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September 6, 2002

For the USA's Labor Day holiday, a program of music about working for a living.

PLAYLIST
Selection Source Performer(s) Comments
All the Live Long Day Working (OC 1978) Company Based on the book of the same name by Studs Terkel, Working has lyrics by several composers, including Mary Rogers and (for this number) Stephen Schwartz.
Songs about people who are happy in their work.
The Mason Working (OC 1978) Craig Carnelia A demo recording (from the composer Carnelia's private collection) of a song written for but not included in the original version of Working.
The Company Way How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying (OS 1967) Robert Morse, Sammy Smith Unswerving corporate loyalty. For a CEO, this is nostalgic.
Songs about people who are not happy in their work.
Tamara, Queen of the Nile Lime Jello: An American Cabaret (1986) Joan Morris, William Bolcom By Peter Winkler, Ernst Muller and Fred Block, from Professionally Speaking (1986). Unhappy with her job, a teacher leads a double life.
The Lumberjack Song Monty Python Sings! (1989) Michael Palin, Chorus It's what he really wants to be!
Finally, songs about people who wish they had work.
Scrap The Full Monty (OC 2000) Patrick Wilson, John Ellison Conlee, Jason Danieley, Romain Frugé, The Men Music and lyrics by David Yazbeck, based on the 1997 British film about unemplayed steel workers who now feel like - well - scrap.
Take Us Back to the Office Again Lime Jello - An American Cabaret (1986) Joan Morris, William Bolcom (piano) By Michael Sahl and Mel Mandel, from Junkyard (1986) - a reminder of a not-very-distant past when unemployment was much higher than it is today. More CEO nostalgia.


Acronyms and other mysteries defined:

OC: Unless otherwise indicated, the Original Cast recording of a Broadway show, along with the date.

OS: Unless otherwise indicated, the Original Soundtrack recording of a film, TV show, etc.


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