Last night, I went grocery shopping.  It was late, around 11:00.  I was at a self-check station, half-grumbling that there wasn’t an actual employee who could quickly zip my cart full of purchases through and bag them for me.  To my surprise and enjoyment, like a placation from Fry’s, Coldplay’s Fix You came on the muzak.

I don’t care who you are, or what kind of music you like, this song is absolutely stirring and poignant and powerful.  I think it is perhaps one of the best songs written in the last 10+ years.  The way it unfolds…  it’s the perfect example of dynamic songwriting.  Add to that the story about Chris Martin writing it for his wife Gwyneth Paltrow after her beloved father died…  I love the line, “I promise you I will learn from our mistakes” — and just the basic premise of the song, how a husband will unendingly try to fix the problems that their wife is having, even if the effort is in vain…  It makes me hope for the long-term success of their marriage.  The song touches me on about every level.

And, I defy anyone’s heart to just not pop out of your chest when that electric riff kicks in, about halfway through the song.

So, there I was, reveling in the Gift of the Muzak, and the perfection of that song.  It ends… and I want to linger in the feeling.

Instead, I hear:

Baby seems we never ever agree
You like the movies
And I like T.V.
I take things serious
And you take ’em light
I go to bed early
And you party all night

Ugh.  I so did not want Paula Abdul to squeak her way into my consciousness at that moment.


About Karen Joy

I'm a partially-homeschooling mother of six -- 3 boys ages 19, 17 and 15 years old, and three girls: 11, 8, and 3. I like birding, reading, writing, organic gardening, singing, playing guitar, hiking, the outdoors, and books. I very casually lead a very large group of homeschooling families in the Phoenix area. I have a dear hubby who designs homes for a local home builder and who is the worship pastor of our church. I live in the desert, which I used to hate, but now appreciate.

Posted on April 20, 2009, in Music, Shopping. Bookmark the permalink. 4 Comments.

  1. I’m so not a music person. I haven’t kept up with any new music since I was about 17. So, I had never heard this Cold Play song. It’s really great.

    Thanks for sharing! You can keep the Paula Abdul, though. 🙂

  2. I am a huge music lover. Coldplay is among my favorites, as well as the Verve, Snow Patrol, Muse, Jeff Buckley, Massive Attack, Foo Fighters, Radiohead, Portishead (mostly older stuff) … oh, I could go on forever.

  3. Coldplay’s “Fix You” has such an awesome dynamic to it. I find that the way the builds are and how the music evolves makes the format and formula very good with worship songs. In fact, it’s what inspired Calvary Prescott’s vision for Driven. It just made so much sense when I found that out.

    And yeah, Abdul is just horrible.


  4. One of my all-time favorite Coldplay tunes, and I have many!

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