Seven Things for Which I'm Musically Thankful

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Jeffrey Smith
Pick out a few you're thankful for.
I haven't had to work on Thanksgiving for a long time. But I had a column to write, with a Friday deadline, so work I must. I know it seems obvious (because it is obvious), but if I was going to be writing on Thanksgiving, I truly thought it would be wrong of me not to be thankful in my column.

No problem, my friends. When it comes to music, giving thanks is not hard to do.

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How Do I Love Thee? Let Me Count the Ways.

Music is kind of a big deal to me. A huge part of my life.

If you've read anything else I've written on Up on the Sun -- or if you know me personally -- you know this.

If you are sitting here reading a music blog, chances are you feel the same way.

So on this Thanksgiving weekend, I'd like to take the opportunity to give you Seven Things for Which I'm Musically Grateful.

1. I'm thankful that I can hear the music.

I have to credit my wife, who's a lot smarter than me, with this one. She threw it at me when I told her my potential topic this morning.

"You should mention how great it is that you can hear."

How simple, how obvious, and how easy it is to overlook. Of course, I'm thankful I can hear -- but I honestly, I haven't said it out loud (or in my head) lately. So I'll say it now. It's great to have functioning ears so that I can enjoy music every single day of my life. I can't imagine what it would be like to be without it.

2. I'm thankful that I've been able to spend my whole adult life in the music industry.

I remember getting out of high school and having people ask me what I wanted to do. It made me nuts because I didn't have any specific idea.

So I'd say something like, "I'd like to do something with music."

I had no idea what that something might be, but for sure I didn't mean I'd like to work retail. However, life decided to work it out as it did, and that's where I ended up. Turns out that selling music is a big part of the music industry -- so I ended up doing just that.

I've been able to meet rock stars, go to a truckload of special music events, and work with a product that I truly believe in to the depths of my heart.

Plus, my retail career has led me down many other musical avenues -- including writing for this music blog.

3. I'm thankful that I get to bullshit, er, write about music every week.

Although writing this column is work, in the sense that I have a commitment (and I get paid), I've had a lot worse jobs.

Here's how I think about it: How cool is it that I get to do a little random babbling about my opinion about music?

That's what I'd do if we were in my store. That's what I'd do if we sat at a bar together (it's not all I'd talk about, but the topic would come up, I assure you). It's what I'd do if you were in my car.

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