I've been listening a lot to Tegan and Sara lately. No, I am not aspiring to quit my job and follow them around; I worry that I have given blog readers the impression that I am promiscuous and fickle in this regard. Nor do I have any plans to name any future children after them. But, I do enjoy their music and regard them as a credit to Canadians and monozygotic twins everywhere. Especially recommended is "You Wouldn't Like Me" and "Where Does the Good Go?" on So Jealous.
Part of the refrain of "You Wouldn't Like Me" is "I feel like / I wouldn't like me / if I met me". For years, I have wondered what my reaction would be if I met another person who was exactly like me. Would I get along with them, or would I feel weirdly competitive with them and dislike them? It has always struck me that it would be a considerable character flaw if I wouldn't get along with myself, although it is less clear whether would bespeak a flaw in the way I behave or in the standards I use to judge other people.
A heterosexual counterpart to the theory, of course, is wondering about something who is exactly-like-you-just-the-opposite-sex and wondering whether or not you'd be interested in dating them. My suspicion is that the number of people who would is a good deal smaller than the number of heterosexuals who would be friends with a same-sex other who was exactly like them.*
"Tegan" (Rhymes with Vegan) and "Sara" (Rhymes with Sarah) are of course odd names for twins; you'd think that parents would either go with two "normal" names for twins or two "unusual" names. About which I've been wondering:
Someone told me this week that T&S played Madison last Sunday, which had me angry that none of my more hip-and-informed friends had told me about it. Meanwhile, the web says they are coming to Madison next month. If anyone knows the scoop for sure, let me know.
* Especially since Tegan and Sara are identical twins, I cannot resist adding here that there is a recorded instance of two gay male identical twins who were separated at birth and who, after being reunited as adults, proceeded to date one another. What became of the relationship, I don't know. I would imagine breaking up with your contemporaneous clone is probably relatively easy, as breakups go, since you probably were both thinking the relationship had run its course.