Last night, I met Cyndi Lauper.
My friend Tara and I went to see her 30th anniversary show, “She’s So Unusual.” And…she is.
When we gathered backstage, Cyndi was dressed entirely in black leather and lace with long, fire engine-red hair and bright red lips. For the crowd, she performed all of the songs from the latest album, including classics that we know, love (and to which we can’t help but sing along): “Girls Just Wanna Have Fun,” “All Through the Night,” “Time After Time” and “True Colors,” mixed with funny anecdotes and insider stories (told in her high-pitched, squeaky speaking voice) about life and love.
In the beginning stages of the relationship with her now-husband, actor David Thornton, he accidentally broke a small clock in her Upper East Side walk up, when it fell off a table and onto the floor. He quickly brought her a replacement (from his mom’s house), which was so old and so loud. It drove her crazy while trying to fall asleep. But, she had to keep it, so as not to hurt his feelings, they had just met. Every night, before bed, she locked it in the bathroom, inside the shower and behind the curtain, all the way across the apartment. But, she could still hear it.
And, so, the lyrics of “Time After Time”: “Lying in my bed, I hear the clock tick and think of you…”
It was a fun, girly and upbeat night. More than a few of Cyndi’s songs are on heavy rotation in my workout/cooldown playlists.
P.S. Katy Perry’s “Prism” comes out tomorrow! (And, yes, I am fully planning my get-on-stage strategy for when her tour comes to town.)