Write Away Magazine Dec 2019

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Rollin Jewett

On Christmas

There are songs I’m literally embarrassed to tell anyone how

long they took me to write, lest one get the false impression

that I’m a careless hack of a songwriter. But really, several

of what I consider to be my best songs have been the easiest

to write. So easy, in fact, that they almost write themselves

because the ideas, rhymes and word flow seems to come

so effortlessly. “I Ain’tWorkin’ on Christmas” is one of

those songs. I wrote it barely a year ago and have almost no

recollection of having written it. I know I started with the

title. After that, it’s a blur.But let’s start with the title: A man

proclaims he’s not working on Christmas. Easy enough. Then

what happens? Those were the questions I wanted to answer.

According to statistics, millions of people will work on

Christmas day every year. And the numbers keep growing.

Let’s consider some of the obvious folks that will have to

work: doctors, nurses, policemen, firemen, caregivers, utility

workers, clergy, and journalists. Beyond that, however, there

are many others that, due to the profitability of remaining

open when many businesses are closed, are forced to work:

these are store clerks, grocery clerks, truck drivers, and

restaurant workers, etc., who are not volunteering to work on

Christmas, but are forced to by employers eager to make a

buck on a holiday when stores are traditionally closed.

Christmas used to be an untouchable holiday. Everyone other

than the necessary above-mentioned workers had the day

off to be with their families. In fact, so was Thanksgiving in

America…until “Black Friday” came along and shook things

up, breaking that traditional mold. According to Wikipedia

regarding Black Friday for many years, it was common for

retailers to open at 6:00 a.m.on Friday morning after

Thanksgiving. But in the late 2000s many had crept to 5:00 or

4:00. This was taken to a new extreme in 2011, when several

retailers opened at midnight for the first time. In 2012, Walmart

and several other retailers announced that they would

open most of their stores at 8:00 p.m. on Thanksgiving Day,

prompting calls for a walkout among some workers. In 2014,

stores such as JCPenney, Best Buy, and Radio Shack opened

at 5:00 PM on Thanksgiving Day while stores such as Target,

Walmart, Belk, and Sears opened at 6:00 PM on Thanksgiving

Day. Three states, Rhode Island, Maine, and Massachusetts,

prohibit large supermarkets, big box stores, and

department stores from opening on Thanksgiving.

some quality time with their loved ones. My belief is that

those who want to work on Christmas, due to necessity or

religious beliefs, should be allowed. But those who want to

stay home with their families should be allowed to do that as

well -- without fear of losing their jobs (like the man in the

song).

Rollin Jewett bio

Singer/songwriter Rollin Jewett grew up in South Florida

and has lived in New York, Los Angeles and Phoenix, to

name a few influences. Music has always been a priority in

Rollin’s life and he’s been writing songs for as long as he can

remember. In addition to singing and songwriting, Rollin

has also written and acted in several films and is a published

poet, playwright & short story writer. In 2016, Rollin’s outlaw

rocker “Ride Tall” was a prize winner 2016 IMSTA FESTA

International Songwriting Competition in Chicago. In 2015,

Rollin’s heartfelt love song “Arizona Sun” was also a finalist

in the same competition. Rollin has licensed several songs in

top platforms and is featured on several international compilation

albums. His musical influences range from rock to

country to folk to alternative to pop. An avid world traveler,

Rollin currently makes his home in North Carolina and is

presently working on new songs for an upcoming album.

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My thought was “What’s next?” Christmas, of course! And it

seems to be happening. More and more retailers and restaurants

are now open on Christmas day, forcing workers, many

who would rather be home enjoying quiet time with their

families, to be on duty so their employers can make a few

extra holiday dollars. So…the song is a reaction against that

materialistic mentality and an outspoken retort on behalf of

the working men (and women) who simply want to spend

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