Thursday, December 14, 2006


“Fix You” is one of my favorite Coldplay songs. I particularly enjoy the instrumental part that lasts from 2:35 to 3:30. However, I have a new appreciation for the words after listening to 81 year old Fred Knittle of the Northampton, MA chorus Young@Heart channel Johnny Cash in this moving performance. The Very Short List described it nicely:
It’s a simple, subdued, dignified performance, but somehow it gets to the heart of the song and outpaces the original. (Even die-hard Coldplay fans have been saying as much in their online forums.) Particularly when the chorus gets to the line “Tears stream down your face,” and Fred answers with “When you lose something you cannot replace.”

The performance was originally meant to be a duet — but Fred’s singing partner, Joe, had died of cancer two days earlier.

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