This is awkward. Here I’ve found a bushel of Monday-themed music to post, even ‘Welcome to the Working Week’. And then it kicked in … Linda, this is Labor Day, not just another Monday! I did know that, yet it somehow slipped my so-called mind for a while. Though like most of our holidays it’s far more of a cheap political gesture, and a handy prop to help sell us more shlock we don’t need. As I understand it, Labor Day was intended from the beginning to appease widespread unhappiness and unrest among working people, to forestall European-style “radical” revolt against Gilded-Age oppression. It also gave the bosses and their tame politicians a chance to show up at company picnics and say how great ordinary americans were, the backbone of the nation, the salt of the earth, blah-blah-blah. And of course to extol the value and dignity of hard work. Never mind, that’s another rant.
So now what do I do? Wait for next Monday to continue my lame music series? Nah … I’ll just add a Labor Day song to the mix. Funny thing though, I couldn’t find any good ones. Ah, but I know several about work and the working class, they’ll do. Isn’t that what Mondays are for, getting on with the job?