Tuesday, June 07, 2005

"Oh, when you see it then you'll understand."

Ever since "Don't Panic" on Parachutes, I've been a sucker for a thrilling Coldplay riff. For the first time ever, K and I pre-ordered an album, their latest, X & Y. We got it on iTunes, so the files became usable today (the official release date of the project).

It is so awesome, you should probably not call/email today because I'm feeling dreamy ("Speed of Sound"), melancholic ("Swallowed In The Sea"), happy ("White Shadows"), then deeply sad ("Fix You"), then buoyed up and suspended by sound, and thought, and raw emotion (the rest of the album). I'm unfettered by my otherwise ceaseless thought-life, and I just listen, just feel, just relish the nuances of a melodic piano theme, or a bass riff, or the pure falsetto of a voice straining to reach the high-ground of life - beauty, truth in expression.

What is music that it can move me like this? I've heard that a hundred times from parents campaigning to keep school music programs, from musicians, from composers, from Theists, from Atheists, from the young and old, rich and poor of every culture and time. They don't all love the same music, but they love that organized sound, mixed with their cultural instruments and technology, expressing their lives in notes and wails and beats.

I'm totally rambling, guys. I'm sorry. Music makes me happy, but it also makes me crazy. Nonetheless, I hereby commission you to grab that CD, that old mixed cassette, that instrument that makes you lose yourself in sound, and GET LOST. I won't even bother to wish you a good day because IT WILL BE with that sort of agenda.


Mair said...

When I was taking Learning and Cognition with the most-dashing Silver Fox, I did a group presentation on the psychology of music. I think it was a pretty good presentation, but that sad part is, I can't really tell you anything about it. I can tell you that the Silver Fox said that I am a good public speaker and that I maintain the attention of my audience well. (guess how much I read into that????)

Plankiest said...


Don't Panic is also on the Garden State soundtrack. Which, I must say, is probably one of my favorite soundtracks of all time. Just wanted to give you the heads up!