Tags: Chris Martin, Coldplay, Pax Arcana, Radiohead, Viva La Vida
It’s Gwyneth or me, baby.
There was a rather bleak period in my life (pre iPod/iTunes), when I’d get in my car and drive around listlessly just so I could listen to Coldplay over and over and over and over and over. I believe my sisters were worried about me (perhaps rightly so!) and ultimately had an intervention. To no avail. You see, Chris Martin got me. He felt my pain, he really did. And his voice was so beautiful and the piano chords progressive and haunting. Those songs were a baseline soundtrack for a dissipating, confused, empty, sad transition for me, and I rode those piano escalations as if I were clutching a life vest in a cold ocean. Not to get too dramatic about it or anything…
Coldplay’s last album, X&Y, did not merit the same constant-play status as did Parachutes, A Rush of Blood to the Head, or even their live album. The lyrics were a bit too rhyme-y, the emotion a bit too contrived. So I was nervous about their new album Viva La Vida or Death and All His Friends – would I be forced to abandon Chris? Fortunately for him and me both, that seems not to be the case. I’ve only downloaded the two songs iTunes will allow me to so far — “Viva La Vida” and “Violet Hill.” But I have had them, yup, on constant replay. These two tracks are far from heartbreaking; in fact, they have an undercurrent of defiance while still embracing that Coldplay sense of longing. I know that Pax Arcana will make fun of me, but I urge him to listen.
Speaking of Pax, as my source for all things hip and musical Pax Arcana recently enlightened me that Radiohead got with the program and is now finally selling its individual songs on iTunes. (I can’t find the post, Pax — send it to me and I’ll link to it here!) So, thanks to the “happy studying” present/bribe iTunes card I received in the mail from Uncle Ropes, I spent the weekend downloading, along with the two Coldplay singles, some Radiohead (I’ve been too nervous to use Limewire anymore for illegal downloads). The result is an achingly mellow, satsifyingly gloomy playlist perfect for an equally as gloomy Monday spent outlining BarBri lectures. Enjoy(?):
Driving Sideways — Aimee Mann
Stolen Car — Beth Orton
Violet Hill– Coldplay
Hear Me Out– Frou Frou
Viva la Vida — Coldplay
There, There– Radiohead
Falling Slowly– Glen Hansard
If You Want Me– Glen Hansard
Why Georgia — John Mayer
When Your Mind’s Made Up– Glen Hansard
Maybe I’m Amazed– Jem
All at Sea– Jamie Cullum
Jerusalem — Eddie from Ohio
Silent House — Dixie Chicks
Tags: Angelina Jolie, Breyer's ice cream, Decorno, Gretchen Rubin, I think this world is perfect, Justice Breyer, mailing it in, Oprah, Pax Arcana, Sandra Day O'Connor, The Happiness Project, Vodka has no carbs
(Picture thanks to Vodka has no carbs, who has declared Angie its Patron Saint of Hotness)
There are two writers of this blog — one is the woman who writes Decorno (as in decor-porno — her theory is that decorating magazines are some people’s porn — yes, ME! They are my porn, even though as a feminist I am generally anti-porn on principle). She is hilarious. And her co-writer describes herself as a “lady lawyer,” which was almost the name of this blog. Need I say more.
Also, sometimes when you are busy with writing about Justice Breyer and trying not to indulge on ice cream while you do so (get it? BREYER’S? — thanks a lot, Jill, for planting that in my head. Now I can’t forget about mint-chip as I mangle First Amendment standards of scrutiny), you might have to mail in a blog post or two and simply make some links or lists (lest people think you’re dead, right?)… Consider this one such post.
So, while I’m at it, another recent blog discovery is I think this world is perfect. It’s sweetly written (with really fine quality pictures) and is nice to read even if you don’t have kids — it doesn’t necessarily fall into the category of “mommy blogs” (and not even because it’s written by a dad…). I think in the blogosphere when you find a blog courtesy of another blog, you are supposed to give something called a “hat tip”? (At least that’s what Pax Arcana does, and he’s a veritable professional.) So a hat tip to The Happiness Project, whose brilliance seems to grow with every post (maybe because I’m just a sucker for self-improvement anything? Hello, Oprah!). Even as my jealously of Gretchen Rubin grows (she was a clerk for Sandra Day O’Connor, is now a successful writer, and somehow manages to work out every day…), I also love her more and more. Can you have a blog crush?