January 27, 2012 - submitted by Peyton, United States of America

Q. TEAM ORACLE QUESTION #56
Recently I decided to sign up for an audition for the Governors School for the Arts in Kentucky. This is a really amazing opportunity to work on my vision as an artist. Currently I'm working with new media, and in this I'm submitting a portfolio of photography. I thought it would be interesting to add a personal touch by using a specific Coldplay song as an inspiration. In the interviewing process we generally have to describe many things about ourselves and what inspires us most (which one of mine you can automatically assume is Coldplay).
I was just wondering what would be the best song/ album to get inspiration from. Thanks much, Peyton.


The Oracle replies:

Parachutes as an album has many options to choose from as it's full of hope. Everything's Not Lost would be my pick from that one. If I had to narrow it down to my top 3 inspirational Coldplay songs for such an interviewing process however, they would be Politik, Square One and How You See the World part ii. They each have themes and messages that could give you a plethora of material for your needs. Hope you find the right one for you. Over to you.

I'd have to say Every Teardrop Is A Waterfall is a good, inspiring song. It involves rebellion, is modern, has a happy beat, and brings to mind the rainbow colors of paint splatters and graffiti, like the cover of Mylo Xyloto. Tim.

As I'm also found of arts, I'll be happy if I can help you. To me the best song to get inspiration from would be Fix You because of the lyrics which are helping me everyday of my life. Those lines are my favorites because of their deep meaning.
"When you try your best, but you don't succeed When you get what you want, but not what you need" & "But if you never try you'll never know Just what you're worth" that is what gives me motivation. It's like a Maxim of Life to remember everyday. The album which are according to me the most Arty are Viva La Vida cause of the title which comes from a paint by Frida Kahlo and the album jacket which is about the French Revolution paint by Eugene DELACROIX La Liberte guidant le peuple. Mylo Xyloto cause of the Street Art and the White Rose Movement inspiration. Wish you to pass your exam and send you all my support from France, Delphine.

To me, every Coldplay song is inspirational in its own way. I have tried to pick a favourite one many times, but in the end, I just end up naming every song. Yet, especially for this, I somehow managed to narrow it down.
If I were you, I would have picked Paradise from Mylo Xyloto (which is also the album I would firstly recommend searching for inspiration from). Paradise, to me, is a song that can be interpreted in so many ways. Therefore, you have many different angles to draw inspiration from. The unique lyrics and fun, up-beat sound enables the song to, as they say, "turn a frown upside down". Why? Because it's energetic and can probably lift everyone out of a bad mood. Anyway, I believe that Paradise will help you find the inspiration you need. Why? Well, think about it: when you hear the word, doesn't it bring up a lot of thoughts? So I think using your own, personal definition of paradise and working from that is a good idea. In any case, I hope you find what you're looking for. Good luck! Best wishes, Medina.


I've always liked Don't Panic for its imagery, and Trouble, for its use of metaphors. Also, I think Swallowed in the Sea would be good as well. Liam.

Here are five Coldplay songs, rather than one that inspires me, and the piece of lyric from each one that I admire and love. Hope they can help with your quest, but only you can know what truly inspires you.
Hurts like heaven:
On every street every car every surface a name
Tonight the streets are ours
And we're writing and saying
Don't let 'em take control
No we won't let 'em take control.

Lost:
You might be a big fish
In a little pond
Doesn't mean you've won
'Cause along will come
A bigger one.

Twisted Logic:
Hundreds of years in the future
There could be computers
Looking for life on earth
Don't fight for the wrong side
Say what you feel like
Say how you feel.

Politik:
Look at earth from outer space
Everyone must find a place
Give me time and give me space
Give me real, don't give me fake.

We Never Change:
I wanna live life
And never be cruel
I wanna live life
And be good to you
And I wanna fly
And never come down
And live my life
And have friends around.

Best of luck, Jonathan.


Well I feel each song means something different to each person so I would pick a song that means a lot to you personally. For me, its a bit difficult to pick just one Coldplay song, or even album, but I'll say Mylo Xyloto. I feel the entire album is about overcoming challenges from relationships or even internal struggles. Not to mention how the band have grown over the years and this album really shows it. A lot of their older songs which I love seem to cry with me, but MX wipes my tears. Good luck with your interview! Love, Darem.

You should use Viva la Vida for inspiration. The music is amazing and the art, well, phenomenal. As for a song to use from the album, you should pick whichever one you like the most. Which lyrics are the most unique, which song has the best music? It's up to you, and all of the songs are great! I'm not sure if I was a big help, but I hope you got a few ideas. Hope I could help! Clare.

First off, you should have inspiration behind the photographs because you already took them! Honestly, I don't see why you're asking us for something so personal as your own inspiration! If you are still unsure, keep it simple. You should find a common theme or feeling that runs through your photographs, and choose a Coldplay song that fits that same feeling. I could go on forever about Coldplay's catalog, but I think the album Viva La Vida is the album that showed the world that Coldplay defies expectations and proves they are capable of so much more which is the same way you want to present yourself to the interviewer! Best of luck! Blake.

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