• Leigh Gerstenberger

The Music of Thanksgiving



I grew up singing in church choirs and school choruses. My father loved music and had a wonderful bass voice. From the time I was little I remember him coming home from work every Friday evening with a new record album to play on the stereo in our living room. As a result, from a young age I was exposed to music from all genres - Classical, Broadway Show Tunes, Barbershop Quartet, Opera, Folk Music and Men's Glee Clubs. But my favorite music of all is choral music. I love the rich harmonies, the organ and orchestra in the background and the wonderful lyrics.  Even today I get a lump in my throat and tears in my eyes when I hear a choir sing a great hymn. 

Maybe it’s because it brings me back to memories of my dad who I lost over 47 years ago. Maybe it’s because the music transports me to a different place and time when the world and my life was so different, so much simpler.

Whatever the reason, some of my favorite hymns are those sung at Thanksgiving. As my gift to you, I hope you will enjoy the Mormon Tabernacle Choir as they sing some wonderful, traditional Thanksgiving hymns. Perhaps, like me this music may even transport you back in time. To begin your time travel just click on the video below and let it take you to dreamland and some of my favorite Thanksgiving hymns. If you don't touch the dial after the first hymn, thanks to YouTube, more songs will stream continuously. Enjoy and Happy Thanksgiving.


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