iTuned In: Thank you

Five songs in my iTunes library with titles that contain the phrase “thank you”:

This batch is in honor of my friend Carey’s blog, in which she tries to take time to appreciate the little (and big) things in life.

1. “Thank U,” Alanis Morissette. I’ve discovered that this is one of those polarizing songs most people either love or despise. Most of the haters cite the ultra-Alanis lyrics — the chorus starts with:  “Thank you, India; thank you, providence; thank you, disillusionment” (others thanked: terror, consequence, frailty) — and even I will admit to wincing a little whenever she hits that last word in particularly yowly tone. But I can relate to the verses, about not beating yourself up all day, which many of us are prone to do. (Plus, I still love her version of “My Humps.”)

2. “Thank You (Falettinme Be Mice Elf Agin),” Sly and the Family Stone. Mine is actually the Todd Terry CD Mix, off the “Red Hot + Dance” compilation disc, but the only real difference I can hear is the addition of a ton of bass. (We like the cars, the cars that go boom!) I’ve got several of the “Red Hot” discs — or at least kept tracks from them before selling off the physical discs — but now I’m going searching for “Red Hot + Rhapsody.”

3. “Thank You For Hearing Me,” Sinéad O’Connor. (Did you recognize her up top? Why am I reminded of this?) “Universal Mother” was the last Sinéad O’Connor disc I purchased, and after that I just dabbled in tracks and cover versions (like her take on “Dagger Through the Heart” on “Just Like a Woman”).

4. “Thank You,” Leigh Nash. When a song starts out, “I cried so hard the day that you left,” you get the idea the gratitude might not be sincere. I’m so used to associating Leigh Nash’s hummingbird voice with happy songs that when a track like this comes along, it’s a little jarring.

5. “Thank You,” Led Zeppelin. All credit for any Led Zeppelin songs in my library beyond “Whole Lotta Love and “Kashmir” goes to my friend Crystal, who would force-feed me Led Zep tracks on mix tapes until I finally cracked and purchased tracks from their back catalog.

WHAT SAM WORE: 1-18-10
The sweatshirt: My go-to hoodie, inherited from Mr. Brooks.
I don’t even know which brand it is — there are no tags.
The shirt: University of Montana Grizzlies T-shirt,
from Gart Bros. when I was home last summer.
The pants: “Relax”jeans by 7 for All Mankind, from Last Chance.
These are the jeans that inspired me to buy 2 more pairs in other washes.
The shoes: Sneakers by Asics, from Sports Authority.

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