I feel like a little kid thanking JK Rowling for Harry Potter. But even though you’re not JKR and I’m not a little kid, my gratitude is as innocent, sincere and heartfelt.
The first song of yours I heard was Viva la Vida, since I had read about it winning a Grammy. I’ll be honest, I didn’t think much of it back then. Little did I know that a few months down the line, you were going to change my life forever.
The day I heard Clocks, my opinion changed completely. Chris Martin, Sir, there is a certain effortlessness in your voice, so mystifying that it relaxes me instantly. The same goes for Guy Berryman, Jonny Buckland and Will Champion. The piano, guitar and drums just compound the effect.
I may not know much about music, or what exactly you intended with the lyrics of your songs. What I do know that when I listen to Coldplay, every negative thought I have in my mind is wiped out. Just like that. The smile on a kid’s face, the hues of the sky, the warmth of the morning sunshine – my world is suddenly alight with infinite beauty all around. There’s a skip in every step I take, and a smile in every breath I take.
In fact, when I listen to ‘Every Teardrop is a Waterfall’, I literally dance home from work, no matter how my day was.
I love ‘Paradise’ so much, both the video and the song. There is a simplicity to it which fills every cell of my body with positivity.
In ‘Death and all His friends’, when you go ‘so come over, just be patient, and don’t worry..’, I feel as if God is talking to me. I don’t believe in prayers, shrines or deities, but I believe in you, Coldplay. I believe no matter how hard my life is right now, no matter how bad things are going for me, it is going to get better, and there is no stopping it.
So, from the bottom of my heart, thank you so much ! I doubt any of you realize how much you inspire people, not just me.
Today, on World Music Day, I dedicate all the good I’ve done and felt in the last few months to you guys. You have, with or without intending to do so, given me hope when I needed it the most, made me make the right choices in tough times, and shown just how beautiful life is.
One of your biggest fans