Beautiful like a rainbow…. who else could it be but Cyndi Lauper who celebrates her birthday this 22 June?
I think Cyndi Lauper is rather wonderful. Always have. Not just two Grammys®, an Emmy, and a Tony wonderful but supremely talented and supremely give back wonderful. I still have a little weep when I hear True Colors and Time After Time and I still dance like no one is watching to Girls Just Want to Have Fun. I probably weep along and/or dance to some of the ,many hits she wrote for other people too – I probably just don’t know she wrote them.
Straight from the official Cyndi Lauper website (I just signed up for the Cyndi Lauper newsletter) comes the following biographical highlights of most talented musician.
In addition to 30 years in the industry and global record sales in excess of 50 million, Cyndi Lauper recently became a New York Times Best Selling author with her autobiography – Cyndi Lauper: A Memoir – published by Simon & Schuster. She also wrote the original score for the Tony award winning best musical Kinky Boots. The musical won six Tony Awards, including one for her score, which made her the first woman to win solo in that category. I made my husband go to Kinky Boots when we were in New York. He doesn’t know it yet but he is going again in Sydney.
Cyndi makes a difference through the True Colors Fund. I was not surprised to learn that she was an unwavering advocate for equality long before she became famous, and co-founded the organization in 2008 to bring an end to homelessness among lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender youth and create a world where all young people can be their true selves.
In addition, Cyndi is the Honorary Chairperson and a co- founder of the True Colors Residence, the first project of its kind to provide a permanent, supportive and secure home to formerly homeless LGBT youth in New York City. Cyndi continues to be a tireless participant in the struggle to end the HIV/AIDS pandemic and ensure that women are treated equally around the world.
That’s why my wrap today is all about the poignant words from True Colors – beautiful like a rainbow. I did have to search around a bit to settle on the wrapping paper because I wanted something like a rainbow but beautiful rather than cartoonish or science experimentish. There are many many inspirational images for this phrase going around. Have a look online and take your pick. I eventually settled on these glorious pink tones which I found on weheartit.com and which I think, along with a beautiful wispy ribbon, sends the right message of beauty and advocacy. So I wrapped along to True Colors. And it felt good.