My Thanksgiving Wish for You


Happy Thanksgiving.

My wish for you: You spend this day (and many others) around a crowded table, filled with people you love.

There’s a song called “Crowded Table.” It captures the wish.

Before Covid, I produced monthly concerts as a side gig. A hobby business. A labor of love.

I built a big email list. When Covid hit and the concerts stopped, I sent “Song of the Day” emails to my list.

“Crowded Table” was Song of the Day on Sept. 12, 2021.

Here’s what I wrote then. (The video follows…)

Background for today’s song:

My wife’s family has a farm in south-central Missouri. There’s a house with a porch that overlooks a gorgeous Ozark valley. On the porch is a table where family, friends, old guests and new have gathered for endless nights — great food, great conversations, great memories.

We were there a couple of months ago, with some old friends, after we’d all gotten shots and felt like it was safe to crowd around that table again.

As we sat there, I told them about today’s song. It was released before the pandemic, and I liked it then. But it took on greater meaning for me as we sheltered in place, separated from friends and loved ones, wondering when we could gather again.

I played the song for everyone around the table that night and told them how grateful I was to be at that crowded table again. Here’s the chorus:

I want a house with a crowded table
And a place by the fire for everyone
Let us take on the world while we’re young and able
And bring us back together when the day is done

(Clockwise from bottom-left): Maren Morris, Brandi Carlile, Natalie Hemby, Amanda Shires (The Highwomen)…

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Tom Ruwitch

Tom Ruwitch is the founder and CEO of Story Power Marketing. For more than 30 years, he has helped businesses grow by delivering powerful stories using a variety of different media.