This So-Called Post-Post-Racial Life

September 12, 2009

My Old School Friday’s a Day Late and Dollar Short

Filed under: Old School Friday — Tags: , , , — pprscribe @ 10:32 am

We are poor, and poor is one of three things people don’t want to be. Right next to sick, and dead.

~James Evans

"Money, Hanging On." cobalt123,

"Money, Hanging On." cobalt123,

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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  1. Excellent choices; Awesome photo!!!

    HAPPY OSDayAfterF!!!

    Comment by CCGroovy — September 12, 2009 @ 1:25 pm

  2. Great choices…and a good start with the James Evans. I watched a few Good Times episodes on Friday, and the theme song gets me everytime with everything that’s supposed “good times”

    We both went with Puffy approved choices as well I see. I can’t even blame him for flaunting it. Trying to make a dollar out of 15 cents is not fun. not fun at all.

    Comment by Kim — September 12, 2009 @ 8:12 pm

  3. Great minds think alike. We use to dance to Money-That’s What I Want when I was a kid.

    You made some great selections for this week.
    Have an interesting weekend.

    I’m sitting here going nuts watching O-State and USC.

    Comment by ladydeborah — September 12, 2009 @ 8:46 pm

  4. LOL!! I just left another blog that posted Barret Strong!! Nice picks! I also picked the Bad Boy “Benjamins” but I picked the rock version because it’s edgy!

    Comment by regina — September 13, 2009 @ 7:15 pm

  5. Thanks, all, for dropping by my weekend edition of OSF!

    Nice to meet you, CC—and thanks for the day-after-OSF wishes!

    Kim, yes, the nostalgia we sometimes display about poverty can be a little…odd, to say the least. I have never forgotten that James Evans quote. I am sure there is a video clip somewhere from the show of hi delivering it. Great stuff!

    Lady Deborah, “Money” is truly Old School—looove that song!

    Regina you are truly brilliant with your pick! You may know that I have a special place in my heart for cover versions of songs.

    Comment by pprscribe — September 13, 2009 @ 10:36 pm

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