Friday night, Whitney took me to the Coldplay concert at the Pepsi Center. (Thank you, Whitney!) Neither Whit nor I are huge concert-goers, but Coldplay was on each of our shortlists of bands we had to see. And it was everything I hoped it would be. The second song in the set was my favorite song of all time, “Clocks.” At that moment, my life became a little more complete. “Strawberry Swing” was performed a little later, which was a necessary part of our evening: both Whitney and I have associated each other with the song. Then, as a HUGE bonus for me, Chris broke into Erik Satie’s “Gnossiennes No. 1,” a cornerstone musical piece from my favorite movie, The Painted Veil. Chris and I definitely had a connection.
I must give a shout out to the second opener, Jon Hopkins. He’s a British electronica artist, and he’s worth watching. For this tour with Coldplay, he pairs his spin techniques with the animated graphics of Vince Collins, shown on a screen that shares the stage. Whitney and I agreed that the graphics might have been better with a little cannabis, but the show was incredible just the same.
The whole experience was unreal. I breathed the same air as Chris Martin. I heard him speak and saw him sweat. And I got to share the experience with someone just as in love with Coldplay as I am. It was wonder-full.
…[A thought while at the concert]… I think I could be an eccentric British musician. Music pulls odd things out of me. I think if I was on stage, I would be willing to dance around foolishly with confidence. Maybe in my next life…