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The Crossing - November 2007 Edition

Have you ever noticed there are a billion and one Christmas related songs, yet very few if any Thanksgiving related songs? I’m having a hard time coming up with one song that relates directly to the events of Thanksgiving. Sure there are quite a few songs that give thanks and praise, but are there any that relate directly to the day? Hmm. What is beyond this? Of course, a lot of songs that relate directly to the events surrounding Christmas are hymn and/or religious derived, and Thanksgiving doesn’t share that religious quality. Christmas songs revolve around celebration of a wondrous event! The event of Thanksgiving is, shall we say, a little murkier in its history. Are we ashamed of this time? Is Thanksgiving really the country’s great shame? Hey, I’m just thinking out loud. Anyhow, it ‘is’ something to think about, isn’t it? Not to say we all don’t have something to be thankful for in this amazing country of ours. There’s definitely a lesson though in here!

We’re on the run-up to Christmas and there’s tons of music and movies yet to come out. The pick of the crop for me though, is the 20th anniversary of U2’s Joshua Tree DVD recorded live in Paris in 1987. The Joshua Tree will be re-released in all of its glory on November 20th.

What do we do ‘after’ we give thanks?

We dig in...

Recently released and not mentioned in last edition:

* Ray Davies - Working Man’s Cafe
* KT Tunstall - Sounds of the Season: HolidayCollection (Target exclusive, 6 song EP w/covers of The Pretenders’ “2000 Miles” and The Pogues’“Fairytale
  of New York”.)
* Sister Hazel - Santa’s Playlist 
* The Cake Sale - S/T
* Division Day - Beartrap Island
* Garrison Starr - The Girl that Killed September
* The Chesterfield Kings - Psychedelic Sunrise
* Joy Division - Deluxe reissues
* Live - Radiant Sea: a Collection of Bootleg Rarities and Two New Songs (friendsoflive.com)
* Neil Peart - Roadshow: Landscape with Drums: a Concert Tour by Motorcycle (Paperback book.)
* Smashing Pumpkins - Zeitgeist (Reissue w/3 bonus tracks and a DVD.)
* Carrie Newcomer - Light of Change - DVD     
* The Pink Floyd and Syd Barrett Story - DVD
* Pixar Short Films - DVD

11/6

* Saga - 10,000 Days
* James Taylor - One Man Band (w/DVD.)
* Angels & Airwaves - I Empire
* Grizzly Bear - Friend (EP.)
* Sigur Ros - Hvarf/Heim
* Serj Tankian - Elect the Dead (Singer of System of a Down.) 
* Bright Eyes - Motion Sickness (live.)
* Five For Fighting - Back Country: Live - CD/DVD
* Rob Garza - S/T
* Wild Sweet Orange - S/T
* Flyleaf - S/T (w/DVD.)
* Minipop - New Hope
* Kimon - Songs of the Revolution
* Oslo - The Rise and Fall of Love and Hate
* Tim Harden - Painted Head
* Bill Staines - Old Dogs
* Robin & Linda Williams - Radio Songs
* Sara Groves - Tell Me What You Know
* Van Morrison - Still On Top: Greatest Hits
* John Denver - Live in the U.S.S.R.
* Little Big Town - A Place to Land
* Sissel - Northern Lights
* Garth Brooks - Ultimate Hits
* George Lynch - Guitar Slinger
* Dokken - Lightning Strikes Again (import.)
* Loverboy - Just Getting Started
* Neko Case - Fox Confessor Brings the Flood - (Deluxe edition.)
* The Beatles - Help! (Deluxe edition.)
* Stevie Ray Vaughan - Solos, Sessions & Encores
* Stevie Ray Vaughan - Pride & Joy - DVD
* Marillion - Somewhere in London - DVD
* The Who - Amazing Journey: Story of The Who - DVD
* The Police - Reggatta de Blanc - DVD
* The Barenaked Ladies - Talk to the Hand: Live from Michigan - CD/DVD
* Oasis - Lord, Don’t Slow Me Down - DVD
* Cowboy Junkies - Trinity Session: Revisited (CD/DVD; 20th anniversary w/guests Natalie Merchant, Ryan Adams and Vic Chesnutt.) 
* Various Artists - Concert for Diana - DVD
* Seinfeld - Complete Ninth Season - DVD
* Flight of the Conchords - Complete First Season - DVD
* Ratatouille - DVD
* I Now Pronounce You Chuck and Larry - DVD
* Deck the Halls - DVD
* Sicko - DVD

11/13

* James Taylor - One Man Band - CD/DVD
* Seal - System
* Goo Goo Dolls - Greatest Hits
* David Gray - Greatest Hits
* The Killers - Sawdust (B-sides & rarities.)
* Duran Duran - Red Carpet Massacre (w/DVD.)
* Raine Maida - Hunter’s Lullabye (singer of Our Lady Peace.)
* Dillinger Escape Plan - Ire Works
* Streetlife Manifesto - Somewhere in the Between
* Aretha Franklin - Jewels in the Crown: All Star Duets with the Queen of Soul
* Alicia Keys - As I Am
* Trisha Yearwood - Heaven, Heartache and the Power of Love
* Queensryche - Take Cover (Covering U2, Pink Floyd, Peter Gabriel, The Police and Jesus Christ Superstar, etc.)
* Black Crowes - many reissues
* Johnny Cash - Christmas Specials - DVD’s
* Paul McCartney - McCartney Years - 3 DVD set
* Led Zeppelin - Mothership (2 CD/DVD best of compilation.)
* Bon Jovi - Lost Highway: Live in Concert - DVD
* Shrek the Third - DVD
* Paris, Je T’Aime - DVD
* La Vie en Rose - DVD
* Amazing Grace - DVD
* Ocean’s Thirteen - DVD
* The Princess Bride - 20th anniversary DVD
* Close Encounters of the Third Kind - 30th Anniversary DVD 

11/20

* U2 - The Joshua Tree (20th anniversary; Remastered in 3 formats includes a bonus disc of rarities and a DVD live in Paris, July 4th 1987.)
* Doug “dUg” Pinnick - Strum Sum Up 
* British Sea Power - Krankenhaus (EP.)
* OneRepublic - Dreaming Out Loud
* Nine Inch Nails - Year Zero Remixed
* Rik Emmett - Liberty Manifesto
* Ed Harcourt - Until Tomorrow Then: Best of (2 CD’s.)
* Freedy Johnston - My Favorite Waste of Time (Covers project.)
* Genesis - Box Set: 1983-1998
* Genesis - Live Over Europe 2007 (2 CD’s.)
* Led Zeppelin - The Song Remains the Same (Collector’s edition.)
* Sebastian Bach - Angel Down
* Sigur Ros - Heima - DVD
* Wolfmother - Please Experience Wolfmother - DVD
* Nirvana - MTV Unplugged in New York - DVD
* Eric Clapton - Clapton Guitar Festival 2007 - DVD
* Jonny Lang - Live at Montreux 1999 - DVD
* Melissa Etheridge - Awakening Live - CD/DVD
* The Santa Clause 3 - DVD
* Hairspray - DVD
* Rescue Dawn - DVD
* Live Free or Die Hard - DVD
* Manufactured Landscapes - DVD

11/27

* Sheryl Crow - Hits & Rarities (2 CD’s.)
* Mudvayne - By the People, for the People
* Incubus - Look Alive - DVD
* Waitress - DVD
* Hot Rod - DVD

12/4

* Pink Floyd - Oh, By the Way (40th anniversary box set: 16 CD’s and 1 DVD.)
* David Bowie - Box
* The Wreckers - Way Back Home: Live from New York City - CD/DVD 
* Michael Sweet - Touched (Cover’s project.)
* Daft Punk - Alive 2007
* Idlewild - Scottish Fiction: 1997-2007
* Never Enough - S/T
* Saturday Night Live - Complete Second Season - DVD
* Live Earth: the Concerts for a Climate in Crisis - 2 DVD’s/1CD
* Fred Eaglesmith - Live Below Sea Level - DVD
* Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End - DVD * Superbad - DVD
* The Hottest State - DVD
* The Nanny Diaries - DVD
* Arctic Tale - DVD

12/11

* Rivers Cuomo - Alone: the Home Recordings/Demos 1992-2007 (Singer of Weezer.)
* Styx - Caught in the Act - DVD
* Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix - DVD
* The Bourne Ultimatum - DVD
* December Boys - DVD
* Interview - DVD

12/18
 

* Keller Williams - 12
* Tool - Vicarious - DVD
* Kiss - Kissology 3 - 4 DVD set
* Once - DVD
* Stardust - DVD
* The Simpsons Movie - DVD
* Underdog - DVD
* Balls of Fury - DVD
* Rob Zombie’s Halloween - DVD
* Blade Runner - 25th anniversary DVD (Also a 5 DVD box set available.) 

12/25

Merry Christmas!

12/26

* Eastern Promises - DVD
* Rush Hour 3 - DVD
* Shattered - DVD

1/1

* Shoot ‘Em Up - DVD
* Jet Li’s War - DVD

1/8

* 3:10 to Yuma - DVD
* Sunshine - DVD
* The Hunting Party - DVD
* Eagle Vs. Shark - DVD

LYRICS of the MONTH:

With Thanksgiving fast upon us, this song seemed somehow appropriate...

You've been so kind and generous I don't know how you keep on giving For your kindness I'm in debt to you For your selflessness, my admiration And for everything you've done 

You know I'm bound... 
I'm bound to thank you for it 

You've been so kind and generous
I don't know how you keep on giving
For your kindness I'm in debt to you
And I never could have come this far without you
So for everything you've done 

You know I'm bound... 
I'm bound to thank you for it 

I want to thank you
For so many gifts
You gave with love and tenderness
I want to thank you 

I want to thank you
For your generosity
The love and the honesty
That you gave me 

I want to thank you
Show my gratitude
My love and my respect for you
I want to thank you 

I want to... 

Thank you
Thank you
Thank you
Thank you
Thank you
Thank you
Natalie Merchant, the song “Kind & Generous” off of the album Ophelia.

Happy Thanksgiving!!
See you in December.
Chris Barlow
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 

 
 
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