1 October 2014 / submitted by Simon, United Kingdom
Q.  Hi Oracle. Whilst watching the Winter Olympics, in the men's Short programme figure skating, Germany's Peter Liebers did his routine to a version of Clocks that I've never heard, but enjoyed. It sounded mainly piano and violins, no lyrics and nothing else as far as I'm aware. Just wondering where would I find this version to download?
That was great, wasn't it? There are many times when you may hear an instrumental version of a song whether as a soundbed or like here, as a performance piece, but I'm afraid those versions aren't available to download.

30 September 2014 / submitted by Carlos , Mexico
Q.  Hi Oracle, I was just listening to the Safety EP and then I wondered, why Coldplay haven't played any of those recordings live? Are they ashamed of they very early recordings?

Thanks. :)
They have played them, just not for a very long time. They're not ashamed at all - ah, actually, they'd probably never play Ode to Deodorant (the first song recorded after the Safety EP) because they do feel something - not ashamed but they agree it's not their finest work (I love it).

30 September 2014 / submitted by Ethan, United States of America
Q.  Hello Oracle,

Are The Darktones for hire?
What I mean is... Is there any chance in the world that Rik and Guy can be contacted with demo's, or would they only pursue a project they want to work on and not the other way around?

They work on projects they love. They're always very busy even when not working with Coldplay that time wouldn't allow for demos to be submitted. It happens, but usually from an introduction, rather than an unsolicited demo.

30 September 2014 / submitted by Anna, United States of America
Q.  Dear Oracle;

There were these awesome leggings featured on the fanfare website under the "New in Store" display. However, I can't find them anywhere else on the site for sale/for purchase...
Do you know where I can find them? If they aren't available yet, do you have any idea what they are or when they are available?
I must have missed those - not ringing any bells at all.
The shop is a separate entity so maybe ask via their contact form .
Alternatively, call them using the numbers give on the site.

29 September 2014 / submitted by Bruno, Argentina
Q.  Hello there! I just wanted to know what Parachutes song was WRITTEN first. I'm getting into music writing and recording, and Coldplay is one of my biggest inspirations.
Thank you!
Don't Panic closely followed by High Speed. The former was always a consideration for the album but the latter wasn't. High Speed was an abandoned demo that was resurrected.

29 September 2014 / submitted by Princess of China, United States of America
Q.  Hello to all!
Quick question:
Recently I visited Chris Martin's biography profile at Wikipedia.
And I noticed a big change!
Chris' name is listed as Christopher James John Martin ! Then lists his birth name, the name we know he by Christopher Anthony John. So my question is, Why the name change and is this official? Thanks a lot. Peace and love.
Say hi to the boys of Coldplay!
As you say, under the photo of Chris on the right hand side, it correctly gives his name as Christopher Anthony John Martin.
I love Wikipedia but it is not gospel and so anything you read there may not have been verified and isn't to be taken as 100% truth.

29 September 2014 / submitted by Jason, United Kingdom
Q.  Hi Oracle
I have just returned from Las Vegas after seeing the wonderful Coldplay at the IHeart radio concert. I have been very lucky (and spent a fortune) to be able to have seen them in NY x2 , London & now Vegas
Whilst I was there I saw the local sights. Do any of the band get to see the local sights whilst they are in town i.e. being a tourist if they have time?
I'm guessing the more times a band travels around the world, the less they see of it.
The schedules are quite tight so there's not a lot of tourist time worked in these days - the band rarely get to see the sights.
When I have travelled with the band, I had the opportunity to visit places on occasion but obviously that's less tricky when you're not recognised.
I have encountered attention arriving / leaving hotels and venues though and witnessed high speed chases by the paparazzi so it's not quite as simple as popping to Sugarloaf Mountain without it causing a commotion.

26 September 2014 / submitted by Francis, Germany
I've been going through a beautiful but also rather tough time this summer. My little sister developed a depression and hasn't been the same lately and although I'm positive about it and know it'll be alright again I sometimes feel guilty for departing from her because it affects me so much and it's hard finding energy every day to help her. I'm scared of being selfish! To which extent is it okay to think of my own well-being?
Thank you in advance.
What a tricky situation, Francis. As your sister didn't write to me, I'm afraid I can't advise her through you; I can only address your issue.
She's lucky to have you. How can you be selfish when you have written to me about your concern?
I don't think it's as easy as having a yardstick to measure an acceptable level of thinking of your own well-being. It's your life and it'd be pointless to be dragged down by someone else's troubles.
That said, it's natural to worry about your sister.
Unfortunately, unless your positivity transfers to her, it's not going to do much good because I'm sorry to say, you can't know it's going to be alright. I am a positive person too and believe that it can possibly be alright but she needs to work that out for herself. You can only try to help her if she is willing to accept it. There's not a lot you can do if she isn't.
You haven't mentioned your parents but it's their job to look after her so if they aren't aware of her depression, now might be the time to discuss it with them.
Your sister first needs a diagnosis from a doctor to establish whether she is depressed or just feeling down in a slump. It sounds like it's not been going on for long so maybe she's just going through a sad time.
If it's the latter without sounding harsh, try not to be an enabler. Sometimes people in this situation stay stuck there because of the attention and sympathy.
If I assume your sister wants to get better, she will need your love, understanding and encouragement. You may not be able to be with her physically every day but in today's world of technology, you'll never be that far away. Let her know you're there for her.
You can talk with her and your parents about her options and support her if she gets the help she needs but you can't fix it so there may be more tough times ahead before it can get better.
In the meantime, live your life without guilt and you can still be a great sister.
Over to you.

I have a friend that has a mental condition and often faces depressive periods. It breaks my heart every time I look at him and see in his eyes he is going through a depressive period again. But I know there's not much I can do, because he has a medical condition: I cannot prevent him to feel the way he does and I cannot make it stop.
The only thing you can do for your sister is letting her know you are there for her and doing small things (maybe something she asks you, maybe preparing some food: small but nice things). Since she has a medical condition, there is nothing you can do to avoid her suffering.

The fact that someone you love is going through such a terrible situation must be overwhelming. But it sounds like it affects you a lot and it's not selfish at all to take care of yourself too. Depression is not a battle that you can win for your sister. You cannot prevent her to feel the way she does. So taking some time apart is not bad; it doesn't mean that you are not there for her. It just means you took a minute to take a breath, to get some fresh air. You won't be able to be helpful in case your sister or your family needed something if you are not fine. And it wouldn't be helpful if your sister saw you feeling bad and associated it with her condition.
Hope it all goes well. Noelia, Argentina.

I have been through this and still go through it every single day. I don't know when exactly it's right to stop thinking about people and start thinking about myself. All I know is that you should try to divide your thoughts between you and others. Don't only think about people but also try not to make yourself all what you think about. As for your sister, I am glad you know its all going to be fine eventually. The only thing you need to know is that it will take some time so don't give up on her. If you're going through something like GCSEs or college, try to give yourself a little more time since this period of time can be very stressing. All in all, take care of yourself and make it one of (but not all) your priorities. I hope you'll be able to figure this puzzle called life out. Solaf.

I think that it's very important for you to think about your own well being. If you're a mess too, how are you going help her? I believe that depression is a very hard to go through and deal with, not only for the person that suffers it, but for those who are around as well. That angst can be kind of contagious and that it's not good for you or your sister. Allow yourself to take a breath of fresh air and disconnect. I'm going through the same thing actually, and I know it's not easy, I'm having a hard time following my own advice. I feel so useless sometimes, and I can even get so angry at my sister. I wish I could just shake it off her, but it doesn't work like that. Try to find a good balance, take care of yourself so you can be there for her as well. And as a last piece of advice, find someone you can talk to about it outside your own family, it helped me. I hope it gets better. Best, Caro.

I feel I can relate to your question, I have been on both sides of this coin. What I can tell you is it is really draining to be the person who cares for someone suffering from depression, you need to remember to care for yourself and do fun things that are just for you. Feeling guilty is a byproduct of depression, likely your sister feels guilty too and really may not want lot of attention. You may feel helpless and like you just want to make it go away but you can't. She is best helped by your support and by a trained professional counselor or mental health professional. You need to be on the look out for any sign she may bring harm to herself, be attentive and listen to what she says. Sometimes just being with someone who cares is enough support. It sounds like she is getting better but be aware it can resurface again, in fact once we have a depressive episode, chances are good it won't be our last. Be there for her, help her to look for help if she needs it. She will have good days and bad days, celebrate the good ones and ride out the bad ones. I wish you and her all the best as you deal with it, take care, Laurie.

Thinking of your own well-being should always be your first instinct, although I can understand how that can go in a different direction when dealing with a loved one's emotional problems. It is normal to feel you are not doing enough or being selfish, especially if you hold on to the belief that it is somehow in your power to get your sister out of the depression. She will walk on her journey, and you are there to accompany her - but you cannot walk this journey in her place... I don't have any advice for you, but I hope I was able to clarify the source of some of the feelings you're experiencing. Remember, you are there to help your sister (because you want to) but you must find where it is that your are 'not' in her story - and rejoice in finding out where the line is drawn between her depression and your life: you might find that your freedom lies in this. Also, keep in mind the depression hasn't taken over your sister's power, it is only a crisis and hopefully it will pass in its own time whilst making her stronger. Be happy you can be there for her in as much as you can - that you can be there for her is already a gift and I am sure she feels your presence is enough.
Lovingly, Irina from Montreal!

Of course it's ok to think of your own well-being! It's very sweet of you to be there for your sister and to support her through this difficult time. But you can't just drop everything that's going on in your own life. You must find a way to be there for her at certain times, but also continue with your own life or you'll end up getting depressed too. I'm sure your sister wouldn't want you to give up everything to be with her all day. Ask other relatives or friends to look out for her as well. You're not being selfish at all, time apart from her also gives you the chance to clear your mind. You can't really be of any help to her unless you help yourself first and keep your own life in order. Be there for her when she truly needs you, but make sure you get enough personal "me" time as well. Good luck! Amanda.

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26 September 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 2 October.

Lately I've been feeling something strange. I haven't told anyone out of fear of sounding weird or dumb. Seeing people my age (I'm 18) who are famous and very successful (such as Lorde or Harry Styles) makes me wish I could have the success or happiness that they have. I've been feeling like because I am not famous, my life won't feel as significant or awesome, and I won't be able to do all of the cool things they get to do. Have you ever felt this? I'm curious to see your answer. Thank you. Gabby, USA.

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25 September 2014 / submitted by Erik, Brazil
Q.  Hi Oracle, I was wondering, back in 2000 when the boys were almost like anonymous, how did they get Shiver to the top 40 on UK?
Coldplay were already signed to Parlophone when Shiver was released and weren't unknown on the music scene although yes, they were new kids on the block (NOT actually New Kids On The Block.
Before a record is released, radio pluggers and TV/press promotion teams (either in-house at the label or out of house) are working away to get it written about and played on the radio /TV.
Coldplay had been championed early on by Steve Lamacq (& Jo Whiley) at Radio 1 and other stations followed suit. Shiver picked up radio airplay and that's why it charted at #35. That was by no means considered a hit by the way as it only just made the Top 40. Soon after Yellow was released. The band's profile was higher and gained them a #4 hit.