Monday, September 01, 2014

Labor Day

Ladies and Gentlemen... The Rolling Stones!
You don’t think of the Rolling Stones… at least I don’t… when it comes to delivering socially-conscious messages in song. But I can’t, for the life of me, think of a more appropriate tune for Labor Day. So, it’s in that spirit that I give you “Salt of the Earth.” (lyrics here)

It’s interesting to note that Jagger dismissed this song as one written in “total cynicism.” While that may be true, I prefer to derive my own meaning from the lyrics… and in MY interpretation, those “hard working people” are indeed the “Salt of the Earth.” Screw a bunch of cynics.
On the other hand… I could have posted this tune (Hell, I’m gonna post it anyway), which is kinda-sorta appropriate for Labor Day, innit? Both of these songs are from “Beggars Banquet,” which… apropos of nothing… just might be The Stones’ best album.  (ed:  No it's not.  Exile On Main Street is.)
Factory girls: God Love ‘Em!
Enjoy your Labor Day, Gentle Reader.
Yeah, the above is a re-run and it's one of two Labor Day posts I put up every year at this time, the other one... which is a bit screedy... is here. That post contains links to a Mike Rowe TED Talk about work and a good PBS video interviewing the author of "Shopcraft as Soulcraft."  The PBS video is particularly good.


  1. Just looked up the Mike Rowe post. It bears re-watching. Thanks for the link and happy Labor Day.

  2. Good ones, and happy Labor Day...

  3. @ Anne: The Mike Rowe piece IS worth re-watching. I continue to be impressed with the whole "TED Talks" thing.

    @ Jim: Thank ya, Sir, and backatcha.


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