Just in time for Thanksgiving, these soulful singers -- each with a new record out this fall -- share their favorite musical ways to say thank you.
<em>Charmer</em> (Superego) <strong>Elton John, "Someone Saved My Life Tonight" </strong> "I'm not sure exactly what's happening in this song, but the gratitude in the narrator's voice is palpable, and the soaring melodies and ethereal harmonies almost tell a story of their own."
Annie Clark (a.k.a. St. Vincent)
<em>Love This Giant</em>, with David Byrne (4AD/Todo Mundo) <strong>Tuck & Patti, "Time After Time" </strong>"This Cyndi Lauper song has never sounded better -- it makes you thankful for everybody you've ever loved and everybody who has ever loved you."
<em>Pour Une Âme Souveraine</em> (Naive) <strong>The Talking Heads, "Thank You For Sending Me An Angel" </strong> "An anthem for people trying to go their own way and looking for like minds -- which I've needed on my side a time or two."
<em>Halcyon</em> (Universal) <strong>Kate Bush, "This Woman's Work" </strong>"A song that somehow manages to address a woman's struggle in a really beautiful and delicate way. I think we can all be thankful for the sacrifices women make every day."
<em>Sugaring Season</em> (Anti) <strong>Al Green, "God Is Standing By" </strong>"I love the sentiment that God wants the best for us, that when things don't go as we hope it's because the universe knows better and has other plans. That's humbling -- and gratitude starts with humility."
<em>The Spirit Indestructible</em> (Interscope) <strong>Madredeus, "Haja O Que Houver" </strong> "This song -- sung in my native Portuguese --expresses gratitude musically, evoking the longings and connections that make us human."
Chan Marshall (a.k.a. Cat Power)
<em>Sun</em> (Matador) <strong>Bob Dylan, "Shelter From The Storm" </strong>"Hearing Bob speak about his thankfulness for all the protection you feel from community and camaraderie is inspirational."