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.

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75 comments

      1. One of my favorite songs. Maybe it didn’t make it across the pond. It was before she was a solo act. I have done a separate post as well and will try to remember each week. I put a pingback to your post but don’t know if showed up. I have been having trouble with my pingbacks going to people’s spam folder. When I do a separate post, should I also put the song in your comments section or just to a pingback? Or both?? 🙂

        1. Your pingback did show up, Marie. However, because I moderate all comments and pingbacks, they may take some time to show up on the post. I’ve had a similar problem with some of my own pingbacks going into other bloggers spam folders. I’d recommend you do both. That way (and although I check my spam folder often), I’ll see your comment if the pingback has gone to spam.

  1. Loved Mama Cass and haven’t heard that song in years. If a person clicked the like button and didn’t go down through the comments, so much would be missed. Even if i had nothing to add, I would not have wanted to miss all the good stuff here too. Thanks so much.

    1. I’ve often said that the comments can be just as engaging as the post. Thank you for reading them. I’ve dug up a lot more songs from the past which I’ll be showcasing over the next 45 weeks. I hope you’ll enjoy them just as much.

  2. Who wouldn’t like Mama Cass? I was devastated when she died. I loved singing harmony with her while listening to the radio (we have the same range, but of course her voice was so much better!) I love Dream a Little Dream.

  3. Thanks for the mention, Hugh. So far, I’ve taken my cue for a song recommendation from your selection, but I was struggling to find one that connects with this style, era or the singer (great choice, by the way). And then I thought of the fact that we’d been cheated of more music from someone who was taken from us too early… And connected that with someone who was taken from me too early – my dad.
    We discussed his funeral beforehand, and I suggested this song because I remembered him telling me how it reminded him of a good time in his life (I’ll spare the details). So we played this

    1. Now I’m wondering if this was the song your dad first heard when he met your mum or had that first dance with her Graeme? I often play the music of The Carpenters. For me, all their music radiates happiness and fun. Karen’s voice is magical. They are one group that I really have a problem with choosing a favourite tune.

      1. As I’d been around for a good few years by the time this song was released, definitely not. In fact, the circumstances involved neither my mother nor his second wife – he was a bit of a bugger in his day, but I’ve yet to meet anyone who had a bad word for him.
        Know what you mean about The Carpenters. Like Mama Cass, it was a great loss when Karen died.

        1. I think a few people need to die before that stuff goes public! And I’m not sure it it’d be Sunday night viewing material. Nice thought, though, and I suspect some elements of his life will show up in my writing.

  4. Howdy Hugh – I remember this song. Such a shame she passed so young. I’ve a lot going on these days and so finding it hard to keep with blogging – but always make time to check on you. Jan

    1. Well, it’s so very nice and kind of you to visit, Jan. I really appreciate it. I’m very glad to hear you’re keeping busy. I hope it’s all book and/or writing related? I’m taking a bit of a break myself next week. 🌞

  5. Brilliant… and my favourite film in the world! Whenever I see Kim in Eastenders I think about Mama Cass.

    “Call the village band out.. bid me goodbye…”

    “Leah ! Get in the kitchen and peel some tatas!…. I’m on tablets you know!”

  6. Mama Cass had such a pure, beautiful voice, lovely choice Hugh.
    The song that makes me cry for so many reasons is Sinead O’ Connor, Nothing Compares 2U! what makes it more poignant is that she herself cried on this video.

    1. Oh, those eyes of Sinead, Judy. They just sort of hold you, don’t they? I featured one of Sinead’s songs in one of my Christmas short stories I wrote (Silent Night) and which is in Glimpses. Seemed like the perfect match. She’s another with a beautiful voice.

  7. I’d also like to share this song from my country, it’s in our national language but the video has English subtitles. Zoheb sang this song as a dedication to his sister (who was also a singer) sadly, she died of cancer several years ago.

  8. Beautiful Hugh, here is my inspirational video and song! Sorry the video is not of great quality, but I just love it !!
    I adore the way this lovely young lad gets the message over!

  9. Hi Hugh,
    Now you are back to my generation and songs. I always loved the Papa’s and the Mamma’s. That was one of Mamma Cass’s better songs.
    Now with that said, I’m not sure if anyone else caught the video clip, you associated with the song. I caught it and I was in tears. Those heartbreaking memories as a teen when you didn’t understand yourself, not alone talk to someone else. I hope society is more accepting than when we were young. I like to think so. I know there is more support today. Yet, acceptance or rejection within families is still an issue. Why families are more judgmental still baffles me.
    Thanks again for a great post and the enjoyable music. God Bless.

    1. Hi, Chuck. I’ve watched the movie, Beautiful Thing, many times. One of my all time favourites. As it’s set in London, during the 1980s, it brings a lot of memories back for me. I moved to live and work in London in 1986 and the next 27 years were simply amazing. I’ve seen the stage play many times as well. Not as good as the movie but certainly worth going to see if it’s ever playing in a theatre near you.

  10. Thank you for another great song choice, Hugh.
    I hadn’t known about the connection between Mama Cass’s and Pete Moon’s deaths.
    I was intrigued to know more and found an interesting piece (admittedly on Wikipedia).
    “In mid-1978 Moon moved into Flat 12, 9 Curzon Place (later Curzon Square), Shepherd Market, Mayfair, London, renting from Harry Nilsson. Cass Elliot had died there four years earlier, at the age of 32; Nilsson was concerned about letting the flat to Moon, believing it was cursed. Townshend disagreed, assuring him that ‘lightning wouldn’t strike the same place twice’.”https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Keith_Moon
    Once again I look forward to next week’s post!

  11. What memories this brought back. I was young during The Mama’s and The Papa’s peak, but I still remember Mama Cass. I didn’t realize she was so young when she died. What a voice. Loved listening here, Hugh. Great choice. Happy Valentine’s Day. ❤

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