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28 January 2015 / submitted by Tom , United States of America
Q.  I stumbled across a video from 2005 in Toronto of an acoustic session of Chris and Jonny for the radio station The Edge. In it a man said he was being charged with a felony for blocking the sidewalk without a permit. Could you elaborate or explain what happened that day?
If memory serves me correctly, when the guys played at The Edge, so many people turned up that the pavement became inaccessible - that was what the felony related to. I seem to recall the studio had a glass front so people outside could see in and the crowd didn't move once the first few were let in to the session.
Oh and as if by magic, I found the video clip of it.



28 January 2015 / submitted by Jake, United States of America
Q.  Why do you answer questions that are easily "googleable" instead of answering bizarre/ original/ questions with no answer online?
Like this one? Ha ha, sorry - couldn't resist. You could argue that the blame lies equally between myself and the question asker.
If people choose to ask me rather than Google, I can choose to honour their faith in me by answering. I'm a bit like Wikipedia though and sometimes get it wrong...



27 January 2015 / submitted by Callum , United Kingdom
Q.  Heyy Oracle,

I seem to remember around the time X & Y came out I saw a music video about two manakins, one a man and one a women and one of them was "fixing" the other. I'm sure I can remember it being for Fix You but obviously it's not the official video. I was wondering if it's maybe a video used by music channels before the release of the official video or if it is for a completely different song?
Thanks in advance
Callum.
I've never heard of any other video for Fix You than the one we all know and love (& as I have mentioned before, I am in). Quite a few mannequin music videos exist (like daft Punk's Instant Crush) but as you think it's around X&Y, that does narrow it down somewhat. I'm not convinced it's Heavy on My Heart by Anastacia though it fits the time frame. If anyone thinks they know, feel free to drop me a line.


27 January 2015 / submitted by Jessica, South Africa
Q.  Has Coldplay ever played in South Africa?
Yes, back in 2011 they performed in Johannesburg and Cape Town.


26 January 2015 / submitted by Alejandro, Mexico
Q.  Oracle Hello!
I'm a big fan of Coldplay and a long time ago I read that the main influence of Chris is Travis. My question is:
Ever Chris or the band has done some cover Travis at some concert or recording?
Thank you.
Alex.
There are a couple of Travis links that will make you happy, Alejandro.
Not only was Chris a fan of the band and influenced by them when Coldplay started but it was reciprocated. In fact, Fran Healy plugged Coldplay to a tastemaker at a high profile radio station when Travis were touring the States.
Also, at the T in the Park festival in 2011, Chris sang a line from Why Does It Always Rain On Me? It was a fitting nod given that both the festival and Travis are Scottish - plus it almost always rains at T in the Park hence Chris changing the lyrics to Why Does It Always Rain On T?



26 January 2015 / submitted by Victoria, Lithuania
Q.  Hello! Can you share your best moments of being Oracle?
I have to say hand on my heart that some of the amazing responses from people who submit to Team Oracle really are special. To add to that, when someone writes to say thank you for the advice that people have taken the time to write is also pretty heartwarming.


22 January 2015 / submitted by Amber, United Kingdom
Q.  TEAM ORACLE QUESTION #201
I and my creative endeavors have been rejected quite a bit throughout my life and I've had trouble moving on from the rejection. I'm wondering how to keep believing in myself, despite the opposition? How do I stay confident?
One thing I do know for sure is this: as long as you believe in yourself, it doesn't really matter what anyone else thinks.
For once you may be relieved to know I do know what rejection feels like and have faced it many, many times. The first time was the hardest. I can't pinpoint when it eventually got easier, I only know it did but I remember it took a while. I'm not sure it does get easier for everyone but I do believe that it can & it's something you can get a handle on and use positively.
When someone rejects you or your efforts, it's only that one person's opinion. Ok, so it may turn out to be a shared opinion by more than one (hundreds, thousands...) but what's important is to rise above it and take it on the chin.
I'm quite sure you don't love every piece of music, every work of art, every photograph, every poem, every story, every fill, every book, every television show, every theatrical performance etc. You get the idea. It's all subjective. We're all different and have different tastes - one man's meat is another man's poison, one man's trash is another man's treasure. There are plenty of idioms but essentially I'm saying accept the criticism, perhaps even ask for constructive feedback and move on. You can sometimes learn from these experiences to improve and go forward.
I shall leave you with my all time favourite quotes from one of my (fictional) heros, Rocky Balboa.
"The world ain't all sunshine and rainbows. It's a very mean and nasty place and I don't care how tough you are it will beat you to your knees and keep you there permanently if you let it. You, me, or nobody is gonna hit as hard as life. But it ain't about how hard you hit. It's about how hard you can get hit and keep moving forward. How much you can take and keep moving forward. That's how winning is done! Now if you know what you're worth then go out and get what you're worth. But ya gotta be willing to take the hits, and not pointing fingers saying you ain't where you wanna be because of him, or her, or anybody! Cowards do that and that ain't you! You're better than that!"
Over to you.

We all experience some form of rejection in our lives, and this rejection is made all the more painful when it relates to things we are passionate about. The thing however, with artistic endeavours, is that it happens just as frequently as other fields, but is always more personal. Art is almost purely based on opinion and interpretation. Any forms at creativity are rarely based on fact, contraire to things such as a scientific theory, which can be rejected because it is wrong, or accepted because it is right. Art is different. There is no wrong, which means those that are accepted are chosen on preference or speciality. My advice? Get yourself out there. Don't specifically aim to be accepted by particular groups, because it wont happen that way. But there is always going to be someone out there who loves your work, work with that and see where it takes you. Best of luck. Paige.

Okay, as much as I don't like critics and rejection, I know that being rejected happens to everyone. Yes, everyone. Most of the greatest people in their trade have been rejected time and time again, even Coldplay have been put down, but they strived and look at them now! If you have talent, it will never leave you. You will be put down many times and you will be rejected but when you make it in the end, everything will be worth it. Basically, rejection isn't as bad as it sounds. Love, Solaf.

Life doesn't always go the way we plan and rejection is a major part of it. Life wouldn't be worthy if you get what you want easily, think about it and you will realize that the most enjoyable things are those you did extra effort for. If everyone surrender for rejection no one would ever have done anything at all. You should always do your best and be ready to do it again and again till you finally get results. Never give up, always trust in yourself and believe that you can make difference to the world, then you will never fail.
Hope you could achieve whatever you dream of...
Greetings from Egypt, Dalia.


I would just like to say two things 'Positive Thinking' & 'Belief'. Trust me this two things just makes life more easy
1)Lance Armstrong - Had cancer, manned up, got over it and won the Tour de France again. (*Oracle: er...).
2) The Wright Brothers - built and flew the first plane even though everyone said it wasn't possible
3) Sylvester Stallone - Rejected many times for his screenplay writings, got financially broke and could barely feed his family, hocked his wife jewellery, sold his own pet but still didn't give up and fought his way through the success.
Why do you think what made them overcome all this difficulties and achieve success, that was there belief in themselves and their work.
They always thought they are the great people and soon they did proved themselves.
Trust me just be 'positive' & never loose 'hope'. Shreyas.

I have to say that your question got me really emotional. The reason is that I've been rejected too throughout my short 17 years, and I don't say this just to be said, I say it because you have to know that you are not alone and that there are many people fighting with rejection all over the world.
I'll tell you what I used to do 2 years ago when I was rejected, I used to cry myself to sleep every night and be sad. Now, after 2 years, after meeting amazing people from thousands of miles away, people that believe in me, I feel more confident and happy, even though that fear is still there.
But you should never let fear take control, you just have to accept it as a part of yourself because that's what fear is, a part of our soul, our personality.
The thing is, you should never let yourself destroyed by anyone, cause what you think of yourself is more important than what others think, as long as you believe and as long as the ones you care about and they care about you believe, you are unstoppable and only the sky is the limit, that beautiful sky full of stars.
The only truth you have to know is that if you believe with all your heart and soul and spirit, than it has to be real and right.
I hope I helped! Lots of love from Romania! Madalina.


"Fall down seven times, stand up eight", I'm not sure who said it but this is a good sentence to keep in mind. Every successful person in the world has had countless of setbacks and rejections before they finally made it to where they are today. Musicians, best-selling authors, actors, CEO's, everyone. I'm not sure what kind of 'creative endeavors' you are referring to, so it's hard to give you any specific advice. The one thing I know for sure is to never give up. I know its hard to move on and to think positive when you've been rejected many times, but don't give up on your dreams. Also try to find out why your creative endeavors are being rejected, ask for feedback from friends, family and strangers. It might take months or it might take years and unfortunately for some people it never happens at all, but keep on trying and hopefully one day your creativity will be recognized! Good luck, Amanda.

I would like to help you but from time to time I feel the same in many ways. I live in reserved and closed society (country) where creativity, arts, humanity and emotions often are neglected and blocked. I dream about many things and about living my deepest self,but there are many obstacles. I understand you,so what I can tell from my experience is that we should always look on the darker and brighter side of life. It could be better but it could be worse. Always hope and believe in the better side. Do whatever you can do, be yourself as much as you can be and forgive. Be satisfied and grateful for the smallest things and bigger ones will come. If you search you will always find some way or some person. Obstacles also build your creativity by forcing you to find solutions and ways. We are all connected with heart, love and Coldplay. Remember:"Sometimes the stars decide to reflect in the puddles in the dirt." Love,Kamili.

I think that rejection is hard for everyone to deal with. Some deal with it better than others. I hate rejection too. My mom was an artist and a designer. She faced a lot of rejection, but she kept on designing and creating beautiful things. She ended up designing a line a crystal glassware that is precious to me. She designed gift wrap paper for a major company, and I am proud every time I see it.
She started hand painting needlepoint canvases, that I stitched her samples. Then, she discovered beads! She loved beads because there were so many colors to put together and play with. She made beautiful jewelry that people wanted to buy when she wore it out shopping.
We lost my mom 5 years ago, and I can't tell you how many people said that she was making certain colored items for them! I knew better. She was finally designing and making things for herself! I didn't give anything that she made to anyone because it's all I have of her. My mom was a success because of her perseverance. When she faced rejection, she moved on and came up with new ideas. I bet that Coldplay faced rejection when they were first starting out, but they kept on writing and playing new songs. They certainly didn't start out as the top band that they are today. The only advice that I have for you is to keep trying and move past the rejection. Believe in yourself. Cat.

Sorry to hear your frustration over the rejections you have been dealt in your life.
Throughout history many creative geniuses have been negatively criticized and rejected. Walt Disney, Albert Einstein, Bill Gates, Edgar Allan Poe, Nikola Tesla are just a few luminaries to have suffered much rejection and many failures. I suggest you research their lives and others who have been ostracized for their creative endeavors. They never gave up; they couldn't! Creativity is a gift that flowed in their blood, forming the core of their souls. They couldn't stop going forward with creating their chosen art, it's the air they breathed. I have no doubt you are the same. Please realize that most people don't possess or haven't developed great creative minds, so they can be callous and numb to your endeavors. Continue your art form with zealous passion for YOU, and I guarantee others will take notice. It will be hard for your spirit, I know, and life seems to be all about nothing else but rejection for the most part, but you can use that hurt to fuel your creativity, turning something ugly like rejection into stellar beauty for all to enjoy. There's only one YOU. Never, never,never give up.
Have a Super Sparkling Day! S.E. Barnett


When I read your question I remembered two stories I've heard recently.
The first one is a little bit fictional and is about a man who was asked to present a project. When he finished and sent it to his boss the only answer he got was "check it again" without any explanation. And he did so, he read his own work and changed some things he thought could improve it. He sent it to his boss again and the answer he got again was "check it again". He re-read it and changed some more things but he got the same answer. After the fifth time he sent it to his boss, he finally got the answer he wanted to hear "it is a great project".
The second story is real! There is a mexican astronaut who wanted to work in the NASA. He presented his project and applied for the job twelve times before to get it.
What I learnt was to never give up and find ways to improve what you've done even if it was good. There are always ways to be better. And if you feel you're run out of ideas don't worry to much just make some other things like answering word searches, playing some computer games, watching some videos. After 5 minutes you'll see everything from another perspective. There is always a solution but we won't find them if we get stressed. Best wishes, Isabel.

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22 January 2015 / submitted by The Oracle, United Kingdom
Q.  WHO'D LIKE TO JOIN TEAM ORACLE?

As you may know, we have a weekly feature, Team Oracle, whereby each Friday we open questions of a personal nature to all of you to answer too. Then, the following Friday, I post a selection of the best answers, alongside my own reply.

ANYONE can join in so, if you'd like to, please email your response to the following question, in no more than 250 words, to theoracle@coldplay.com before midnight Thursday 29 January.

For all my life, I remember I found love to be the most important thing in our lives. I even thought it was the point of life, and I do not mean it in a mate and reproduce kind of way. I literally thought the point to live was to find our soul mate. Yea, I'm a bit of a romantic. Well, I also believed to be in love with someone you had to feel certain ways. For example: be mesmerized by your partners eyes, be dazed whenever you kiss, and so on. Though, one of the biggest things I believed about true love was that if you are truly in love, you could not thing of another in a romantic way. Having that idea in my head, justified cheating on my previous partners countless times. It meant, to me, that we were not meant to be. At this moment in my, I am currently in a relationship. We entered this relationship on the first day we met in person ( I admit that it was dumb), and it has been six months from then. Now this is where the problem is. I know for a fact I am in love with him, but I must confess I looked at another in the same way. I did not cheat, and I honestly believe that I wouldn't cheat on him. The idea of cheating on him just sounds horrible to me. So I guess the question is: can it be true love even though you glance at another? Dani. USA.

Look forward to reading your replies.

The Oracle.
Please email your replies with TEAM ORACLE in the subject line to theoracle@coldplay.com
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22 January 2015 / submitted by Bigo, Turkey
Q.  Hey Oracle,
Is Phil Harvey being in the studio with Coldplay?
And also is he writing songs or playing instruments?
Phil is usually around during the recording sessions although not always in the studio but no, he isn't a writing/performing member of the band.


22 January 2015 / submitted by Abdul, United States of America
Q.  Is it bad not to have friends in high school. I mean I had friends in High School but we kinda moved on from each other. Now, I want to move on too and meet new people in college. Is that bad?
It's not bad, it's normal. You can stay friends with whoever you like but of course you're going to meet new people and make new friends in a new place.
When you leave college, you may leave some of those new friends behind too.




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