I can't decide which of 'Make your own kind of music' or 'It's getting better', by Mama Cass, that i prefer. They both came into my radius more than a quarter of a century after they were released, thanks to the fabulous British movie 'Beautiful Thing' which was a success in Australia theatrically in 1996, and featured the sublime vocals of Cass Elliot. The unlikely co-existing of English housing estate families and the love that two teenage boys find for each other, with the 60's sunshine pop of The Mamas and The Papas and especially the voice of Cass actually makes for a magical experience. A British summer and the rite of passage for the two lads is so exquisitely depicted in the film and for me stands as one of the very best gay movies of all time.
Discovering the splendiferous voice and spirit of Mama Cass, thanks to this movie, has also afforded me over the past 18 years, considerable curiosity about her life and work. 'Make your own kind of music' and 'It's getting better' both penned by supremos Cynthia Weil and husband Barry Mann, are the very best examples of 60's pop. Uplifting, catchy, life affirming and enduring.
Cass Elliot may have had a short life, but the joy she has engendered is immeasurable. Long may her spirit and voice shine.