Just another thing that makes me a crappy mom, I’m sure. I let Levi listen to Coldplay. Heck, we rock out to Slipknot, Madonna, Florence + The Machine, and even the occasional Miley Cyrus song. Oh, and country. We totally love country music, too.
I do have standards, though. The Jonas Brothers and Justin Bieber are not allowed in my house.
So why am I picking on Coldplay? Because I can. And because I don’t get why there are people that hate their music. It might not be my favorite, but I don’t think it’s that bad. They must be doing something right – since achieving international fame with their smash hit "Yellow" in 2000, they’ve sold a staggering 55 million albums and singles. I imagine a lot of sales = a lot of fans, cuz you know their moms didn’t buy ALL those albums.
I think it’s cool that they’ve kept up with some of the trends over the past decade, too. With today's music buying public seemingly having shorter and shorter attention spans, the task of an artist to stay relevant is not an easy one. The band takes pride in being at the forefront of the alternative rock genre, and I think it’s great that they try to stay true to their musical roots, too.
I asked my friend Amanda to give me the 411 on their music for those unfamiliar:
"Mylo Xyloto", the band's fifth and most recent album, is reminiscent of their earlier work, utilizing harmonies with a driving backbeat that characterize the Coldplay sound. The first two singles from the album, "Paradise" and "Every Teardrop Is a Waterfall", are both textbook examples of what keeps Coldplay fans constantly coming back for more. Their legions of loyal fans know that the band will never sell out to any current musical fad or trend. They respect the sound that got them this far and they are not about to abandon it. Look online for the availability of Coldplay tickets at a venue near you.
Lead singer Chris Martin is knowledgeable of music history, so he is aware that bands who deviate from their popular sound have a tendency of fading into oblivion. Along with being hugely commercially successful, Coldplay has also earned the respect of critics worldwide. The band has achieved that rare feat of being accepted by both the masses and critics alike. Their list of awards includes seven Grammy Awards from a total of twenty nominations, four Billboard Music Awards, three World Music Awards, five MTV Video Music Awards, and seven Brit Awards. They have won the Brit Award for Best British Group three times.
The 2011 single "Princess of China", a duet with Rihanna, is a prime example of what Coldplay has been so masterful at accomplishing. While keeping the classic Coldplay sound, they somehow manage to inject a newer feeling and vibe into the song, attracting newer and younger listeners. The wise choice of Rihanna, a superstar in her own right, only adds to the accessibility of the song. Songs like this have aided in keeping Coldplay vital and relevant in today's chaotic music industry.
So yeah, I don’t feel bad at all about Levi listening to Coldplay. Or Michael Jackson. Or any other music I throw on for us to dance to.
Do your kids listen to Coldplay?