Monday, September 24, 2012

Cyndi Lauper: Patron Saint of Weirdos


Cyndi Lauper means so much to me...She means so much to me that sometimes i don't like to talk about it because i don't want people to like her as much as i do...i want her all to myself....She is my saviour after all...she was so many things to me at so many different points in my life...but mainly and in different ways...she taught me the courage to be myself no matter what...and no matter what anyone says....she taught me to reach down inside and let that light glow so bright that maybe people won't understand and maybe they will make fun of me...throw rocks at me...and mercilessly tease me....and she taught me that through all that to hold my head high and keep going forward while they all lag behind....because really...those of us who are truly "different"....we've been this way all our lives...from childhood....and no matter how much you try to hide in the normal world...they can smell you.....and they will torture you WORSE for trying to be one of them...so don't ...EVER.....


The funny thing about this photo is it looks like one i took  WAY  back in 1994 ish i met Cyndi Lauper with my brother...We had gone to see her concert the night before and were out all night...then went home just to change and go get on line at HMV or something to get her cd "12 deadly Cyns" signed...I was beside myself...it was my first time meeting her and i couldn't even breathe...every moment stretched on forever and when i got up there i started crying and shaking...and Cyndi took my hand and said in her bold Queens accent "HEY, its gonna be ok"...

Funny thing about that is...thats what she had been telling me all along.....and you know what she was right


So i have had the opportunity to meet her a few times over the years...telling her small and brief bits of my life...like when she hugged me after i told her the solace her voice gave me after my aunt was killed on 9/11....but i wish i could have shared more...because she shared so much of herself with me...{well with US...{but like i said Im selfish with my Cyndi}.....but i was honored this time to get to REALLY hear about her life during an interview about her Memoir at the 92nd street Y.....it was amazing to finally fill in the blanks of a life led by someone so headstrong and ...well...to coin a phrase...UNUSUAL.....and yes...she truly still is.....


So if you get the chance and are interested...get the book...and read about someone who is a true artist...and a true individual...and get a little insight into what this woman has meant to me...as an singer...and as a person....as an icon.....



Thank you Cyndi...for saving my life ...for giving me a reason to live...and for a soundtrack to that life!!!! Im forever grateful.....

XOXO

1 comment:

  1. She was the icon of my childhood, and yes. Just yes.

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