12 February 2014 / submitted by Moses, United Kingdom
Q.  This is a bit of a stupid question. Do you remember every question you've ever answered?
I don't even remember this one ;-)

I've a good memory so I do remember every question I have been asked however, not necessarily which ones I have replied to. Sometimes folk send their question more than once and then my addled old brain gets confused.

12 February 2014 / submitted by Buffi, United States of America
Q.  Dearest Oracle,

I have a follow up question to the one submitted recently about Chris not knowing how to read sheet music. If he can't read it, I'm assuming he also doesn't know how to write it out. If that's the case, how does the sheet music for their songs get written down to be sold in piano books and guitar tabs?

Does someone else in the band write out the sheet music after the song is developed, or perhaps one of the techs? I'm very curious about this, so please, please write back.

Thanks, and lots of love!
That's not generally a task for the writer these days or any band / crew member.
In days gone by it may have been but labels and publishers have long since had people who do that.
Also in this modern age of amazing, wondrous technology there's software that can translate music into transcripts of scores etc.

11 February 2014 / submitted by Begum, Turkey
Q.  Hello, how is your day? I hope everything is goin well. Here is my' question: Who are Jonny Buckland's guitar idols?
Thank you so much! Greetings from Turkey!
I'll go one step' more and give you a list of his musical heroes / influences from his formative years if you like:
Kevin Shields, George Harrison, Bob Dylan, Gram Parsons, Keith Richards, Ian Brown, Aretha Franklin, Shaun Ryder, Nick Cave & bjork.

11 February 2014 / submitted by Savi, United Kingdom
Q.  Hi Oracle,
I was wondering, see in the Live 2012 CD, when Charlie Brown comes on and Chris says "w-how changed it" or something along those lines, what does he mean by that? Like what did they change? I watched the DVD but couldn't spot it either.
As Charlie Brown song starts, Chris says "Ok Will, switch 'em on, let's go" and many people therefore think Will triggers the Xylobands, but it's Jason - the Xyloband inventor - who does. Chris is actually saying "oh ho, Jason" in reaction to how amazing the lights look.

10 February 2014 / submitted by Feike, Netherlands
Q.  I have a question about the lamp in the Fix You video. What kind of lamp/light hangs above the stage when Chris grabs the rope and starts swinging it? The lamp is also seen in the live version of Fix You on the Glastonbury festival in 2005.
I`m asking this because I'm thinking about getting a tattoo of the lamp with some lyrics underneath it.
When Chris had the idea for a swinging light bulb, it wasn't actually going to be used for Fix You but a different song. I'm sorry I can't remember which now, even though I was at the rehearsals when it was introduced.
It literally did start off as a light bulb. It's not a special lamp or one where I can direct you to a similar one. I'm afraid it's going to be a case of looking at the video and freeze framing any shots of it.

10 February 2014 / submitted by Deba, Germany
Q.  Dear Oracle,

I read somewhere that Chris doesn't know how to read or write music. Isn't that a little risky when he is performing live and he suddenly forgets how to play a part of the song?
Not at all risky. If he forgets, he forgets - bands don't play from sheet music anyway so it wouldn't really make any difference. It's rare to have those moments as the tours are planned and rehearsed in advance. There may be the odd fluffed lyric but if any last minute changes are made to the set list, the band use time at sound checks to practice.
That said, I have seen them start to play something random and off-piste that Chris will admit he has forgotten how to play. They'd either ditch it or get it ready for the next performance.

10 February 2014 / submitted by George, United States of America
Q.  Hi Oracle, I found a funny bit of info, and I'd like to know what you think of it. I saw a video of a show back in 2011, where Kanye West, Jay Z, and Chris Martin were singing Homecoming. Near the end, Chris forgets some lyrics... was it because he hadn't done the song since 2007, or because he simply says, "I'm a little drunk".
That show was from 31 December, 2010 - New Year's Eve. Chris had therefore had a drink but he wasn't drunk.

9 February 2014 / submitted by Kassandra, Mexico
Have you ever been heartbroken? Because lately I have been. It all started when I broke up with my boyfriend/best friend (biggest mistake ever) a year ago and got consumed by a big depression (6 months).
His father sadly passed away in July, so I made a promise with myself that I would be strong for him and for me. Since then I feel a lot happier with myself. I love him, in the most-unbreakable-friendship way, but still, what should I do with my other feelings? Thanks. Kassandra.
Yes I have been heartbroken and it's the worst pain I have ever experienced. The loss of love is like death but your ex-boyfriend is dealing with the death of his father, not the death of the relationship. You cannot fix him and therefore you may not be able to fix the relationship.
I have spoken about death & bereavement a lot over the years. I have also the experience of being with someone who lost a parent. When their parent died, a little bit of them did too and ultimately our relationship started to break down.
It's quite common and speaking to friends who have been through the same, they say that life is never the same again and felt the need to start afresh as the world they knew now didn't have that person in it. They cleared the decks and changed everything - job, accommodation, relationship.
Something absolutely dreadful has happened but he's not a victim and you're not the hero. If anyone needs saving, it's probably you from the hurt you're feeling. Who is there for you?
You don't 'have' to be strong. If you can be there as a friend to offer support & a shoulder to cry on that's commendable but if you're hoping this will lead to a reunion, you may have to step back.
You may think it was a big mistake but presumably you broke up for a reason. You didn't reconcile so maybe it was actually for the best, even though you may not see or feel that.
I hate to say this Kassandra but I don't think you are being strong for him and you. Where's the 'you' part? It sounds very much like you are putting his needs before your own. Depression is a hard condition to live with and I'm worried that you are using the saving him as masking tape for your problems. I'm hoping you are seeking help & guidance too. You need to deal with your feelings and to grieve your loss. Look after yourself.
Over to you.

If you really love him, your boyfriend, I think you should talk to him when he feels better. Tell him the truth: About your love, and about your other feelings. Don't quarrel, just talk.
I'm afraid the talk won't be nice, but after your talk, you feel much better. It really helps to talk about your feelings.
Now I have to say, that there is a chance it works out on a quarrel, and that quarrel will be worse then the talk, but in a month, maybe two, you'll also feel better.
Another chance is that he'll break walk away from you. That means he hasn't got respect for your feelings, and he doesn't deserve your trust and love. If he walks away, you must let him go, and never let him in again. That will be very hard, but then there's no reason to feel guilty.
Goodluck, Isabelle.

I know exactly how you feel, if you are still in love with him then I should try to get him back. I don't know if he is still in love with you but you can find it out. Call him and ask him if he wanna go out with you because than you can find out how he feels about you. Only one thing, don't take him back if you feeling sorry for him because of his loss. Only if you got real feelings for him than go for it! I wanna wish you a lot of luck! Greets Marianne.

I'm sorry to hear about your depression and I hope you're feeling better now. You mentioned you were the one who broke up with your boyfriend, there must've been a reason for that. If that reason or any other doubt still exists, I don't think you should act on your feelings for him. If anything goes wrong, you'll risk falling into another depression and you shouldn't put yourself through that again.
But if you are sure about your feelings and if you still love him and he still loves you, then by all means go for it! Be careful and good luck. Amanda.

I believe being heartbroken is something you should embrace.I'm not saying its a good experience to feel but it does help you to feel new feelings and experience things you never experience before. To make you feel better, i believe heartbroken musicians make the best lyricist. But to be honest, I guess it shall make you bolder though. Listen to mellow songs, look at the stars, look at the moon, life is so full of wonder. Sofia.

I think the best thing to do would be to just be a friend to him for now.Sometimes that's all some people need at the moment. Support him and just get him through this tough time. Then you should be honest and tell him how you feel. Jenny.

Love has no categories. Friendship and relationship are just words. Don't get stuck on that. There's no 'other feelings'. You still able to share the love with him. Live comfortably. You said you're happier now. It's amazing that you can share your love with every pieces of your broken hearted, isn't it? So why have to confused? Past is past. Time will answer your future with him. God bless you both. J.

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9 February 2014 / submitted by The Oracle, United Kingdom
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 before midnight Thursday 13th February.

Oracle I'm desperate! There's something I wanna do & it's kinda against my religion. I'm a believer but that thing I wanna do won't reduce my faith though. People in my city would judge me for doing it and that thing is connected to my religion.
It would be better if I didn't say what is it because it needs a lot of explaining. Anyway I wanna you to help me. Something I used to do for my religion but I no more wanna do it but I can't make a choice. Shall I stop doing it and face the consequences or keep on doing it even though I'm a little bit not comfortable with it.
It's like choosing between MY GOD and my own desires.
I can't stop thinking. That's really annoying and it would be bad if I stopped doing it. Maybe I'll continue doing it but in the future but I just wanna stop doing it for now.
I know it's gonna be difficult for you to help me cuz you don't know what that thing is but I believe that you're wise enough to tell me your opinion. Thanks for your time and I would really appreciate if you helped me.
Thank you. Nesma, U.K.

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6 February 2014 / submitted by Sara, United States of America
Q.  At the Philadelphia concert on 7/6/12, Chris said Will's drum kit was broken, and and that they would skip a song. Which song did they skip? They played Trouble instead, which was an amazing treat! Thanks!
Back on *6 July 2012 the band skipped Up In Flames so played Trouble instead.

FYI UK folk: In the UK we refer to 7/6/12 as 6/7/12.