I’m not a drummer but this song makes me want to be:
Todd Rundgren wrote “Bang the Drum All Day” in 1983 and since then it has become the quintessential anti-work anthem played every Friday night as the factory whistle blows. Or Wednesday night. Or when the Green Bay Packers score a touchdown. Or whenever you feel like not going to work. Just cue this song in your iTunes library and dream how it would feel to have the reality of the lyrics become true in your own life.
I can see how this song gets a bad rap in some circles (especially the boss circles – note verse three). It seems to raise negative perceptions about a task (work) that is fundamental to our ability to make a profit and survive. I believe God endowed humans with a work ethic. It’s embedded deep in our nature to labor and exert ourselves to cultivate a reward. Why should we hate doing something that creates value in our lives and provides so many benefits – both personal and financial – as going to work? Isn’t work beneficial?
Absolutely it is. No doubt.
So is the pursuit of a passion.
The Power of Passion
I find these lyrics from the song teach me some pretty cool things about passion, about finding something you really enjoy doing:
“…I took a stick and an old coffee can, I bang on that thing ’til I got, blisters on my hand…”
Passion demands sacrifice. The implication here is that we pursue our passions even if they are inconvenient, take a long time, and even result in pain and discomfort. I’m staying up late tonight writing this post. Why am I not going to bed? Stating it simply, Luke1428 has become a passion in the last year and I’m willing to sacrifice some sleepy time for it. It’s that important.
“…but my licks was so hot, I made the teacher wanna dance…”
Passion inspires people. When I’m around people doing great things my imagination is aroused. In those moments, over-the-top options are considered that I never thought possible before. Like the time I met an individual on a cruise who was training to compete in a triathlon. His infectious attitude sparked my interest in competitions and running. I probably wouldn’t be doing what I am today if not for that encounter.
“…and I get my sticks and go out to the shed, and I pound on that drum like it was the boss’s head…”
Passion relieves tension. Life does bind us up sometimes with frustration. Work can get tedious and monotonous and we need an outlet for that pressure. My father’s outlet was woodworking. Many a night when he came home from work, after dinner and evening kid time was finished, he could be found in his workshop in our basement repairing and refinishing antiques. That time served as his pressure release valve to recharge his spirit for another day’s work.
Life’s more enjoyable and rewarding when we have passions to follow. Start finding your drum to bang on today.
What’s your big passion right now? Can your work also be your passion?
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