Song of the Day, July 31: This Perfect Dress by Maria McKee

McKeePerfectDressToday’s song is Maria McKee’s This Perfect Dress. It appears on her 1996 masterpiece, Life Is Sweet. The disc is a brilliant musical contemplation of the many identities one person can carry and the various faces worn to balance and disguise them. This track is a nice distillation of the themes. It blends fashion and sewing imagery with body references, showing how deeply the disguises can be worn. Sung to a partner, it also reflects the intimate ways these costumes affect relationships. Is the perfect dress none at all? What costumes still remain?

Enjoy this wonderful meditation today.


About Robert Hulshof-Schmidt
Freelance writer, researcher, online comic vendor, and project manager. Fan of a wide range of music -- especially folk and 80s pop -- vintage comics, British TV, and LGBT fiction.

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