March 2012 at Musical Cyberspace is all about songs with people’s names in the title.
The Who’s Tommy features a number of name songs, but none is as simple and all the more touching for that than “Tommy, Can You Hear Me?” Coming in close to the top of Act II in the stage show, the song is a folksy song sung by some local lads as they accompany Tommy back from the street to his home. The kicker comes when the 10-year-old Tommy appears in the mirror, echoing the calling of his name. It’s a super moment that pays off well theatrically. (See the video clip below for a rather different dramatic interpretation of the song.)
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