I’m Gonna Be Strong

Cyndi Lauper broke out onto the popular music scene with her colourful, audacious and whimsical style in 1983. I remember spinning her She’s So Unusual long-play record often and have enjoyed her music since then. She became big when music videos were still a relatively new thing, but each one was well crafted, and sometimes intermingled with live concert footage. I remember one of her guitarists had the most massive mop of hair.

Lauper’s Twelve Deadly Cyns companion DVD was a regular occupant of our family DVD player in the condominum that Sweety, the boys and I lived in before moving into “the Treehouse.” On it, Lauper strings together videos of many hits and there are little interludes of her touring around Atlantic City and meeting up with random folk along the way, in between videos. This makes it unique, engaging and inviting for the viewer to stick around for the whole “show,” which we did quite often. I think we all have our favourites and will have to sit down together soon and watch it — it’s been a very long time.

Also during those years, Lauper albums were an entertainment staple when with a couple we became friends after they became our neighbours in the same condo complex. We had many fun times together over the years and shared many sad ones as well, not the least of which was the long illness and death of the husband in that couple, the same year my mum died.

I have a fond memory of about 15 years ago; our foursome spent the weekend at a Lake Manitoba cottage (near Moosehorn) that Sweety and I maintained for several summers in exchange for occasional use of it. I can still hear my late friend guffawing with pure glee at the final note that Lauper sustains for so long, right at the end of the song. That became one of many Cyndi Lauper moments we shared with enjoyment, laughter and sometimes tears over the many years we spent time together and now the three of us recall as bittersweet memories.

In 2014, we went to see Lauper at Winnipeg’s Bell MTS Place with our friends; Lauper was opening for Cher, who none of us really wanted to see; we were there just to see Cyndi and what a show she gave!

Now you know a little about why this is my song of the day for today. Thanks for joining me here, and please enjoy. And hug someone you love or reach out to let them know how important they are to you. 

Here’s the official video from Cyndi Lauper’s YouTube channel:

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