Yes, I'm afraid that this weekend is the last hurrah for Summer 2008. Although Mother Nature says there are still three more weeks of summer, society says to knock off the fun stuff and get back to work or school. Some schools (certainly colleges) have already started for the fall. To send off each summer in grand fashion, we say goodbye during the Labor Day weekend, a time originally meant to honor the American worker. I'd like to get back to the original spirit of the day right now. And what better way to do that than with---country music! Well, mostly.
First up: Alabama's salute to John Q. Public, "40-hour Week."
Next: Garth Brooks teams up with Huey Lewis on Huey's classic song "Workin' For A Livin'."
Of course, there's always the classic country music song that states the attitude of many an American worker: "Take This Job and Shove It!"
While not a country song, it is indeed true that everybody's "Workin' For the Weekend." Loverboy certainly is.
Although blue collar workers have quite a great deal of stuff to deal with at their jobs, let's not forget our white collar, cubicle-dwelling workers (myself included). Nowhere has their plight been as well-depicted as in the hilarious movie Office Space. Here are highlights.
Finally, one tradition of Labor Day is the Jerry Lewis MDA Telethon, an event I watch and support every year. Please tune in this year and give what you can; they're a great organization. Here is a sample of what they do:
Jerry closes every telethon with his singing of "You'll Never Walk Alone."
If you would like to give to MDA, you can donate online at their Web site and find out where you can view the telethon in your area.
Thanks, and have a great weekend!