4 oracle items tagged as music
November 4, 2014 / submitted by Carlos, Mexico
Q.  Dear lovely Oracle.

I'm an aspiring music artist. I been told that you must move with your music where you think that it will be better accepted. I'm been a fan of all brit rock, so of course Coldplay is a huge inspiration on my sound and writing. So my question is, do you think I should move to England with my music and try to start a career there?


I don't know who told you that but it's not that simple and doesn't guarantee you success.
I usually advise bands to start where you are.
If you can build a fan base at home - and by home, I mean from your local pub to village to town to city - you will gain exposure that you may be able to build on elsewhere.
Just because you're influenced by UK acts, doesn't mean there's only an audience for you there. For example, have you thought about keeping your Brit style of music but singing in your native language, Spanish?
One of the biggest acts in your country - Mana - aren't that well-known despite touring outside Mexico. They have been signed since 1987. It's worth considering staying where you are - for now.

September 18, 2014 / submitted by Nick, United States of America
Q.  Oracle, what instruments do you compose with?

P.S. It's great to hear you have original music. With all of you life wisdom, I'm sure you've made some hauntingly-beautiful creations.

I don't; I have songs in my head but they never make it out of there. My tunes usually come late at night just before I doze off. I don't make a voice memo & hardly ever remember them the next morning. That makes me think they can't be that good in the first place or I would remember. At the time though, I think they are ace!

October 22, 2013 / submitted by Carrie, United States of America
Q.  Just a quick question.

Do Coldplay actually pen their own music to paper during the writing process and then refine it or, do they have recordings of songs in various stages and put them down on paper after the music is refined?

Or is it neither or both??

Many thanks!

Chris writes the lyrics down and maybe notes for chords and whatnot but as he can't read music, he can't write it either.

March 20, 2013 / submitted by Bobbie aka MetalGrannie, United States of America
Q.  I'm a grandmother (meaning old lady) who absolutely loves Coldplay. I have all their albums downloaded to my Zune (yes, I bought a Zune and I love it) and have a Coldplay playlist which is always on and playing, although there are 78 gigs worth of music on my 120 gig player. I even sleep with Coldplay on. Is there somewhere I can find who wrote the lyrics and the music to the songs? I especially love Things That I Don't Understand. Thanks!

All the albums have credits on the sleeve; Coldplay (mainly Chris) write all their own lyrics and music but there are a few songs that credit other writers such as Jon Hopkins. There has also been occasion where the band have used a riff, hook or similar and credit has also gone to the source.
This isn't meant to be a comprehensive list but some examples of artists among those credited are Kraftwerk (Talk), Ritmo De La Noche (Every Teardrop), Sigur Ros (Princess of China).
By the way, just because you're a grandmother does not make you an old lady! You sound young at heart to me.