July 3, 2012 - submitted by Cameron F, United States of America

Q. I've heard that the song Yellow was influenced in some part by the novel Great Gatsby. I'm torn, because I've read that Chris was inspired by a meteor shower, but at a recent concert, the yellow lights faded to a single green light, just like in the book.


The Oracle replies:

I don't know where you heard it was influenced by The Great Gatsby, but it wasn't.
The story involves Chris singing in the style of Neil Young during their recording session after strumming some chords that he liked.
Speaking of The Great Gatsby, Gatz is a new show that features an enactment of the novel in its entirety - 6 hours of performance!
One of the actors, Scott Shepherd, knows the entire book off by heart. Incredible.