As I type this, I’m actually very nervous. Sharing this song with the world is making me feel more vulnerable than I’ve ever felt. My hearts beating pretty fast, I have a knot in my stomach and my legs feel weak, even sitting down. I know it seems kind of crazy to put myself through that, but I feel like this is something I need to do. I’ll explain..
People Are Strange is originally by The Doors. Its very eerie and haunting. I’ve always loved this song (and The Doors) and I thought it would be a cool cover. Naturally, when I cover a song, I like to make it my own. With the help of my friend Paul Shrofel, I sat down next to the piano and we began to brainstorm. We tried a ton of different approaches until we decided to slow it down. Thats when something clicked for me.
For whatever reason, when the tempo changed, it brought something out in me that I had buried deep down.
Throughout my childhood, I always felt kind of different. I had friends, but I never really felt accepted or understood. This feeling followed me through elementary school to high school. I would get bullied, but I would always pretend that nothing was bothering me. I wasn’t being honest with myself and I guess I tricked myself into thinking that it didn’t get to me, even though I always felt alone. This song triggered all of the emotions that I was running from and it was the first time I really let myself feel them.
This song is not me playing the victim, it turned into me standing up to my demons and loving who I am despite those who tried to bring me down. I want it to do the same for you. Its a sentiment that is extremely hard to explain, but I’m hoping that you know what I’m talking about when you listen.
I’ve had this song just sitting here, unreleased, for a couple of months… I couldn’t think of a better time to share it, with Halloween just around the corner. So, embrace your inner weirdo and never be ashamed of who you are.
- Nikki Yanofsky, October 29th, 2013