Rambling Musical Commentary: Superman Can Fly High–Way Up In The Sky

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Contains adult language and adult situations


LadyG remembers 1984!

In this post, I retell a story about Luther Vandross told to me by my son, who, out of respect for his mama, only used the initials of the accompanying expletives.

I, however, say ALL OF THE WORDS right here on Seek The Best Blog!

Believe it or not, this spicy mama raised an absolute gentleman.

My Superman!

But, alas, since this post is based on 1984, it would take me another decade or so to meet him!


Note: The titles of RMC posts are always based on a lyric from a song that was either popular at the time or was released in prior years and had an “evergreen quality.”



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My Jams ’84

A Family Conversation: The Cousins Go All Around Robinhood’s Barn With Music From 1983 & Gramp Ruins Donuts FOR-EV-AH

“A Family Conversation” is a storytelling audio series that features weekly discussions between blogging cousins LadyG and Ron Brown on current events along with favorite posts from each other’s blog.


Very strong adult language

Caution: This is a long one


In this post, the cousins are talking about:

  • Partying in a hole in the wall with NO floor in the back of Alabama
  • Costee J McNair– DJ extraordinaire
  • Shanghai and big cousins blocking 
  • LadyG causes a ruckus at the club
  • Vanity vs Mary Jane Girl
  • James Mtume is deep go Google him
  • Back to Mary Jane Girls
  • “Daddy, how you know that song?”
  • “Doo Doo Brown”
  • Uncle Charlie…and The GAP Band (Acronym for Greenwood, Archer and Pine streets in Tulsa, Oklahoma) aka “Black Wall Street”
  • Tell me if you still care….Ron “hangs out” with a friend
  • The Lord giveth us thine BASS!
  • Kashif and the Unsung curse
  • Sentence fragments in music
  • Heffa is the highest of compliments for a singer from Black people
  • Ron places “The Manhattans” in yearbook stone
  • Aretha tells you ALLLLLLLL something 
  • Atomic dog and them Q-Dogs
  • The Isley’s were the shit and Chris Jasper was that guy! An innovator! 
  • Ron’s voice, Ernie’s guitar and Chris Jasper’s classical training and composing make The Isley Brother’s sound
  • Otis Day and The Nights
  • Animal house was funny until it wasn’t–yeah, we see you
  • The New Edition movie was good as hell
  • In ‘83 nobody cared about your grief, counselors be damned!
  • Gramp takes Ron’nem on a trip and ruins donuts forever!
  • Tack doesn’t want any death on his food!
  • Music is memory
  • Music therapy–fine, but give me R&B
  • There’s a deep and important memory locked in the second verse of…
  • He liked-ded it!


My Jams 1983

Ron Brown courtesy of The Time Tunnel


Thanks for joining us on this trip.

Be here next Friday for an all new conversation with your favorite crazy ass Georgia cousins!


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Rambling Musical Commentary: You’ve Only To Ask Me There’s Nothing I Wouldn’t Do

Cassette Tape. Image by snd63 from Pixabay

By the prickling of my thumbs, something wicked this way comes.

William Shakespeare’s MacBeth

Oh yes! LadyG’s Rambling Musical Commentary has returned with the year 1980.

Join me as I remember my favorite jams from a year that brought some fond memories along with a very bitter pill to swallow.


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Save Money | Make Your Own | Mango Smoothie

Mango smoothie made for waaay less than you could buy it!

Save your money and make your own smoothie.

Seriously, smoothies are so easy to make!

Why would you spend nearly five dollars on something that you could make in an instant?

Honey, save that money for something else!

Once you make an initial investment for a good blender, all you need to do is freeze some fresh fruits or buy frozen ones, put them in the blender with your favorite medium–which could be juice or milk (here, I used mango nectar and oak milk), then blend the whole thing together!

Et voila!

You’ve saved a ton of money and prepared your own smoothie–okay, not a ton–but you know what I mean!

And when you’re ready, grow your own food then prepare it yourself.

Stop depending on someone else to grow and cook your food!

You got this! Do it for yourself and for those who can’t.

Racial Equity In The Economy Means We All Win

Racial equity is a win-win proposal.


My cousin Ron and I often talk about the nebulous meaning of a “good economy” and how some people love to point to it whenever they want to brag about how well the country is doing.

We heard a lot of that during the previous Presidential Administration.

Back to my point.

Now, if we were to quiz these same people on said “good economy” they would likely be hard-pressed to give a coherent definition of the concept.

To be more specific, I would argue that the measures which determine what is and what is not a “good” or “healthy” economy are difficult for most people to practically comprehend –with the exception of the unemployment rate.

However, a few months ago, I ran across a study that pointed to a direct connection between discrimination and major economic loss in America.

No doubt, this fact is shocking but definitely not hard to understand.

Point blank, discriminatory practices in the U.S. have resulted in major economic loss for the country as a whole, and now is the time to turn these deep rooted practices around.

If we can do this, we will have brought racial equity to the table and we all win.

Sadly, there are those who will gladly accept this and future losses–to their own detriment–out of sheer hatred and stupidity.

But, that said, I’m convinced that more of us are interested in the well-being of the collective.


Here is what the study found:

According to Citigroup, as quoted in this article from NPR, the U.S. economy lost $16 trillion since 2000 due to discrimination and other broad reaching policies that were blind to racial equity.

The article goes on to count all of the losses:

  • $13 trillion lost in potential business revenue because of discriminatory lending to African American entrepreneurs, with an estimated 6.1 million jobs not generated as a result
  • $2.7 trillion in income lost because of disparities in wages suffered by African Americans
  • $218 billion lost over the past two decades because of discrimination in providing housing credit
  • And $90 billion to $113 billion in lifetime income lost from discrimination in accessing higher education

Today’s Black History Month Observation:

Despite popular public opinion, Black people are not asking for handouts, we are asking to have systemic filters removed so that we can proceed through and rise to our highest potential.

LadyG


I don’t want nobody

To give me nothing

Open up the door

I’ll get it myself

Don’t give me degeneration

Give me true communication

Don’t give me sorrow

I want equal opportunity

To live tomorrow

James Brown, The God Father of soul (1969)

Happy 2021 From My Southern Kitchen!

Watch how I spent most of the time in my Southern kitchen on New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day. On New Year’s Eve, I prepared shrimp cocktail with a herbed dip, deviled eggs, egg salad sandwiches, and my daughter made some “gourmet style” brownies. My son prepared a huge “philly style” cheese steak and my Dad shucked a couple of oysters for us to enjoy on the half shell.

On New Year’s Day, you already know I got my greens for the money and my black-eyed peas for the luck! I added in some pigtails and flap jacks to make it sho ’nuff Southern! LOL! Enjoy!