Sunday, July 16, 2006

See me, hear me...


I was sitting on my exercise bike this morning going nowhere and flipping through television channels trying to find something to watch that would take my mind of the pain of exercising. My primary complaint about satellite and cable television is that no matter what time you randomly turn on the television, odds are you will only be able to watch programs that started at least 20 minutes ago.

Normally I'm pretty anal about having to watch a program from the very beginning, but I don't mind so much when I'm just looking for something to watch while I'm exercising. And I really don't mind as much when it is a program that I've seen before. So I was mildly pleased to discover Tommy by the Who playing on one of the premium channels. I've seen it several times.

When I tuned to it, Anne Margaret was just giving birth to Tommy while twin nurses sang in unison, "It's a boy Mrs. Walker, it's boy."

I like the Who and I like the Rock Opera, Tommy. But I had forgotten how bad the movie adaption of the Rock Opera was. It just has scene after seen of random weird ass stuff that is even a bit bizarre for me. The scene I've never really understood is one where Anne Margaret is rolling around in a room filled with what appears to be pork and beans. She seems pretty into it, too.

But weird as the movie is, I still like the music even though many of the lyrics are politically incorrect ("That deaf, dumb, and blind kid sure plays a mean pinball."). Tommy wouldn't be the same if Pete Townsend had chose to use politically correct terms like "That hearing impaired, speech impaired and seeing impaired person sure plays pinball well."

If you don't know anything about Tommy, it is about a boy who witnesses his mother and her new lover kill his father who was presumed already killed in World War II. The boy, Tommy, is told that he never saw anything, he didn't hear anything and he won't ever say anything about it. He becomes deaf, blind and mute. Eventually he connects with a pinball machine and becomes a pinball wizard or champion and makes major bucks.

It's no DaVinci Code.

But the movie does have musical performances by Elton John, Tina Turner, The Who, and Eric Clapton. One of my favorite songs from Tommy is See me performed by Roger Daltry. Tommy sings plaintively, "See me, hear me, touch me, feel me."

Which is pretty much how I feel about blogging (at least the see me, hear me part).

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