Friday, September 02, 2011
3 Chords & the Truth: Workin' for a livin'
Everybody likes the day off, but nobody cares about why we have one.
That's the American approach to holidays -- and long weekends -- and its rise corresponds with our decline as a nation.
Boy, that just puts you in a cheery mood to listen to 3 Chords & the Truth, doesn't it? Sorry about that, Chief.
But it's true.
Let's go down the line, shall we? Christmas . . . uh, it's about a manger and wise men and Santa Claus and Rudolph the Red-Nose Reindeer in the little town of Bethlehem, right? Now where's my presents?
EASTER . . . uh, bunnies laying eggs . . . ham for Sunday dinner . . . and, uh . . . bonnets?
Memorial Day . . . uh, baseball. Start of summer. Yeah, that's the ticket!
Labor Day . . . uh, the Jerry Lewis Telethon? Wait . . . Jerry's not doing it anymore. Oh! The end of summer! What else? We got nothin'.
That. my friends, is why the Big Show is here -- to clue you in on stuff. Well, that and play lots of great music.
This is Labor Day weekend. That would mean we're celebrating something having to do with . . . wait for it . . . labor? Not, not hours and hours of excruciating childbirth -- labor as in "workin' hard for the money."
Labor as in "labor union." Back when politicians and greedmeisters hadn't made "union" a dirty word yet. Back when people thought there was a certain dignity to labor, and that the dignity of workingmen (and women) ought to be protected.
Back when it was considered a good thing that an Average Joe could make enough money to take care of his family. Maybe even put the kids through college . . . upward mobility and all that stuff.
WE STILL believe in all that quaint stuff here at 3 Chords & the Truth, and this week, we're saluting labor for Labor Day. Our "work" set is tasty, indeed. Why not give it a listen, huh?
In other words, you don't have to check your brain -- or your conscience -- at the door to be well and properly entertained on the Big Show.
It's 3 Chords & the Truth, y'all. Be there. Aloha.