this show while my wife is putting up Christmas in the other room with Jingle Bells audible enough to make it out.

Yup I was right, reflective and emotional. Liked the second song, and I'm not worrying about who they are as you suggested.

Loved the Carol King! The past 4 days have been snowing and blizzard conditions in my hometown. As much as I would like to be there, I am content to be here this year! hahahaha. I haven't had to deal with a snowy climate for 12 years, why start now?

Lindas???? Couldn't make out the name. I wasn't sure about the tune until the chorus which was very good fit for this type of show.

Celebrate me home! ah yes! I love Kenny Loggins work, and this one is so so perfect!

Mike, this was a perfect show. Emotional and reflective and the Loggins tracks is really the essence of family and home at this time of year!

Thanks and happy holidays to you and yours!

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