Muslim Girl in America

I'm an American girl, born and raised, and a Muslim.

A True Love of Coldplay (and Ticket Stubs)

on June 19, 2014

I love music. It’s a HUGE part of my life. I listen to music every day, for any and every occasion. I listen when I’m sad, when I’m happy, when I need to feel inspired, when I need something calming before I go to sleep, and even when I want to just forget my cares for a few minutes and lose myself in a song.

Even the other night, when I received some upsetting news that made me feel like I was drowning, drowning, drowning, I put some music on and felt myself lift up, up, up. When days at work become frustrating, I put on some music to help me get through. Music brightens my life. It even helps me focus before prayers.

One of my all-time favorite bands is Coldplay. I love, love, love them.

COLDPLAY. Image source: http://coldplay.com/archive.php

COLDPLAY. Image source: http://coldplay.com/archive.php

Coldplay is the perfect antidote to any of my moods. I first heard them on their album Parachutes. To this day, though I LOVE what they’ve done since, it is my go-to album when I’m having a bad day. Don’t Panic is still my favorite song of theirs, and I was very excited when I heard them sing it the first time I saw them in concert (P.S. – Coldplay, if you ever read this/hear about this blog post, please consider playing it again at your next Washington, DC, concert 🙂 ).

Coldplay Parachutes

But the reason I love Coldplay so much is because they get me. Every song of theirs has struck a chord with me (no pun intended). It’s like they’re singing about my life. I don’t always pick up on deeper meaning in poetry or song verses, so I don’t know what Chris’s and other’s motivations were when they wrote a song. All I know is that I see myself reflected in the songs, and that listening to Coldplay brings me comfort. For example, I was feeling very alone and isolated in 2003. But then I heard Don’t Panic for the first time, and I didn’t feel so alone anymore. I felt as though someone understood what I was going through, and what I was facing on a daily basis. I felt hopeful for the first time in a long time.

I started listening to music more and going to concerts after that point. I was into music before (I have the cassette tapes to prove it), but not like this. I had found Coldplay too late in my opinion (Parachutes came out in 2000 – that’s 3 years I could have been listening to them), and I was thirsty to find out what and who else was out there, what else I was missing, and what music and comfort I was missing. Music has become an integral part of my life.

And, just to confirm, Coldplay is FANTASTIC in concert. They are right up there as one of the best live bands I’ve ever seen. And their last tour (after Mylo Xyloto came out) blew everything else out of the water. Their shows get better each time I see them. I do pay a lot for the experience and last time, mashAllah, I was blessed with really great seats (even better than what I thought I was getting, as the stage configuration changed and I ended up being 2 rows from the stage rather than the 16 I originally was). P.S. – To Coldplay – I was the person jumping up and down the whole time (sorry to the people sitting behind me!) at the first DC show last year. I can tell you’ll remember this over 2 years later. 🙂

One of the key things I’ve heard in my life that you shouldn’t buy things or tangible objects; you should invest in experiences (vacations, trips, family time, etc.). For me, that typically means concerts. I started a ticket stub diary that has overflowed into a second (and soon a third).

The tickets over-floweth.

The tickets over-floweth.

I know I haven’t been to as many concerts/music festivals/events as some people have, but I treasure these stubs. They represent good times (for the most part). I also rank my concerts by how good they were (I should mention that, if a band is horrible in concert, then I usually can’t even listen to them anymore). As you might expect, my Coldplay tickets rank first page status. Another great band ranking high status is The Killers (I’ve seen them numerous times, too; at their last concert I was right in front of the stage and 5 feet away from Brandon Flowers! Very exciting). I like consistency, and I know that with both Coldplay and The Killers I will get a good show and have a great time (even if the bands that open for them are not always the best, as I’ve seen with The Killers).

An upsetting trend I’ve seen recently, though, is the slow phasing out of ticket stubs in our digital world. I recently bought tickets to see the The Black Keys, and their tour is paperless. I applaud their environmentalness, but I do wish I had a traditional ticket stub. Even when there’s an option to print out my tickets at home, I would still rather get the old school tickets because they mean more to me. And they fit better in my ticket stub diary.

And I know what you’re likely thinking: that the stubs are only a piece of paper, and that it’s your memories that count. That is absolutely true. But concert tickets are the only thing I really splurge on besides books (perhaps splurging too much). And I like having that tangible reminder of places I’ve been and bands I’ve seen. (I should mention that I also have movie ticket stubs and stubs from other events tucked away in my diary, too).

And you, Coldplay, should also know that you are quite loved, the world around. One of my most surreal moments happened when I was in Pakistan several years ago. We went to visit the house of friends and have some tea (as you do), and they gave us a tour of the house. When she stopped at one of her teenage son’s rooms (they have 2 sons, neither of whom were there when we visited) I was very pleasantly surprised to see a giant Coldplay poster on one wall. I smiled. There it was – Coldplay tucked away in Pakistan, being listened to by a new generation that could bring change to a troubled country. Even writing it now, I’m smiling. It’s lovely to think that even a world away, you can have things in common with others. And I also think this is proof that Coldplay could bridge cultural gaps and bring peace to the world. #Coldplayforworldpeace

And so it is that, even during the month of Ramadan (fasting) I use music to help motivate me or just get through the tougher days. Coldplay is a daily feature. Oh, Coldplay, how much do I love thee!

Coldplay's new album, Ghost Stories

Coldplay’s new album, Ghost Stories.

So, to share my love of Coldplay, I’ve put together a playlist of some of their songs. I should preface this by saying that a lot of these are my favorites; if you searched for “popular” Coldplay songs you may find others. But, if my favorite Coldplay song is Don’t Panic, you can expect other favorites of mine to be “off the beaten path”, so to speak. You can check out my playlist on Spotify here: A Lot of Coldplay (it’s also below). I should also mention that the whole of their new album, Ghost Stories, is not yet available on Spotify so I highly recommend you go out and buy the album, as there are some really nice songs on there that I would have included on this playlist. And if you haven’t seen the video for Magic yet , you’re missing out.

(P.S. – Coldplay – that really cool video you just released for A Sky Full of Stars – can you do the same thing the next time you’re in DC???)

I’ll be uploading other playlists going forward, so you can give me a follow and stay up-to-date. You can also follow my blog on this site, as I’ll do a post when one’s ready.

What’s your favorite band? Let me know in the comments below!

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