Tommy is treated as an outcast in “Christmas” by his immediate family, and in the next song, “Cousin Kevin,” by his peers. His first self-consciousness comes when his father yells at him “Tommy can you hear me?” And his name sinks in. The name Tommy moves the boy more powerfully than any experience he can remember and in his joy he sings “See Me, Feel Me.”
There are many interpretations for these events. The dialogue in Tommy is sugestive rather than discursive. The characters react to each other only in single-line statements or cameos. Tommy´s relationship cannot be portrayed in words, thus giving the music added importance.
- John Swenson