Before I turn everyone off here, yes, I’m talking about Coldplay’s frontman, but I’m not gonna write a preach article on why you should like them too. Rather, I kinda wanna just voice my appreciation for the man who created Coldplay. Because, I want to.
So, you may not like Coldplay like I do. Maybe you think they aren’t real rock. Maybe you think they’re unoriginal and boring. Maybe you say that they just sound bad. Or, maybe you think it’s too emotional and you’re convinced that you hate emotion in music. I don’t know, but you’re entitled to dislike them. Obviously. But for me, I love that British group called Coldplay. For a lot of reasons- I think they do music the right way, I think they’re creative (not in the slightest a boring band), and I started liking their music when I was maybe 8 years old. I’ve grown up listening to Parachutes, A Rush of Blood to the Head, and all of their discography. They are one of the very few bands that have stayed in my music taste, steadfast like an immovable rock on the shoreline. I don’t care that Chris is rather mellow and isn’t biting rats on stage like Ozzy, or that he doesn’t get me amped up like a head-banging James Hetfield (Metallica) does. I listen to a wide variety, a different sound for a different day, and I think my music taste is essentially “non-descriminative”. But, I’ll say Coldplay is (very generally speaking) my favorite band.
Oh, for sure. For sure Coldplay is my top. I’ve felt that way for nearly all of my life. I’ve had phases where I didn’t really listen to them much, and they’ve had songs that I don’t care for. But, if I was cursed by a genie that told me I could only hear one group’s music for the rest of my days, I’d pick Coldplay.
Going further, beyond the music, I love the actual group. The 4 guys who make up Coldplay- Chris Martin, Jonny Buckland, Guy Berryman, and Will Champion- are all really down to earth. I feel like you hear that about every celebrity these days. Listening to interviews, watching behind the scenes stuff, and simply listening to the band’s lyrics, you’ll understand what I’m saying. These guys are truly good guys. I don’t really think there is any debating that- however, I don’t actually know them, so I could just be falling victim to public image. I really don’t think so, though.
Chris Martin, the lead singer, is who I want to write about, though. No disrespect to the other 3 cogs of the machine, but Chris is what makes Coldplay Coldplay. And, he just happens to appear as one of the coolest guys out there. I understand if you don’t agree, or you just don’t care, but hear me out. Maybe you’ll appreciate him after you hear me, maybe you still will be apathetic.
I’ve read so many online critical reviews of Coldplay that writes them off for one reason or another. I think it’s safe to say that Coldplay has always been met with a bit of criticism, as is standard for any big group. I won’t debate that- it’s not worth it to argue opinions. I’ll just say this, though: don’t act like Coldplay isn’t a generational influence. That much isn’t refutable- that’d be like calling the Red Hot Chili Peppers just another band. Even if you don’t like them, you have to recognize that many others do, and that their impact exists, in one way or another.
So, what about Chris Martin? Well, how about just being a fucking nice guy. He’s just an incredibly kind and patient human being. Don’t believe me? Just watch how he reacts to the annoying-ass ‘questions’ about his fresh divorce from TMZ. I can’t imagine a celebrity to be happy when they’re mobbed by a group of microphone-happy writers. I don’t expect them to- I’d give anyone a pass for getting upset in that instance. But, the way I saw Chris respond in some of these videos just kinda hit me. Like, he was actually polite and kind amidst all of that, and never once even had a tone change in his voice. It’s not much, I know, but it’s what made me wanna write this. I’ve always known that the general opinion on Mr.Martin was that he was a calm, kind-hearted guy. But, it’s actually true. It’s not just shameless PR work when people write that he’s a down to earth artist.
That’s not much, I know. It doesn’t say much. There are instances that make people think “this guy isn’t for me”. He supports Arsenal. He lists Bono and U2 as influences, which in today’s generation, is embarrassing somehow. That free album that U2 gave away to iPhone users- who knew everyone would hate something free so much. David Bowie, a famous artist that recently passed away, once rejected to collaborate with Martin and Coldplay because he thought that the song “wasn’t very good”. There are reasons for people to dislike them, just know that when it comes to my opinion, I could much easier drown a fish than find disdain for this man.
Buzzfeed has an article titled “16 Reasons Why Chris Martin is the Best Person Ever”. I know, Buzzfeed has many strange lists, and that this one isn’t anything special. But, the list highlights some cool stuff. Link if you wanna check it out: https://www.buzzfeed.com/rockchalk93/16-reasons-why-chris-martin-is-the-best-person-eve-o222?utm_term=.wmYpoV50l#.fm5GaWAw5
Have you ever considered some of the lyrics that Martin pens? Maybe you don’t really listen to Coldplay, so you don’t know any of their lyrics. Some examples:
“Life goes on it gets so heavy, the wheel breaks the butterfly”
“No I don’t wanna battle from beginning to end- I don’t wanna cycle recycled revenge, I don’t wanna follow death and all of his friends”
“Your skin, oh yeah your skin and bones, turn into something beautiful”
“My song is love… you don’t have to be alone”
“Lights will guide you home. And ignite your bones. And I will try to fix you”
“Some things you have to believe, but others are puzzles, puzzling me”
“When you thought that it was over, you could feel it all around, everybody’s out to get you, don’t you let it drag you down”
I pulled those off of songs from albums that Coldplay released 15-17 years ago, to songs that hit the shelves just 3-4 years ago, and to stuff he’s writing just in the past year. If it weren’t evident enough from his calm demeanor amongst the most annoying paparazzi, or from his talk show mannerisms, or interview answers, I think that in his work you’ll find that it isn’t just a facade; Chris Martin really is an artist who creates for us, not himself. He’s a selfless man, and in his work, it’s consistently found. He cares, not just for the music, but for his fans. For you, even if you just happened to skip past The Scientist one day- his message is one of love.
I don’t always listen to Coldplay. I’ve always done it sparingly, so that 1). I never get bored or overplay them (which, honestly, probably isn’t possible for me) and because 2). I’m not always trying to feel emotions. Coldplay is an emotional band, there’s not denying it. I think it’s a bit tired to call them gay- but, some guys just don’t wanna listen to that. They don’t wanna get emotional. I don’t care to get emotional too often, in fact. I’m not gonna listen to Coldplay when I’m hitting the bench press. I’ll change that to some Metallica, Chevelle, Royal Blood, etc. But, there’s an occasion for each kind of music, and it’s really a peaceful experience to listen to some of Parachutes on a rainy day. There’s a time and place, and I get that some people don’t care to hear how they “don’t have to be alone”, or that they “shouldn’t let people get them down”. I know you might not need to hear that, or desire to hear it, but how about just giving that idea a little respect? The idea that Martin had when he formed Coldplay- that his music and life dedication to it was going to be focused on his fans.
If you just skipped past that all, I’ll summarize what I wrote. Basically, Chris Martin is the fucking man.
Thanks for reading
Luca DeJesu, 6:00 PM