Friday, March 13, 2009
Futile Efforts at being up-to-date: The Music Edition
One of the benefits of YouTube is the ability to sample large amounts of music that you would normally not want or bother to listen to. (Yes, I ended that sentence with a proposition...move on.) Like many people over the age of 40, I've stopped making any effort to keep up with popular music; you just reach a certain point when you don't care because it all sounds like rubbish anyway. But, occassionally you do feel compelled to check out what the youngin's are listening to, so I just spent half an hour catching up with Coldplay, the enormously popular British band fronted by Mr Gwyneth Paltrow, aka, the rather cute but scrawny, Chris Martin. My overall impression: pleasant, bland art pop music, but inexplicably popular because it sounds like a thousand other bands formed by dissatisfied, fey, young art school dropouts.
And the chord changes were as skimpy as Mr Martin's wrists.