Tag Archives: son hunter

Music Monday”:Coldplay’s best songs of all time (Part 16)

This is “Music Monday” and I always look at a band with some of their best music. I am currently looking at Coldplay’s best songs. Here are a few followed by another person’s preference:

My son Hunter Hatcher’s 5th favorite Coldplay song is  “Square One.”
 He noted, “This is song gets me determined or pumped up. Idk why but it just does.”

______________________

I got the following review off the internet:

Well, hey, they can always change their names when they grow up.

So back the music. This band is described as rock, but I have to frown at that categorization. I’d say they’re more alternative or adult something or other. This music doesn’t make me think sex, drugs or rock and roll, therefore I take issue with that labeling. I do, however, this is great music. The lyrics are sometimes strange, but always interesting. There’s nothing predictable in the patterns, it’s all very original. Chris Martin’s voice isn’t particularly amazing, but he does have that something special quality – I can’t name it, I don’t think there’s a word for it.

Uploaded by on Jul 19, 2009

Click here to buy Mylo Xyloto http://links.emi.com/coldplayMX

Music video by Coldplay performing Square One (Live From Austin City Limits).

____________________________________

But the boy can emote. You can feel the pain he must have been feeling when he wrote the songs, and that is what moves people to buy records like this. Feeling depressed? Whip these songs out and you’ll either feel better, or even more depressed before it’s done, because his stuff can be pretty moving. Still worth having on the iPod though, and you needn’t be miserable to appreciate it. It’s very calming and relaxing, so if you’re slightly neurotic like me and need background noise when you’re writing or working on the computer, these are wonderfully unobtrusive songs that can still make you feel good, somehow.

 
X & Y
  • Fix You

From the X & Y album, this is one of those songs for people who are “stuck in reverse” in any number of ways. It’s a sweet melody, nothing harsh, delicate piano scattered about and thoughtful lyrics expressing the empathy anyone in a depressed state would appreciate.

  • The Scientist

This one is from the album A Rush of Blood to the Head. One of my favorites, I love the lyrics here. Sounds to me like the story of a man who’s screwed up with a woman and has now realized his mistake and is ready to fix it. Lots of angst here, gotta love it.

 
A Rush of Blood to the Head
  • In My Place

Also from A Rush of Blood to the Head. I love, love, love the opening guitar melody here. It’s so damned catchy it’s amazing. Another depressing love song, lots of angst, more about how he’s screwed up – though I don’t hear him trying to fix much in this one.

  • Yellow

From the album Parachutes. I admit, I thought this was a fairly stupid song when I first heard it. It wasn’t until I saw the video that I changed my mind. Don’t ask me why, that’s just how it was. Now I love this little ditty. Still not sure why everything’s yellow, but hey, I don’t need to get it in order to like the song.

  • Clocks

This is from the Rush of Blood to the Head album. This is also the big grammy winner. And it was worth it, very catchy. Great melody, great riff, great lyrics, great phrasing. Just a great song, even if it is slightly over played.

© Stephen Dewall/Retna
  • Speed of Sound

From X & Y. Very good song asking how long it will take to get what you’re after. Well, that’s what it seems like to me. And it seems like he’s talking about getting a specific woman for the most part. Hard to tell with these pop types, you know. It’s a nice song, whatever it means.

  • Till Kingdom Come

I love this one. Also from X & Y. It’s very different from the other songs and has a darker melody. It seems to be a declaration of love, but somehow moody. It’s not cheery, yet it definitely seems to be about having fallen in love.

  • Twisted Logic

The melody here is very cool. Again, from the X & Y album. I can’t help feeling in a trance when this one is on. Just don’t pay too close attention to the lyrics, they get a little strange. Computers looking for life on earth.. gotta wonder what kind of brownies he was eating. Still, very good song.

 
Parachutes
  • Sparks

From Parachutes. Fantastically mellowing melody. Makes me feel very relaxed, even though the lyrics seem to be depressing as anything. Then again, he also seems to be saying he’s always going to take care of whomever he’s singing about. I love the bridge very nice falsetto work.

  • Daylight

Great song from A Rush of Blood to the Head album. The riff is excellent and will stay with you all day. I love the melody, love the way it sounds slightly middle eastern somehow too. That could just be my imagination, though. Lyrics don’t really make a lot of sense to me.. but hey.. who cares? It sounds good. With all these depressing love songs, etc, you have to wonder who inspired them. Was Gwyneth the woman behind all of these?

xx Isabella

Related posts:

“Music Monday”:Coldplay’s best songs of all time (Part 4)

Dave Hogan/ Getty Images This is “Music Monday” and I always look at a band with some of their best music. I am currently looking at Coldplay’s best songs. Here are a few followed by another person’s preference: For the 17th best Coldplay song of all-time, Hunter picks “42.” He notes, “You thought you might […]

Documentary on Coldplay (Part 2)

The best band in the world. Below I have linked some articles I have earlier about the search for meaning in life the band seems to involved in. Chris Martin, Jonny Buckland, Guy Berryman, and Will Champion formed Coldplay in 1996 while going to University in London. The young band quickly established themselves in the […]

Review of New Coldplay song with video clip

I am presently involved in the counting down of the best Coldplay songs of all time, but I am also in a series here reviewing the upcoming songs on Coldplay’s new cd that will be released soon. Here is a review from Rolling Stone: Coldplay Debut new song ‘Charlie Brown’ June 6, 2011 Coldplay debuted […]

Documentary on Coldplay (Part 1, the song “Yellow” featured)

Great documentary on Coldplay. I have written a lot on Coldplay the last few years and I see something spiritually happening with the group as they continue to search for a deeping meaning in life. Coldplay Max Masters – Part 1 of 7 Uploaded by thepostbox on May 6, 2009 The ASTRA Award winning music documentary […]

“Woody Wednesday” Will Allen and Martin follow same path as Kansas to Christ?

Several members of the 70′s band Kansas became committed Christians after they realized that the world had nothing but meaningless to offer. It seems through the writings of both Woody Allen and Chris Martin of Coldplay that they both are wrestling with the issue of death and what meaning does life bring. Kansas went through […]

“Music Monday”:Coldplay’s best songs of all time (Part 3)

 This is “Music Monday” and I always look at a band with some of their best music. I am currently looking at Coldplay’s best songs. Here are a few followed by another person’s preference:   Hunter has chosen the song “Viva La Vida” as his number 18 pick. Hunter noted, “The violin synth is a […]

Review of New Coldplay songs (video clip too)

Coldplay – Every Teardrop Is A Waterfall Published on Jun 28, 2011 by ColdplayVEVO The new single, taken from Every Teardrop Is A Waterfall EP (featuring two more new tracks). Download it from http://cldp.ly/itunescp Music video by Coldplay performing Every Teardrop Is A Waterfall. (P) 2011 The copyright in this audiovisual recording is owned by […]

 

“Music Monday”:Coldplay’s best songs of all time (Part 15)

Coldplay

“Music Monday”:Coldplay’s best songs of all time (Part 15)

This is “Music Monday” and I always look at a band with some of their best music. I am currently looking at Coldplay’s best songs. Here are a few followed by another person’s preference:

My son Hunter Hatcher’s 6th favorite song is   “Message.”  Hunter noted, “I think about my friends and family back home when i hear this.”

The Best Coldplay Songs

 

By Andrea Malji
Coldplay is a British alternative band that has been around since 1998. The band has produced five albums and sold around 50 million albums. The socially active band whose lead singer Chris Martin is married to actress Gwyenth Paltrow has produced some extremely popular songs, but many of the less popular songs deserve high praise as well. This below compilation is my view of the top 10 songs by Coldplay. 

 

1. Yellow-This 2000 song released as a single from the album Parachutes was inspired by the beautiful stars in the sky that the band saw one night during a break from recording. The song begins saying “Look at the stars, look how they shine for you, and everything you do”. Stars have always seemed to inspire poetic beauty and this would especially be a perfect song to serenade your love. After writing the song Martin felt that there was some word missing. While searching for inspiration within the recording studio Martin saw a Yellow Pages book, and the word ‘Yellow’ filled the missing void. ‘Yellow’ helped surge Coldplay into mainstream popularity and set the stage for future hits.

 

2. In my place- This 2002 song from Coldplay’s second album “A Rush of Blood To the Head” won best rock performance by a duo or group with vocal at the 45thGrammys. The song features a beautiful soothing melody while Martin sings about a man’s unreciprocated love for a woman. ‘In my place’ that is where he will be waiting for his love to come to him if she changes her mind. If ‘Yellow’ is the song you want to serenade your love with, then ‘In my place’ is the song you listen to after a breakup

 

3. The Scientist- “The Scientist” was another single the band released in 2002 (in the UK) and 2003 in the US from the album “A Rush of Blood to the Head”. The scientist referred to in the rather odd title is not really mentioned in the song but instead it alludes to science “Questions of science, Science and progress, Do not speak as loud as my heart.” This piano ballad shows off Martin’s beautiful voice and nice falsetto. This emotional song also has a very interesting music video implementing reverse narrative and Martin actually had to learn to sing the song backwards. The Scientist won a few MTV VMA awards and received a 2004 Grammy nomination.

 

4. Clocks- This 2003 song also off the album “A Rush of Blood To The Head” won the 2004 Grammy for Record of the year. However, originally the song was not intended for this album since 10 songs were already on “A Rush of Blood To the Head” and Clocks was left to be included on Album #3. This song, like others from the band, sings about a dysfunctional relationship asking about “Am I a part of the cure/Or am I part of the disease?” But where exactly does the title Clocks come from? In poetry and song clocks have always been associated with time, change, and even death. The lyrics seem to suggest that time is running out with few options “Confusion never stops, Closing walls and ticking clocks”. While the lyrics are great, my favorite part of the song is the piano melody especially at the beginning and when Martin again hits a falsetto for the long “yooooooooooooo ohhhhhh Yoooooooooooo ohhhhhh” that nearly sends chills down your spine

 

5. Speed of sound-This song released in 2005 is off the album X&Y and won an award for Best British single in 2006. The piano based melody and the beauty of Chris Martin’s voice make this song very soothing and almost hypnotic. Martin stated the lyrics of this song were inspired by a feeling of awe and wonder after the birth of his daughter Apple. The lyrics also allude to faith in what cannot be seen “If you could see it then you’d understand/ah when you see it then you’ll understand.”

 

6. Viva la Vida- This is one of the more recent song on the list was released in 2008 and reached number 1 on Billboard Hot 100. Viva la Vida which means ‘live the life’ in Spanish also won the Grammy for Song of the Year in 2009. The musical composition of the song is somewhat different because it is more upbeat and implements strings and percussion as opposed to the typical Coldplay songs that use piano or guitar. The rhythm is very catchy and the lyrics are some of the most interesting I have recently heard. I never could actually figure out half of the things that were being said in the song until I researched the lyrics. Basically the song is about a King who once was on top of everything but now ‘sweeps the streets he used to own’. It also includes religious undertones saying “I know St. Peter won’t call my name”. In an interview with Q magazine Martin said the idea of your life being judged once you’re dead was always fascinating to him and it’s a common theme in all religions. Since St. Peter won’t call his name, apparently the King was not so good possibly because he never had as he says ‘an honest word’.

 

7. Fix you-This song from the X&Y album wasn’t as popular as other Coldplay songs but has some of the most beautiful lyrics. The song was supposedly written for Martin’s wife Paltrow after her father died, but the song is can be very comforting in times of tragedy, hardship or a broken heart. The song uses an organ at the beginning that had been given to Martin by Paltrow’s father, but he didn’t discover how beautiful a sound it made until he played it after his death. However, despite whatever hardship whoever listening may have, there are words of encouragement “Lights will guide you home, and ignite your bones, and I will try to fix you.”

 

8. Violet Hill- This song also from the 2008 album X&Y and can be viewed as an anti-war song. The song is from a soldier’s point of view essentially about politics, war, and religious hypocrisy. The soldiers don’t want to be used for a cause that they don’t believe in “I don’t want to be a soldier/ with the captain of some sinking ship.” Violet Hill not only borrows rhythms from The Beatles but the road Violet Hill is actually near Abbey Road. I especially like the decrescendo at the end with only the piano and Martin softly singing. I also suggest everyone see the dancing politician’s version to this song on youtube. Overall though, Beautiful melody, beautiful lyrics…What’s not to love?

 

9. Gravity- This song was written by Martin and performed live by Coldplay in 2002 but ultimately the song was given to the band Embrace. Coldplay re-recorded this song in 2005 and it makes one wonder why the song was not always kept with them. This song is simple, with mainly the piano and Martin singing for the first five minutes and some drums and background singers added in after that, but the simplicity remains. This song is peaceful and soothing and could definitely put you to sleep, but not out of boredom.

 

10. Trouble- This 2000 song from the “Parachutes” album was written as a result of Martin’s reflection about his own bad behavior. Once again, the song begins with Martin singing and playing the piano. There is something very magical about his voice in this song, almost haunting. If someone asked for an apology through writing and performing this song, how could you not forgive them?

 

Most Coldplay fans will be familiar with all of these songs. However, for those of you who are just casual listeners of the band, you should definitely add these songs to your Ipod and you may change from a casual to avid fan.

Related Posts:

“Music Monday”:Coldplay’s best songs of all time (Part 4)

Dave Hogan/ Getty Images This is “Music Monday” and I always look at a band with some of their best music. I am currently looking at Coldplay’s best songs. Here are a few followed by another person’s preference: For the 17th best Coldplay song of all-time, Hunter picks “42.” He notes, “You thought you might […]

Documentary on Coldplay (Part 2)

The best band in the world. Below I have linked some articles I have earlier about the search for meaning in life the band seems to involved in. Chris Martin, Jonny Buckland, Guy Berryman, and Will Champion formed Coldplay in 1996 while going to University in London. The young band quickly established themselves in the […]

Review of New Coldplay song with video clip

I am presently involved in the counting down of the best Coldplay songs of all time, but I am also in a series here reviewing the upcoming songs on Coldplay’s new cd that will be released soon. Here is a review from Rolling Stone: Coldplay Debut new song ‘Charlie Brown’ June 6, 2011 Coldplay debuted […]

Documentary on Coldplay (Part 1, the song “Yellow” featured)

Great documentary on Coldplay. I have written a lot on Coldplay the last few years and I see something spiritually happening with the group as they continue to search for a deeping meaning in life. Coldplay Max Masters – Part 1 of 7 Uploaded by thepostbox on May 6, 2009 The ASTRA Award winning music documentary […]

“Woody Wednesday” Will Allen and Martin follow same path as Kansas to Christ?

Several members of the 70′s band Kansas became committed Christians after they realized that the world had nothing but meaningless to offer. It seems through the writings of both Woody Allen and Chris Martin of Coldplay that they both are wrestling with the issue of death and what meaning does life bring. Kansas went through […]

“Music Monday”:Coldplay’s best songs of all time (Part 3)

 This is “Music Monday” and I always look at a band with some of their best music. I am currently looking at Coldplay’s best songs. Here are a few followed by another person’s preference:   Hunter has chosen the song “Viva La Vida” as his number 18 pick. Hunter noted, “The violin synth is a […]

Review of New Coldplay songs (video clip too)

Coldplay – Every Teardrop Is A Waterfall Published on Jun 28, 2011 by ColdplayVEVO The new single, taken from Every Teardrop Is A Waterfall EP (featuring two more new tracks). Download it from http://cldp.ly/itunescp Music video by Coldplay performing Every Teardrop Is A Waterfall. (P) 2011 The copyright in this audiovisual recording is owned by […]

“Music Monday”:Coldplay’s best songs of all time (Part 14)

Coldplay

“Music Monday”:Coldplay’s best songs of all time (Part 14)

This is “Music Monday” and I always look at a band with some of their best music. I am currently looking at Coldplay’s best songs. Here are a few followed by another person’s preference:

My son Hunter Hatcher’s 7th favorite Coldplay song is  “Major Minus.” He notes, “Not sure what to think of this yet. It’s so up and then down and then back up again. It almost makes you think too hard. That’s the beauty of it.”

I was very interested in the first single that came out from Coldplay a few weeks ago, but this second single escaped my attention. Then recently my son Hunter told me all about this second song and he said that something in the song may be talking about God.
 
I told you guys earlier that in 2008 Coldplay and Chris in particular was on a spiritual search. I predicted that it would continue. With the song “Major Minus” we have some very interesting lyrics.

They got one eye on what you knew

And one eye on what you do
So be careful who it is you’re talking to

They got one eye on what you knew
And one eye on what you do
So be careful what it is you’re trying to do

And be careful when you’re walking in the view
Just be careful when you’re walking in the view!

Ooh-oooh-oooh
Ooh-oooh-oooh-ooh
Got one eye on the road and one on you!

Ooh-oooh-oooh
Ooh-oooh-oooh-ooh
Got one eye on the road and one on

They got one eye on what you knew
And one eye on what you do
So be careful ’cause nothing they say is true

But they don’t believe a word
It’s just us against the world
And we just gotta turn up to be heard 

Hear those crocodiles ticking ’round the world
Hear those crocodiles ticking (they go) ticking ’round the world

Ooh-oooh-oooh
Ooh-oooh-oooh-ooh
Got one eye on the road and one on you!
Ooh-oooh-oooh
Ooh-oooh-oooh-ooh
Got one eye on the road.

She can’t hear them climbing the stairs
I got my right side fighting
While my left eye’s on the chairs

Ooh-oooh-oooh
Ooh-oooh-oooh-ooh
Got one eye on the road and one on you!

Ooh-oooh-oooh
Ooh-oooh-oooh-ooh
Got one eye on the road and one on you

___________________________________

Here are the main points of the song.

1. Heaven is watching us constantly. (They got one eye on what you knew,And one eye on what you do)

2. We should be careful because what we do does matter to God. (And be careful when you’re walking in the view, Just be careful when you’re walking in the view!)

3. There are dangers in this world that you must avoid because they will eat you up.(Hear those crocodiles ticking ’round the world, Hear those crocodiles ticking (they go) ticking ’round the world )

4.Chris Martin’s plan is to keep one eye on the road ahead and one on the wife that he loves. (Got one eye on the road and one on you!)

___________________________

These interpretations are based on the assumption that Chris is building on the theme of his last cd. We will have to wait and see what the rest of the cd sounds like. Feel free to share with me your thoughts.

_________________________

1Viva la Vida

+34when I listen to viva la vida I feel like I’m the king. All the sensations and emotions in this song make you directly enter the song as if you are the king

+15it is absolutely brilliant! I am completely in love with this song. It is so powerful and has so much meaning to it. Cold play definitely is the best band out there! It can’t get any better!

+13I feel like voting ALL their songs, but it wont allow me. coldplay’s one of the best bands that we have today! Can’t wait for more new material

More comments about Viva la VidaListen to sample

Fix You

2Fix You 

+24come on no. 2 is not enough what the heck man vote for this song and listen to it you will not regret it I promise you all

+13one of the best songs from Coldplay! I love this song! full of meaning, and it makes me cry! they sang the song like they have something to say, something to prove.. and absolutely love the endung.. especially at the music video… where everybody sang the chorus… it really made me cry!

+12This is a wonderful song. It’s perfect. Every single person can relate to this song. Really listen, listen to what they are trying to say. Viva la Vida is a great song, but for me this is the best of Coldplay’s.

More comments about Fix YouListen to sample

The Scientist

3The Scientist 

+12above and beonde amazing this song reaches to yu and makes want to go to sleep and tough the sky and also if you are a guy that really likes to listen to songs that make you calm this is by far the one for you.

+10The emotion in this song is raw and uncensored, it tells an amazing and beautiful story. It’s original and calming ; yet there’s something in the lyrics that stirs up emotions and memories.

+9Fix you is great too, but you can’t beat The Scientist

More comments about The ScientistListen to sample

Clocks

4Clocks 

+13
i like how the sang the song. They had a nice and loving tune that almost make me cry. They are my best singers and I will never forget tem.

+8a song which has a powerful start and a great ending as well… piano used in a rock song… simply amazing..!

+7Awesome tune and nice and relaxing ! good Lyrics too

More comments about ClocksListen to sample

Yellow

5Yellow 

+14. . . its so emotional, really heart-felt, you can really tell Martin cares more about this song more than any of the others, and most importantly, it kickstarted COLDPLAY – it set the platform for all the other coldplay songs. . .!

+7oh god, I just dont understand how I lived me life up to now without this song just on in the background ❤ today me and my friends shared the love and walked around the school singing this and wow I was in heaven. let’s be honest here, whoever true song was to was lucky as to have a song like that – it is the themetune to my life ❤

+5by far the best song by coldplay… it needs to be at the top…
i bet anyone who listens to it once can leave it… he/she will have to listen it again and again…

More comments about YellowListen to sample

Speed of Sound

6Speed of Sound 

+5Piano absolutely blows you away in the introduction. Oppose to the other songs made by Coldplay, this song excels at build-up and keeps climax until a dramatic end.

+2Great song.. with amazing lyrics… m lovin it.. it shoulkd be no.1 according to me..

+1omg how come this song is on number 6 cmon people this song deserve in top 2 atleat vote got itt

More comments about Speed of SoundListen to sample

Violet Hill

7Violet Hill 

+8The lyrics in this song are so amazing and deep. “If you love me then won’t you let me know” is so powerful.

+3awesome, unique, addictible. this is the best listen and listen hundreds times

+3This is coldplays best song because it so different when compared to their usual songs.

More comments about Violet HillListen to sample

Every Teardrop Is a Waterfall

8Every Teardrop Is a Waterfall 

this should be number one.
it just makes your mood better.
best ever made for sure.

nice video
great lyris and musics
Without a doubt one of the best song they made… Everything is so perfect in this song! listen to it to understand

the song is awesum in all respects… great music lovely vocals.. I love coldplay.. listen and appreciate..

More comments about Every Teardrop Is a WaterfallListen to sample

In My Place

9In My Place 

+6This song made me cry with joy the first time I listened to it. One of the highlights of “A Rush Of Blood To The Head”

+4I don’t think many real fans voted here. They just simply went with the popualair ones.
This song is just amazing.

+3this is one of those songs I go straight to when I feel like I’m stuck in life and have nowhere to go, as if I really were “in my place”. the melody and the “oh’s” in the chorus are enough to make anyone feel how much the band sympathizes

More comments about In My PlaceListen to sample

Trouble

10Trouble 

+8words can’t explain. it deserves to be in the top 5 cmon people vote!

+7Simple piano playing equals a brilliant chorus or bridge? (great song in other words)

+6I don’t want to cause ‘trouble’, but this song deserves to be higher than tenth position…

Related posts:

“Music Monday”:Coldplay’s best songs of all time (Part 4)

Dave Hogan/ Getty Images This is “Music Monday” and I always look at a band with some of their best music. I am currently looking at Coldplay’s best songs. Here are a few followed by another person’s preference: For the 17th best Coldplay song of all-time, Hunter picks “42.” He notes, “You thought you might […]

Documentary on Coldplay (Part 2)

The best band in the world. Below I have linked some articles I have earlier about the search for meaning in life the band seems to involved in. Chris Martin, Jonny Buckland, Guy Berryman, and Will Champion formed Coldplay in 1996 while going to University in London. The young band quickly established themselves in the […]

Review of New Coldplay song with video clip

I am presently involved in the counting down of the best Coldplay songs of all time, but I am also in a series here reviewing the upcoming songs on Coldplay’s new cd that will be released soon. Here is a review from Rolling Stone: Coldplay Debut new song ‘Charlie Brown’ June 6, 2011 Coldplay debuted […]

Documentary on Coldplay (Part 1, the song “Yellow” featured)

Great documentary on Coldplay. I have written a lot on Coldplay the last few years and I see something spiritually happening with the group as they continue to search for a deeping meaning in life. Coldplay Max Masters – Part 1 of 7 Uploaded by thepostbox on May 6, 2009 The ASTRA Award winning music documentary […]

“Woody Wednesday” Will Allen and Martin follow same path as Kansas to Christ?

Several members of the 70′s band Kansas became committed Christians after they realized that the world had nothing but meaningless to offer. It seems through the writings of both Woody Allen and Chris Martin of Coldplay that they both are wrestling with the issue of death and what meaning does life bring. Kansas went through […]

“Music Monday”:Coldplay’s best songs of all time (Part 3)

 This is “Music Monday” and I always look at a band with some of their best music. I am currently looking at Coldplay’s best songs. Here are a few followed by another person’s preference:   Hunter has chosen the song “Viva La Vida” as his number 18 pick. Hunter noted, “The violin synth is a […]

Review of New Coldplay songs (video clip too)

Coldplay – Every Teardrop Is A Waterfall Published on Jun 28, 2011 by ColdplayVEVO The new single, taken from Every Teardrop Is A Waterfall EP (featuring two more new tracks). Download it from http://cldp.ly/itunescp Music video by Coldplay performing Every Teardrop Is A Waterfall. (P) 2011 The copyright in this audiovisual recording is owned by […]

“Music Monday”:Coldplay’s best songs of all time (Part 13)

Coldplay

“Music Monday”:Coldplay’s best songs of all time (Part 13)

This is “Music Monday” and I always look at a band with some of their best music. I am currently looking at Coldplay’s best songs. Here are a few followed by another person’s preference:

My son Hunter Hatcher’s 8th favorite Coldplay song is  “Warning Sign.” He notes, “Perfect for the break ups if you want her back haha.”

The Best Coldplay Songs Of All Time – And Why?

No one can argue that Coldplay is one of the best bands of today. Their music has been spread across the globe from the US to Canada, Australia to New Zealand, England to France and many more. Personally, I’m a huge Coldplay fan and when the question of “what are the best Coldplay songs of all time” came up amongst a few friends of mine while playing Rock Band it got the cogs in mind thinking…

I decided that there were too many great Coldplay songs so I narrowed it down to just five. Here’s what I came up with…

Trouble

Trouble is the song that made me fall in love with the band. A great starting piano tune that not only delivers an excellent chorus but then tops that with a remarkable ending. Not too many songs these days change total direction at the end and give their listeners something more at the finale. A gorgeous video combining stop-motion and digital effects. If you’re unfamiliar with Coldplay’s music then this is a great place to start.

Speed of Sound

Great beat. Great lyrics. Again, you have a beautiful piano part starting the song off. Where “Trouble” is a steady horse from start to end, Speed of Sound is more like a gallop that increases as the song progresses. Just when you think they’ve drawn you in with the ultimate hook they continue to deliver hook after hook in this song. And not just in the vocals. The guitars and piano are all throwing in their cool little hooky riffs. Its kinda like one of those russian dolls that you keep opening up to more and more cute little dolls. This song is guaranteed to fill your musical palette over and over again.

In My Place

In My Place starts with a rockin drum line with kick, snare and hi-hat by the ever-talented “Will Champion”. Then a beautiful guitar line comes in with Jonny Buckland leading us through the whole song. This is the first hook we hear in the song, played in the upper registers of the guitar with a combination of arpeggios and melodic note choices. I always find it funny to hear instruments in a song that don’t show up in the video. If you listen closely you’ll hear a gentle organ playing its way through the verse but in the video it’s not featured. And once again Chris does an amazing job coming up with the best hooks in the chorus providing not only a great Pop/Rock tune but a memorable song that will last through the times.

Clocks

I don’t think any piano line has been played more than the one from Clocks. You’ll not only hear this song in every romantic movie out there but the piano hook itself has been dissected from the song just to be featured by itself in many movies and tv shows. The song is a basic 4/4 form but what’s great is how they divide the meter. A constant division of 3-3-2 driving you throughout the entirety of the song. It provides not only a great rock feel but with such a rhythm it’s guaranteed you’ll find yourself alone in your room dancing like a freak until your mum walks in on you embarrassing you in the process.

The Scientist

No other song by Coldplay gives me goosebumps like The Scientist. A sweet and nostalgic tune that enjoys a long intro with Chris Martin on vocals and piano. It’s not until the 1:38 mark does the full band finally come in. That’s a big no no in the Pop world. You see, by Pop standards you’re supposed to hit the full chorus by at least the first 30 seconds. But that’s perhaps what I love about this song. They manage to go outside that box and provide a moving a wonderful musical tale. In the July 14th, 2005 edition of Rolling Stone magazine, Chris Martin is quoted as saying:”On the second album I was thinking there was something missing. I was in this really dark room in Liverpool, and there was a piano so old and out of tune. I really wanted to try and work out the George Harrison song ‘Isn’t It A Pity,’ but I couldn’t. Then this song came out at once. I said, ‘Can you turn on the recorder?’ The first time I sung it is what’s out there.”

“Music Monday”:Coldplay’s best songs of all time (Part 11)

Coldplay

“Music Monday”:Coldplay’s best songs of all time (Part 11)

This is “Music Monday” and I always look at a band with some of their best music. I am currently looking at Coldplay’s best songs. Here are a few followed by another person’s preference:

My son Hunter Hatcher’s 10th favorite Coldplay song is “In My Place.”

Hunter noted, “I love the drum intro. I’m a drummer so i love it when the drummer gets stage recognition and the song is great too.”

The Best Coldplay Songs Of All Time – And Why?

By

Continental OnePass® Card Earn Miles on Your Daily Purchases Exclusive OnePass® Plus Benefits. CHASECreditCards.com/Continental
Find A Record Label Natl. TV campaign for new artists. Submit your music today. www.TateMusicGroup.com
Download Google Chrome A free browser that lets you do more of what you like on the web www.google.com/chrome

Expert Author Vincent Friend

No one can argue that Coldplay is one of the best bands of today. Their music has been spread across the globe from the US to Canada, Australia to New Zealand, England to France and many more. Personally, I’m a huge Coldplay fan and when the question of “what are the best Coldplay songs of all time” came up amongst a few friends of mine while playing Rock Band it got the cogs in mind thinking…

I decided that there were too many great Coldplay songs so I narrowed it down to just five. Here’s what I came up with…

Trouble

Trouble is the song that made me fall in love with the band. A great starting piano tune that not only delivers an excellent chorus but then tops that with a remarkable ending. Not too many songs these days change total direction at the end and give their listeners something more at the finale. A gorgeous video combining stop-motion and digital effects. If you’re unfamiliar with Coldplay’s music then this is a great place to start.

Speed of Sound

Great beat. Great lyrics. Again, you have a beautiful piano part starting the song off. Where “Trouble” is a steady horse from start to end, Speed of Sound is more like a gallop that increases as the song progresses. Just when you think they’ve drawn you in with the ultimate hook they continue to deliver hook after hook in this song. And not just in the vocals. The guitars and piano are all throwing in their cool little hooky riffs. Its kinda like one of those russian dolls that you keep opening up to more and more cute little dolls. This song is guaranteed to fill your musical palette over and over again.

In My Place

In My Place starts with a rockin drum line with kick, snare and hi-hat by the ever-talented “Will Champion”. Then a beautiful guitar line comes in with Jonny Buckland leading us through the whole song. This is the first hook we hear in the song, played in the upper registers of the guitar with a combination of arpeggios and melodic note choices. I always find it funny to hear instruments in a song that don’t show up in the video. If you listen closely you’ll hear a gentle organ playing its way through the verse but in the video it’s not featured. And once again Chris does an amazing job coming up with the best hooks in the chorus providing not only a great Pop/Rock tune but a memorable song that will last through the times.

Clocks

I don’t think any piano line has been played more than the one from Clocks. You’ll not only hear this song in every romantic movie out there but the piano hook itself has been dissected from the song just to be featured by itself in many movies and tv shows. The song is a basic 4/4 form but what’s great is how they divide the meter. A constant division of 3-3-2 driving you throughout the entirety of the song. It provides not only a great rock feel but with such a rhythm it’s guaranteed you’ll find yourself alone in your room dancing like a freak until your mum walks in on you embarrassing you in the process.

The Scientist

No other song by Coldplay gives me goosebumps like The Scientist. A sweet and nostalgic tune that enjoys a long intro with Chris Martin on vocals and piano. It’s not until the 1:38 mark does the full band finally come in. That’s a big no no in the Pop world. You see, by Pop standards you’re supposed to hit the full chorus by at least the first 30 seconds. But that’s perhaps what I love about this song. They manage to go outside that box and provide a moving a wonderful musical tale. In the July 14th, 2005 edition of Rolling Stone magazine, Chris Martin is quoted as saying:”On the second album I was thinking there was something missing. I was in this really dark room in Liverpool, and there was a piano so old and out of tune. I really wanted to try and work out the George Harrison song ‘Isn’t It A Pity,’ but I couldn’t. Then this song came out at once. I said, ‘Can you turn on the recorder?’ The first time I sung it is what’s out there.”

Whether you agree with my choice for the best Coldplay songs of all time or not, there’s no disputing that they are one of the greatest bands of all time.

Related posts:

“Music Monday”:Coldplay’s best songs of all time (Part 4)

Dave Hogan/ Getty Images This is “Music Monday” and I always look at a band with some of their best music. I am currently looking at Coldplay’s best songs. Here are a few followed by another person’s preference: For the 17th best Coldplay song of all-time, Hunter picks “42.” He notes, “You thought you might […]

Documentary on Coldplay (Part 2)

The best band in the world. Below I have linked some articles I have earlier about the search for meaning in life the band seems to involved in. Chris Martin, Jonny Buckland, Guy Berryman, and Will Champion formed Coldplay in 1996 while going to University in London. The young band quickly established themselves in the […]

Review of New Coldplay song with video clip

I am presently involved in the counting down of the best Coldplay songs of all time, but I am also in a series here reviewing the upcoming songs on Coldplay’s new cd that will be released soon. Here is a review from Rolling Stone: Coldplay Debut new song ‘Charlie Brown’ June 6, 2011 Coldplay debuted […]

Documentary on Coldplay (Part 1, the song “Yellow” featured)

Great documentary on Coldplay. I have written a lot on Coldplay the last few years and I see something spiritually happening with the group as they continue to search for a deeping meaning in life. Coldplay Max Masters – Part 1 of 7 Uploaded by thepostbox on May 6, 2009 The ASTRA Award winning music documentary […]

“Woody Wednesday” Will Allen and Martin follow same path as Kansas to Christ?

Several members of the 70′s band Kansas became committed Christians after they realized that the world had nothing but meaningless to offer. It seems through the writings of both Woody Allen and Chris Martin of Coldplay that they both are wrestling with the issue of death and what meaning does life bring. Kansas went through […]

“Music Monday”:Coldplay’s best songs of all time (Part 3)

 This is “Music Monday” and I always look at a band with some of their best music. I am currently looking at Coldplay’s best songs. Here are a few followed by another person’s preference:   Hunter has chosen the song “Viva La Vida” as his number 18 pick. Hunter noted, “The violin synth is a […]

Review of New Coldplay songs (video clip too)

Coldplay – Every Teardrop Is A Waterfall Published on Jun 28, 2011 by ColdplayVEVO The new single, taken from Every Teardrop Is A Waterfall EP (featuring two more new tracks). Download it from http://cldp.ly/itunescp Music video by Coldplay performing Every Teardrop Is A Waterfall. (P) 2011 The copyright in this audiovisual recording is owned by […]

 

Jim Kelly’s wife Jill and her Christian Testimony (Part 1)

 

Jill Kelly and Jim Kelly

Jim Kelly’s story is told in this book with his wife, Jill:

Memoir looks inside private lives of Kellys

By Charity VogelNews Staff ReporterPublished:August 1, 2010, 7:52 AM

For years we’ve known Jim Kelly as a gridiron hero — old No. 12. His wife, Jill, has long been the beautiful blonde smiling by his side.

Both a little larger than life. Both a little one-dimensional.

Until now.

Western New York is about to get an eye-opening look at the private lives of the Kellys: from details of the heartbreaking death of their son, Hunter, to the problems, including Jim’s infidelity, that have plagued their marriage.

A new memoir by Jill Kelly, with passages by her husband Jim, is scheduled for release next month. The forthright, wide-ranging book tentatively titled “Without a Word” draws back the curtain that has obscured the private lives of the Kellys during the 20-odd years they have held center stage in Buffalo’s celebrity spotlight.

The Buffalo News reviewed an advance reading copy of the memoir from the publisher, FaithWords. The book, set to appear Sept. 9, is subject to editing and other changes in the final weeks before publication.

According to the advance copy, the book covers topics including:

* The infidelities committed by Jim throughout much of the couple’s marriage. Jill writes about how, within months of their 1996 wedding, she had to clean out reminders of other women from Jim’s past from his closets and drawers. Jim writes in the book that his wayward activities with other women almost killed his marriage — and that only his confession and rebirth in Jesus Christ saved him.

This change, he writes in the advance memoir, was precipitated by a meeting with his mother-in-law, Jacque Waggoner, in which she told him she knew of his unsavory actions and that she would tell Jill if he didn’t.

* A look at how Jim and Jill grew apart during their marriage, due to his constant travel for sports events and her absorption in Hunter’s exhaustive routine of daily treatments. On the day in 2005 that Hunter died, Jill writes, she rushed to one hospital to be near him; while Jim, as he tells it, was far away, having gone to the wrong hospital in confusion.

* A detailed picture of the vibrant Christianity of Jill, a faith she found in 1998, and which sustained her through Hunter’s death and her marital crisis. The book also describes Jim’s more recent commitment to Christianity, a process in which he apologized for his behavior and promised to live a new life.

Today, both wrote in the advance of the book, the couple is closer than ever.

“There has been a heart change,” said Rich George, the Amherst pastor who worked with the Kellys when their marital problems reached a climax in 2007. “When a person entrusts their life to Christ, a life change starts to take place in their soul. Jim was different in those days than he is now.”

The pastor thinks Jim’s conversion is authentic — and of great value to the Western New York community, as an example.

“In telling the story, there’s a catharsis for Jill and Jim, but there’s also a catharsis for people who are without hope,” said George, at The Chapel at CrossPoint. “I think Jill’s message is, there’s always hope. That’s where Jim and Jill have found their solace — and their peace.”

Spokeswomen for Jill Kelly said she is waiting to speak publicly about the book until the publication date nears. But already, supporters of the couple are praising the Kellys’ willingness to share their personal lives with the public.

“It’s quite a story,” said Marv Levy, former coach of the Buffalo Bills and the man who led the Kelly-era team to four Super Bowls, of the couple’s journey.

“It’ll be great, because it will give the public a real look inside the human nature of [Jim],” said Levy, who has not yet read the memoir, from his Chicago home. “People will get a tremendous insight into the kind of a guy Jim Kelly really is. He’s not just a football player. This is a genuine guy.

“Certainly he isn’t flawless; who is? But genuinely respected, genuinely liked.”

Poignant opening scene 

The story told in the book, however, is Jill’s.

The former Jill Waggoner writes in the 252-page advance of the memoir that she discussed many aspects of it with Jim on long walks through their neighborhood in the Town of Aurora, and that he helped her decide on the title — which is meant to capture the spirit of Hunter, who loved those around him without being able to speak.

The story is told from Jill’s point of view — except for passages written by Jim from his perspective.

Close friends of Jill say the 40-year-old former model worked long and hard to figure out what to say about her life, and how to say it.

“In my mind, I guess I could see that some people might be like, ‘Wow,'” said Patti Thomas, the wife of Jim’s former teammate Thurman Thomas, and a close friend of Jill’s since they were both models at 13. “[But] she didn’t twist Jim’s arm. Jim willingly put his part of it out there.”

“If these two people that I love want to tell their story, then I’m for it,” Thomas said.

The story begins with Hunter’s illness. In a poignant opening scene, Jill describes staying with her son in a Buffalo hospital room on one of his frequent trips to the emergency wards for help with breathing or to fight off sickness.

When she looked up for a moment, Jill writes, she saw a child covered with a sheet being rolled through the hallway on a gurney. The sight nearly broke her heart.

When Hunter James Kelly was diagnosed with Krabbe disease shortly after his birth in 1997 — on Jim’s 37th birthday — it was a death sentence. Krabbe, an inherited enzyme disorder that affects 1 in 100,000 children born in the United States, usually only gives a child a few months, perhaps one or two years, to live.

Terrible devastation

Hunter Kelly lived to be 8, and constant care was partly to thank for that.

In her memoir, Jill provides a detailed look at the intensive schedule of care Hunter received every day: medicine and vitamin doses, cold compresses, whirlpool sessions, chest massages, temperature readings.

Jill’s mother, Jacque, and the many nurses and aides who filled the Kelly home to help care for Hunter over the years emerge as heroes in Jill’s telling of her son’s story.

And, she writes, her husband Jim, now 50, always had a special and beautiful relationship with his only son.

Hunter’s death, which Jill describes midway through the book, took place in Warsaw Hospital in the early-morning hours of August 5, 2005, after an overnight stay the boy had made at his grandparents’ house. Jill rushed to Hunter’s side after a 4:45 a.m. phone call awakened her and Jim. Unfortunately, as Jim writes in his account, he got mixed up and went to a hospital in Buffalo — only to be turned around and sent, with police escorting him, to where Hunter lay.

The Kellys suffered terrible devastation at Hunter’s death, Jill writes.

But, as she tells it, the event was also a turning point in their lives. It fixed their minds on the connections between mortality and the life the Kellys expect to live after death in heaven — with “Hunterboy.”

And it also focused them on positive things they could do to help others dealing with illness — especially Krabbe disease.

“If you spend time with them now, they’ve been transformed,” said Thomas, a writer who lives in Colden with her husband, Thurman. “They’ve always been wonderful — but they’ve been transformed.”

Ruben Brown, another former teammate of Jim who lives in Western New York, said that the story of Hunter’s life is an important one to tell.

“It’s important, because it makes Jim and Jill become very real people,” said Brown, who has three children slightly younger than the Kelly children. “Western New York is not the Park Avenue of the United States — it’s a blue-collar town, and a blue-collar place. At the end of the day, though, we are all very similar in a lot of ways. Jim and Jill aren’t much different than me and you.”

Not-so-glamorous parts

The other half of “Without a Word” is the story of a young, country-bred woman who met a famous NFL quarterback at a house party after a preseason Bills game in 1991 — and married him.

Part of the Kellys’ love story, as told by Jill, is a fairy tale: as when Jim hid a three-carat diamond solitaire ring in a dessert at Ilio DiPaolo’s Restaurant, as a way of proposing to her.

Then there are the not-so-glamorous parts.

Jill, who grew up in a Catholic family, writes about her terror at finding out she was pregnant while the couple was not married. When she told Jim, she writes, he was understanding and supportive. Their first daughter, Erin Marie, was 1 when the couple wed. A second daughter, Camryn Lynn, was born in 1999.

Jill writes of cleaning the couple’s house in the summer after their wedding and coming across tokens of Jim’s past flings. That hurt, she writes — especially as it was so different from the public image of the couple, who had been featured in People magazine as having one of the “weddings of the year.”

But the worst moment for them as a couple was more recent than that.

In April 2007, during a marriage counseling session with Pastor George, as Jill describes it in her book’s advance copy, Jim — prompted by the meeting with his mother-in-law — nervously confessed to her and the pastor that he had been unfaithful during their union.

Jim’s revelation stunned her, Jill writes, even though their marriage had been through rocky times and at one point soon after Hunter’s death seemed destined to break apart.

Jim, in a passage written in his own words, takes responsibility for his infidelities and said that Jill’s forgiveness of him that day lifted an enormous weight from his heart.

In love again

The couple, according to Jill’s perspective at the end of the memoir, has been weathered by time and experience. But they are also newly in love again, and recommitted to making their marriage work.

They even went through a renewal ceremony of their wedding vows in the fall of 2008.

Does the idea of a newly reborn Jim Kelly, Hall of Fame quarterback, jar too sharply against the image of him that many Western New Yorkers remember fondly? Will people believe this latest turn No. 12’s life has taken?

The memoir’s answer is yes. It ends on a note of hope, and optimism, for the future.

Jim’s former teammates said they support the Kellys in their new path.

Mark Kelso, a former teammate from the Super Bowl-era Bills, said that the Kellys have been an inspiration in their belief that everything — up to and including Hunter’s death — happens for a reason.

“From Day One, [Hunter’s life] altered their lives completely,” said Kelso, who works with Jim at his sports camps for kids. “I just know the faith that they have — the belief that they have that everything happens for a reason. It makes Jim a normal guy. People want to think of him as a normal Buffalonian.

“But things happen in life; just because you’re an outstanding player and it seems you have everything you want — there’s a person in control, and it’s not you.”

Thomas said she and her husband see the change in the Kellys, and are moved beyond words.

“As friends of theirs, to see them — and how much they love each other — it is just a testimony to Hunter’s life,” Thomas said.

“Jill is an absolute inspiration.”

cvogel@buffnews.com

“Music Monday”:Coldplay’s best songs of all time (Part 10)

Coldplay

“Music Monday”:Coldplay’s best songs of all time (Part 10)

This is “Music Monday” and I always look at a band with some of their best music. I am currently looking at Coldplay’s best songs. Here are a few followed by another person’s preference:

My son Hunter  Hatcher’s 11th favorite Coldplay song is Amsterdam.

The Best Coldplay Songs

 

By Andrea Malji
Coldplay is a British alternative band that has been around since 1998. The band has produced five albums and sold around 50 million albums. The socially active band whose lead singer Chris Martin is married to actress Gwyenth Paltrow has produced some extremely popular songs, but many of the less popular songs deserve high praise as well. This below compilation is my view of the top 10 songs by Coldplay. 

 

1. Yellow-This 2000 song released as a single from the album Parachutes was inspired by the beautiful stars in the sky that the band saw one night during a break from recording. The song begins saying “Look at the stars, look how they shine for you, and everything you do”. Stars have always seemed to inspire poetic beauty and this would especially be a perfect song to serenade your love. After writing the song Martin felt that there was some word missing. While searching for inspiration within the recording studio Martin saw a Yellow Pages book, and the word ‘Yellow’ filled the missing void. ‘Yellow’ helped surge Coldplay into mainstream popularity and set the stage for future hits.

 

2. In my place- This 2002 song from Coldplay’s second album “A Rush of Blood To the Head” won best rock performance by a duo or group with vocal at the 45thGrammys. The song features a beautiful soothing melody while Martin sings about a man’s unreciprocated love for a woman. ‘In my place’ that is where he will be waiting for his love to come to him if she changes her mind. If ‘Yellow’ is the song you want to serenade your love with, then ‘In my place’ is the song you listen to after a breakup

 

3. The Scientist- “The Scientist” was another single the band released in 2002 (in the UK) and 2003 in the US from the album “A Rush of Blood to the Head”. The scientist referred to in the rather odd title is not really mentioned in the song but instead it alludes to science “Questions of science, Science and progress, Do not speak as loud as my heart.” This piano ballad shows off Martin’s beautiful voice and nice falsetto. This emotional song also has a very interesting music video implementing reverse narrative and Martin actually had to learn to sing the song backwards. The Scientist won a few MTV VMA awards and received a 2004 Grammy nomination.

 

4. Clocks- This 2003 song also off the album “A Rush of Blood To The Head” won the 2004 Grammy for Record of the year. However, originally the song was not intended for this album since 10 songs were already on “A Rush of Blood To the Head” and Clocks was left to be included on Album #3. This song, like others from the band, sings about a dysfunctional relationship asking about “Am I a part of the cure/Or am I part of the disease?” But where exactly does the title Clocks come from? In poetry and song clocks have always been associated with time, change, and even death. The lyrics seem to suggest that time is running out with few options “Confusion never stops, Closing walls and ticking clocks”. While the lyrics are great, my favorite part of the song is the piano melody especially at the beginning and when Martin again hits a falsetto for the long “yooooooooooooo ohhhhhh Yoooooooooooo ohhhhhh” that nearly sends chills down your spine

 

5. Speed of sound-This song released in 2005 is off the album X&Y and won an award for Best British single in 2006. The piano based melody and the beauty of Chris Martin’s voice make this song very soothing and almost hypnotic. Martin stated the lyrics of this song were inspired by a feeling of awe and wonder after the birth of his daughter Apple. The lyrics also allude to faith in what cannot be seen “If you could see it then you’d understand/ah when you see it then you’ll understand.”

 

6. Viva la Vida- This is one of the more recent song on the list was released in 2008 and reached number 1 on Billboard Hot 100. Viva la Vida which means ‘live the life’ in Spanish also won the Grammy for Song of the Year in 2009. The musical composition of the song is somewhat different because it is more upbeat and implements strings and percussion as opposed to the typical Coldplay songs that use piano or guitar. The rhythm is very catchy and the lyrics are some of the most interesting I have recently heard. I never could actually figure out half of the things that were being said in the song until I researched the lyrics. Basically the song is about a King who once was on top of everything but now ‘sweeps the streets he used to own’. It also includes religious undertones saying “I know St. Peter won’t call my name”. In an interview with Q magazine Martin said the idea of your life being judged once you’re dead was always fascinating to him and it’s a common theme in all religions. Since St. Peter won’t call his name, apparently the King was not so good possibly because he never had as he says ‘an honest word’.

 

7. Fix you-This song from the X&Y album wasn’t as popular as other Coldplay songs but has some of the most beautiful lyrics. The song was supposedly written for Martin’s wife Paltrow after her father died, but the song is can be very comforting in times of tragedy, hardship or a broken heart. The song uses an organ at the beginning that had been given to Martin by Paltrow’s father, but he didn’t discover how beautiful a sound it made until he played it after his death. However, despite whatever hardship whoever listening may have, there are words of encouragement “Lights will guide you home, and ignite your bones, and I will try to fix you.”

 

8. Violet Hill- This song also from the 2008 album X&Y and can be viewed as an anti-war song. The song is from a soldier’s point of view essentially about politics, war, and religious hypocrisy. The soldiers don’t want to be used for a cause that they don’t believe in “I don’t want to be a soldier/ with the captain of some sinking ship.” Violet Hill not only borrows rhythms from The Beatles but the road Violet Hill is actually near Abbey Road. I especially like the decrescendo at the end with only the piano and Martin softly singing. I also suggest everyone see the dancing politician’s version to this song on youtube. Overall though, Beautiful melody, beautiful lyrics…What’s not to love?

 

9. Gravity- This song was written by Martin and performed live by Coldplay in 2002 but ultimately the song was given to the band Embrace. Coldplay re-recorded this song in 2005 and it makes one wonder why the song was not always kept with them. This song is simple, with mainly the piano and Martin singing for the first five minutes and some drums and background singers added in after that, but the simplicity remains. This song is peaceful and soothing and could definitely put you to sleep, but not out of boredom.

 

10. Trouble- This 2000 song from the “Parachutes” album was written as a result of Martin’s reflection about his own bad behavior. Once again, the song begins with Martin singing and playing the piano. There is something very magical about his voice in this song, almost haunting. If someone asked for an apology through writing and performing this song, how could you not forgive them?

 

Most Coldplay fans will be familiar with all of these songs. However, for those of you who are just casual listeners of the band, you should definitely add these songs to your Ipod and you may change from a casual to avid fan.

“Music Monday”:Coldplay’s best songs of all time (Part 9)

Coldplay

“Music Monday”:Coldplay’s best songs of all time (Part 9)

This is “Music Monday” and I always look at a band with some of their best music. I am currently looking at Coldplay’s best songs. Here are a few followed by another person’s preference:

My son Hunter Hatcher   has picked “life in technicolor II” as his 12th favorite Coldplay song. He noted, “This song was perfect for my iraq video i made from my first deployment. Soft and then here comes the hard drive!”

The song “Life in Technicolor II” have some lyrics in it that I have written about before. Did you notice these words in the song: “Time came a creeping, Oh and time’s a loaded gun.” Take a look: 
 

Back in 2008 I wrote a paper on the spiritual themes of Coldplay’s album Viva La Vida and I predicted this spiritual search would continue in the future. Below is the second part of the paper, “Coldplay’s latest musical lyrics indicate a Spiritual Search for the Afterlife.”

_____________________________

Death and the time cycle

Over and over in Coldplay’s latest music you see the theme of death and the time cycle brought up concerning the shortness of a person’s life. Earlier I quoted the song “42” that states “Life is so short” and in the song “Life in Technicolor II” (Prospekt March) : “Time came a creeping, Oh and time’s a loaded gun.”  Even more than this do you see death mentioned. The song “42” which I quoted earlier said, “Those who are dead” and the song “Poppyfields” (from Prospekt March) states, “People burying their dead” and later says, “I don’t wanna die on my own in a separate sky.” The song “Violet Hill” states, “When I’m dead and hit the ground” and in the song “Viva La Vida” “Revolutionaries wait for my head on a silver plate.” Needless to say I do not even have to mention that other songs like “Death and All his Friends”and “Cemeteries of London” also deal with death. Solomon had to grapple with the fact of his upcoming death.

Ecclesiastes 3:18-21

18 I also thought about the human condition—how God proves to people that they are like animals. 19 For people and animals share the same fate—both breathe[a] and both must die. So people have no real advantage over the animals. How meaningless! 20 Both go to the same place—they came from dust and they return to dust. 21 For who can prove that the human spirit goes up and the spirit of animals goes down into the earth?

There is another rock group that looked at the logical conclusion of man in the light of death:

In 1978 I heard the song “Dust in the Wind” by Kansas.  That song told me that Kerry Livgren the writer of that song and a member of Kansas had come to the conclusion that life  without God in the picture was like dust in the wind which was exactly what Solomon said in Ecclesiastes when he talked about life “under the sun.”  In fact, in the verses I just listed (3:18-21) Solomon says we are all returning to the dust and there is no reason to think we are going any where else with God out of the picture. Take a look at what Kerry Livgren wrote back in 1978:

DUST IN THE WIND

I close my eyes
Only for a moment and the moment’s gone
All my dreams
Flash before my eyes of curiosity

Dust in the wind
All they are is dust in the wind

Same old song
Just a drop of water in an endless sea
All we do
Crumbles to the ground though we refuse to see

Dust in the wind
All we are is dust in the wind

Now
Don’t hang on
Nothing lasts forever but the Earth and Sky
It slips away
And all your money won’t another minute buy

Dust in the wind
All we are is dust in the wind
Dust in the wind
Everything is dust in the wind

(Dust in the Wind)

Power reigns in this life and the scales are not balanced.

Solomon comes to the realization that powers reigns in this life and the scales are not balanced.

Ecclesiastes 4:1   Again, I observed all the oppression that takes place under the sun. I saw the tears of the oppressed, with no one to comfort them. The oppressors have great power, and their victims are helpless.

Ecclesiastes 7:15

15 I have seen everything in this meaningless life, including the death of good young people and the long life of wicked people.

People that believe there is no afterlife must concede that Hitler will never face the due punishment for his acts. However, in the song “Viva La Vida” the evil king DID NOT MAKE IT TO HEAVEN. “I used to rule the world…Feel the fear in my enemy’s eyes…there was never an honest word and that was when I ruled the world, It was the wicked and wild wind, Blew down the doors to let me in, Shattered windows and the sound of drums, People couldn’t believe what I’d become.”

Later in the song, “For some reason I can’t explain, I KNOW SAINT PETER WON’T CALL MY NAME, Never an honest word, But that was when I ruled the world.”

This last part indicates to me that Coldplay realizes that evil individuals will be judged in an afterlife.

God reveals Himself in two Ways 

Lets take a look at the lyrics from the song “Cemeteries of London:”

God is in the houses
And God is in my head
And all the cemeteries of London
I see God come in my garden
But I don’t know what He said
For my heart, it wasn’t open
Not open

Romans chapter one clearly points out that God has revealed Himself through both the created world around us  and also in a God-given conscience that testifies to each person that God exists.
Notice in this song that the song writer notes, “I see God come in my garden” and “God is in my head.” These are the exact two places mentioned by the scripture.  Romans 1:18-20 (Amplified version)

18For God’s [holy] wrath and indignation are revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who in their wickedness repress and hinder the truth and make it inoperative.

19For that which is known about God is evident to them and made plain in their inner consciousness, because God [Himself] has shown it to them.

20For ever since the creation of the world His invisible nature and attributes, that is, His eternal power and divinity, have been made intelligible and clearly discernible in and through the things that have been made (His handiworks). So [men] are without excuse [altogether without any defense or justification],(B)

I have shown what thought processes Solomon went through in Ecclesiastes and then compared them to the evident changes that are occurring with Coldplay. By the way, the final chapter of Ecclesiastes finishes with Solomon emphasizing that serving God is the only proper response of man. My prediction: I am hoping that Coldplay’s next album will also come to that same conclusion that Solomon came to in Ecclesiastes 12:13-14:
13 Now all has been heard;
here is the conclusion of the matter:
Fear God and keep his commandments,
for this is the whole duty of man.

14 For God will bring every deed into judgment,
including every hidden thing,
whether it is good or evil.

Kerry Livgren of Kansas found Christ eventually after first trying some Eastern Religions. I remember telling my friends in 1978 when “Dust in the Wind” was the number 6 song in the USA that Kansas had written a philosophical song that came to the same conclusion about humanistic man as Solomon did so long ago and I predicted that some members of that band would come to know the Christ of the Bible in a personal way. You can hear Kerry Livgren’s story from this youtube link:

(part 1 ten minutes)

(part 2 ten minutes)

Coldplay – Cemeteries of London ( FULL VIDEO)

The brilliant video for Cemeteries of London. It’s the perfect mix between music and image, Coldplay sold around 8 million albums with Viva La Vida.

_________________________________________

Coldplay is my favorite band and I hope to have many more posts in the next few days. Here are some posts I have done up till this point:

Three things that do not bring lasting Satisfaction, (Coldplay’s spiritual search Part 5)

Coldplay – 42 Live Coldplay perform on the french television channel W9. I wrote this article a couple of years ago: The Spiritual Search for the Afterlife Russ Breimeier rightly noted that it seems that Coldplay is “on the verge of identifying a great Truth” and their latest CD is very provocative. Many songs mention […]

Are Gwyneth Paltrow and Chris Martin looking for Spiritual Answers? (Coldplay’s spiritual search Part 4)

  CP I wrote this article a couple of years ago. Are Gwyneth Paltrow and Chris Martin looking for Spiritual Answers? Just like King Solomon’s predicament in the Book of Ecclesiastes, both of these individuals are very wealthy, famous, and successful, but they still are seeking satisfying answers to life’s greatest questions even though it […]

Insight into what Coldplay meant by “St. Peter won’t call my name” (Series on Coldplay’s spiritual search, Part 3)

Coldplay seeks to corner the market on earnest and expressive rock music that currently appeals to wide audiences Here is an article I wrote a couple of years ago about Chris Martin’s view of hell. He says he does not believe in it but for some reason he writes a song that teaches that it […]

Will Coldplay’s 2011 album continue on spiritual themes found in 2008 Viva La Vida? (Series on Coldplay’s spiritual search, Part 2)

Views:2 By waymedia Coldplay Coldplay – Life In Technicolor ii Back in 2008 I wrote a paper on the spiritual themes of Coldplay’s album Viva La Vida and I predicted this spiritual search would continue in the future. Below is the second part of the paper, “Coldplay’s latest musical lyrics indicate a Spiritual Search for the […]

Will Coldplay’s 2011 album continue on spiritual themes found in 2008 Viva La Vida? (Series on Coldplay’s spiritual search, Part 1)

Coldplay performing “Glass of Water.” Back in 2008 I wrote a paper on the spiritual themes of Coldplay’s album Viva La Vida and I predicted this spiritual search would continue in the future. Below is the first part of the paper, “Coldplay’s latest musical lyrics indicate a Spiritual Search for the Afterlife.” Coldplay’s latest musical […]

The wait is over, Coldplay single “Every Teardrop is a waterfall”

Coldplay – Every Teardrop Is A Waterfall (Official) The new single – download it now from iTunes at http://cldp.ly/itunescp (except in the UK, where it will be released to download stores at 12.01am on Sunday June 5th). Written by Berryman / Buckland / Champion / Martin / Allen / Anderson. Produced by Markus Dravs, Dan […]

 

Viva la Vida or Death and All His Friends

Well I might get flack for this list but I’m still a fan so they get a list. This list was tabulated off votes and ranking from Coldplaying.com. Posted on Aug 2008.

Comments

Page:   [ 1 ]    2      Next Page >>
Viva la vida

Coldplay

Viva la vida (2008) [Single]

1) Viva la Vida 1765 points

Yellow

Coldplay

Yellow (2000) [Single]

2) Yellow 1685 points

Clocks

Coldplay

Clocks (2003) [Single]

3) Clocks 1635 points

A Rush of Blood to the Head

Coldplay

A Rush of Blood to the Head (2002)

4) Politik 1565 points

The Scientist

Coldplay

The Scientist (2002) [Single]

5) The Scientist 1545 points

Fix You

Coldplay

Fix You (2005) [Single]

6) Fix You 1485 points

A Rush of Blood to the Head

Coldplay

A Rush of Blood to the Head (2002)

7) Amsterdam 1470 points

Viva la Vida or Death and All His Friends

Coldplay

Viva la Vida or Death and All His Friends (2008)

8) Strawberry Swing 1365 points

Violet Hill

Coldplay

Violet Hill (2008) [Single]

9) Violet Hill 1275 points

Don't Panic

Coldplay

Don’t Panic (2001) [Single]

10) Don’t Panic 1260 points

Viva la Vida or Death and All His Friends

Coldplay

Viva la Vida or Death and All His Friends (2008)

11) Death And All His Friends 1255 points

Shiver

Coldplay

Shiver (2000) [Single]

12) Shiver 1165 points

Viva la Vida or Death and All His Friends

Coldplay

Viva la Vida or Death and All His Friends (2008)

13) Lovers In Japan 1165 points

A Rush of Blood to the Head

Coldplay

A Rush of Blood to the Head (2002)

14) A Rush Of Blood To The Head 1150 points

A Rush of Blood to the Head

Coldplay

A Rush of Blood to the Head (2002)

15) Warning Sign 1125 points

Trouble

Coldplay

Trouble (2000) [Single]

16) Trouble 1095 points

X&Y

Coldplay

X&Y (2005)

17) Square One 1075 points

God Put a Smile Upon Your Face

Coldplay

God Put a Smile Upon Your Face (2003) [Single]

18) God Put a Smile Upon Your Face 1055 points

Speed of Sound

Coldplay

Speed of Sound (2005) [Single]

19) Speed Of Sound 1040 points

Viva la Vida or Death and All His Friends

Coldplay

Viva la Vida or Death and All His Friends (2008)

20) Lost 1035 points

Viva la Vida or Death and All His Friends

Coldplay

Viva la Vida or Death and All His Friends (2008)

21) Yes 1000 points

The Blue Room E.P.

Coldplay

The Blue Room E.P. (1999) [EP]

22) See You Soon 975 points

Viva la Vida or Death and All His Friends

Coldplay

Viva la Vida or Death and All His Friends (2008)

23) Cemetaries Of London 955 points

In My Place

Coldplay

In My Place (2002) [Single]

24) In My Place 940 points

Viva la Vida or Death and All His Friends

Coldplay

Viva la Vida or Death and All His Friends (2008)

25) Life in Technicolor 900 points

 
Page:

“Music Monday”:Coldplay’s best songs of all time (Part 8)

Coldplay

“Music Monday”:Coldplay’s best songs of all time (Part 8)

This is “Music Monday” and I always look at a band with some of their best music. I am currently looking at Coldplay’s best songs. Here are a few followed by another person’s preference:

My son Hunter Hatcher notes:  “The Scientist”
Great piano rift. And the music video will make you tear up. This is my selection for the 13th best Coldplay song of all time.

Coldplay

Coldplay has further whetted fans’ appetites for its highly anticipated fifth album, “Mylo Xyloto,” by debuting the set’s second single, “Paradise.”

The piano-heavy track, which Coldplay premiered on its website Monday morning, falls in line with the stadium-sized pop rock the British band is known for. Like most things Coldplay, it sticks within a very specific sonic realm; it’s immediately identifiable as a Coldplay song; Chris Martin croons about a woman longing to escape her life for paradise, and it features one of the band’s instantly sticky choruses. 

“Paradise” is the follow-up to summer single “Every Teardrop Is a Waterfall.” 

Coldplay will further tease the album at the upcoming iHeartRadio Music Festival in Las Vegas on Sept. 23. 

“Mylo Xyloto” was produced by Markus Dravs, Daniel Green and Rik Simpson, “with enoxification” (yes, their word) and additional composition by Brian Eno. Pop tart Rihanna also lent her vocals to a track on the album, “Princess of China.” Fans can currently preorder the album on the band’s website.