My 9-year-old, Fiona, just started her second year of violin lessons and she’s gotten pretty good at it. I played a little piano as a kid but it never came natural to me, so it’s nice to see one of my offspring exhibit some musical chops.
As a member of the YouTube generation, Fiona spends a lot of time watching violin tutorials. Recently she came across one for Coldplay’s ‘Viva La Vida’ and acquired a whole new appreciation for the song.
I thought I’d programmed Song of the Day posts for the two full weeks of my vacation, but apparently I stopped one day short. So today’s random selection is going up a little late.
Here, then, hastily published on Sunday morning, is one of my favorite Coldplay songs, presented without further comment.
In the midst of my Oscar snub countdown, stunned by the outrage of a ‘Stayin’ Alive’ shut-out, I neglected to note the milestone of my 2,500th post.
My 500th Song of the Day was The Beatles’ ‘Twist and Shout‘ and in that post I wrote “I admit there are times when I wonder if I can keep this going for very much longer.”
Song number 1,000 was Fiona Apple’s live cover of Elvis Costello’s ‘I Want You,’ a clip I noted was the first song I ever posted to this blog, before I started the Song of the Day series.
I haven’t listened to Coldplay’s Viva La Vida since I first bought it six years ago.
I had enjoyed their first two albums, 2000’s Parachutes and especially 2002’s A Rush of Blood to the Head, but 2005’s X&Y was a mixed bag.
Viva La Vida was met with critical raves for the most part, so I had high hopes. But my first listen was quite underwhelming and I never gave it a second.
I was surprised to see that this is only the fourth Coldplay song to make the blog in six years of Song of the Day posts.
It’s not that I’m a huge Coldplay fan, but they have a big enough profile (and enough good songs) to make the cut more than four times out of 2,209. And two of the four have come on Random Weekends, at that.
I used to write regular movie reviews on this blog. In fact, as recently as 2010, I wrote a review of every movie I saw both in the theater and on DVD.
But I find it difficult and time-consuming to write movie reviews, and given the daily responsibility of my Song of the Day posts, I just couldn’t keep up the pace and managed to write only a couple of them in 2011. This year I’ve yet to write about a movie.
When Coldplay debuted in 2000, I had a far different image of them than I would several years later.
My first exposure was through the video for the band’s first U.S. single, ‘Yellow.’ In that clip, lead singer Chris Martin walks around on a dreary beach looking like a cross between a heroin addict and Gollum from The Lord of the Rings. At least that’s how I remember it.