Now the sky could be blue,
I don’t mind,
Without you it’s a waste of time..
So, you remember that letter I wrote to Coldplay a few month ago?
Well, guess what?
I ACTUALLY SENT IT TODAY!
I had been planning to, for the past few months, I even looked for their address online, I have no idea about how legit that is, though, but I just HAD to send it out.
If you never try, you’ll never know.
Plus, I decided to use my first salary on it!
Such a brilliant day.
Well, picture this, a girl, about the age of eleven, sitting on the floor, with her legs outstretched, her palms faced down, in front of a large, bulky, wait-high stereo system. Imagine her engulfed in a song, feeling every beat as it resonates through her. Imagine her rewind the cassette and play the same song, Speed of Sound, over and over again. Now, imagine her enveloped in that memory, as she writes to you, eleven years later.
I’m not sure what triggered me to write this letter. Maybe it’s because attending a Live Coldplay Concert has been on my bucket list since time immemorial, or because “A Head Full of Dreams” is potentially your last studio album (please tell me that’s not true!) or maybe it’s because you guys came all the way to India and left without performing for us! Umm, it’s probably a culmination on the three, probably.
It’s been such a long love affair, one that has lasted for more than half my twenty-one year old lifetime. I’ve graduated from rewinding cassettes and waiting for the music channel to play your song on TV to being able to stream it online; from being a naïve sixth grade student to being a seemingly mature college senior; from being somebody who sought happiness in others to somebody who’s learnt to conjure some up for herself. So much has changed, but, my love for you? That’s been unwaveringly present. That’s been a constant.
Have you ever felt that intense feeling of wanting to tell somebody you love them? Well, then you know exactly how I’m feeling right now. And, I know you’ve felt the piercing pain of unrequited love, “When you love someone, but it goes to waste, could it be worse?” Show us some love, won’t you? Come, perform for us in India, won’t you? We love you, and we’d love for you to know that. And if you love us, won’t you let us know?
Well, I think I now know why I needed to write this. Because if I never tried, I’d never know.
1st February, 2016
The handwritten version is here: DearColdplay
Update: I actually decided to send it to them!
Are you looking for music with fusion of both, pop rock guitar notes and soft, soothing lyrics? Well, I too was. And then I stumbled upon an alternative rock band named COLDPLAY. Since then Chris Martin (Vocals), Jonny Buckland (Lead guitar), Guy Berryman (Bass Guitar) and Will Champion (Drums) have become names that keep popping up in my mind.
Coldplay, as a band, began their melodious voyage in the year 1997 and has since released four virtually awesome studio albums.
‘Parachutes’, their debut album, was released in the year 2000 with smashing hits like, ‘Yellow’ and ‘Trouble’. The album also went down very well with the critics and was awarded the Best Alternative Music Album Award at the 2002 Grammy Awards night.
A RUSH OF BLOOD TO THE HEAD
Coming up next was ‘A Rush Of Blood To The Head’, released in 2002 with numerous super-hit singles like ‘In My Place’ and ‘Clocks’ jostling with each other which still haunt me.
X & Y
Their third studio album, ‘X & Y’ hit the stores in 2005. The leading single, ‘Speed Of Sound’ was an instant hit and still appeals my ears. This album also has soft ballads like ‘Fix You’ and ‘What If’.
VIVA LA VIDA OR DEATH AND ALL HIS FRIENDS
This is Coldplay’s latest album and was released earlier this year. It is, I think an experimental one. The songs, along with their pacifying effect also include Coldplay’s rocking distorted-guitar tracks. The album has been produced by the legendary Brian Eno.
‘Viva La Vida Or Death And All His Friends’ comes to life with the track, ‘Life In Technicolour’ which is an instrumental beginning to this album. The 2 minute 29 seconds song is absolutely mesmerizing. It is a completely different sound from Coldplay with a blend of the gentle piano and stunning guitaring. It gives an ideal intro to the album.
The second track is named, ‘Cemeteries Of London’. It is very beautifully linked to the first song. The line in the chorus, ‘la lalalala la lé’ appealed to my ears.
I found the next song, ‘Lost!’ really moving and in the usual Coldplay ‘soothing’ genre. The first two lines “Just because I’m losing/ Doesn’t mean I’m lost” lay the basic theme of the song and encouraged and motivated me never to give up hope and keep reaching high.
‘42’ begins with Martin at his piano, singing, “Those who are dead are not dead/ They’re just living in my head”. It’s like they mean that the dead are lingering in their memory. It is after that the song plunges into a lively loud guitar fragment and then goes back to the haunting style of the intro.
The tracks, ‘Lovers In Japan/ Reign Of Love’ and ‘Yes’ remind me of songs of their previous albums.
‘Viva la Vida’, the title track is one of my favourite songs on this record. The jerky vocals and perfect rhythm is absolutely commendable.
‘Violet Hill’ is the first single of the album and features Chris Martin holding a magnifying glass throughout the video. The song has remained as one of my favourite tracks from the album from the time of release.
Up next was, ‘Strawberry Swing’. The song is a gorgeous and melodious one, having a good theme and very well-written lyrics.
‘Death And All His Friends’ is the final track in the album and the beginning has the Vocalist, Chris Martin’s voice amidst soft guitaring. The song is telling us to be different from the common race of man and abstain from following the heard, through the lyrics, “So come over, just be patient, don’t worry.”
So get up from those couches and reach out to the nearest store and garb a CD. ‘If music be the food of love, play on;’…Coldplay.