I think in music lyrics. When doing a stream of consciousness exercise once, the professor asked, “What kind of thoughts ruminate in your mind when you’re idle?”
I hear a line from a song, sometimes from the last song I heard, but most often words that mirror what I’m feeling or thinking.
Music fills my soul. It sounds so cliché, but it does!
I identify with lyrics. I think about them, and sometimes they help me work things out in my head.
Recently, I had the opportunity to attend a Cold Play concert on their Mylo Xyloto tour, and I call it an opportunity because it truly was– a magical spectacle! It was the most visually, aesthetically pleasing event I’d ever seen. Lasers, confetti, light-up bracelets, balloons; it was an orgy of color and graffiti!
Music moves my body to sway or jump or gyrate in ways that it doesn’t normally. I’m not a dancer, but when I hear notes in concert, I am moved to be on my feet and respond.
Stepping outside, today, seeing the sunshine, feeling the crispness in the air, watching the trees sway in the breeze, immediately, “Strawberry Swing” came into my head & I needed to play it. I needed to hear the music and the words.
I take every opportunity I can to see a band in concert whose music moves me this way. I’ve never been a groupie by any standards, but seeing live shows is one of my favorite things to do. And I’ve realized, I need to be up close to have the most amazing experience. The energy from the band seeps into the crowd. Once, Stephen Jenkin’s, from Third Eye Blind, ended his show by calling it a mystical experience, all of us being in the same room, sharing these moments. He’d said we were meant to be here at this moment in time, together. That stuck with me. Kismet working again!
The concerts I’ve attended:
Train ( 5 times )
Third Eye Blind ( 3times)
Bruce Springsteen & the East Street Band ( 3 times )
Elton John ( 3 times )
Shawn Colvin ( 3 times )
Rod Stewart (twice)
… an aside about MYLO XYLOTO
Meaning of Mylo Xyloto
During an interview with The Sun (UK newspaper) on 12th September 2011, Chris Martin discussed the meaning of the album title, Mylo Xyloto. Quoting The Sun: It is pronounced My-low Zy-letoe… and even the lads admit the title doesn’t mean anything. Chris says: “At the moment it seems a bit ridiculous and I accept that. “Something about it feels quite fresh. The title doesn’t have any other meaning. I think we’re a band with a lot of history now so it’s nice to come up with something that doesn’t have any history at all. We’ve had that title for about two years on a board and any other potential titles had to be written next to it. Other ones made more sense but we just liked this one, that’s all we can defend it with.”
Guitarist Jonny jokes that the process of finding a title was “like naming a child”. And Chris — dad to daughter Apple, seven, and son Moses, five — admits he has received a fair bit of banter about his name choices. He says: “I’ve had trouble with that too. I don’t regret that either. It’s just a feeling of a fresh start.”
Before that interview not much was revealed at the time about the exact meaning of Mylo Xyloto, although there were developments from Coldplay’s TV appearance in Paris (on 9th September 2011) which will be televised in October 2011. According to Coldplayers, the band discussed the meaning of Mylo Xyloto, Coldplayer Lu’kaa saying: “Yesterday in an interview in the french TV show Chris explained that Mylo Xyloto was just an imaginary language, with two words: Mylo and Xyloto. It’s about creating a now word, from nothing, kind of like Google. How I know it? Well I was there!”
For those of you (most) still trying to figure out the possibly meaning behind this title following The Oracle’s confirmation that the title was not randomly made up without meaning, it’s a little unclear — though Latin derivations of “Mylo” tend to suggest that it is about something falling apart. (Meanwhile, “Xyloto” has been used to refer to a family of insects.) Could this be some sort of statement meant to suggest people coming together in the midst of what are difficult times for the world? Until Coldplay speak out about it themselves, we will probably not know for sure. Perhaps there is a tie with the colorful art, which seems to indicate there’s beauty in destruction which seems a fitting theme for the darker times we live in.
Even The Oracle remained tight lipped on the answer, recently saying: “This could win the prize for the most asked question in the shortest space of time! All I will say is that if the band are asked it as many times as I have been asked, an answer will appear soon enough! I’d rather not be the revealer on this occasion. I will dispel a couple of suggestions I received though. It’s not been randomly made up with no meaning at all nor is it a foreign language. Everyone has been so patient so far with all the teasing that has been going on during the past 3 months so I’m sure we can hang on a little longer…” (August 15th).
Ok I know this might sound a bit far out, but here are my thoughts. I think Mylo Xyloto might be an alien, for various reasons: 1- Aliens, U.F.O., stand to play a big part in the story of MX. I think they are going to be the good guys (light blinking to to tell me it´s alright) and will maybe help the two main protagonists in the end (hopeful transmissions). They might possibly end up flying away with the aliens in the end (up with the birds); 2- It would also tie in with Moving To Mars. Maybe it was not a metaphor at all. Maybe it is about the protagonists moving away from planet earth, after everything has gone up in flames; 3- It would explain the weird name Xyloto, which would be a good extraterrestrial name… I definitely hope there is nothing about alien abductions (scary!) hehe I still think the aliens are friendly and good. I interpret that sentence as just simply meaning that a sign came from outer space to let our heroes know that help is on its way and everything is gonna be alright. [thanks valypan]
This from MTV: “Not only does it sound like a clothing-optional beach in the Greek Isles (or a nasty viral disease,) but, because it is largely inscrutable, it also inspires the inner etymologist within me. What, exactly, is the language of origin (Latin?) Googling it just brings up lots of Coldplay Web sites. How, precisely, is it pronounced? (Oh, just scanning the press release now, and apparently it’s “my-lo zy-letoe.”) And, since we’re on the subject, just how many anagrams can you pull from its 10 letters? Of course, it bears mention that whenever you’re talking about pronunciation and anagrams, you know you’re in the presence of true titular greatness. So, after spending some serious time with a pen and a piece of paper, here’s every possible anagrammatic combination I can think of. The word “Ox” comes up a lot. For whatever reason, I’d like to think that makes Chris Martin happy.”