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." 

CONTENDER #1: JANIS JOPLIN
"CRY BABY"


CONTENDER #2: CEE LO GREEN
"CRY BABY"


CONTENDER #3: JOHNNY DEPP
"KING 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

34 comments:

  1. DOC MacSIS ~

    >>... Frustration over burnt supper...why didn't I follow the recipe?

    Yeah, that one, more'n any other, causes me to shed the most tears!

    I couldn't even begin to count the times I cried and wailed to myself, "Why, oh, why did I microwave that burrito for two minutes and thirty seconds when I *KNEW* that one minute and ten seconds was *MORE* than enough time?!?!"

    In this Battle... well, nuttin' about Janis Joplin turns me on. Janis Joplin *PLUS* SIX MINUTES AND SIXTY-SIX SECONDS in a microwave oven couldn't heat up my burrito.

    Johnny Depp... er... Johnny "Derp!"?
    I dunno, but the guy just creeps me out.
    When I want "Elvis", I listen to Elvis - the *real* "king" of Rock 'N' Roll.

    So, please let the postman deliver my vote to
    CEE LO GREEN
    because... humor.

    ~ D-FensDogG
    STMcC Presents BATTLE OF THE BANDS

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    1. You're cracking me up. Believe it or not, I've had several friends reduced to tears over a ruined supper. Of course, there's a lot more folks that just don't cook anymore ("Oh, why, oh why did the Colonel close his KFC?").

      The Cee Lo Green video makes me chuckle every time I see it. 'Cause I'm immature like that. But you knew that part, eh?

      Thanks, brudder!

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  2. The older I get, the less I feel like crying even though I probably have more to cry about now than ever before. Guess my heart has hardened just a bit or maybe I now realize some of the uselessness in certain crying. Sad movies and sentimental songs can make me cry for a few minutes, but real life I often just shrug off in a sort of "what can I do about it" gesture.

    I've never been much of a Joplin fan and this is not a song I care for that much. Depp does a pretty cool job with his song, but it started getting a bit old to me after a while. Though I didn't like the beginning, once Cee Lo started I was hooked with this catchy tune.

    Give it to Cee Lo!

    Arlee Bird
    Tossing It Out

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    1. As I get older, there's times when I feel like it but I realize it just won't do any good. Similar feelings, it sounds like.

      Thanks, Lee!

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  3. I bow to the one and only queen, Janis Joplin.

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    1. And where is her crown, I ask you?

      Thanks, Debra!

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  4. I'm going to go with Cee Lo Green. Easiest one for me to listen to.

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    1. As my dear pal, I want it to be easy listening for ya.

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  5. Cherdo,

    I often find being overwhelmed pushes my tear lever. Frustration more or less makes me steamy. I try to control it but sometimes I explode.

    I'm giving my vote to Cee Lo. His song seemed upbeat which helps to make any tears flowing to stop faster.

    Here's to less frustrating days ahead, my dear. Have a summertastic fun week!

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    1. I'll have to agree with you on that one...perhaps being overwhelmed is sometimes what I find frustrating, eh?

      Thanks, Cathy!

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  6. I'm a crier, so literally anything makes me cry. Being happy. Being sad. Being frustrated. Being angry. Sometimes for no reason at all. I HATE it, but it's how I was made.

    As for this battle, JOHNNY DEPP wins it, hands-down. I love, love, LOVE Johnny, this movie, and the rockabilly sound.

    Kim

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    1. At time in my life, the situation surrounding me turned me into a tear machine. I fixed it by changing the scenery, so to speak. A lesson learned. Should have changed scenery quicker!

      Thanks, Kim!

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  7. Well.. I thought I was going to vote for Johnny Depp, but in the end it was CeeLoo that wins my vote.

    Last time I cried? I don't wanna talk about it :) But no worries - it's all good now.

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    1. Girl, talking about it doesn't always help (but I still use that technique to calm down...). Glad it's better.

      Thanks, Mary!

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  8. Hi Cherdo!

    Definitely Cee Lo for me! That was fun.
    When it comes to crying I'm a tough nut. I rarely cry. But I can tell you the last time I did - right down to the date and time. The day after I broke my shoulder in four pieces last December. The bruising was such that my entire arm resembled a month-old banana. Perhaps it was fear - it looked so awful. Frustration? Sure if this was the end of independence. Then again, it was pretty painful. I think we're all a bit frustrated these days, and it sure is steaming a lot of cow-pies.
    Cool battle, I enjoyed!

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    1. Girl, cow-pies are everywhere and we will be lucky if we can avoid steppin' in them.

      My rotor cuff repair was awful; I feel ya. Had no idea it would be so painful.

      Thanks, Diedre!

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  9. Music, more than any other non-death item makes me cry. Particularly with a belt or two to lubricate things! Amazingly, I'll Take Johnny. At least, amazingly to me...

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    1. Ha ha ha...actually, I'm surprised you chose Johnny, too.

      Music does cause the tears to flow for me, too. So much of life has a song in the background and sometimes, it just comes flooding back.

      Thanks, Chris!

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  10. I liked Cee Lo's song best, and the video was the icing on the cake. I swear Jaleel White was doing the Urkel...

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    1. This video really is cute, to me - I love the humor in it. I've seen a video of Cee Lo singing it (guest star on some show) and it didn't come off as cute, to say the least.

      Thanks, John!

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  11. Janis Joplin gets my vote! Funny Johnny Depp made an appearance on my Battle of the Band.

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    1. That Johnny gets around, eh?

      Thanks, Mike!

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  12. Never thought I'd vote for Janice Joplin, but the others made me chuckle and you know what? Her version is a solid interpretation of that crying thing

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    1. Boy, it sure it! I have to agree with you, Mirka. Wonder what she would be doing now if she was still with us? Wonder what her music would have evolved into? It's sad when these young people die.

      Thanks, Mirka!

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  13. The Johnny Depp got on my nerves with his "hiccups" in between. I like the Cee Lo song..It's catchy but doesn't leave me with much but bubblegum. It's nice but too much makes it bland in the end. Janis is pure heart in this song. It is sad which is probably not what people are looking for at the moment but she gets my vote. I cry out of frustration but I also can cry for, no reason until I talk it out and realize I am beating myself up too much. I did cry the other day. I was listening to my cd, Andre Rieu's version of "I Dreamed a Dream." We had this played at my mom's funeral. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-2lZLLC8J80

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    1. Awwww, funeral music! That is always an instant tearing up...the two songs we played at my Dad's funeral sneak up on me and I always tear up.

      Thanks, Birgit!

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  14. I drove to Chicago to make this count. 20 votes for Janis.

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  15. My dad always called me a whiner, but my sister is a bigger whiner. Also, I can cry easy. Dad thinks I am a bit too emotional when I was growing up.

    This is a tough battle as as all of them are so good. But, after a lot of debating, my vote goes to Cee-lo Green.

    Check out my newest battle!

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    1. I cry easily under some situations. We'll be sisters in that respect. :-)

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Thanks for your personal yada, yada, yada,
Love, Cherdo