Ode to my fellow “crazies”

…long ago, my grandfather coined me as “the quirky one”. “The one who walked to the beat of her own drum.” It was meant as a term of endearment; he loved the fact the he could get me to try anything, was interested in what he had to say, funny, useless information and loved to quiz me to make sure I remembered it.
Today as I was working, our “Mamas and The Papas” cd was blasting on the stereo and I was humming and jamming along to it in my head. (They so f*cking rock, don’t they?) “Make Your Own Kind of Music” came on and as I sang the lyrics in my head, I choked up and physically ached for the sight of my grandfather. Because I knew, he’d appreciate it and it was almost exactly what he’s told me all my life. “Do what is good for Chris, what makes Chris happy, you can’t worry about what everyone thinks or says”.
So, without further ado…for all you “oddballs, nutcases, loose screws, etc”, I dedicate this song to you:

“Nobody can tell you
There’s only one song worth singing
They may try and sell you
Cause it hangs them up
To see someone like you

You gotta make your own kind of music
Sing your own special song
Make your own kind music
Even if nobody else sings along

It can be nowhere
The loneliest kind of lonely
It may be lonely
‘Cause to do your thing’s the hardest things to do

You gotta make your own kind of music
Sing your own special song
Make your own kind music
Even if nobody else sings along

And if you will not take my hand
Then I must be going, I’ll understand
You gotta make your own kind of music
Sing your own special song
Make your own kind music
Even if nobody else sings along

You gotta make your own kind of music
Sing your own special song
Make your own kind music
Even if nobody else sings along

You gotta make your own kind of music
Sing your own special song
Make your own kind music
Even if nobody else sings along

No no no no
Even if nobody else sings along
If nobody else sings along”

2 Responses

  1. An Extraordinary woman in a mediocre life Says:

    How very generous of you to share such a special song.
    - one fellow crazy -
    xx

  2. Jason Says:

    I knew we were kindred spirits. I freakin’ love the Mamas and the Papas. This is probably cliche’, but “California Dreamin’” has been my favorite forever. I remember when I was in middle school, VH-1 would play that song/video every morning to kick off their broadcast day. I have been in love with it ever since. Now, I am going to have to get out my CD. Thanks for being you.
    Another fellow “crazie”

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