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MusicMarks: A Time To Reflect

11/22/2007 10:04 am ET | Updated Nov 17, 2011

When David Foster and I sat down to write the song "Thankful," it was written for a Thanksgiving special that never came to be, but Josh Groban liked it so much that he decided to include it in his first Christmas record, which was just recently released, titled "Noel."

I thought you might enjoy seeing what a user on YouTube put together using photographic images against our song. I was moved by it, and I hope that you will be, too.

From YouTube

As I was writing this song, I remember thinking about how much I have to be grateful for, and at the same time I realized that there are so many people in this country and around the world that cannot make that statement.

As a songwriter, most times I'm writing a song for a particular artist or film, but like this song, "Thankful," or the "The Prayer," recorded by Celine Dion and Andrea Bocelli, I feel an additional sense of satisfaction when my song can touch the hearts of others, and in so doing make us feel more as "one."

I think maybe that's why I decided to write the Huffington Post about websites that motivate people to give back. I know we all can do more.

So when we all sit down this Thursday, and give thanks and gratitude for what we have in our lives, we should all say a special prayer for the people who need our compassion and our help.
One of the things I like most about this time of year is that the Thanksgiving season is always a time of generosity.

Check online for ways you can help the homeless, and feed the hungry. In each of our cities there are local chapters of larger charities that make giving food to those in need their mission.

From Operationturkey.com to Meals on Wheels Association of America. From www.hoseafeedthehungry.com to
www.thehungersite.com.

These are just a few of the excellent places online that can help you help those in need.

As Winston Churchill said, "We make a living by what we get, we make a life by what we give."

Happy Thanksgiving.

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