Welcome to the workend
‘Everybody’s working for the weekend’
In this Rambling I will bring together the musical stylings of a Canadian rock band, an actor’s approach to creating content and a bible verse. I’m serious. That’s what I’m going to do.
I grew up when the disruptive technology of the day was not unlimited streaming on a handheld device – it was a dedicated music video channel on pay TV.
Three things shaped my musical taste as a kid: Rolling Stone magazine; KSHE-95, the ‘Real Rock Radio’ in St. Louis; and Craig Treadway. He was my friend’s older brother. He covered his walls with posters of ACDC, RUSH, and Led Zeppelin. I would look at his room and think how cool it would be when I would have my own posters and my own records to play.
MTV changed everything. I spent hours watching videos from bands like Cheap Trick, J. Geils Band, Loverboy and Van Halen. Van Halen became the band I followed most closely, but Loverboy gave me the lyric that starts this Rambling.
‘Everybody’s working for the weekend’. Everybody’s working for that chance to do something different, to discover something special, to do what they love.
Why can’t you do that stuff during the week? And why does work stop once the weekend arrives?
You can. And it doesn’t.
We work weekends
If you are in the middle of starting something, creating something, helping something grow, you work at it. Whether it is Monday, Thursday, Saturday or any day in between, you do what needs to be done.
Budget meetings can be scheduled over coffee at the local market on Sunday morning. Production schedules can be completed prior to yoga on Saturday. You’ll be amazed how much editing you can do on a Friday night.
The weekend as we once knew it no longer exists.
I read an interview with Robert Downey Jr. three years ago in GQ Magazine. He is asked about the amount of content he is creating and the success of that content:
‘We work weekends’ he said. ‘This is not a ‘Monday through Friday and then let’s go party in Aspen’ thing. We work weekends.’
It’s a simple statement. We work weekends.
You do too. We all do. We share, we create, we question. We work. The work is the key.
Everything flows from the work, and if it’s your project, like this is mine, the work doesn’t seem like work anyway.
I’ve quoted Loverboy. I’ve quoted Robert Downey Jr. in a GQ Interview. Let me now quote the Bible… That’s right, the Book of James.
‘Faith without works is dead.’
You may believe in your idea, your concept, and your story, but if you’re not working on it, what good is your belief? What good is your faith that someday you’ll get your shot, if you’re not putting in the effort now?
The Workend is the answer. Forget about Loverboy and the Book of James. Focus on writing your own lyrics and your own book.
Spend your Workend wisely
About Jay Mueller:
Jay is from St. Louis, Missouri. He is currently Executive Producer of the #1 rating FM breakfast radio show in Melbourne, Triple M’s Hot Breakfast with Eddie McGuire, Mick Molloy and Luke Darcy.
Jay has hard won experience in both radio and TV. He worked for the FOX Television Network in Phoenix, Arizona, and then the SEVEN Network and a string of number one rating radio shows (both AM and FM) since he moved to Melbourne in 2003.
You can check out his handwork at badproducerproductions.com