Monday Melodies – Sally Simpson



She knew from the start deep down in her heart
that she and Tommy were worlds apart
But her mother said, “Nevermind, your part is to be what you’ll be.”


Today’s Monday Melodies is from the rock opera Tommy by the Who.
From Wikipedia:

The Who are an English rock band formed in 1964: vocalist Roger Daltrey, guitarist Pete Townshend, bassist John Entwistle, and drummer Keith Moon. They became known for energetic live performances which often included instrument destruction.[1][2] The Who have sold about 100 million records and have charted 27 top forty singles in the United Kingdom and United States with 17 top ten albums,[3] including 18 Gold, 12 Platinum and 5 Multi-Platinum album awards in the United States alone.
Read more about the Who here

About Tommy, from Wikipedia:
Tommy is the fourth album by the English rock band The Who, released by Track and Polydor in the United Kingdom and Decca and MCA in the United States. A double album telling a loose story about a “deaf, dumb, and blind boy” who becomes the leader of a messianic movement, Tommy was the first musical work to be billed overtly as a rock opera. Released in 1969, the album was mostly composed by guitarist Pete Townshend. In 1998 it was inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame for “historical, artistic and significant” value.
Read more about Tommy here.

When selecting a song from a rock opera, it’s difficult because the thing is supposed to be listened to, and enjoyed in its’ entirety from start to finish. Much like Jesus Christ Superstar (which, believe me, WILL be featured on Monday Melodies) or Evita, I often feel to pick only one song from the whole is to do it some injustice.
I was introduced to Tommy when I was around 11. My parents saw how much I loved the rock opera Jesus Christ Superstar and they gave me the album Tommy to listen to. As I was inclined to do, I became obsessed with the music. While my friends were listening to Salt N Pepa and popular music, I was jamming out to the Who.

Sally Simpson is the one song from Tommy that I have on my iPod. Most people have probably heard Pinball Wizard, which is also from Tommy but I love Sally Simpson. The piano (I’m a sucker for a good piano tune), the harmonies (those are a recurring theme here, ha!) and the story is just one I love. I picked this one to feature because out of all the songs (aside from Pinball Wizard), it’s one of the easier ones to single out.. And it’s much lesser know than Wizard.

So without further ado, I give you… Sally Simpson.

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