I love music. I can’t sing or dance, or even clap in time. The ability to make music is well beyond me. But I love it none the less. I decided to build a playlist of music that in some way was reflective of the industry that I also love. Now I have spent the last twenty plus years moving freight across this country and when I tell you there are similarities between a song and the supply chain, you can believe it. I want to share this list with you, one hit at a time.
By the Who
Happy Memorial Day to all. This week’s entry is a Who classic. “Another Tricky Day” was released in 1981 on the iconic Face Dances album. This was the last track on the offering and is one of my favorite songs by the band. Written by Pete Townsend, his guitar drives this tune, but it’s the lyrics and the way Roger Daltrey sings them that makes this such a fantastic jam. I always felt that this song was so applicable to everyone. It is another tricky day, and you will get through. Pragmatic, optimistic, and easy to understand. What else do you want from a song?
I chose this song on this day because this holiday in particular can be so very tricky for the transportation industry. Memorial Day is the first of the big three long holiday weekends for the summer. It always seems to sneak up on us. It falls at the end of the month and it is the unofficial start to the summer. We see a spike in volume every year, especially in food and beverage shipping. Cookouts galore mean folks need their beer and hot dogs. Like everything else, trucks bring what people need. Additionally, a whole bunch of us get out and travel. More shipping, more people on the road, more problems. When you factor in that most businesses are closed on Monday, you end up with an annual logistical nightmare. And yet we get through it every year. By the time September and Labor Day get here, we are masters at handling the summer holiday rush.
Enjoy the weekend, be safe, and remember those we honor on Memorial Day.