Siblings Sing The Sounds Tracks to Thanksgiving on NPR


NPR is highlighting the sibling relationship all this week to help us face Thanksgiving  dinner with our longest deepest relationship .Tune in and you can hear how siblings can be in harmony and create the sound tracks to our lives.

Some siblings make music together. You can hear that genetic connection in Van Halen, Radiohead, Heart, Oasis and even a hip-hop group named Clipse. What we listen to is that deep family relationship translated into a musical link. These brothers and sisters grow up in the same house. All hear their parents’ music and start playing instruments at the same time. What we see is sibling connection, similar DNA translated into a creative musical splicing. Siblings have that same genetic song to sing, leaving auditory fingerprints for us to dance to.

But that sibling connection can also sound like chalk scraping on a blackboard. Brothers and sisters sometimes suffer serious sibling rivalry. Creedence Clearwater Revival spun into chaos when younger brother Tom Fogerty tried to dominate their music and older brother John Fogerty rebelled. Their group fell apart and disbanded. When Tom died of AIDS from a blood transfusion in 1990, the brothers had never reconciled.

rest of the young to make sure he or she has enough to eat. The first-hatched eaglet slays all new hatchlings by pushing them out of the nest, receiving all the food brought by parents, ensuring his survival. The first recorded murder in history, the Bible tells us, was Cain killing his brother Abel. We all know the blood and gore of myths, fables and even new stories chronicling sibling rivalry.

Find out more about sibling rivalry and brother and sisters  musical groups  in my Mom Loves You Best -You Tube channel segment on sibling rivalry




About momlovesyoubest

Cathy Cress holds an MSW in Aging from U.C. Berkeley. Her new book Mom Loves You Best, Forgiving and Forging Sibling Relationships , New Horizon Press, was published October 2010. Cress’s book , Handbook of Geriatric Care Management, Jones and Bartlett, is the bible of geriatric care management and is out out in a third edition in February 2011 .Her book Care Managers, Working With the Aging Family, Jones and Bartlett,2008 is one of the few major books on the aging family. Ms. Cress is the founder of GCM Consult ,working with small and national who want to add or launch GCM businesses. She is on the faculty at the University of Florida in their on line master’s in geriatric care management -GCM . She has taught geriatric care management at San Francisco State University , UC Berkeley and teaches at Cabrillo College and San Mateo College. She was founder and director of Cresscare, a GCM business, for 25 years.
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