Working is an integral part of peoples’ lives. It fills an inordinate amount of time, gives the means to survive, and is how many describe themselves. Working aims to tell what people do and if they like it. The painting calls back to a simpler, idealized time of working that one would imagine of people during the industrial age. Yet, as the interviews show there is a large amount of job dissatisfaction. Even the young paperboy was cynical concerning his work situation. Today, with machinery and increase in schooling of the labor force, there is focus on productivity over a nice company culture and people are less free to change fields.
The song chosen, is 96,000 from the musical In the Heights. It involves people in a poor neighborhood stating what they would do if they won the lottery and won $96,000. They mention going back to school, leaving the U.S., and improving technology in the schools. The show also discusses poverty and racism, with the difficulty of leaving the city for college and the incoming gentrification.