Music Monday: Cher

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Hi My Loves

It is a rare artist that you take with you throughout your life. Your taste change, you change. The music you return to throughout  your life is, for me,  is the music that defines you. Eric Clapton, The Beatles, The Doors, The Who. These are the bands and people that I return too. Mainly because I’ve been listening to them from an early age. I don’t exactly remember when I first heard them, they just have always been there in my life but there is one defining moment in my life that I remember as clear as day. I remember seeing her, instantly worshiping her and wanting to be her when I grew up.

When the kids where asked in class What do you wanted to be when you  grow up, they would say. I want to be a Vet, Doctor, Fireman, Nurse. My answer wasn’t a what – but a who

I am sure they thought I was crazy or cute. It was one or the another

What was that defining moment?

I was sitting in my dad’s armchair with a family friend Sam. My dad turned on the music channel and there was Cher in black leather and stockings, on the USS Missouri with sailors adoring her. I don’t know what it was about that video that made me decide that she was awesome – common sense comes to mind – but I was probably five or six at the time. I looked up at my dad  and asked – who’s that?

That’s Cher – he told me

I looked back at the screen and just said

Cher…..

That was it!

Maybe a year later my mum told  me about this show called Sonny and Cher  and I asked – Cher, like Cher, Cher. She told me yes. I saw the clothes and her all dark hair and I was now certain – yes, this is who I shall be when I grow up.

I’m thirty one this year and yes I still feel the same way. Although it is everything about her that I love but especially her music. I mean you should see my friend Laura and I  when half-breed starts playing. It’s equal parts of awesome and embarrassing but we have fun, so that’s all that matters.

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Have you noticed how I haven’t actually told you about her music yet – because everybody knows it – that’s how amazing she is!

Cher always knew what she wanted to do

She dropped out of high school in the 11th grade and started taking acting lessons. At 16 she started an affair with Warren Beatty, who was 25 at the time and moved out. Not long after she met Sonny Bono at a coffee shop in 1963. She sang back up on the Ronettes hit  ‘Be My Baby’ and The Righteous Brothers ’You’ve Lost That Lovin’ Feelin’. She fell in love with Sonny. She had  a hero worship of him, they lived together really quickly and it was true love despite their eleven year age gap.

In 1965 “I Got You Babe” hit the airwaves and the world was never the same again, in the best way possible. The Sonny and Cher Comedy Hour soon followed. Enter fantastic music, fabulous Bob Mackie designs and what more could the world want.

I would like to reiterate, I am a girl, these things matter to me, greatly.

Sonny once wrote her a poem and said ‘You are a butterfly, meant to be seen by all, not to be kept by one.’ By 1974 the marriage ended. At the start of their success, Sonny created Cher Enterprises, of which he owned 95 percent and their lawyer owned 5 percent. Cher learned that she owned nothing and was prohibited from working on her own in music, television, or movie.

She found her feet with the help of music mogul David Geffen. He save her in a lot of ways but also she learnt how to save herself. As the Seventies ended so did her contract with Sonny, although she never stopped loving him. She re-invented herself and the movie gods of Hollywood came knocking. The eighties were her bitch and the nineties the same.

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Mermaids (only time in my life I have ever wanted to wear poka dots)  and Witches of Eastwicks were on constant repeat in my house. I remember at not so drunken night in Queenstown in the earlier noughties at the Hard Rock Café when I sang Shoop Shoop Song – wearing a subway oven mitt, waving it in the air – hey, don’t ask. What happens at The Hard Rock – stays at The Hard Rock

The noughties brought us the Vegas shows , over  three hundred show from 2002 to 2005 – what I would have given to see just one of them, proving nothing can stop Cher when she sets her mind on it. Maybe that’s why I love her so much. Nothing has ever stopped her

I could tell you about the songs but I think we all have our favourites for a lot of personal reasons. It’s not  just her music it is  Cher as a whole. She’s a goddess but since it is Music Monday – I’ll give you a list of my favorites

I Finally Found Someone ~ the song I’ve been known to belt out at three o’clock in the morning, while writing – and I mean belt! Sorry neighbours….No I’m not

Dov’e L’Amore  ~  I cannot express how much I F-ng love this song. Please listen to it because it is epic and needs to be placed on repeat.

Walking In Memphis ~ I know it’s a cover but its my favorite out of the two (Sorry Dad)

Just Like Jesse James ~ Another one Laura and I can’t help but freak out over.

Gypsys, Tramps & Thieves ~ I devoted months of my life to learning every single word of this – I still haven’t perfected it but still love it

Believe ~ I have never wanted to wear whipper-snapper/ weedwhacker cord on my head more. Watch the video clip, you’ll understand.

Strong Enough ~ My go to song for every break up

As I said – we all have our favorites and you’ll have yours but these are the one that I keep going back too. At the end of the day I guess what I am trying to say is. This woman is amazing and epic. Dedicated, inspirational and has been my role model  for near twenty six years.

I’ll let Cher have the last word – with the advice she gave Christina while they filmed Burlesque

Ex-husbands will come and go, but I will always remain Cher

Like anything could change that.

xxLayla

 

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