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.
Factory girls: God Love ‘Em!
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.Enjoy your Labor Day, Gentle Reader.