Discovery of the day #1 – Travis

I realised that I often give too much thought to my blog posts. Of course, looking for the right words and editing my pictures is a hobby I enjoy, even if it takes quite a lot of time. Perfectionism often pays off but it might ruin me one day… The other day I thought I could create a new blog category called “Discovery of the day“. I often stumble upon random (but interesting) things so I thought why not share them with you guys? It might be more spontaneous and less “literary” but my blog is getting hungry and lonely. After all, as a blogging beginner, I learned a valuable lesson: you should never try to make your blog perfect. Nobody likes museum-like blogs where you can see the blogger struggling to make every tiny detail perfect. Flawless blogs can easily get boring… but if you show a little personality, with unique quirks here and there, this is what makes a blog interesting!

So, let’s get right to it, shall we? Today’s discovery was this Facebook status published a few days ago by Coldplay (I love them, if you still haven’t figured that out from my previous post). Chris Martin tells us about two songs he found, one of them being “Moving” by Travis. It’s definitely not the first time I hear of Travis: they’re often on my stuck-on-replay list. I remember the first time I heard “Sing” on the radio and saw the clip on MTV when I was a kid. I used to laugh my head off at that clip, particularly when the lobster lands on the host lady’s hat (1:43).

Oh, those were the good old days…

Moving on to today’s discovery:

Moving” is a song from their newest album called Where You Stand, for which you can find a review here. All right, Helen Brown might think it’s “a bit boring” (and I respect that) but in all fairness, all you need sometimes is predictable melodies and words you can remember easily. For me, Travis are far from being boring. Of course, if you compare them with other innovative bands that have shaken the musical world, you might think that. But I personally think that every artist should be respected and appreciated for his work. All artists bring something new in their own way and you can’t discuss taste, after all! J If you enjoy a “boring” song, why not listen to it? Life’s too short for not listening to songs that cheer you up! I’m getting a little off-track here…

In another review, Ryan Bray says:

“There’s a lot here that will sound familiar not just to Travis fans, but also to legions of listeners who have latched on to the scores of bands that have built booming resumes off of the band’s influential brit-pop blueprint. That sound has become so ubiquitous over the years that it’s easy to forget Travis was Coldplay before there was Coldplay (it’s okay, Chris Martin will tell you as much). But the Keane-reminiscent “Different Road” or the palatable, mid-tempo pop rock of “Moving” are effective reminders of just how far the band’s influence has reached over the years.”

It’s true that Travis remind me of Keane, especially for this song. Both bands have that same “clean” style, with simple lyrics, sometimes a bit too melancholic (lost or unacquainted loves) but anybody can relate to that. I haven’t listened to the whole album yet but I’m planning to do it soon. From what I can see from this song, Travis have grown and they managed to reach a certain level of “peace”, as Ryan Bray says.

I have a feeling this kind of post will mostly be about musical discoveries but I promise not to be exclusive about that! There are many other things worth rambling about, aren’t there? 😉

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Stuck on Replay – Coldplay*

(no particular song… just all of them)

First of all, who has never heard of Coldplay? Some people love them, some people hate them. Others have no idea who they are (they have no idea what they’re missing! ;-))

It’s quite simple to explain the Coldplay phenomenon. They are more than just a band. They’re one of those nowadays rare true artists, throwing their heart and soul into their music. The story behind each and every one of their songs is worth reading about. Not to mention their lyrics (singing the story of your life) and their melodies (which always hit the right note). I haven’t had the chance to go to one of their concerts yet but so far, the DVD live versions I’ve watched with my Dad are simply breathtaking. Their songs go through your bones and remind you of the good things in life.

Here’s one of their first songs I listened to and also one of my favourites, “Yellow”, which made them reach the top-five hit list in the UK in 2000.

The story behind “Yellow” made me chuckle. According to my sources (all right, Wikipedia… don’t frown upon it, it’s where I got this cute story), one night, the band took a break after recording another song and went out for a walk. The stars in the sky were shining bright (I get the feeling that I should start writing children’s stories), which caught Ken Nelson’s eye (the song’s co-producer). He told the others to “look at the stars” and this idyllic moment inspired lead singer Chris Martin to write a new song.

On to the funny part: at first, Martin lacked inspiration when it came to the song’s title. Later on, as he looked around the studio, he found the Yellow Pages (the famous phone book) and this is how the title “Yellow” stuck. Simple yet it sounds right. According to Chris Martin, “Yellow” refers to the band’s mood: “Brightness and hope and devotion“.

Hope you enjoyed this!

P.S: I haven’t forgotten about my article on Romania. No worries, it’s coming soon! Pictures and all! 🙂

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