“CHARACTER IS DESTINY” (Found in the Connection: Rattling Loose End #133)

Cyndi Lauper has probably come at “I’m Gonna Be Strong” from as many angles–always different, always the same–as “Money Changes Everything.” I was surprised, though, to find that she had created enough buzz with her first version (recorded with her pre-stardom band Blue Angel) to notch up several 1980 appearances on Euro-TV.

The vocals seem to all be synched, but I like this one most because, when it starts, you can cast your memories away and easily imagine the singer having a whole different career in front of her, creating–or adhering to–an entirely different set of expectations.

Then, about half-way through, she sheds the pose….and turns into Cyndi Lauper.

It’s like Heraclitus might have had her specifically in mind. There was no keeping this one down, no way anyone else would be the one to shout loudest and truest into the rapidly descending Frozen Silence, an era where each passing year can be judged by how badly she’s needed…and how many lollies have found the limits of their own character trying to take her place.

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