By Christopher Treacy
How long do you grieve? How long do you stew in anger? How much time do you allow yourself to be hurt? The best answer seems to be, “As long as it takes.” Letting ourselves actually feel the full brunt of our feelings – whatever they may be – takes time. Often it takes longer than we’d wish. But being patient with ourselves pays off. Shortcuts, on the other hand, always seem to catch up with us. Best to let things run their course.
These are some of the ideas running through “Almost There,” the meditative new track from Sean McConnell and Garrison Starr, a.k.a. My Sister My Brother, the next sneak peek from the duo’s upcoming EP, My Sister, My Brother II, out September 29. Included in the narrative of the track is the subtle assurance that you’ll get there – an especially powerful idea if you’re mired in the seemingly interminable emotional cycle of mourning a loss.
McConnell and Starr lend their celestine harmonies to a song about navigating our way to forgiveness and, in turn, back to some sort of emotional even keel. Their performance speaks as much to the pain of trudging through as it does to the reassuring knowledge that something better lies up ahead if we just stay the course.
There’s more advance music to come, but My Sister, My Brother II is already shaping up to be the soothing balm we could all use right about now.
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Christopher Treacy has been writing about music and the music industry for 20 years. He’s contributed to The Boston Phoenix, The Boston Herald, Nashville Scene, and Berklee College of Music’s quarterly journal, as well as myriad LGBTQ+ outlets including the Edge Media Network, Between the Lines/Pride Source, Bay Windows and In Newsweekly. He’s the Managing Editor for CQ and lives in Waitsfield, VT.