Entering a Midlife Crisis? Then Maybe You Need This Album

I vaguely remember Free to Be…You an Me, a kids album that was released in late 1972.  With the US still basking in the glow of hippie culture, this record was all about encouraging individuality and gender freedom.

The album include songs like “When We Grow Up,” “It’s All Right to Cry” and a weird ditty featuring Alan Alda and Marlo Thomas about how it was okay for boys to play with dolls. The whole thing was later turned into a TV show.  

The whole concept has been revisited with a record called It’s Okay To…Do Stuff:  Songs That Didn’t Make Into Free to Be You and Me.  Contributors include a variety of comedians plus Steven Page, ex of the Barenaked Ladies.  

Try this piece featuring Fred Williard called “Boy Meets Girl.”  Things have become somewhat…more complicated since 1972.

(Via Hollywood Reporter)

Alan Cross

is an internationally known broadcaster, interviewer, writer, consultant, blogger and speaker. In his 40+ years in the music business, Alan has interviewed the biggest names in rock, from David Bowie and U2 to Pearl Jam and the Foo Fighters. He’s also known as a musicologist and documentarian through programs like The Ongoing History of New Music.

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