True Colors

Happy TUNEBACK TUESDAY!! In honour of the Pride Celebrations happening all over the globe (including this upcoming weekend in Toronto), I’m tuning it back to one of my favourite songs… “True Colors” by Cyndi Lauper. Please spread the love. Be yourself. Show your true colours.

ORIGINAL RELEASE DATE: August 25, 1986

TRIVIA: True Colors was written by American songwriters Billy Steinberg and Tom Kelly. Billy Steinberg originally wrote the song about his own mother. Tom Kelly altered the first verse and the duo originally submitted the song to Anne Murray, who passed, and then to Cyndi Lauper. Their demo was in a form of piano based gospel ballad like “Bridge over Troubled Water”. Steinberg told Songfacts that “Cyndi completely dismantled that sort of traditional arrangement and came up with something that was breathtaking and stark.”

“True Colors” also became a standard in the gay community. In various interviews, Lauper elaborated that the song had resonated with her because of the recent death of her friend, Gregory Natal, from HIV/AIDS. While not directly promoted as a song defending LGBT rights, Lauper is pleased that her song was adopted by that community. Years later, Lauper co-founded the True Colors Fund, a non-profit dedicated to eradicating LGBT youth homelessness.

Happy Pride!! See you next Tuesday!!

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