My Boy Cee Lo Green

June 20, 2011

Some of my high school friends were riding along in my sweet minivan last week. It was a windows down kind of afternoon. Although I’m not in college anymore, I still like to think I’m cutting-edge-cool, so I was rockin’ some 105.7 Jamz, and even cocked my hat a lil to the side. The same song that ALWAYS comes on when I turn on the radio was, of course, there once again.

“I see you driving round town with the girl I love, and I’m like… forget* you!”

In my best efforts to be culturally relevant and incarnational, entering their world, I made a critical mistake. I pretended to actually know something about pop music.

“Man, Isn’t it crazy how quickly Cee-lo got popular?” I asked the guys.
“Seems like he just came out of nowhere.” I was secretly proud that I knew who sang the song, and was just using the remark to make sure they knew I was hip.

That’s when one of the fellas responded, “Um. You do know that he was in Gnarls Barkley, right?”

Dilemma. Do I tell a little white lie and pretend that I did know that to seem cool? Or… do I come clean and reveal that I actually listen to artists more like Drew and Ellie Holcomb and don’t usually rock 105.7?

I went with the in-between, “I was just checking to make sure you knew that.”

They didn’t buy it, but got a good laugh at their “old” Young Life leader.

Don’t tell them I went home and looked THIS up online.

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