Here’s a list of songs that capture the mood lyrically while keeping a groove going that keeps heads nodding without disrupting digestion.
I’M BLESSED – Charlie Wilson featuring TI
Here’s a man testifying is gratitude for a second chance at life. And if you haven’t heard the song, you will be singing the chorus by the second verse.
A SONG FOR MAMA – Boyz II Men
A song about Mama cooking a gang of food for the family. And it’s Boyz II Men. No brainer to be on the list.
FAMILY REUNION – O’Jays
A grown folks classic. A perfect example of the positivity that was a highlight of Philadephia International songs.
FAMILY REUNION – Jill Scott
Jill does her take on the family get together, with a great comedic tone and a lovely bounce of a groove.
GRANDMA’S HANDS – Bill Withers
No specific Thanksgiving reference, but can you think of Thanksgiving without your grandmother?
HARVEST FOR THE WORLD – The Isley Brothers
You can’t enjoy abundance without taking a moment to think of those who don’t have it. Also from The Isley Brothers: CARAVAN OF LOVE, which could also be on this playlist.
BE THANKFUL FOR WHAT YOU GOT – William DeVaughan
This smooth-as-baby-hair jam gets the to heart of the matter – whatever you have, appreciate it.
I WANT TO THANK YOU – Alicia Myers
This disco anthem of the “I Will Survive” category straight up gives thanks to God, so it’s also on brand for Thanksgiving.
BLESSING IN DISGUISE – Sly Stone
This is an obscure track from late in his career, but Sly Stone has written many songs that are “on theme” like THANKFUL AND THOUGHTFUL and THANK YOU FOR TALKING TO ME AFRICA. Play them all!
WHY GOD LOVES YOU – P.M. Dawn
Underrated hippie hip hop who delivered the beautiful DIE WITHOUT YOU for my BOOMERANG soundtrack back in the day. I just love this song and how it extends the boundaries of what hip hop can be.Comment + Permalink
The 38-year-old “Girl on Fire” singer presented the “1000″ singer with Hollywood Song Award for “Letter to My Godfather” at the 2019 Hollywood Film Awards held at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on Sunday (November 3) in Beverly Hills, Calif.
Alicia looked stunning in a backless black dress, and Pharrell looked stylish in a painted “Human Made” jacket and Mickey Mouse t-shirt.
Alicia began her tribute to Pharrell by recognizing all of the love in the room, before Pharrell delivered a powerful speech focusing on the unparalleled contributions made by The Black Godfather subject, Clarence Avant. He said that he has opened doors when others would glue them shut and has consistently demanded equality throughout his career.
“Baby hairs poppin’ ✨✨✨✨,” Alicia shared on Instagram, adding, “Feeling grrrand!”
The Hollywood Music In Media Awards honors the music of visual mediums (film, TV, movie trailers, video games, commercials, etc.), the talented individuals responsible for creating, producing and placing it and the music of mainstream and indie artists from around the globe.
Awards will be given out on Wednesday, November 20th, 2019 at the Avalon in Los Angeles.
ORIGINAL SONG – DOCUMENTARY
THE BLACK GODFATHER “Letter To My Godfather” Written by Pharrell Williams & Chad Hugo. Performed by Pharrell Williams.
MUSIC DOCUMENTARY / SPECIAL PROGRAM
THE BLACK GODFATHER (Netflix)
The full list of nominees can be seen here:
Thirteen-time Grammy-winning artist and producer Pharrell Williams on Monday performed a new original song, “Letter to My Godfather,” for Soundcheck: A Netflix Film & Series Music Showcase presented by Billboard and The Hollywood Reporter.
Williams wrote the song along with his Neptunes producing partner Chad Hugo for Netflix’s original film The Black Godfather, which follows the life of music executive Clarence Avant. Featuring Williams’ Auto-Tuned vocals backed by a choir, the track honors Avant and the music industry greats he was responsible for ushering in.
“The people who gave me my opportunities were people that he walked into the game,” Williams told Billboard during a post-performance Q&A. “Teddy Riley, Sean ‘Puffy’ Combs, these were, and still are, giants in our industry.”
The Black Godfather is currently available for streaming on Netflix.Comment + Permalink