Growing up, Thanksgiving was my favorite holiday, and it’s still pretty high up there today. When I was younger, I loved it because it was the one day out of the year that the extended family was all in one place, gathered around what seemed like an endless table. Those days are long gone, so now I appreciate the concept as much as the actual day.

For one day a year, people actually take the time to reflect on what they’re thankful for and verbalize it. I wish we could make it a semi-annual event, maybe add another three or four day weekend.  Who wouldn’t be grateful for that?

So before you dust off those Christmas records and put them in rotation – or in Leann’s case, just put them to the side for a few minutes – share with us your favorite song that expresses gratitude.

My country favorite is definitely “Why Me” by Kris Kristofferson, though I’m just as partial to the Johnny Cash version.



But if I’m going to pick overall favorite, this is the one that best captures my perspective.  Doesn’t hurt that I never get enough of that voice.


What are your favorite gratitude songs?

Oh, and I’d be remiss not to add that today is the birthday of Tara Seetharam, one of my favorite people in the world and a talent that I know all of us at CU are grateful for, colleagues and community members alike!


  1. Two oldies plus a somewhat newer song:

    “That Silver Haired Daddy of Mine” by Gene Autry and “Mother The Queen of My Heart” by Jimmie Rodgers

    Ray Price’s “Sweetheart of The Year”

  2. Miranda’s “House” is a great gratitude song.
    Carrie’s “Mama’s Song” and “Don’t Forget To Remember Me”
    Rascal Flatts- “Here’s To You”
    Keith Urban- “Thank You”
    Kenny Chesney- “I Go Back”
    Taylor Swift- “The Best Day”

    Happy belated, Tara! Hope you had a great birthday.

  3. In this area, I would like to put in a good word for the title track of Linda Ronstadt’s 1995 album Feels Like Home, written by her good friend Randy Newman.

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