Freaky Friday: “People Are Strange”
Posted by purplemary54 on January 10, 2014
This is not the freakiest song, per se. It’s a pretty standard Rock song, and a pretty good representation of the Doors’ style and subject matter. But I was alerted to the fact that today (January 10th) is officially Peculiar People Day. And that was just too good to pass up.
The Doors were considered pretty peculiar in their time, but these days we wouldn’t bat an eye at them. From Little Richard to Elton John to Prince to Lady Gaga, popular music has always been a haven for oddities and oversized personalities. There’s one in every crowd, but they all seem to want to be musicians.
I’m what many people would think of as peculiar, so this might become a regular holiday for me. After all, how often is weirdness publicly sanctioned? Artists and performers notwithstanding, people who don’t . . . conform are generally considered less desirable than those who do. I’m pretty far outside the mainstream in a lot of ways, although the weirdest thing I did today was buy a new shower curtain. (Hey, it’s time to change up the style in the bathroom.) I feel like I’m on the outside a lot of times; not isolated, just kind of hanging on the fringes wondering what the hell everyone else thinks is so great about whatever. I think everyone has some little quirk, some peculiarity that maybe they think is something to be hidden. But maybe if everyone exposed their peculiarities to the world, then we would all see that everyone is, frankly, weird.
Normal is a myth. People are strange. Celebrate it.