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“Sylvia’s Mother” alive and well in 2017

Kyara Klempner, A&E

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From silly songs to tragic romances, the band Dr. Hook has successfully performed the full deck of cards. But one card often pulled is the queen of hearts, in this case the song “Sylvia’s Mother”. Don’t be mistaken; this is nothing like “Stacy’s Mom”. This is about Sylvia and how her mother won’t let her come to the phone. About one person, preventing something so precious.

Silversteen, writer of this tragic song, sung by Dr. Hook, normally writes fiction. Yet for this particular song he told a story that was true. Not only was this story true, it was his own personal experience. Avery is not Sylvia’s last name; Silversteen changed it not for their protection, but because their last name didn’t fit with the tune. An amazing story, all that was needed was a strong execution.

The band Dr. Hook did an amazing job of portraying the sadness, sounding desperate to talk to Sylvia before she left to get married. With a slight rasp to his sound the lead singer, Dennis Locorriere, has a voice that is perfect for the sound of this song. When the line, “The operator said 40 cents more for the next three minutes”(chorus 1.5) played, concert attendees used to throw change into the stage, often managing to slightly bruising the band members.

“Sylvia’s Mother” is a well written song with a true story behind it. A sentimental sound and a popular band, made for one tragically emotional song that gets every teenage girl teary-eyed.

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