Monday has arrived and Monday means music! For the month of September, our Spotlight Dancer is our very own friend and co-conductor, Cathy from Curios as a CAThy! The theme selected for this week is “National Boss/Employee Exchange Day – Songs about filling another person’s work shoes or in general for those who don’t work outside the home”. This one was a little tricky – so I went with a general work theme. Let’s get this work party started!
Let’s start with this 1982 rock song about living paycheck to paycheck. He’s working for a living and feels like he will be until the day he dies. Some days just feel like that, don’t they?
Here’s Huey Lewis And The News with “Workin’ For A Livin'”:
Next up, forget the manicures and spray-on tans because the woman in this 2010 country song is working too hard to have time for it. During the week, she is a bartender and waitress who pulls double shifts to make ends meet.
But come Friday nights the redneck, blue collar girl with calloused hands is ready to get honkytonk loud. She boasts, “I’m the first to clock in but the last to pass out.”
Here’s Gretchen Wilson with “Work Hard, Play Harder”:
Next up, working 12-hour shifts five days a week has to be monotonous and mind numbing because the guy in this 2010 country song can’t do his math correctly. (He says he works 52 hours, but 12×5=60.) On Saturday nights, however, he’s happy to cut loose and let the drinks flow freely.
Unfortunately, the drinks don’t help his math skills. However, they do numb his mind.
Give a listen to Kid Rock with “God Bless Saturday”:
Last, but certainly not least, is a song that was written by Prince (who wrote this song under the name of “Christopher”) which ultimately became this group’s first hit. The purple one discovered this group after coming across the video for one of their early singles on MTV. He showed up at one of their gigs in Los Angeles, then joined them onstage.
The group recorded this song with the appropriate trepidation that comes with a song written by a superstar. They had decided to remake it from the ground up, and were nervous about if Prince would like it or not. He went to their rehearsal after the record was done, and he was really thrilled with how it came out.
Get ready to dance, here’s The Bangles with “Manic Monday”:
That’s a wrap for this week – see you on the dance floor!
I have the supreme honor and privilege of being a co-host with the inimitable Xmas Dolly and our musical cohort, the awesome Cathy from Curious as a CAThy, Callie of JAmerican Spice, and Alana of Ramblin’ with AM!
Want to join in the fun? It’s easy – just find a tune that rocks your boat, post it and link up – don’t forget to grab Xmas Dolly…er, um, I mean her button…over at her place here. Check out Xmas Dolly’s sidebar for the random themes we sport each week – and you can always ask for a specific theme of music you like, too. Check out the other music lovahs and let’s jam!
Cathy from Curios as a CAThy