Cyndi Lauper didn’t write True Colors but she performed it beautifully. Bill Steinberg and Tom Kelly co-wrote the song and then gave to Lauper to sing. This is the only song on her second album that she didn’t help to write, and it was written largely about Steinberg’s mother. Lauper also stated that the song resonated with her on a deeper level since it reminded her of a friends that had passe away from HIV/AIDS. Eventually she founded the True Colors Fund, which was aimed at eliminating homelessness among LGBT youth. At one point this song became one of the standard songs in the gay community.
It’s a very powerful track if you just listen to it.
5. Kodak Commercial
It almost seems controversial to use such a great song for a commercial opportunity such as this, but facing the facts is easier at times than fighting a rising tide you can’t stop. At one point or another all of our favorite songs get used for things such as this. It’s not always pleasing to see such classics relegated to a commercial for something less than meaningful, but it is what it will be.
4. Dove Commercial
It might still be selling a product but at least this commercial is closer to the point of the song than others. A lot of idealists would likely want this song to remain as pure as it possibly could, but the truth of the matter is that once corporations are given access to stuff like this they’re bound to exploit it as much as is humanly possible. There’s nothing to be done for it but try and take the deeper meaning.
3. Ghost Whisperer
Talk about a buzzkill. These two were having such a perfect moment and then all of a sudden the ghost of his father has to show up and ruin it just like he did in the old days. Talk about being a killjoy. You would think that his dad would want to move on instead of harassing him all the time.
It’s hard to see the truth of anything when you’re seen an outcast. But the fact of the matter is that the longer you turn your back on others the more likely it will be that you’ll be unable to see just what real friendship is worth. It’s only when we see what we’re really capable of that we find out just what we were missing.
1. Cyndi Lauper
Cyndi Lauper was regarded as a little weird now and then even in her era, but she made a lot of good points in her music that came through loud and clear. Granted, not every song was completely her own writing, such as this one, but she gave them the necessary emotion to get people thinking. The understanding that comes with any song is based largely on how it’s received by the listener, but this one was received in such a way that it’s inspired a great number of people throughout the years.
I see your true colors, shining through.