In the States this is Labor Day Weekend and most of us get a holiday on Monday. So……. this week we honor working men and women that make this county what is today by focusing on songs about the life of working class people. I hope you enjoy these songs.
As always, let me know what you think and let me know what your favorite “working” songs are.
Millworker – James Taylor
Factory – Bruce Springsteen
Story Behind Factory – Bruce Springsteen
Working at the Carwash Blues – Jim Croce
16 Tons – Tennessee Ernie Ford
Take This Job and Shove It – Johnny Paycheck
Today’s headline from the Huffington Post
Even Fox News called him out on the speech!
Here are the details…..
And now a musical message from Mittallica….enjoy 🙂
Up first in the “My Final Playlist” series of posts is a song from Jimmy Buffet.
Years ago I read a book about Steve Jobs titled “The Journey Is The Reward.” That title (which I later learned was from an old Chinese proverb) really made an impression on me and has shaped the way that I look at life. In my opinion, life is not about the wealth that we accumulate, the fame that we achieve, or the things that we buy along the way. Life is all about the journey and the people that we meet (and help) along the way.
With this philosophy in mind, there is no better metaphor for life than a cruise which makes today’s song is a strong contender for “My Final Playlist.” When I sail into that final port, I want everyone to know that although the cruise is ending it has been lovely and I wouldn’t change a thing.
As always….let me know what you think.
Following up on Friday’s post where we discussed crazy Republican explanations for events like Hurricane Isaac, I would like to introduce the legal term for such events, Force Majeure. In simple terms Force Majeure means events that are beyond human control. In even more simple terms that my Republican friends can understand…..Shit Happens.
While we are on the topic of Force Majeure, I need to point out that it is also the name of a 1979 Tangerine Dream album. I am particularly fond of the title track of that album and have selected it as my long song Tuesday offering for this week. The song takes a while to get started and transitions through several different themes so be patient and I think you will be rewarded at the end.
As always, let me know what you think.
Dedicated to the Republicans as they prepare to start their convention in Tampa this week.
Thanks Todd Snider!
Just saw the following headline on Huffington Post. This is truly a sad day………..
Neil was a Navy Veteran, flying combat missions during the Korean. He was also a test pilot and a veteran of both a Gemini and an Apollo NASA spaceflight. He will always be remembered as the first man to set foot on the moon during the Apollo 11 mission. Many of you were probably not around to watch the Apollo 11 mission as it happened. If you are interested in the details, I encourage you to watch the following six part CBS documentary based on the actual live coverage of the mission by Walter Cronkite. For what its worth, Walter was the best damn news anchor of all time (RIP Walter!).
Finally….I offer up Anchors Aweigh, the Navy song, in tribute to Neil’s amazing service to the US.
This week our word of the week is Hurricane. Unfortunately, we currently have Hurricane Isaac headed into the Gulf of Mexico. Don’t know for sure which direction it will head at this point but it certainly has everyone’s attention. So….while we are watching to coverage of Isaac, and keeping our finger’s crossed that it doesn’t cause any significant damage, let’s listen to some of the best Hurricane songs ever recorded.
After listening to the music, please take the time to read my note after the last song in the post. Have a great weekend!
Hurricane Carter – Bob Dylan
Rock You Like a Hurricane – Scorpions (with full orchestra)
Like a Hurricane – Neil Young
Hurricane – 30 Seconds to Mars
Republicans/Right Wing Evangelicals: Earthquakes,Hurricanes,Terrorist Attacks-God’s Punishment
Hmm……..I wonder what they will say if Hurricane Isaac hits Tampa and the Republican National Convention next week??????