Today’s Message: Cool To Be Weird

By April 28, 2014

While looking around for something inspirational to share, I came across this pretty awesome video that I just had to share with you.

Seattle musician Tai Shan’s “Cool To Be Weird” was inspired by the Dr. Seuss short story “The Sneetches” from The Sneetches And Other Stories – a satirization of discrimination between races and cultures – the latter being something cosplayers, table top gamers, comic-con attendees and anyone in general who openly admit to liking things that “normal” people would construe as odd.

Shan herself said  “It was written for a performance with The Bushwick Book Club of Seattle. The Sneetches were running around trying to fit in with the cool crowd and it got me thinking. It’s cool to be weird!”


Shot throughout Seattle by boyfriend (and fellow musician) Austin Garrison as a birthday gift, Shan’s video features students from her Songwriting For Youths class having an amazing time bouncing around and being themselves as well as a trove of cosplayers and attendees of the recently held Emerald City Comic-Con (above) all proudly holding signs declaring it’s cool to be weird.

WHY I CHOSE THIS: Every song from Shan’s upcoming album, “Living Fiction”, was inspired by a different author’s work from from the likes of J.M. Barrie (Peter Pan and Wendy), Hans Christian Andersen (Little Red Riding Hood), Hunter S. Thompson (Fear And Loathing In Las Vegas) and Stephen King (The Shining) – if that’s not a truly awesome and weird thing to do, I don’t know WHAT is!

(Fans of the film 10 Things I Hate About You will recognize the world-famous Fremont Troll)


A great song with a great message, here’s hoping it inspires you to feel cool to be weird, too! If you’d like to reach out to Tai and let her know what you thought, feel free to hit her up on Twitter (@TaiShanMusic) and Facebook.


To learn more about her upcoming album, “Living Fiction”, head on over to the official website!

Soooo, what did you think of the song and video? Sound off below!!

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Cricket Lee
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