12 September 2010

There's something groovy and good 'bout whatever we got

Day 01 — Your favorite song
Day 02 — Your favorite movie
Day 03 — Your favorite television program
Day 04 — Your favorite book
Day 05 — Your favorite quote
Day 06 — Whatever tickles your fancy
Day 07 — A photo that makes you happy
Day 08 — A photo that makes you angry/sad
Day 09 — A photo you took
Day 10 — A photo of you taken over ten years ago
Day 11 — A photo of you taken recently
Day 12 — Whatever tickles your fancy
Day 13 — A fictional book
Day 14 — A non-fictional book
Day 15 — A fanfic
Day 16 — A song that makes you cry (or nearly)
Day 17 — An art piece (painting, drawing, sculpture, etc.)
Day 18 — Whatever tickles your fancy
Day 19 — A talent of yours
Day 20 — A hobby of yours
Day 21 — A recipe
Day 22 — A website
Day 23 — A YouTube video
Day 24 — Whatever tickles your fancy
Day 25 — Your day, in great detail
Day 26 — Your week, in great detail
Day 27 — This month, in great detail
Day 28 — This year, in great detail
Day 29 — Hopes, dreams and plans for the next 365 days
Day 30 — Whatever tickles your fancy

Well, here we go. This is a blog post theme thing that I found circulating around other blogs, so I figured I'd jump on the bandwagon with it as well.
I actually don't really have a favorite song. If I claim something is my favorite song, by the next day, it will be something totally different. Sometimes it will change in a matter of hours. So for me, this was kind of difficult. It was tough deciding on just one song, but I finally decided on one that I've been listening to a lot lately. And I mean a lot. I'll listen to this song on loop a few times in a row and not get sick of hearing it.

It's the song "It's Getting Better" and it's by Mama Cass. You'll recognize her from the Mamas and the Papas I'm sure. She had one of the most amazing voices in history, and was definitely one of the best singers to come out of the 60s pop scene. After the Mamas and the Papas disbanded in 1968, Cass embarked on a solo career, somewhat desperate to be recognized as Cass Elliot, and not Mama Cass. In 1969, she recorded and had a great hit with It's Getting Better. Unfortunately, she would only enjoy five years of success. She died in 1974 of a heart attack

I discovered Cass through my discovery of the Mamas and the Papas just last year. I was amazed at their harmonies and voices (Cass's in particular) and I was always convinced that they could have been an a Capella group. I was surprised that I liked Cass's solo stuff as much as her work with the Mamas and the Papas. I think the only person who've I liked solo as much as with 'their group' is John Lennon.

I like that Cass's voice is so crisp and clean and clear. She's also a very honest singer in the way that Judy Garland and Edith Piaf were. I also really appreciate that she was never ashamed about herself. She knew that she wasn't especially sexy, or even a standard pretty girl. She was overweight, but she didn't let it get her down. She knew she was a hell of a singer and that's all that mattered. And people responded to her. People have said that when they saw her on stage singing, they felt a warmth wash over them, as if they were sinking into a hot bath. Cass's voice had that effect on people. They loved her and she loved them back. And they were devastated when she died.

Here's to you, Cass!

Mama Cass- It's Getting Better

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