Coldplay’s second album, A Rush of Blood to the Head, came out in 2002. I bought it quite a few years after its release, when I became quite interested in the band after hearing the track, “The Scientist,” among others, but don’t recall exactly when that was.
Then I bought their first album, Parachutes (2000) and, later, X&Y (2005). Parachutes didn’t really set me on fire, but I enjoyed their other releases including their fourth album, Viva la Vida or Death and All His Friends (2008). Brian Eno (whom you’ve seen many times on this blog) was a producer on that album, and the presence of his “aural landscapes” was immediately apparent. Of course, I bought the album right away.
I bought Mylo Xyloto (2011) but didn’t care much for it at all, and haven’t followed Coldplay since. Their earlier music was better-written in my view, and their instrumentation was terrific, but later work didn’t inspire me. For an example of how much effort they put into their earlier albums, check out a deconstruction music producer and teacher Rick Beato did on “The Scientist.”
My sweety and I listened to Coldplay a lot, and I listened to them on my own as well. As I’ve mentioned before, we saw them play here in Winnipeg, Canada, supported by two bands, Howling Bells and Snow Patrol, in the summer of 2009, about a month before our marriage.
For some time before our wedding, I’d been thinking of compiling a CD of songs that were meaningful to us, to share with guests after our ceremony. We both loved the song “Lovers in Japan,” but it was combined on the CD with “Reign of Love,” so isolating it and putting just the first song on a CD was something beyond the technological capabilities I had access to back then. In the fall of 2008, Coldplay released the two-CD set Viva la Vida: Prospekt’s March Edition, an extended version of Viva la Vida or Death and All His Friends. I bought that version of the album, too, and on it was a version of “Lovers in Japan” by itself. I was all set.
Now you know a little about why this is my song of the day for today. Thanks for joining me here, and please enjoy.
Here’s the official music video for the song from Coldplay’s YouTube channel: