A lot of folks use their blogs to have a bit of a whinge about the world, and goodness knows there are plenty of things worth whingeing about. But after moaning in my last post about my European tour falling through, I stopped and thought to myself: if the worst thing I have to complain about is the loss of a freebie to Athens, I should shut up. So - if only for today - let's all be thankful for what we've got.
We start with the full length version of the William DeVaughn classic and possibly the best known cover. Dating from 1974, the Donovan Carless track was the first of countless reggae versions, although the Johnny Clarke track isn't one of them. Then we have an old Fairport standard and a pretty ropey cover, before finishing up with two old pals each giving their take on the subject.
"Be Thankful For What You've Got" - William DeVaughn
"Be Thankful For What You've Got" - Massive Attack
"Be Thankful" - Donovan Carless
"Be Thankful" - Johnny Clarke
"Now Be Thankful" - Fairport Convention
"Now Be Thankful" - The Knights of the Occasional Table
"Thankful" - Louis Armstrong
"I've Got Plenty To Be Thankful For" - Bing Crosby
At the risk of seeming both over-emotional and factually inaccurate, this is for all you lovely people.