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🎵 PRELUDE: Takin’ Care of Business

Bachman–Turner Overdrive‘s “Takin’ Care of Business” seemed like an appropriate song for our Examiner+ Labor Day Weekend edition. The 1973 song propelled the phrase “Takin’ care of business” and became part of the popular lexicon, forever being used to imply when someone is working on a task or doing their job.  

Randy Bachman wrote the song while he was a member of the band The Guess Who and later recorded it with his band, Bachman Turner Overdrive. The rock band was formed in Winnipeg, Manitoba, by Randy Bachman, Robbie Bachman, and Fred Turner in 1973. Their 1970s catalog included five top-40 albums and six US top-40 singles.

An excerpt of the lyrics:
You get up every morning from your alarm clock’s warning
Take the 8:15 into the city
There’s a whistle up above and people pushin’, people shovin’
And the girls who try to look pretty
And if your train’s on time, you can get to work by nine
And start your slaving job to get your pay
If you ever get annoyed, look at me I’m self-employed
I love to work at nothing all day
And I’ll be taking care of business (every day)
Taking care of business (every way)
I’ve been taking care of business (it’s all mine)

“While the song title implies an industrious responsibility, a closer listen reveals that it’s more of a slacker anthem. The singer is presumably unemployed, and he ‘loves to work at nothing all day.’” This may be the songwriter’s true intention and meaning, but I agree with a different point of view. Bachman extolls the virtues of being a professional musician and compares the rock and roll lifestyle to the workaday world.

— ELISA ZUCKERBERG, Founder of HearItThere.com, an online resource for live music events in the Hudson Valley and Fairfield County.

📰 ICYMI: This Week’s Features

Two Local Events to Mark in Your Calendars

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Kisco, Pleasantville Chambers ready for fall

How Do Willie Nelson, Meryl Streep, Steven Spielberg and the Hudson Valley Writers Center All Get a Shout Today?

Pleasantville Mom and Teen Son Pen Debut Novel

Their journey started more than four decades ago in a third-grade classroom

Tonight’s Bedtime Story: My Mount Kisco Friend Jason and his Love of Local Disc Golf

(This is a legit sport, folks!) Also, we’ve got road reporting, pigskin, and a new state law.

Your Best Bets: What to Do This Weekend

Exclusive Preview: Hen Hud Elementary Students Return to New Alignment of Schools

📡 THE FEED: Curated News in Brief

  • New Law Requires Schools to Notify Parents for Behavioral Intervention: Legislation that requires all New York State public school districts to provide same-day notification to the family of a student with a disability where behavioral intervention is required was recently signed into law by Gov. Kathy Hochul. (Examiner)

  • Woman Under Arrest In Westchester For Sex Trafficking May Have Hundreds Of Victims: A woman accused of forcing immigrant women into prostitution in New York may have hundreds of victims, federal investigators said. (Daily Voice)

  • Briarcliff Manor Mayor Calls on DOT to Make Urgent Route 9A Repairs: A local elected official urged the state Department of Transportation (DOT) to quickly make much-needed repairs on Route 9A in Briarcliff Manor and Ossining to make the road safer while communities await long-term solutions. (Examiner)

  • Vinod Khosla makes $200M Bet on Westchester Rentals: Westchester’s multifamily market remains an attractive option for investors, judging by a recent $200 million sale in New Rochelle. (The Real Deal)

  • Hundreds Celebrate Uncle Giuseppe’s New Home in Yorktown: Fresh mozzarella, prosciutto, and cannoli were flying off the shelves Friday as hundreds celebrated the opening of the new location of Uncle Giuseppe’s Marketplace in downtown Yorktown. (Examiner)

  • North White Plains Gas Station Site of Short Film Shoot: The 1970s and ‘80s automobiles parked at the Royal Petroleum gas station in North White Plains last weekend weren’t part of a vintage car show or someone’s personal collection. Writer and director Levi Wilson and his cast and crew were hard at work Saturday and Sunday at the Route 22 site shooting a short film with a story that is close to his heart. (Examiner)


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