Friday, July 31, 2015

Jobbed: The musical -- sorrow into song

When psychotherapist Leslie Mayer counseled laid-off executives as a consultant at Right Management, the Philadelphia outplacement firm, she absorbed much of their pain. At home, at night, she turned their sorrow into song.

Jobbed: The musical -- sorrow into song

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When psychotherapist Leslie Mayer counseled laid-off executives as a consultant at Right Management, the Philadelphia outplacement firm, she absorbed much of their pain. At home, at night, she turned their sorrow into song.

“That really was my cry,” Mayer said, in a story in Saturday's Philadelphia Inquirer. Mayer now runs an executive coaching business, Mayer Leadership Group, in Radnor.

Now her songs will be sung as part of a musical, "Jobbed," being produced at Act II Playhouse in Ambler Saturday night and Sunday afternoon. Admission is free.

Here are the lyrics of one of the songs in the play. Of all of them, this is the one that most resonated with me, based on the years of reporting I've done about people who have lost their jobs.

 

IT’S NOT ABOUT ME

My boss called me in and he said, “Please shut the door.”

He said, “We won’t be needing you to work here anymore.”

He said, “Good luck.”  He shook my hand. 

Can someone help me understand

What all the years I gave him were for?

 

They say it’s no reflection of my ability

And they say I shouldn’t take the news….personally

Why can’t anybody see that this is pure insanity?

It’s my job and they say it’s not about me.

 

My boss said I just don’t fit into their future vision

They’re planning to eliminate my entire division

Don’t I have a voice?  Don’t I get a say?

What’s the use of talking anyway?

 

They say it’s no reflection of my ability

And they say I shouldn’t take the news….personally

Why can’t anybody see that this is pure insanity?

It’s my job and they say it’s not about me.

 

My boss said the company is moving really fast

Yes, I’ve done good work but now my time has passed

There no place for me, they say

Need different kind of skills today

What can I rely on to last?

 

They say it’s no reflection of my ability

And they say I shouldn’t take the news….personally

Why can’t anybody see that this is pure insanity?

It’s my job and they say it’s not about me.

 

My job and they say it’s not about me---

My job…and they say it’s not about me?!

 

 

Inquirer Staff Writer
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Jobbing covers the workplace – employment, unemployment, management, unions, legal issues, labor economics, benefits, work-life balance, workforce development, trends and profiles.

Jane M. Von Bergen writes about workplace issues for the Inquirer.

Married to a photographer she met at her college newspaper, Von Bergen has been a reporter since fourth grade, covering education, government, retailing, courts, marketing and business. “I love the specific detail that tells the story,” she says.

Reach Jane M. at jvonbergen@phillynews.com.

Jane M. Von Bergen Inquirer Staff Writer
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