Sunday, June 7, 2020

BOTB: Who's the Bestest Cry Baby?

Cee Lo Green – Atlanta hardman or pop dandy? | The Times

Sorry for the delay, but I've been pretty mobile lately and a gal does what she can when she can. Thank you for all the comments on my question about what brings you to tears. I see that we all are human, did I get that right? 

Meanwhile, my loyal listening peeps (love you!) chimed in on the tunefest and the votes went a little like this:

Mary B

Mike007 x 21


To the victor, Cee Lo Green, unless you count the 20 extra Chicago-soaked votes that Mike 007 procured. I hate to say it, Mike, but... HERE'S CEE LO!  The other video was super fun, but let's allow Cee Lo to handle this victory lap by himself.

Meanwhile...the world remains crazy; I've heard it suggested that we:
1. Give 2020 a Snickers bar.
2. Skip 2020 all together.
3. Spend more time with the family...complete with a picture of Jack Nicholson in "The Shining".
4. Buy toilet paper to stock up for the Fall.
5. Get your own cave away from society.
All great starts! Stay sane, stay well, and remember that GOD'S GOT THIS COVERED.

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Monday, June 1, 2020

Battle of the Bands: Cry Baby

Let me make this bold assertion: everybody, at one time or another in their life, has felt the need to have a good cry. It's cathartic. Aside from the obvious reasons (death of friend or family), what was it that pushed YOU to the brink of tears...and beyond? That's the question today.

Over the years, I realize that each time I was overwrought and became a human water fountain, the flashpoint was always frustration. Frustration comes in so many forms. 

Think about it: even the face of death is rooted in frustration because there's nothing you can do and no way to turn back the clock. Tears over some guy you dated? The frustration that it couldn't be a different outcome or frustration with yourself for choosing him in the first place. Kids' antics or problems? So frustrating that your parent-driven life lessons didn't prevent them from "steppin' in it." Frustration over burnt supper...why didn't I follow the recipe? Then there is a judgemental sort of frustration I fall into sometimes when I see a person struggling and I think, "Why are you crying about THAT? It's not even what I'd call a problem!" I'm getting frustrated when my own iron-clad opinions get in the way of true empathy.

Birds in a Basket  Daisy's Toys    

My only solution is to shake it off and move forward (it might take time), mindful of the fact that sometimes life stinks beyond reason, but there's always something good out there. It's up ahead, around the corner, might be small or huge. But just as sure as you'll be frustrated from time to time, you'll also be able to see that God tucks some good in the most unlikely of places. Like birds in a flower basket or my pups joy at finding a favorite toy that was lost. Flowers "showing off" in the yard. Freshly baked bread. Beautiful cloud formations. 

I love ONE of these tunes so much and the covers were disappointing OR absent, so I thought we'd just team up a variety of songs called "Cry Baby." 




I'm trying a new Battle of the Band format of 1) Question for comment, 2) Cherdo's thoughts and ramblings on the subject, and 3) Songs for voting to accompany that thought process (not necessarily insightful!). 

Now, it's your turn! Vote and visit my peeps. Fair warning, I'm hitting the road today with Hubzam as we celebrate our anniversary and I'll get to voting before the final count. 

As always, a big thank you to FAE (faraway eyes) for the original creative spark that started what would become the Battle of the Bands and to STEPHEN T. "Brudder!" McCARTHY for hosting and keeping us on track. My personal Battle gets posted on the 1st of each month and results appear magically on the seventh, God willing. Several of the battling buddies post on the 15th also, so make sure you visit and vote. Big love to you! Cherdo