Country soul artist King Corduroy (Kurt McMahan) sings about the value of a hard day's work on the ardent "Workin' For a Livin'," from his forthcoming album Avalon Ave. (out on August 16).
King Corduroy says "Workin' for a Livin'" was inspired by his time working on a farm in the small town of Perris, California.
"I always had my guitar with me, so as soon as the idea shaped into some lyrics I began singing them to the other trimmers in the morning while we were getting ready to work," King Corduroy tells Wide Open Country. "It became a ritual for me. Every morning I would add a couple more lines here and there, but I never really tried to finish the song. Once I moved on from the farm it was just rolling around in the back of my head for a couple of years. I actually finished the song while I was on tour and staying at Kaleb's (my lead guitar player) Dad's house in Shreveport. I played it for his father Steven one morning in the kitchen and he looked at me and said: 'That song is gonna resonate with a whole lotta people son.' That's when I realized I needed to put it on a record.
The artist says the song is a mantra for purposeful living -- and working.
"The song has a universal message. We all have to do whatever it takes to get by and there are all sorts of different ways that people can work it; but in the long run, we all just need a better perspective on life," he says. "If we can let go and ease into working with a purpose instead of dreading our jobs then there is a powerful energy shift that can occur in our lives. Manifesting a dream starts with a baby step."
Watch the video premiere of "Workin' for a Livin'" below.
For more information on King Corduroy, visit his official Facebook page.