Escape Into New England’s Autumn

My fascination with Coldplay didn’t end there (for the moment).

The ending track to Viva La Vida or Death And All His Friends, perfectly titled “The Escapist,” is an ambient track that greatly samples Jon Hopkins. With autumn quickly descending upon New England, the changing colors of the leaves made for a visual minefield of gold. One that needed to be soundtracked.

Simply put, I grabbed my camera and captured the essence of what autumn meant to me. Essentially, I escaped into the season.

Video: Coldplay – The Escapist (Music Video)

Date Uploaded: October 12, 2009

The Sexiest Song Never Heard: Coldplay & Kylie Minogue

It’s true. Once upon a time, Coldplay and Kylie Minogue recorded a song together.

And by once upon a time, I mean for World AIDS day in 2009. Originally meant to be included on Coldplay’s Viva La Vida or Death And All His Friends, “Lhuna” was actually left off the tracklist and sent to be a charity single for World AIDS day instead. Critics applauded the song for its sexiness and the overall dynamic between singers Chris Martin and Kylie.

The song is quite the haunting tune. It just wouldn’t ever leave my head the moment it came out. I would stare out at the trees and picture this song coming to life. So I did just that. One summer night, I went out into my mosquito infested yard, braved the nighttime humidity, and filmed a music video in a little under two hours (I just wanted to get the filming out of the way because the bugs were about to eat my face off).

I mostly tried to embody the haunting the song evokes in the audience. Instead, I focused on the lighting and color use. I consider it more of an artistic representation of the lyrics, rather than a narrative story. Of course, I was only 17, how much sexy could I put in a music video by myself?

Oh, now you see my point. Thanks a bunch.

Video: Coldplay – Lhuna (featuring Kylie Minogue) (Music Video)

Date Uploaded:  August 1, 2009

Note: The audio un-synched from the video when uploaded through YouTube…can’t really fix it at this point with over 1,700 views. Oh well.

The Unlikely Duo: Coldplay & Jump Rope

After our success at the 2009 USA Jump Rope National competition, some of us on the Forbes Flyers wanted to create a new epic group routine for future demonstrations we would do. I can’t tell you exactly how it happened, but we ended up settling on Coldplay’s “Viva La Vida” of all songs.

Don’t get me wrong – and you’ll notice in a few posts – but I’m one of Coldplay’s biggest fans. But I never thought I’d combine two of my greatest loves in life.

Coldplay and Jump Rope gave birth after a long labor. The baby rests below…

Video: “Viva La Vida” Jump Rope Group Routine

Date Uploaded: July 22, 2009

Animating Punctuation: “Life In Technicolor” by Coldplay

When Coldplay’s acclaimed album Viva La Vida or Death And All His Friends arrived in June of 2008, I just couldn’t shake the opening track “Life In Technicolor” from my head. What did I do?

You know the answer. Music video time. The first music video for my YouTube channel, actually.

I didn’t have many options for how to film a great music video for a song like this…so the idea for a colossal burst of color came to mind. And then it hit me. Colorful shapes! Okay, I’m making my idea sound so much more grand than it actually is (because in all honesty, looking back, it’s not that great whatsoever), but at the time, with my limited resources, I was quite excited for the possibilities.

So I can proudly say that I used many different fonts of periods and commas to be the shapes. And just played with the keyframes. That’s right, I animated freakin’ punctuation. If that’s not life in technicolor, what is?

Well, maybe the aurora borealis. I digress.

Video: Coldplay – Life In Technicolor (Music Video)

Date Uploaded: April 12, 2009

Note: The video is blocked in Germany. My apologies fellow Germans. Not that I have anyone from Germany reading my website…at all. Just throwing it out there.