Byline: TAMARA McCLARAN
Along with gathering with family and friends, Thanksgiving is a time to express gratitude and appreciation for life's many blessings.
The Beaches are blessed with a talented and energized music community. Shorelines asked Beaches-area musicians to share their Thanksgiving memories and what defines their thankfulness. Time spent with family, friends and, of course, music, tops their lists, along with a few surprises. Here are some of the responses from musicians, in their own words:
- "I give thanks for my family's good health and wish the best for everyone in our community. Through music and knowledge, we all become stronger and better citizens as we raise our consciousness from the mundane to what is really important. May we all prosper and help others in the coming year."
- David Luckin (Electro Lounge)
- "I give thanks to God, my family, my wife, Dori, in particular (the true musician's wife) and the brave men and women who fight for the freedom that lets us express ourselves through song and sound. Also, my fellow musicians/songwriters who put their emotions on display every time they perform and the local venues for their continued support for live music."
- Jimmy Gilbert (Lucky Stiff,
- "Last year, after losing my mom, I realized I was living to work instead of working to live. I decided to take time off to really have time for what was important in life. Since that time, I have attended my 30-year reunion, reuniting with old friends, visited relatives, attended my daughter's musical program at 8:45 on a Tuesday, volunteered to help students at Fletcher, attended plays and music programs and will spend my first Thanksgiving lunch ever with my daughter.
"Although this time off may not last forever, I am truly grateful and thankful that I did this. I have no regrets, and I feel like my mom is cheering me on.
"Thanksgiving is special because it reminds me of how much I love my family. Spending time, sharing a meal and taking the time to listen to one another is really important, especially in our fast-paced world. My family can talk and we love to share stories. I especially like it when my brother talks about my father, who passed away when I was 12, along with other relatives who are now gone. It makes me feel like they are sharing Thanksgiving with us and it allows us to reflect on the how important they were in our lives. It also gives my daughters a glimpse into a part of their past that they are not familiar with. Spending time with the people you love and remembering those loved ones who are gone - that's Thanksgiving to me."
-Tamara Grigsby (Gardens of
Eden and Spiral Bound)
- "I will tell you my best memory. My three daughters wanted to spend Thanksgiving with my mother and me. Even though their religion does not celebrate holidays. These are my mother's only grandchildren and she was so happy to have them there to give thanks. I was so happy for my mother I went into the rest room and cried, which I had not done for many years. We had such a beautiful day together and my mother still talks of that day."
- King Eddie (Pili Pili)
- "Last Thanksgiving, I was in extreme pain from a ruptured disc in my neck. A piece of it was lodged in a nerve root. I suffered for six weeks, loaded with pain killers, muscle relaxers and steroids, all of which were ineffective. …