Your own kind of music
“You’ve gotta make your own kind of music
Sing your own special song
Make your own kind of music
Even if nobody else sings along.” — Barry Mann and Cynthia Weil
This 1969 hit is a favorite of mine, as recorded by one of my all-time favorite vocalists, Mama Cass Elliot. I play this song often for Matt when he and I are riding along in the car together. It sounds in my ears almost as if it was written for him, but of course, there are others who share that feeling. So many of us have felt different or apart at some point in our lives, and some of us will never quite fit in with the crowd. Individuality can be a curse as well as a blessing, but there’s no cure for the loneliness except to accept our differences as gifts, and make the best of them.
Though Mama Cass didn’t write this song, there is no one on earth who could have been more certain to make it the hit that it became. When I think about all that was best about the 60’s, Mama Cass often comes to mind. This woman endured much prejudice and many cruel jokes, but she kept on singing, blessing the world with her musical gifts. I hope you enjoy this lovely video as much as I do, and let it help you remember to sing the song that is yours alone.
One year ago today