Oops I started & intended to post this 7 days ago but the end of last week got a little crazy. You see, Jeff & I were preparing to go to Sydney for a night over the weekend & we had much to cram in before we flew off for our magical mystery tour. Anyway, excuse the long post, I was going to post in 3 parts, a before, a during & an after. Best laid plans...... its been an adventure...... I'll post about ColdPlay here and leave some of the Sydney holiday stuff for a part 2 post.
I love love this music clip. Its getting me all psyched up!
You see, I'm a wee bit mad about music. I grew up in a very musical household. Most members of the family play an instrument whether its self taught or learned. I gave up my illustrious piano career after a single term of shared lessons. But have been an avid music listener & collector since I first earned pocket money & started buying my own records in the early 1980's as a 10 or 11 year old. What you may not know about me is that I love to sing. I only ever sing in front of my sister, my husband & my kids. I'm not a great singer, but I don't care. Its one of my greatest joys.
As a child, I listened to my dad, his two brothers & my grandfather play traditional Irish folk music more times than I could ever remember growing up & even as an adult playing at the Governor Hindmarsh Hotel, where coincidentally, a huge photograph of my grandfather, a great Irish tin whistler [amongst other instruments], graces one of the hotel walls. My dad still travels several times a year to Melbourne to play 'the scene' with other Irish Australian greats & annually to Ireland to visit family & play several 'sessions'. I love & am very proud of that.
At home I was raised on a steady musical diet of Beatles, John Michele Jarre, Dire Straits, Rolling Stones, Gloria Gaynor, Fleetwood Mac, Eagles, marching bands [don't ask], ABBA, Bee Gees, Chicago, Dr Hook, Elton John, Little River Band, Toto, Billy Joel, SADE, Queen, Boney M, KC & the Sunshine Band, Kate Bush and alot of Scottish reels & Irish jigs.
As I started being influenced by others outside my immediate family, my cousins & friends introduced me to David Essex, Dexys Midnight Runners, Adam Ant, Kiss, John Cougar Mellencamp, ACDC, Pink Floyd, Talking Heads, Roxy Music & the music from Rocky Horror Picture Show.
On my own I fell in love with David Bowie, Wham, INXS, Tears for Fears, Duran Duran, Michael Jackson, Kylie Minogue, Dixie Chicks, Killing Heidi, Lenny Kravitz, & the band I love more than any other & the consistent musical companion throughout my adult years... ColdPlay.
Music has made me feel alive at every moment I've switched it on. Its helped: through loneliness, through teenage heartbreak, through teenage years full stop, through housework, through crying babies, through Chelseas long stays in hospital & her surgeries, through monotonous work, me be inspired when creating artwork, me make connections & its helped make the best fun memories dancing in the kitchen with Jeff & my kids. It has an amazing power to heal, to make whole, to make better, to lift any & every situation to a new height. Music & in particular ColdPlay, features heavily in my artwork. I'd be lost without it.
My husband Jeff does not come from a musical family. Well, says he. He can't recall music in his house as he grew up. Perhaps he just has a bad memory or perhaps the 7 brothers had power over the 3 sisters & always had the cricket or footy on the TV when they weren't outside playing it. Nevertheless, it kinda gives him a headache when I play it too loudly or too often. I can relate I guess, when he has the footy or cricket on TV for too long or too often, my ears start bleeding!
Come to think of it, he does own one record, a Midnight Oil one. So he's fibbing a bit, obviously.
Anyway, I don't get out much but when MY bands or music artists come to town, no matter the cost, I go. I have always wanted Jeff to join me but apart from Elton John, Billy Joel & Michael Jackson, many years ago now, he has opted not to. So its usually my sister that I go with. We are always up for good live music when it hits Adelaide. We've also seen Coldplay in Melbourne as well as Adelaide. Last time I saw ColdPlay I 'told' Jeff that he had no choice but to join me in seeing them, no matter where they were playing. He mumbled something, I'm not sure what, but I gave him no choice. hehe
So when ColdPlay announced the Mylo Xyloto tour I of course made sure I got early bird VISA tickets within seconds of them going on sale for my sister, brother-in-law, Jeff & myself. Without a concert in Adelaide, we decided upon Sydney!!!!!!
Its been months & months of waiting for the concert to arrive but finally ColdPlay arrived in Australia. On top of that, Tuesday night before the concert, I surprised Jeff with GoldClass movie tickets to see the ColdPlay Live 2012 movie being played in a single showing around the world. Luckily it was played here in Adelaide. I did have a picture above that I took at the movies & instagrammed but in comparison to concert shots, it doesn't cut it. So I'll hurry up & get to the concert....
We feasted on Gold Class treats as we watched the band on stage & behind stage on the big movie screen & got to see bits of the concert being played in several cities around the world. It was fabulous & I cannot wait to get it on DVD to watch over & over. In parts I found it so overwhelming, I had tears streaming... Maybe because I love them so much, maybe because I knew I'd be leaving my babies in a few days to jetset off, maybe because I was so glad Jeff would be joining me at the actual concert coming up. Whatever the reason, we were about to head for our holiday to paradise & I was excited & overwhelmed!!!!!!!
[41 year old hard rockers [not really] lining up with all the other 20-somethings....]
We arrived in Sydney early Saturday morning & were lined up at Allianz Stadium just after 2pm. It was hot & we had no sunscreen. We had minimal water & supplies. Gates finally opened shortly after 5.30pm & it was a mad rush to the stage. We were only a couple of bodies from the catwalk side stage but opted to move away from the smelly, crammed in, pushy teen & 20-somethings for more comfortable surroundings. We moved right to the end of the catwalk which was only a few more bodies back but a much more desirable crowd. More our age group & with more personal space. It was fabulous & particularly so when either Chris Martin or the whole band moved to the end of the catwalk to play.
Because I had seen the movie during the week, I knew that glow sticks would be fabulous so I bought a bunch of packets and my sister and I crammed our wrists with colourful glow & had a few necklaces too.
There is not much I can say about the concert without getting all sooky la la about it. I loved the whole thing. I haven't danced & sang & waved my hands in the air so much since I attended all those Seniors dances at the Burnside Town Hall as a teenager. It was truly awesome. And whilst Jeff didn't appreciate the crowds or the waiting to get in to the ground business, he loved the concert. "Yellow" was his favourite. I had so many favourites.
The arm bands that everyone were given as they entered, were just magical as they lit up the whole arena.
The large confetti that rained upon us was so beautiful and the bouncing balls & incredible lighting was just so magical & fun.
I had the time of my life. Truly good stuff for the soul. Thank you ColdPlay, yet again.
Walking out after the concert, I felt absolutely totally spent. I thought I couldn't walk another step. I was pretty dehydrated too.
Because we hadn't eaten since lunch, Jane, Tom, Jeff & I stopped in for a midnight pizza at Arthurs, the very last night the pizza bar was to trade. It was incredible pizza. Great way to finish our night. We finally got a taxi & shortly after, rolled into bed for a few more hours before our early rise the next day...
Sydney Post 2 coming soon.