A musician must make music, the artist
must paint, a poet must write,
if he is to be ultimately at peace with himself. ~Abraham H. Maslow
Ecstasy , June 15, 2005
Watching the Coldplay: Live 2003 DVD has me questioning critics
who said this band was for "moony high school girls." Do
these critics understand the appeal of a band connecting with the
heart of an audience or understand what "women" want to
"Let me in, unlock the door.
I've never felt this way before."
'Til Kingdom Come - the lyrics are insightful and emotionally
honest. The poetry in the songs is comforting so you can relax and
just enjoy the way the lyrics wash over your soul.
"Hold my hand inside your hands,
I need someone who understands.
I need someone, someone who hears,
For you, I've waited all these years."
"And say you'll come, and set me free,
Just say you'll wait, you'll wait for me."
I've rarely seen a band play with more passion and I was literally
speechless after watching the concert, not to mention getting
shivers more times that I can count. Their appeal is definitely
their passion, the intense feelings in the music and the soul
connection. At times Coldplay does seem to be channeling Sting,
Pink Floyd, The Beatles, Freedy Johnston, U2 and elements of
Kraftwerk. I've even heard Nick Drake in Chris' voice when he is
more mellow and dreamy like in "I bloom blaum." I like
hearing the variety of ways he can sing, he takes on all levels
After watching this band live, I came back to this album and I am
going to say that while I'd rather hear them play in a concert
setting, the music on this album has new elements of magic to
intoxicate the senses. The energy is completely different and
while Chris Martin owns the stage, here he owns the heart.
The beginning of "White Shadows" blew me away the first
time I heard it and the lyrics are complex and mysterious within
the rush of sounds. I love the way "Talk" begins and
concludes with an outer space shimmer of sound (reminiscent of the
ethereal sounds in A Rush of Blood to the Head - Live 2003) and
the entire song seems to break into an ecstatic swirl of sexy
chaos that fuses danger with creativity.
In "Swallowed in the Sea" Chris Martin is almost
intoxicated by intonation as he says: "you belong to
me." This entire album is dreamy and exciting in a romantic
The tension and release in all the songs is emotionally
satisfying. At times you are almost consciously awaiting the
release into the musical ecstasy of a daydream or nostalgic
escape. "Low" has some very edgy moments and Chris
Martin expresses more of his instinctive creativity and energy
that he shows on stage.
~The Rebecca Review
Chris Martin always seems to find inspiration from
love, whether it is a good experience or emotionally painful. In
this song he seems to be drawing on both types of experience.
However when he sings about being mesmerized he seems to be
looking into the eyes of someone he loves. Of course there is some
social commentary and some poetic lyrics that you will have fun
trying to figure out. I especially enjoyed the nature imagery of
rain and eagles. Chris Martin's voice has never sounded so
beautiful, he's ecstatic. And his vocal ecstasy sends shivers
through me. I listened to this song three times when I first heard
it and find it to be quite addictive. This is perfect and I love
the melody which takes me to places of feeling in love.
~The Rebecca Review
and Compassionate with Global Appeal, June 17, 2005
"It was musical love at first sight." ~Chris Martin
talking about when he met Johnny Buckland
Although this DVD doesn't contain any music by Coldplay, it is an
insightful look at the band and how they made their way from
playing in London pubs to playing on the stage of the world.
Through short interviews with Chris Martin, you also get a sense
of his higher mission and why there are more important things to
worry about in the world, besides of course, buying ever album
this band releases. His sense of humor and playful personality
come across in his interviews and his admirable qualities include
a sense of fairness.
I was impressed by his idea to split the royalties equally amongst
the band members. He not only promotes healing in the world, he is
living his beliefs. He seems grateful for his life and you can see
the fire of his soul radiating through his eyes. His soul is truly
beautiful and I love the way he approaches life from a more poetic
perspective. His lyrics have an emotive quality that do seem to be
portraying his heart-felt concern for individuals and their
struggles on the planet.
As the story progresses various individuals in the music industry
comment on how Coldplay developed their stage presence, how they
had to deal with minor personality conflicts and then how their
manager truly enabled their success through financial support.
The main sections include:
How it all Began
Let's Make a Record
A Rush of Blood to the Head
Bonus: Biography and Trivia Quiz - Questions about the bands
original name and interesting facts about Chris Martin and how he
was once a sign painter.
The rise of any band to superstar status does seem to have common
elements and if you are starting a band then this would be an
excellent DVD to view for the chronological aspects alone, not to
mention the realities of having to write hundreds of songs to find
that one perfect song that connects with your audience. If you are
a fan who is dying to know more about the members and their life
stories, then this is an excellent introduction to the background
and philosophy of Coldplay.
The friendship factor is very evident in how Johnny Buckland and
Chris play off each other intellectually, during the interviews.
At times it seems like they are one mind as they engage in a
This DVD puts the bands rise to fame in perspective and is a great
introduction to Coldplay's albums. The biography section is fairly
short, however it gives enough information to get you interested
in finding out more about each band member.
~The Rebecca Review