music Monday


well, no big surprise, but Coldplay won the song of the year at the Grammys with Viva La Vida

I love Coldplay’s music, but I always get a twinge of sadness when I listen to their music, & really pay attention to their lyrics (like when he says ‘for some reason I can’t explain, I know Saint Peter wont call my name’ from this song). Here is an excerpt from Rolling Stone from 2008 with him regarding his upbringing, and his experience with the church (HT: Dan Kimball):

Here’s a bit of the interview:
You grew up in a rural part of southwest England, in a pretty religious environment. How did that affect you?
“I grew up with the prospect of heaven and hell looming ever large. What I grew up with was, if you even think about boobs, you’re going to hell. It was drilled in: These things are wrong. It was black and white, the way it still is for millions of right-wing Christians in the middle of America. I spent a year thinking I would be punished if I sang “Sympathy for the Devil”.”

Punished as in go to hell?
“Yeah. When I was about 14, the first band I played in wanted to play “Black Magic Woman”. I was like, “I can’t sing that because I will get bad karma.” As a kid, you don’t know any better. But then as you go on, the cracks begin to appear and your’e like “I’m not sure about this hell thing. And I’m not sure whether it’s really right or wrong to be gay, and I’m not sure whether we’re right and they’re wrong.

Did you ever think you might be gay?
“It was more like “Oh, s#%, what if?” Because I was brought up to think that was really wrong. But it struck me. Who gives a s#%? And then it wasn’t a problem. It sounds silly to say it now, but when you’re a kid you think “I’m going to burn in hell for eternity if I like other guys or if I marry someone Jewish”.

What was the first music you responded to?
Probably Bad, by Michael Jackson, and “Take on Me.” by A-ha. We’d always be in church, so the thing I heard most was hymns. That’s probably where all the life-and-death stuff in our music comes from.”
– Rolling Stone, Issue 1055, June 26, 2008

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