If you’ve been reading my blog for a while you know I’m a huge Coldplay fan. And last night was like Christmas at the Delamont house! I got home from leading worship at our evening service feeling pretty wiped. I went to bed fairly early but first checked to see if Coldplay’s new album Mylo Xyloto was available for download yet on iTunes.
It most certainly was! So instead of sleeping I decided to listen to the whole thing straight through. It was fantastic!
I love Coldplay because like me, they are so obviously music fans. They pull influences in to their music from all over the place. There’s even a track featuring Rihanna on here. It’s called “Princess of China” and it’s a great track. Some of my other favourite tracks on the album are the instrumental opener “Mylo Xyloto”, “Charlie Brown”, and “Up With the Birds”.
Coldplay is inspiring to me because they are constantly evolving, constantly trying new things. They may have gained or lost some fans along the way because of that. I don’t know and I don’t care. But they never stand still. With every music video, every song, and every live show they are trying new things.
As a musician, pastor, and heck, even just as a human I really resonate with that.
Never. stand. still
So you’ve got a large group of people that are happy with what you’re doing now. Great! But don’t just stay there. Never stand still.
You’re comfortable, you’ve found your “groove”. Well, what’s next? Are you just going to stay where it’s comfortable? Never stand still.
You think you’ve got it figured out. You’ve been doing this for a long time. Think you’re done learning and growing? Think there’s nothing left for you to learn? Never stand still.
You may not be us much of a Coldplay fan as I am. I’m not here to convert you to the fan club. I’m just here to ask that if you’re someone who wants to make this world better, if you’re someone that wants to live a life full of purpose, and especially if you’re someone who wants to help people discover who Jesus is…if that’s you…then never stand still.
By the way, in case you were wondering where in the world the band got the idea for their album name “Mylo Xyloto” here’s what lead singer Chris Martin told The Sun (UK Newspaper) in September, 2011.
Quoting The Sun: It is pronounced My-low Zy-letoe… and even the lads admit the title doesn’t mean anything. Chris says: “At the moment it seems a bit ridiculous and I accept that. “Something about it feels quite fresh. The title doesn’t have any other meaning. I think we’re a band with a lot of history now so it’s nice to come up with something that doesn’t have any history at all. We’ve had that title for about two years on a board and any other potential titles had to be written next to it. Other ones made more sense but we just liked this one, that’s all we can defend it with.”