Saturday, August 31, 2019

At the Crossroads

Tom Hanks in Castaway, about 1.5 minutes
Hanks is figuring out where to go next. He is superb.

Walking on some streets and sidewalks, I have found myself totally lost. At an intersection where nothing is at all familiar has dropped me in a confusion hell. Where is North or South? East or west? God, please help me. 

Facing decisions like that are scary and I always wondered about all those crossroads humanity has faced and abilities challenged..

Ralph Macchio vs. Steve Via
Cy  Cooder played for Macchio; Macchio is admired for his mime skill.

The final battle, about 5 minutes long. Watch the final minutes if you don't want to see the whole thing.
This movie is Crossroads, a loose story telling of the legendary Robert Johnson where he supposedly sold his soul to the devil in order to have success as a musician. This movie follows the journey of Willie Brown who has done such with his friend Eugene Martone, a classical guitarist at Julliard. Martone saves Willie Brown by offering to play against lead guitarist played by Steve Vai.

Steve Vai practiced for a year to learn how to play badly at the last scene. It was awesome. 

And just for the heck of it, here are two other Devil Gets Your Soul movies:


Charlie Daniel's epic violin and Devil Went Down to Georgia
about 3 minutes long.
Talented musician

Mick Jagger, Sympathy for the Devil
About 8 minutes long
Rolling Stones have put their stamp on this.
No one can beat it.

These performances hang about in my mind even though I am lost at intersections sometimes. My husband usually rescues me, and God provides for me. God holds my soul and heart. Devil does not hang at my intersections.

We are back from Cow Chipping County and had an amazing time. My brother is special to me. We scooped up some cow patties, laughed, ate catfish, and shared our memories. Good times.
Please let me know about crossroads you have had.

35 comments:

  1. Seen that movie a while back. I've never gotten lost in my life, always had a good sense of direction. Sometimes I didn't know how to get from where I was to where I wanted to be, but can always find my way back. As for other crossroads, I'm sure there have been plenty.

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    1. You seem to have a good sense of direction. good for you.

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  2. Every big decision is a crossroads, and maybe every small one is, too. Time will tell.

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    1. Big or little decisions always affect one's life.

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  3. A lot of my crossroads involving moving. A new place to live is scary and exciting at the same time. I know you will realize that in a new place the music is different too. Moving from Michigan to Tennessee was the biggest change in music.

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    1. One of ours was to move to Ireland, living there for 4 years. WE moved from the Mojave desert (Victorville) to Ireland, and it was a hard decision. Lots of adventures.

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  4. I dont' remember that scene in Cast Away. It's been 19 years too long since I've seen it.

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    1. Try to see it again. Like many good movies from our past, seeing movies (Tom Hanks is a superb actor) was a good choice.

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  5. LOVE that fiddle playing :)
    I rarely get lost, even in unfamiliar territory I usually know which way to go, depending on AM or PM I know by the sun which direction I'm headed or should be headed. I haven't seen Castaway with Tom Hanks, I shall remedy that soonish.

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    1. Castaway is a great movie to see. Tom Hanks made Apollo 13, Castaway, Forrest Gump, Big, Inferno, Angels and Demons, Bridges of Spies. Da Vinci Code, Sully--all awesome movies.

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  6. I feel like a fish out of water (or is that a duck?). I've never experienced being at a crossroads before. I've never heard of the movie, either. Why do I feel life passed me by while I was learning my trade?

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    1. Life never passes you by. Life walks along with you.

      Try to catch Castaway. It is well worth it.

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  7. Often we have to make big decisions at the cross roads of our lives. Looking back, God was always with me.

    God bless.

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    1. Looking back, I see God's Hands directing me and protecting me.

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  8. Saw that movie years ago and enjoyed it. I was raised like an Army Brat as we moved a lot so change and crossroads became welcome challenges for me. I get excited by the sense of adventure.

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  9. Tom Hanks is always superb, isn't he! But I don't interpret a crossroads as a meeting place of the Devil. The ancient goddess of the crossroads was Hecate, Queen of the Witches, who had a 3-headed dog. She helped to guide Penelope home from the Underworld. I think the woman in the truck with her dog is a Hecate figure. Being at the crossroads is a time to seek Divine guidance.

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    1. What an interesting way to interpret crosswords!

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  10. My sense of direction is woefully lacking, but fortunately, I've learned to enjoy the "scenic routes" that... eventually...get me to where I need to go. Having a husband who can find his way absolutely ANYWHERE is a super dooper big blessing. I would truly be lost without him. Together, we've made it through many crossroads.

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    1. I am so pathetic when it comes to directions. Seriously. We went to a Rite-Aid store along a trip. It was not familiar. I lost in the store.Fortunately my hubby has a great sense direction.

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  11. We are on the road again for a short run. But it is so fitting, all this picking. Super good guitarists always amaze me. It is fitting because we drove to Tennessee hauling the piano twin to see his guitar twin. Stephen is an exceptional 'guitar picker', but he only picks when I ask him, when he performs it is strumming.
    I ask, Why not pick, you do wonders with those strings?
    "That is not what the younger folk want to hear grandpa." was the answer.
    Anyway directions? I was wrong way jack, for years, then I became u-turn jack. But I usually get there,
    Love the entry!
    Sherry & jack

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    1. Wrong way Jack, then u-turn Jack. That sounds much like our life as well.

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  12. We meet so many crossroads, Susan, and don’t always make the right choices, but I find those choices are easier the older I become.

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    1. You are right. What I feared to do and choose to do in my youth, is so different.

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  13. We have so much more experience and knowledge when we reach this age.

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  14. Lately I've been thinking a lot about the whole sell-soul-to-the-devil thing. It doesn't make a lot of sense. Because the thing we want most is the reason we were born, so we're doing light work when we do it. Why do we have to give away something to get what we want? There's no reason for a trade.

    But crossroads when you're lost... That's tricky.

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  15. i have watched Castaway more than once and TomHancks is such a fine actor

    in my master books i had read story of learned man doctor Faustus who sold his soul to devil in order to achieve supernatural power.
    it is from English literature dear Susan and i am sure you know how his deal with devil led him towards absolute doom
    in world of today so many of us are making same deals

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  16. i am glad you had great time with your precious brother and are back with beautiful memories :)

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  17. "God provides" is the key to this whole post. We can make these inspiring stories of victory over Satan, but truth is without God we get our butts kicked every time.

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  18. Tom Hanks is such a wonderful actor.

    All the best Jan

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