It’s time to mash the potatoes and stuff the turkey. Singer-songwriter Ben Rector desires to get you within the temper for Thanksgiving, and he shares with HL the non-public inspiration behind this new vacation track.

Paradoxically, it’s fairly “slim pickings” relating to songs about Thanksgiving. There are many Halloween songs and Christmas carols, however Thanksgiving? Most may keep in mind Adam Sandler’s “Thanksgiving Music,” whereas others could deliver up Arlo Guthrie’s “Alice’s Restaurant,” Ray Davies’ “Thanksgiving Day,” and Nicole Westbrook’s “It’s Thanksgiving.” Nevertheless, Ben Rector hopes that his track evokes a brand new household custom. “The Thanksgiving Music,” launched on Oct. 28, sees the 33-year-old singer-songwriter take a second to understand simply what the vacation means to him.

“Watching soccer / watching households develop / the previous children’ desk / all have children of their very own / beginning to see my grandfather in my nephew’s eyes / Mother nonetheless can’t discuss him and never nearly cry,” he sings. “The Thanksgiving Music” focuses on the core tenements of the vacation: meals and household. It doesn’t a lot tug on the heartstrings however tunes them to make them sing with love and pleasure over the actual vital issues in life.

“The Thanksgiving Music” comes off of A Ben Rector Christmas, out on Nov. 13. Ben’s upcoming Christmas album sees him cowl the classics, like Andy Williams’ “It’s The Most Fantastic Time Of The Yr,” Mel Tormé’s “The Christmas Music,” and the vastly underrated “This Christmas,” by Donny Hathaway. Certain, it’s nonetheless technically October, and Halloween is three days away, however for these prepared for turkey, soccer, and household, Ben has the track for you. He tells MeSlop all concerning the track, plus the one merchandise he wants to finish his Thanksgiving meal.

Ben Rector is right here to assist everybody really feel grateful. (Collin Fatke)

MeSlop: What was the inspiration behind writing a Thanksgiving track (apart from the apparent in that there are…possibly two or three well-known Thanksgiving songs?) 

Ben: Actually, at first, it was that I couldn’t consider a single Thanksgiving track, and that struck me as actually odd, with there being a lot shared expertise and nostalgia round Thanksgiving and no music to have a good time that or hook up with these emotions. Once I sat down to put in writing it, I noticed there was rather a lot to faucet into personally, watching phases of life change, watching my household develop, and watching my prolonged household develop and alter, shedding grandparents and seeing children develop into adults.

Do you’ve got any non-traditional “Thanksgiving” songs? Like, do you hearken to Waylon & Willie, or is the vacation’s soundtrack extra loud night breathing in between NFL video games?

My trustworthy reply is I’ve by no means actually had music be part of celebrating Thanksgiving, which is bizarre. And to not harp on it, however actually I used to be similar to ‘somebody wants to do that! There needs to be one thing that seems like Thanksgiving that you would be able to hearken to!’

What’s the one dish that must be on the dinner desk for it to be Thanksgiving? For a lot of, it’s cranberry sauce (particularly, that within the form of a can.) 

Roughly 75% of the meals that I eat at Thanksgiving is mashed potatoes. For those who instructed me there have been no mashed potatoes at Thanksgiving, I’d be crestfallen.

Thanksgiving 2020 goes to look just a little totally different this 12 months for a lot of, because of the pandemic. Will you be capable of have a good time the way you usually do, or are you going to attempt slicing the turkey on a Zoom name?

My spouse and I simply had twins, so I’m unsure what our celebration would seem like, even when there wasn’t a pandemic. We often head again to Oklahoma for the vacations, however for the primary time this 12 months, we’ll be staying in Nashville and beginning traditions of our personal, which we’re enthusiastic about!