Song of the Day, December 22: My Mother Looked Like Marilyn Monroe by Tommy Keene

KeeneMonroeToday’s song is a smart dissection of the power of nostalgia. Tommy Keene’s Songs From the Film is a power pop masterpiece, a collection of smart songs expertly played. One of its finest moments is the evocative My Mother Looked Like Marilyn Monroe. The song explores the power of memory and the stories we tell ourselves about our pasts. Gradually dismantling the myth of a perfect family, Keene builds a gripping narrative while his crack band propel the action along. He introduces the title line in each chorus with “I swear that it’s true”, those words coming out with more of an edge with each delivery. It’s a great package, delivered with urgency and heart.

Enjoy this great song 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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