You can’t predict the future if you don’t understand the present.

Coldplay is one of the most popular bands in the world, selling tens of millions of albums and grossing more than every other concert act save U2 and The Rolling Stones.

I do not understand this.

I also do not understand why Coldplay, for all their massive success, never sound very happy.

“God put a smile upon my face.”


A headful of dreams?

Liberate them!

But Coldplay always pull back, never give themselves fully to the moment, to their blessing, to the light that can be shone upon and throughout this world. Maybe it’s our age, the accumulation of our fears, the agglomeration of our hesitancies, each of us unable to admit joy unless it’s infantilized or externally validated. Coldplay is us.

“Where do we go? Nobody knows. Don’t ever say you’re on your way down when God gave you style and gave you grace and put a smile upon your face.”

I admire Coldplay’s musicianship, Chris Martin’s smooth voice, the catchy riffs, lyrical gifts, I do, but why the refusal to shine, to light the world, rather than making music best served alone, in the dark?

God puts a smile on your face it’s meant to be shared! It’s not a cover.


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