Labor Day Soundtrack: Music for the Last Long Weekend

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OK. So it’s not the last long weekend ever. But for a while, it’s probably going to feel that way. Labor Day is about two things. First and foremost, we pause to honor both the pioneers of the labor movement and the hard-working Americans everywhere who toil to make the world a more functional place.

But the second and no less important point of Labor Day is to mark summer’s end. You don’t need an equinox to tell you that. Once this weekend is over, it’s back to school, back to work, head down, and nose to the grindstone for that long fall semester haul.

Labor Day is the weekend when the last fragments of summer are carried off on a crisp autumn breeze, like so many grains of sand slipping through your fingers…not that we’re feeling sentimental or anything.

We’re not trying to belabor the point (Whoops. Pun not intended, but I’m leaving it in there anyway). We’re just saying that if this is the last indulgent holiday before we’re staring down the business end of a rightly stuffed Thanksgiving turkey, we’d better make the most of it. I’m sure you have barbecues, beach weekends, camping trips, and last-minute shopping expeditions planned.

But do you have thematically appropriate music selected? If so, good for you. You’re all set. Have a great weekend and we’ll see you back at school. For everybody else, behold, a collection of songs on the great subjects of laboring, toiling, working and sweating, liberally interspersed with songs about the not-unrelated subjects of summer’s end and the start of another school year.

Savor the weekend. We’ll see you on the other side.

And, if you’d like to celebrate the weekend by learning more about labor history, policy, and activism, there are a few different degrees that you might want to consider. Find out what you can do with a degree in Sociology, Political Science or Economics.

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