Tuesday, December 20, 2011

glowing in the dark

in the car on the way to Frankfurt
WAY back in October there's a post about Noah's birthday - and he received the surprise of his life: Tickets to see his FAVORITE band, COLDPLAY,  in concert in Germany for his WHOLE family.  The only catch was we had to wait until December 20th, but that meant we made it part of their Christmas present, too.  (see how crafty parents can be?)
   The concert was AMAZING.  It was everything a concert should be and the PERFECT one for our kids to call their first.  For Rob and Krissie - it was like coming home.  It may not be theological, academic, or all together useful, but THIS, THIS is what we know and it was so exciting to watch the magic of what a concert is come alive through our kids' eyes.  Yeah, they're addicted.
queuing up outside the halle we spotted some people in elephant costumes (from Coldplay's "Paradise" music video)
we had standing tickets behind these seats
  We got there early because we weren't sure about parking or how far we'd have to walk, but in the end it was fairly easy to find and parking was right next to the building (although not cheap).  We got there just in time to queue up outside with all the other standing-room-only ticket holders.  After a bit of misdirection due to the language barrier we found where we were supposed to be and staked our claim.  We had an excellent vantage point.... except that the two tallest gentlemen attending did have seats RIGHT in front of us, of course, and by the time they showed up it was too late to change our position because everywhere else had been claimed.  The family in front of us (mom, dad, and son) were super nice, spoke English, and swiched around their seats so Noah and Sarah could see better.  The tall man directly in front of Sarah sat almost the whole show, so all worked out.
right before the show began
    It was a looong night for Micah because we had to stand in place for 3 hours to hold our spots - but we passed the time people watching and being silly.
   Once the concert started the tired legs and feet were forgotten.  It was an amazing show put on by incredibly talented musicians.  They played 16 songs and when they wouldn't come back for yet another encore Noah said, "that's really it?" - I think that's the perfect concert - the anticipation is unbearable and even though they play for almost 2 hours it flashes by in mere seconds in your mind. 

As we entered the building they gave us all bracelets to wear.  They were awkward and seemed to have no purpose, but right before the show began they all blinked... then during the show they would light up and blink in rhythm during different songs, all different colors, and THOUSANDS of them.  It was really, very cool!  We have a video - which I KNOW isn't very good quality.  The volume overwhelmed my daughter's camera, but she wanted to film a little to show the bracelets and just capture some of the excitment to be able to say, I WAS THERE!  This is a smippet from their song, "Charlie Brown", which I think ended up collectively being our favorite performance of the evening.

We took this picture during the performance of their song, "Yellow" - which was Micah's favorite song for a long, long time when he was really little - I think because Krissie would sing it to him every night.  Also, another little video from their song, "The Scientist" - which is Rob's favorite (mostly because Noah plays it on the paino a lot)
Confetti covering the stadium during the song "Politik"
  During the encore Chris Martin played and sang "White Christmas" on his piano and as the rest of the band joined in it turned into the song, "Fix You"
Taken as we were leaving the building heading for our car, the kids exhausted but thrilled beyond words.  I asked Micah if it was what he thought it would be like, and he simply said, "Better."  Well said, Micah!

Sarah wants me to write all the songs we remember them singing (in no particular order).  We think we're missing one.....
Mylo Xyloto
Hurts like Heaven 
Yellow 
White Christmas/Fix you
Clocks 
Viva la Vida 
The scientist 
God put a smile on your face 
Charlie brown 
Paradise
Politik
Up in flames 
Us against the world 
Every teardrop is a waterfall 
Major minus 
Lost!
Violet Hill
Swallowed in the Sea
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