Rambling Musical Commentary: We Can Take Forever Just a Minute at a Time

Join LadyG as she shares a storytime about some big ass pancakes, a gaggle of cousins, cane syrup, Uncle Bill, Madea, and her favorite R&B/Soul jams from 1977-ish.

**Post titles always include a lyric from one of the songs highlighted in the audio.

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I Don’t Like Kale!

And I don’t WANT to HAVE to!

Flat out…

I’ve concluded, after several attempts at it, I just don’t like kale!

I mean, I’ve done pretty much everything I could to make it tolerable to my palate!

Seriously, I’ve massaged it…

I’ve oiled it…

I’ve tossed it…

I’ve seasoned the hell out of it.

And despite all that…

I just don’t like it.

Well, I take that back, I do like it pulverized into oblivion in a smoothie.

Other than that…

I just don’t like kale!

Do you have a food that you feel kinda pressured to like?

In the words of my Southern playmates of yore:

“I said, I meant it, I’m here to represent it!”

I am a proud veggie lover who actually hates kale!

Good day.

When A Doctor Cries…

One of Mom’s Doctors. NBC News July 16, 2020

WE’RE IN BIG TROUBLE!

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Love Notes From Lady G: Make That Move!

So many times

By holding back I let the good things pass me by

And then one day I asked myself the reason why

And like an answer from above you came into my life



Make that Move.  Performed by Shalimar
Songwriters: Rick Smith / Kevin Spencer / William Shelby
Make That Move lyrics © Kobalt Music Publishing Ltd., BMG Rights Management

Don’t hold back. Make that move!

Rambling Musical Commentary: Pick Up On The Fact

Mama, The Baby and ME! Picture taken by Daddy

Join LadyG as she continues her storytelling stroll through a 1970’s winter wonderland.

Come along as I tell some tales about my experiences as a youngster in the Year of Our Lord 1973.

And of course, I’ll be talking much trash and sharing my favorite soul jams from that year.

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The Time Is Nigh!

Last night I dreamed of a city where man practiced brotherhood;

Where all men treated each other right, by doing that which is good;

Where peace, justice, and love like a river did flow.

And smiles, happiness and joy, on every face did show.

Alas, I awoke from my slumber to find there was still misery and strife.

So, I cried aloud to my Watchman and asked, what is the hour of the night?

From What Time Is It? Courtesy of The Time Tunnel

Written by: Fletcher L. Brown aka “Pro” (ca. 1974)

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Clearly, we can no longer rely on “the Watchman!”

This is not the time to fall back asleep or indulge in flights of fancy about some prior or coming age…

The time for awakening is nigh…

LOOK AT WHAT’S HAPPENING RIGHT UNDER YOUR NOSE!!!!

WAKE UP!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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There’s something happening here

What it is ain’t exactly clear

Stop, hey, what’s that sound

Everybody look what’s going down

Stop, now, what’s that sound

Everybody look what’s going down

Stop, children, what’s that sound

Everybody look what’s going down

For What It’s Worth, Performed by Buffalo Springfield

Songwriters: Stephen Stills lyrics © Warner Chappell Music, Inc, Royalty Network, Warner Chappell Music Inc.

LOOK AT WHAT’S HAPPENING RIGHT UNDER YOUR NOSE!!!!!

Billions to Trump Lobbyists

The REAL Looters

Relief for Americans Ending

REALLY?

And there’s more where that came from.

Please folks, don’t get distracted!

Look at your situation!

Are YOU winning?

WAKE UP!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

What Jesus Are You Talking About?

I wrote this in  2016 but it’s even more relevant today.

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I know this lady who was raised in a very depraved environment.  She, her mother and her siblings were treated as if they were the private property of her ‘father.’

This young lady had been worked, raped and nearly beaten to death.  She was not allowed to go to school so she never learned to read.

Throughout her teen years, her ‘father,’ who had been her main abuser, gave his friends permission to violate her in any number of ways.  As a result, she gave birth to six children; each with a different man. Her father sent several of the children away because he said that it wasn’t his responsibility to feed them.

Sadly, the young lady was never told of their whereabouts. Before long, she and her remaining children suffered the same fate.

This young lady, who had nothing but the clothes on her back and three children in tow, did…

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Defund the Police?

“Caller, you say what?”

Years ago, Oprah Winfrey used to take calls from the public on her national show.

Whenever she wanted to get a handle on what the outside audience thought about a topic, she would simply inquire, “Caller, you say what?”

To which a caller would respond with his or her take on the topic at hand.

Well…

The topic today is “police reform.”

In listening to folks talk about police reform, you might have heard about a concept called “defunding” police.

Now comes the confusion.

Defunding the police is NOT about completely taking away police funding, thereby rendering them powerless to help a vulnerable population.

That’s a scary ass thought; hell my brother is in law enforcement and so was my Dad, so I definitely know and appreciate their value.

Anyway…

Actually, “defunding” police is much better than it sounds.

In my opinion, the terminology is a bit of a misnomer.

And so…

In this video, I cull together information that should detail and explain the true meaning of the concept and how defunding can help reduce police workload by reassigning non-police duties and re-allocating commensurate funds to professionals who are much more qualified to handle certain services.

Seriously, have we been asking police officers to do too much?

Take a look and tell me what you think down in comments:

Run time: Less than 5 mins

Sources

MSNBC:

Maya Wiley Explains What It Means To ‘Defund The Police’ | The 11th Hour | MSNBC

Fortune Magazine:

This is what people mean when they say they want to defund the police.

Missing American History Lessons: They Had Me Standing on the Front Line

My Uncle

I am a veteran of the war
I up and joined the army back in 1964
At sixteen I just had to be a man at any cost
I volunteered for Vietnam where I got my leg shot off
I recall a quote from a movie that said “who’s more a man
Than a man with a reason that’s worth dyin’ for”

They had me standing on the front line
They had me standing on the front line
They had me standing on the front line
But now I stand at the back of the line when it comes to gettin’ ahead

-“Front Line” by Stevie Wonder

In today’s lesson we learn that a disproportionate number of Black service men were killed during the Vietnam Conflict, about 12.4 percent. Some figures suggest that Black men made up only about 11% of the total young male population at the time.

Just for perspective, these 18 and 19 year olds, would probably be described today as kids.

Hmm…

Just like prior Black veterans of war, Black Vietnam soldiers fought, and many of them died, on foreign soil for freedoms that they did not have back home in America.

In Vietnam, Blacks were also disproportionately placed on the “front line,” putting them at even greater risk for injury and death.

You can find this information in the article linked below by Dr. Helen Black.

A good friend of mine, who served in Vietnam, reported that the Vietcong set up high-powered speakers in the jungle where they broadcasted messages directed to Black soldiers.

They’d say, “Black man, why you fighting here, you don’t have freedom in your own home!”

Can you imagine how they must’ve felt hearing that while continuing to fight?

My friend went on to say that these broadcasts did give the soldiers pause.

At any rate…

Here’s an article published by the Gerontological Society of America, and written by Dr. Helen K. Black, that details experiences of Black soldiers of Vietnam, Korea and World War II.

I can’t say that I agree with every word, but then again, I am not a scholar on the subject.

Hey! For fun, go research health and wealth outcomes for the Black soldiers returing from Vietnam.

Not saying that it was easy for the White soldier…

But White soldiers are not the focus of today’s lesson.

By the way, remind me to tell you about my uncle, who is pictured above.

He was a Vietnam veteran who ultimately died of old age at 34 .

Sadly, he was the lone survivor of a racist attack on five little boys when he was about 7 or 8 years old.

It never made the news.

The killer lived his best life without any consequences. At. ALL.

“Why should they ask me to put on a uniform and go 10,000 miles from home and drop bombs and bullets on Brown people in Vietnam while so-called Negro people in Louisville are treated like dogs and denied simple human rights? No I’m not going 10,000 miles from home to help murder and burn another poor nation simply to continue the domination of white slave masters of the darker people the world over. This is the day when such evils must come to an end. I have been warned that to take such a stand would cost me millions of dollars. But I have said it once and I will say it again. The real enemy of my people is here. I will not disgrace my religion, my people or myself by becoming a tool to enslave those who are fighting for their own justice, freedom and equality. If I thought the war was going to bring freedom and equality to 22 million of my people they wouldn’t have to draft me, I’d join tomorrow. I have nothing to lose by standing up for my beliefs. So I’ll go to jail, so what? We’ve been in jail for 400 years.”

-Muhammad Ali

Class dismissed!

Lady G loves YOU!