I'm a Cher-Believer

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I'm a Cher-Believer

This past weekend I finally got the chance to sit down and catch up on shows that I missed during the week. After watching Bones and Rizzoli & Isles I next turned on The New Normal—I had high hopes for this show because it seems funny and it was. And, when lesbians finally made their appearance, they seemed ...normal.

But it was Bebe Woods character Shania Clemmons (who is awesomely adorable, by the way) who did a rendition of Cher’s hit "Half Breed" that thrusted me into the world that is Cher. I am not going to say that I have not heard of her because that would be a lie, but I never went out of my way to actually listen to her music. So I switch over to iTunes and downloaded Essential Collection: Cher. I figured that this would be the best way to listen to some  of the songs that made Cher’s music so popular.

So now when I am on the train I have "Cowboy’s Work is Never Done," "Bang Bang," "Bad Love," "Train of Thought," and "Gypsies, Tramps, & Thieves" drumming along in my headphones. There are a couple songs not on the album like Believe and If I Can Turn Back Time that has made me a Cher-believer.

Cher’s music is as timeless as her look, and watching the YouTube video of her sitting on a horse singing about how she wasn’t accepted because of who she felt kind of relatable. Her voice and her presence welcomes people and while I am neither Cherokee or White (I am just going to assume that) I can put her lyrics into a different context—that of being gay, or in regard to religion or politics.

Half Breed and The New Normal opened me up to Cher and her ability to stay relevant even today with a song she made decades ago. In the words of my friend: "that’s Cher’s b***h. I really need to give you an education in gay etiquette." Maybe I did miss the ball with Cher. Maybe I just looked over her musical value because all my friends could talk about was her fashion and performances. 

While her music is not a complete departure from what I usually listen to because my taste is eclectic. I still have an old habit of judging music before listening to it, and I did that with Cher. I kinda dismissed her as this gay idol all my guy friends worship. And I was wrong.

Cher's music is just as valuable as any other. I was wrong to judge her music before listening to it.

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Grace Moon's picture


awesome. you might convinced me to listen to cher too.

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