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Happy Thanksgiving 2008!

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To anyone reading this real-time tonight, Happy Thanksgiving!

I’m grateful for my health, loved ones, and music. Here’s a photo blog of my Thanksgiving in NYC for 2008.

My boyfriend and I left home around 8am to go the Macy’s Thanksgiving Parade. Perhaps we should have left home earlier.

There were a couple of big tow trucks sitting in the middle of the street, and the kids were happy to get a good spot to see the balloons

At the edge of the crowd, even CEO Warner Music Group Lyor Cohen was right there!

I have to admit, I felt like a kid myself when I saw the huge balloons and heard the marching bands


I did say heard the marching bands, since I couldn’t see them, but they sounded great. I have to admit that I got a little misty-eyed thinking about all the bands performing in the parade today, who had come so far, had bake sales, car washes, and all kinds of other kinds of fund raisers to get to New York City to represent their school or hometown at the Macy’s Thanksgiving Parade. Their parents and grandparents are going to be glued to the TV, and when they see their cousin, sister, grandson performing in one of those Macy’s marching bands, it’s going to be an exciting moment. Love that!

When evening came around, we decided to go to one of our favorite Asian restaurants for Thanksgiving dinner. But when we arrived at Saigon Grill, it turns out that they were closed for the holiday. Now what?

While driving down Riverside Drive, we noticed that the George Washington Bridge was lit up for Thanksgiving. Since this bridge only lights up on major holidays (the electric bill must be crazy), we drove around and took pictures of it


By then we were hungry for Thanksgiving dinner, but didn’t have a clue where to go. We drove around the neighborhoods of Manhattan, Bronx, and Inwood, seeking inspiration. On thing was obvious, though. Christmas in NYC had arrived


I remembered a deli we had visited earlier near the parade, called Great Farm Deli. They had a $7.29 per pound food bar, and I remembered that they had even had a whole turkey that morning. After we arrived at Great Farm, I actually wasn’t in the mood for turkey, but their salmon looked excellent. As a matter of fact, all of the food in their all-you-can-eat-if-you-don’t-mind-paying-for-it food bar looked pretty darned good, and I couldn’t help but compare their plentiful offerings with the Pilgrim’s original Thanksgiving


All in all, every Thanksgiving that I spend as a citizen of New York City, as a musician living in the greatest city of the world, is a good one.

And I am most grateful.