Talking About Work


It’s Labor Day, and I’ve been thinking about who I could put up here as a representative of the working woman and man in what we still call the United States of America. Unions have been left for dead by people like the Koch brothers and their employees (we call some of them by the collective noun “Congress”). The songwriters, except for a lonely few like Tom Russell, aren’t inspiring anyone to turn things around, either.

So for my Labor Day video I had to go way back to Woody Guthrie. As long as people have voices they’ll be singing Woody’s songs: Beethoven and maybe even Chuck Berry will have rolled over, but Woody’s songs will still bring the news to new generations from one side of this world to the other and back.

This is Talkin’ Hard Work, and it speaks for itself. Please enjoy!

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