I’m not sure how you manage it, but you’ve been one of the coolest people alive since I was about 5 years old. I’m 40 now. That's a pretty good run and you're still going.
My first Cyndi record was a 45 of the single Time After Time. I taped the little paper sleeve it came in onto my closet mirror, near where I kept the My Little Pony castle.
I think what strikes me most about you, beyond the obvious boldness and strength, is your kindness and humility. The world connects to you through some of your most incredible songs, and you’ve taken further steps to be not only someone who entertains but someone who helps on a much larger scale. Your TrueColorsFund is a really beautiful movement to help many who’ve connected with your songs and far beyond - you help those without a voice.
I love knowing there are people like you in the world to help and inspire others toward positive change and compassion. I love that you live on your own terms, and you always have. I love that you have spirit and have maintained the element of fun and creativity in every single aspect of your life. All these fantastic ingredients sum up to an example I aspire to raise my daughters to be more like.
My open letter here is brief, but I want to say, thank you for all you do and for who you are.
Check out some of the incredible work Cyndi is doing through her TrueColorsFund: truecolorsfund.org
And here are a couple nifty factoids:
Did you know Cyndi Lauper did the intro song to Pee-Wee’s Playhouse (credited as Ellen Shaw)
Did you know “Girls Just Wanna Have Fun” was originally recorded by Robert Hazard?