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dark green leafThanksgiving Dinner Music


Early American music is perfect for Thanksgiving because it has a pure spirit and historic relevance. Its cheerful tunes blend elements of folk melodies and classical arrangements. Our favorites CDs are Simple Gifts and Tree of Life, the instrumental adaptations of Shaker music, known for its transcendental loveliness. Shaker music, early American music, instrumental folk music and light classical selections are available from You can listen to tracks from Gourd Music CDs on


On the radio on Thanksgiving morning, and online for listening anytime, there is a great radio show called Giving Thanks. Listen to your public radio station broadcast or online with Minnesota public radio or national public radio. You can listen to the 2010 show now at americanpublicmedia.


For free midi music files, which are fun but synthesized sound, you will find a list of thanksgiving and harvest season music at


For the family that prefers pop music, you may like the itunes playlist of songs compiled by Good Housekeeping. See



dark green leafBeginner Piano Sheet Music for Thanksgiving Songs


Here's a chance to get some use out of all those piano lessons. Let the kids show off and sing along. See



dark green leafPlay Guitar Music for Thanksgiving Songs


A natural activity for Thanksgiving Day is to get out the guitar and play some Americana music. On the internet, you will find music, lyrics and guitar chords for songs to sing on Thanksgiving. Because of copyright, we can't reproduce them here. Look for Thanksgiving Prayer by Johnny Cash, the folk song Simple Gifts, the harvest song Bringing in the Sheaves, and folk songs like Turkey in the Straw and Over the River and Through the Woods.








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