Songs for Mommie Dearest

May 10, 2012

In a foul and farcical fillip of fate, the woman who created Mother’s Day became its biggest critic. Anna Jarvis worked hard to make Mother’s Day a holiday. She started the effort in 1908, and by 1914 convinced President Woodrow Wilson to declare it an official national holiday. But nine years later, commercialization of the day had become so rampant, that she became a major opponent of the very holiday she helped create. She was actually arrested while protesting against it.

While we lament commercialization, we also don’t want to be ungrateful sons, so we adhere to the Mother’s Day ritual Record Bin Roulette-style.

Here’s an admonition from the always-ferocious Mr. T., “Treat Your Mother Right”. (Which is bad grammar, should be “treat your Mother correctly”) (But don’t argue with Mr. T.)

This is The Beatles big dance number from the 1967 film Magical Mystery Tour, “Your Mother Should Know” : 

If it’s a sentimental tear-jerker you’re after, look no further, this clip from Robertino  will do the job nicely: