The great Ray Davies is preparing to release his first ever true solo album, Other People’s Lives, due out on February 7th, 2006. To get us ready for the release, the British songwriting icon is putting out an EP on November 22, titled Thanksgiving Day.
Davies conceived the EP's title track through his desire to discover America. He said: “After recording my first batch of demos for my solo album, I visited the U.S in 1999 and started writing more songs for the project. I had been invited to several Thanksgiving dinners in this time one of which was with a family in New England. What struck me was that it was more like the family Christmas I enjoyed as a child growing up in London. Thanksgiving is a time for sharing and even though they throw up their eyes as though it were a chore, family members traditionally gather for a reunion at the house of the oldest relative. In the song “Papa looks over at the small gathering” and wonders how many of the children are going to make it for the dinner. During the story, we see how one by one, they try to make it home. The Thanksgiving Day holiday was originally “a day of unity” and it occurred to me that it might be an idea for Great Britain to adopt a similar day.”
To celebrate the release of the EP, Davies is now scheduled to perform on NBC’s Late Night with Conan O’Brien on Thanksgiving Day. Knowing that you will be sleepy from digesting all that turkey and pumpkin pie, it might be smart to set your Tivo (or VCR if you are still old-school like me) in case you doze off before the performance.