A Rush of Blood to the Head

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When I was 17, I went on an ill-fated trip to Europe with my grandma and cousin.  Oh man, do not send your teenage children to a cool destination with their grandmother!  Grandma Jane and I fought the whole three weeks we were gone.

Ten days of those three weeks were on a cruise of the Mediterranean.  Have you ever been on a cruise?  They are awful!  Cruises are for people who don’t like to do stuff. I can tell you I went to Ex-en-Provence in the south of France, but we must have only been docked for 2-3 hours.  Same with Pisa, Italy.  That’s not really seeing a place!   So, don’t go on a cruise.

If you do go on a cruise, hopefully you’ll meet a nice Asian-British boy to distract you from the cantankerous berating from your grandmother.  That’s what I did!  My cousin Lauren and I, along with about 8 other teenagers on the cruise, would sneak into the bar to go dancing at night.  Somehow, even with them checking IDs, we still got in.  My favorite moment on the cruise was when Lauren and I went to the bar during the day–they didn’t check our IDs!  So when the waiter came over, Lauren ordered a Fuzzy Navel and I ordered a Screwdriver.  Then the waiter asked for our IDs.  Lauren says, “I meant a virgin Fuzzy Navel.”  So I mimic her and say, “Yeah, I meant a virgin Screwdriver.”  He looks at me and says, “So, you want an orange juice?”  Totally humiliating.

So, at night, we would somehow sneak into the bar with all of the other teenagers and get drunk and dance to Toni Braxton songs.  I met this Asian-British boy, who may or may not have been named Jeff or William.  Jeff or William took me to his cabin so we could talk (seriously!) and a video came on the TV by Coldplay.  The song was “Yellow”.  I had never heard this band before.  Jeff or William is astounded that I don’t know who they are.  “They are the biggest band in England.  Just wait, in six months, they will be the biggest band in the world,” he said.  I laughed at him.  What an idiot!

Six months later, Coldplays’ Parachutes was released in the States and they were the biggest band in the world.  And damn, if that wasn’t a great album!  So that’s how I came to know and love Coldplay.

As for A Rush of Blood to the Head, “The Scientist” has to be one of the most beautiful songs ever written.  I don’t care if you like Coldplay or not, that song is amazing.  I sing it at karaoke all the time.  My friend Nithya can attest to that.  I think I first heard the song in the movie Wicker Park, which if you haven’t seen it, is actually a really great movie.  I think the previews for it made it seem like a psycho killer kind of movie, but it’s actually a slow-paced mystery and the soundtrack is amazing.

Anyway, “The Scientist” is ridiculously good.  The video makes it even better.  Chris Martin learned how to sing the entire song backwards so they could reverse the footage and make it look like he is doing everything in reverse.  It’s mind-blowing.  Watch it.  And…

Goodbye, A Rush of Blood to the Head.

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