Book: Looking for Romance (with Steve Davis) by Ben Summers
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Looking for Romance (with Steve Davis)
‘Men profess to be lovers of music, but for the most part they give no evidence in their opinions and lives that they have heard it.’ Henry David Thoreau (poet, philosopher, abolitionist)
‘Music is the mediator between the spiritual and the sensual life.’ Beethoven (original soul boy)
Romance is on a quest. He wants to explore the wonders of soul music - and thereby the meaning of life - through his art. He has a seriously soulful idea: to make a documentary about looking for his soul idol, Romance Watson, singer of 'Where does that leave me' (Coral records, Chicago, 1965), and he wants snooker player and fellow soul-devotee Steve Davis to be involved. But Romance’s love life gets in the way, and the escapades of his soul friends – Spaghetti Weston, soul artist Thelonius Tripp and the deceased Demetrius Demetriou among them – serve to confuse as well as enlighten.
As Romance works on his fanciful film ideas, fellow soul devotee Thelonius Tripp works on his mediocre paintings of northern soul dancers. Romance’s friend, Spaghetti Weston grieves for his dead soul dog, and Demetrius Demetriou dies of cancer and, literally, takes some of his records to the grave with him, including, Romance believes, a rare test pressing of Where Does That Leave Me.
It's one young man's attempt to make sense of the holy trinity that is God, love and rare soul music. And it's what's in the grooves that counts.