Okay, my freaking fabulous followers, I woke up this morning with this “freak” phrase in my freakish brain:
Letting my freak flag fly
… which — unless my memory is totally freaking out — is from a song.
At freaking first, I thought those words were from
(I found that freakin’ image of the musical “Hair” here on Wikipedia, along with a lot of freakin’ words.)
However, I don’t think it was the freaks from that freakingly innovative 60’s musical who sang those words I woke up with.
Hold on. I’ll freaking check.
I was freaking right!
(David Crosby, Stephen Stills, and Graham Nash — known collectively as the freakishly harmonic Crosby, Still, & Nash — are freaking out here on YouTube with “I Almost Cut My Hair” at Madison Square Garden in 2009.)
Now, it’s not a freak accident when I wake up with lyrics in my head, which happens freakin’ frequently. I believe there are reasons for freakin’ everythin’, so I’m going to look more carefully at those freak-flag lyrics:
Almost Cut My Hair
I almost cut my hair
It happened just the other day
It was gettin’ kinda long
I could-a said, it was in my way
But I didn’t and I wonder why
I feel like letting my freak flag fly
And I feel like I owe it to someone
Must be because I had the flu for Christmas
And I’m not feelin’ up to par
It increases my paranoia
Like lookin’ at my mirror and seein’ a police car
But I’m not givin’ in an inch to fear
’cause I promised myself this year
I feel like I owe it to someone
When I finally get myself together
I’m gonna get down in some sunny southern weather
Find a place inside to laugh
Separate the wheat from the chaff
I feel like I owe it to someone
Here are my freaking associations with those words, in the freakin’ moment:
- I didn’t ALMOST cut my hair just the other day. I freaking DID get it cut, two days ago, by the freakishly talented haircutter and human being, Mia.
- To me, “letting my freak flag fly” means showing pride in one’s unique individuality — freakish differences and all. What does freakin’ you think about that?
- I didn’t have the flu for Christmas, but I wasn’t feeling myself during the holiday season — because of some heart health fears and uncertainties I had then.
- “I’m not givin’ in an inch to fear.” Isn’t that freaking GREAT?!?!
- I did “finally get myself together” last Wednesday, because of a freakin’ terrific meeting my son and I had with a new cardiologist.
- “I’m gonna get down in some sunny weather.” Because the winters are so freakin’ cold and harsh here in the Northeastern part of the USA, I always try to get down in some sunny weather, if possible. This year, with all the medical uncertainties, I wasn’t sure I’d be able to get away. Yesterday, I committed to a trip, in Freakin’ February, to sunny
- Isn’t that freaking fantastic?
- Finally, how about that recurring line in the song — “I feel like I owe it to someone”? What is “it,” to me? “It” is everything and anything, including being authentic. And who is the “someone” I owe that to? It’s the freak who is writing this post, people!
Here are some freakin’ fotos I took yesterday and today, letting my freak flag fly:
It’s freakin’ time for Freak Ann to go to work, fellow freaks!
Thanks to David Crosby, Stephen Stills, Graham Nash, and all the wonderful freaks who helped me create this post and who are reading it now (including you, of course!).