51 Weeks: 51 Songs From The Past: Week 7: Mama Cass – Make Your Own Kind Of Music

My choice of song last week was more about the inspirational video than the song itself. This week, my choice is all about the voice and the lyrics that can make us cry.

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Mama Cass Elliott (also known as Mama Cass) was a former member of the group ‘The Mamas and The Papas’ and, for me, has one of the most beautiful singing voices I have ever heard. This, without a doubt, is my favourite song of hers.

‘Make Your own Kind Of Music’ was a minor hit for Mama Cass in 1969. It only reached number 36 on the music charts but, over the years, has been used in many T.V. shows, commercials and, my favourite of all, in the stage play and movie, Beautiful Thing.

Like last week’s choice, the lyrics mean an awful lot to me (check them out on the video for the song). Combined with the voice of Mama Cass, they strike right at my heart strings. If there is a song which can force my eyes to produce a few tears, then this is it.

Mama Cass Elliott died at the young age of 32 in a London flat that, four years later, would also claim the life of The Who’s drummer, Keith Moon.

Even in sadness, beautiful things can grow; but only if we allow them – (c) Hugh W. Roberts (2017)

Thank you to everyone who left a link to a favourite song in the comments section of last week’s post. And a big thank you to Ruth, Barbara, and Kat who all joined in with publishing a blog post of a favourite song, and to Graeme who also linked a musical post to this feature.

Want to join Hugh in building up your 51 favourite songs from the past? Leave a link in the comments section below and showcase your next song.

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