Monday, May 9, 2011

Be My Guest: All In The Family

We all grow up listening to the same tunes with somebody - whether it's a parent, a friend, a sibling, a music teacher, etc. I grew up trading tunes with my big brother. I remember when we first moved cities in elementary school, he was a teen and I not even a tween, and we would sit in our stuffy living room on hot summer days without having made new friends and with not a clue of where to go in the new neighbourhood. What would we do? Amidst thumb wars and laughing fits, we would blare Bush (Bush X at the time) and call into the local high school radio station to request "Volcano Girls" by the '90s alt-rock girl group Veruca Salt. Real cool kids, I know. So, with that being said, as I work out of Toronto for a few days - who better to show you In The Round than my big brother, music twin and concert buddy, Sam. Take it away, brother bear.

A love story.

I just finished work at a pub and it’s shortly after 3:00 a.m., so bear with me. Knowing I was going to give this whole family-guest-spot thing a go, I've been searching for something to write about for the last few days. A great song? A concert? A band? I wasn't sure. Then, I went back three weeks ago, and it came to me.

 I just recently saw Pixies play in Toronto to an audience that were in love with a moment. With concer-goers ranging from 15 to 60 years old, all it took was for backing vocalist Kim Deal to call out the famous opening lines of “Ooooh oooh," to kick off "Where is My Mind", before the roar was deafening. For the next four minutes, the crowd was gone. This is why I love music. I remember giving a girlfriend a mix with this song as the first track and, I know, everyone else has had an equally personal memory. It's just one of those songs. The greatest part was that with a song like this, we were all there together feeling something of a memory when we heard the opening line. Music has the ablity to make us feel all sorts of conflicting things, but at the end of the day, it unites us. Could anyone ask for more? Just ask the Kings and their crowd.

- Sam

                                                                     The original.

The KOL cover - and the classic crowd reaction.

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