“Crossroads” in Life and Music, Can Be a Good Thing

Crossroads….

…many things for many people.

Eric Clapton and Cream recorded the song which has held its own against time and is a classic today.  Just the first few riffs of the guitar and the song is instantly recognized.

I went down to the crossroads, fell down on my knees.
I went down to the crossroads, fell down on my knees.
Asked the lord above for mercy, save me if you please.

The song, originally recorded and performed by Robert Johnson, has its origins in the tale about going to the crossroads and “making a deal with the Devil”.  It has been recorded by numerous talented artists and a few that qualify as quasi-talented, but are “artists” none the less.  I have heard versions by Eric Clapton (remarkable, and there is still no one who can claim his title of “Slowhand”…in a positive way), Rick Springfield (yeah, I know…but it was really good), Kenny Loggins (just last week), Cyndi Lauper, Jonny Lang, Lynard Skynard, John Mayer and of course Derek and the Dominoes and Cream.  Great song.

I went down to the crossroads, tried to flag a ride.
I went down to the crossroads, tried to flag a ride.
Nobody seemed to know me, everybody passed me by.

But “the Crossroads” mean different things to different people.  Decisions.  Choices.

Easy ones…no-brainers.  Tough ones…impossible.  Which way?  How?

I’ve been there.  We all have.  This way?  That way?  I dunno…..

There have been churches named Crossroads for a reason.  Movies.  Books.  They all involve difficult choices.  Dilemmas.  Nothing easy here.

Which way to go?

And yet we are all at the “Crossroads” more often than we realize.  We make choices each day…”The Butterfly Effect”.  Every decision we make at the crossroads, echoes throughout the universe (time) and has effects on others, many of us…without knowing.  We ask “why did this happen?”  Perhaps this is why.  Am I over-complicating it?  Maybe.  Am I incorrect?  I don’t think so…at least this time!

When we are younger, we do  not realize or understand it.  Hell, we don’t even think about it.  We have too many other things going on…but that is usually when most “life-changing decisions” can be made.  Good choices.  Bad choices.  Ones made.  Ones ignored.

Even later in life…Another drink?…Another discussion?…Another confrontation?…

Lately there is one I can not ignore.  One that involves my Mother and her future living conditions.  Talk about the “pull of heartstrings”…ouch, I can feel them pull as I type this.

She fell, had surgery and went through inpatient rehab.  Now what?  This?  That?  Neither is optimal.  She won’t like either one.  What about…nah, she isn’t ready for that.

But I feel I am at the “Crossroads”.  So what do I do?  I usually pray.  It helps me.  I know not everyone feels the same way, but I feel that way.  And since this is my post…

You can run, you can run, tell my friend-boy willie brown.
You can run, you can run, tell my friend-boy willie brown.
And I’m standing at the crossroads, believe I’m sinking down.

However, I am not sinking down and I am not running.

I have a wonderful family. Beautiful.  My wife and sons are beyond the best…that includes Yvonne and Rachel (grin).  My brothers and their families, while we are all opinionated, stubborn and perhaps like to control things…we have love and we can work things out.  No worries in the end.

And Mom…well, she has cared for us and now it is our turn to make good, no, the right decisions for her.  We will.  We are at “the crossroads”…Down on our knees.

Hey, that sounds like a good name for a cocktail…

Crossroads

  1. 1.25 oz. bourbon (again, I recommend Buffalo Trace)
  2. 1 oz. aged rum (Pyratt XO is my “go to”)
  3. .25 Green Chartreuse
  4. .75 Velvet Falernum
  5. Orange twist

Mix all the above, except the orange twist, in a shaker with ice.  Adam Frager from co-owner and bar tender at St Louis’  Blood and Sand recommends this stirred and served straight up…although I enjoy it with one large “rock of ice”.  Either way, you can not go wrong.

I seem to be “on my knees” a lot.  Sometimes for my work…sometimes for family…sometimes because it is what it is…Some may think that is not always good.  Perhaps.

But it can indicate I am asking for help…direction…assistance…a miracle?

Or perhaps I am giving thanks.

I will let you decide…meantime…enjoy your life and those in it.

I am!

I went down to the crossroads, fell down on my knees.
I went down to the crossroads, fell down on my knees.
Asked the lord above for mercy, save me if you please.

 

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