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Music and Brothers

March 27th, 2010

Do it AgainI saw a film last night (oh, boy) at the 34 Cleveland International Film Festival called “Do it Again.” It was a documentary about one man’s quest to reunite The Kinks. The guy in question, Geoff Edgars, is a writer for the Boston Globe, and there’s all sorts of mid-life crisisy, print journalism is dead stuff mixed into the general message that the Kinks (at the least the Davies brothers) don’t really want to get back together.

And, all of that made me wish that my brother was watching the film with me. Everything I knew about the Kinks to that point I learned from Rich - that the Davies brothers hated each other and that the band would never really be functional because of it (younger readers, think Oasis). But, most of my early musical knowledge came from Rich. He (like my dad) loves music - a passion that I have come to see as particularly male. Most guys I know (keeping in mind that I work in radio) are obsessed with musicians and playing music - not to mention hunting and gathering records and CDs - in a way women seldom are. I mean, I write about musicians and I listen to lots of CDs, but I don’t wrap my identity around this stuff. Even with working at Folk Alley, where I’m out at concerts and constantly talking about what we play (mostly with guys).

Going to concerts that I know my brother would enjoy without Rich often makes me feel guilty - and he lives far enough away that he can’t just pop up to Cleveland for Barenaked Ladies or John Wesley Harding. And, he’s not the only guy that I’ve had CDs signed for just to make me feel better. I’ve seen grown men become pale in the presence of their favorite artist - even our DJs (I’ll have to admit, I avoided seeing Peter Buck in his latest band when they played at the Beachland because I was afraid I would cry. And, I have avoid eye contact with Richard Shindell).

So, Rich, I’m sorry I went to “Do it Again” without you. If it comes to Louisville, see it with some of your guy friends. It’s really funny, and touching - in a super guy, non-manipulative way. And, I don’t think the Kinks are ever going to reunite. It would ruin the mystic anyway, so it’s probably just as well.

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  1. July 12th, 2010 at 14:50 | #1

    So true, Ann. My own musical interests were really shaped by my brothers as I was growing up (sometimes in a if-they-like-it-I-must-not-like-it kind of way and sometimes in a I-guess-they-knew-what-they-were-talking-about kind of way). I haven’t had a chance to read much of your blog yet, but this post caught my eye, and I thought I would comment. Happy writing!

  2. Matt
    February 21st, 2011 at 17:22 | #2

    I thought I had your blog in my RSS, but apparently I didn’t…so here’s me catching up! I had the opportunity to see this film last year (although I missed it at the film festival). I really enjoyed it and thought that the journalism stuff that was worked into the overall storyline was interesting and appropriate…and hopefully a heads up to anybody who is not aware of the current plight that so many journalists are struggling with.

    I’d hoped to speak with Geoff regarding the film, but to date, we haven’t been able to get together for an interview. Maybe one of these days!

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