Music Monday

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Hello Good People!

Happy Labor Day.  I hope you are not working on this holiday and enjoying some well-deserved time off.  I took the opportunity to sleep all day at the beach. 🙂

The older I get, the more I realize the importance of relaxing.  Do you really know how to relax?  I will admit, it was something that I had to learn how to do. One of the biggest lessons I learned from watching “A Different World” was when Whitley Gilbert had to learn how to “relax, relate and release!”  So when you are going to relax and have a good time, take some TKG tips:

1.) Pack Light: When you are relaxing, you don’t have time to fuss over outfits and hairdos.  I am not saying to come out with bed head, but when you are lugging six bags, then trying to figure out what outfit to where, you are taking time away from the fun and relaxation. Don’t make the vacation stressful.

2.) Don’t do anything that makes you uncomfortable: When you relax, it’s all about you.  Sometimes, it’s hard to keep that as the focus when you are going with a group of people.  So make up in your mind that you are going to do the things that are enjoyable for you.  Hopefully that will include your travel mates.  If not, that is ok.  To thine own self be true.

3.) Sleep:  This is your chance to allow the body to refresh and rejuvenate.  There is no better way to do this than to sleep.  Most of us are already sleep deprived making us cranky and irritable.  However, when you are fully rested, you feel not only rested, but revived.

4.) Eat (healthy food): Many times, we use the vacay to splurge on food.  We eat all our favorite (bad) foods…funnel cake, ice cream, burgers, fried foods,alcohol, etc.  I don’t think you should deprive yourself, but try to limit  the fatty, heavy foods to avoid being sluggish, then stress over the pounds you gained.

5.) Unplug:  You can’t relax when you are posting every minute of your vacation.  And the folks around you can’t relax because they don’t know if a picture of them in a swimsuit is going to end up on Facebook.  No posting, no texting, no phones.  Just chill.  Post the pics after the vacay, and make sure you are only posting pictures of yourself or you have permission to post pictures of your travel mates.

Lastly, here are some of ThatKellieGirl favorite songs celebrating the labor experience in America.

Manic Monday- I loved the Bangles back in the day.  This was one of my fav songs.

Have to catch an early train/ Got to be to work by nine /And if I had an air-o-plane /I still couldn’t make it on time /’Cause it takes me so long/ Just to figure out what I’m gonna wear /Blame it on the train /But the boss is already there

She works hard for the money-As a kid, I had not idea what occupation she was singing about, but I loved the song.

Twenty five years have /come and gone /and she’ seen a lot of tears /of the ones who come in /they really seem to need her there

Car Wash- When I heard the hand claps in the beginning of this song, I was sold to get out on the dance floor.  Car Wash is a hilarious movie with one of the best sound track albums.

Come summer the work gets kind a hard/This ain’t no place to be if ya planned on being a star./Let me tell you it’s always cool/And the boss don’t mind sometimes if ya act a fool.

Working for a Living-I have to admit, Huey Lewis and the News is one of my all-time fav bands.  Seriously.

Hey I am not complaining ´cause I really need the work/ Hitting up my buddy´s got me feeling like a jerk/ Hundred dollar car note, two hundred rent. /I get a check on Friday, but it is all ready spent.

Working Class Hero- Green Day covered this John Lennon song about the depressing  and brutal side of being working class.

There’s room at the top they are telling you still/But first you must learn how to smile as you kill/If you want to be like all the folks on the hill/A working class hero is something to be

Money’s Too Tight to Mention- Simply Red gets political with this song and it is still relevant today.

I been laid off from work/ My rent is due /My kids all need /Brand new shoes /So I went to the bank /To see what they could do /They said son – looks like bad luck /Got-a hold on you

We talk a-bout rea-gan-on-ics/ Oh lord down in the con-gress /They’re passing all kinds – of bills /From down cap-it-ol hill – (we’ve tried them)

I Want to be Rich- The Calloway Brothers dream about being rich and no longer having to work.

Cast cold that’s what I need/These bill collectors they ring my phone/They bother me when I’m not at home/Ain’t go no time to be fooling round/Feel touch the floors and I get on down

Allentown USA- Billy Joel is one of the best songwriters out there.  He is such a great storyteller.

Well we’re waiting here in Allentown/For the Pennsylvania we never found/For the promises our teachers gave/If we worked hard/If we behaved.
So the graduations hang on the wall/But they never really helped us at all/No they never taught us what was real/Iron or coke,Chromium steel.

It’s Five O’Clock Somewhere- This is truly the “quittin’ time” anthem.

The sun is hot and that old clock is movin’ slow,An’ so am I./Work day passes like molasses in wintertime, But it’s July./I’m gettin’ paid by the hour, an’ older by the minute./My boss just pushed me over the limit./I’d like to call him somethin’,I think I’ll just call it a day.

Take This Job and Shove It- And when you can’t take it anymore, this is the ultimate employee song.  Just make sure you have a job to shove in its place!

I’ve been working in this factory/For nigh on fifteen years/All this time I watched my woman/Drowning in a pool of tears/And I’ve seen a lot of good folks die/That had a lot of bills to pay/I’d give the shirt right off my back/If I had the guts to say

I hope you are enjoying the day! 🙂


  1. Yes, great pictures of the water! Relaxation and Peace is a part of our birthright, I chose to learn how to incorporate relaxation into my essence, even in the midst of story situations (not all the time, but after you do anything long enough it becomes a habit)..

    Mind, body, and soul, they are all connected. Relax people, we can do it by taking the tips she listed and get started on some of them, and soon it will be a habit!


    • Thanks Nisa! I love your statement about relaxation and peace being a part of our birthright. A birthright we have too easily given up. However, we can take it back. As you said, if we take one step at a time and with consistency, we will have formed some POSITIVE habits.

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