We are poor, and poor is one of three things people don’t want to be. Right next to sick, and dead.
I’m with James. I never understood this romance we sometimes have about not having money. And this immediate suspicion we sometimes develop of anyone who has money—particularly those who used to not have money but now do. So my first Old School Friday song for this week’s “All About the Money” theme will not be about the ills of money, or how it turns folks evil, or how it can’t buy love. Yes, “they” say the best things in life—love, for example—are free. But like Barrett Strong says, love cannot pay the bills: “Money (That’s What I want).”
Rappers know this simple truth. You want a kind of economy that runs on something other than money? Want a Star Trek-era society where everybody works for personal gratification and the betterment of the Universe? Believe it or not, that kind of society—researching it in think tanks, selling it on the floors of our law-houses, creating the institutions that will serve as safety nets in this new age—all of that requires (you guessed it) money. Yup. “It’s All About the Benjamins,” baby. Tell ‘em, Biggie and Lil Kim.
Now if you do not find yourself with a positive cash flow, all is not lost. It is just a matter of scale. When I had less money, I still lived my life—just on a more slimmed down scale. I was livin’ small—but still havin’ a ball. I rode the subway instead of my car. That made doing everyday things like visiting my baby more challenging, but I still got it done. And if the subway was late, I always had my own two feet. Like Edwin Starr, I could just keep on walking to see my baby. Even if it was 25 Miles on foot.
Hmm. No, Mr. Evans had the right intuition. I admit: I’d rather ride than walk. But it’s nice to know that if I ever had to do without again, I’d probably be OK. As long as I still had Old School Friday, that is.
Have a good one, everybody!
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