Let me tell you a little bit about my relationship with Coldpay’s debut album, Parachutes.
I don’t count Coldplay amongst my favourite bands (not top 5 or 10, anyway). I haven’t followed their career. It’s not that future singles haven’t appealed to me at all, they just didn’t strike something in (except “Clocks” and “The Scientist“, but I bought A Rush Of Blood To The Head, so that’s cool).
I obtained this album when I was doing a re-read of David Edding’s THE BELGARIAD. I listened to this CD (yep, before I put everything to MP3) while I read. Normally, I find music distracting from reading/writing. This album: I didn’t, and not because it’s boring or non-descript. In this particular case, I found that the album really added something to the experience. For instance, this song “Spies” fit perfectly with the character Silk. Yep, my tendency to Captain Obvious rears its head… Silk is a spy.. ah ha ha ha.
I’m not going to go through song by song and try to remember exactly what aspect of the book fit that song when I was re-reading them 13 years ago (urgh!). But I have fond memories of my initial reading experience of this series (and the follow up, THE MALLOREON). I felt these books (which is what I want to achieve with my own writing). I feel this album… every time. Even now.
When this album came out, I was in my 3rd year at university and I was “demonstrating” the labs for earlier year science students. This just meant that I wondered around their labs ready to answer their questions (preferrably with a question right back, as one of my own demonstrators – the one that made me want to do it – had done to me) and help them with their experiments and such. We used to play CDs over the lab’s soundsystem (quietly, of course). Parachutes got played for weeks on end. Normally, this would make me bore of an album. I didn’t. Still haven’t.
I’m not going to deny Coldplay have (no doubt) gone from strength to strength in their career – their fans will attest to that. But (and I’m a little bit sorry for it… not really) I’m still stuck on this one.