04 June 2011

Politics, Celebs and Social Media

When I grow up I wanna be a . . . .?

We used to think that politicians were involved in politics and musicians wrote music. The lines have faded and music has become a means to communicate to people who never read the political or international news sections of the paper, or website.

Listen to Coldplay's new single. It may or may not shed light on recent political comments and tweets about Palestine.

The Jerusalem Post talks about the debate that was sparked by Coldplay promoting a Palestinian Freedom song. Coldplay fans expressed predictably polar opinions of the band’s foray into politics.

The announcement of Every Teardrop Is a Waterfall has featured in recent cryptic tweets by the band. Two animated doodles (here and here), showcase lines from the track. Among the lyrical gems: "I turn the music up/ I got my records on/ from underneath the rubble" and "Every siren is a symphony/ every tear's a waterfall."

The Guardian clarifies things for us, "Strictly speaking, teardrops are not waterfalls: whereas the latter is an endless torrent of H20, pouring off a cliff, a teardrop is an eye's singular secretion. But Coldplay fans wouldn't be Coldplay fans if they scrutinised every lyric; on the band's most recent release, the one-off December single Christmas Lights, Chris Martin offered a different metaphor for leaky eyeballs. "Christmas night, another fight," he sang, "Tears we cried a flood."

Go to Coldplay's site here or Facebook here or Twitter here.

Heard the songs? What do you think?

Do music and politics mix? Oh ya, these days more powerfully than ever before since celebs often have more powerful stage than those who work the back rooms to redraw the maps.

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