Many of us can link a certain album to pivotal moments in our lives. Whether it’s the first record you bought with your own money, the chord you first learnt to play on guitar, the song that soundtracked your first kiss, the album that got you those awkward and painful pubescent years or the one that set off light bulbs in your brain and inspired you to take a big leap of faith into the unknown – music is often the catalyst for change in our lives and can even help shape who we become.
In this series, Music Feeds asks artists to reflect on their relationship with music and share with us stories about the effect music has had on their lives.
Here are their love letters to records that forever changed their lives.
Sometime Sonny – Coldplay’s Parachutes
There is just something about you that allows you to capture my reflective mood yet make me feel inspired again. I suppose this is due to your sexy mysterious songs like ‘Spies’ coupled with those sweet, sweet curvy banger love anthems like ‘Yellow’. Most of your songs start simply with such beautiful musical foundations and build into memorable big choruses before resolving again at the end. I suppose your songs mirror my reflective and confused state before giving me the resolution I am always longing for. I never really considered why this album was so perfect for those kinds of moods, but that makes sense right?
My bedtime was strictly 8:30 pm as a child and I would usually fall asleep straight away. But on the odd occasion that I couldn’t sleep, I heard music coming from the living room. I usually just let it drift me off to sleep, but I remember walking out of my room intrigued one night and spotted dad sitting on the couch with the lights out drinking a glass of red wine listening to his favourite record (probably Patti Smith). I use to think it was pretty strange but always tried to cuddle up next to him, exhilarated by the fact I was staying up late. But now I’m older and life has gone beyond a set bed time, I totally get what my dad was doing.
Thank you Parachutes, you will forever be my lights out, red wine album.
Brisbane artist Sometime Sonny’s sublime new single ‘Have A Heart’ is out now.
Friday, 28th September
Bloodhound Bar, Brisbane