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He was the first person to put his life on hold to be in Coldplay. That’s because he’s brave, he’s Scottish, he’s a true fucking legend. - Chris Martin.


I think it’s always been our goal to make good songs […] That’s always been the important thing for us, to enjoy the music that we’re making, to make good songs, to be good musicians, and to be honest. - Guy Berryman.

How should I even begin this? Thank you for putting your life on hold for Coldplay, thank you for gifting us with amazing basslines every album, and thank you for being a (very fundamental) part of Coldplay. I just want to wish a happy 39th birthday to our president of bass and taste, to the most handsome dark horse ever, to the model in charge of the sales of Coldplay’s calendars, to the one and only Guy Berryman. I hope you’re happy wherever you are and that you’re healthy. Don’t worry, you’re making great songs and we enjoy the music you make along with you. Can’t wait for whatever comes next!

anonymous asked:

Top 10 piano sonatas?

Oh this is going to be beyond hard to list. This list is going to be super biased of course because it’s my personal favorites, so right away Scriabin is going to be disproportionally frequent here, since his set of 10 is my favorite set of sonatas in history, and Beethoven is also disproportionally here because, well, he’s Beethoven, his sonatas defined and destroyed the genre and it’s hard not to include at least three. 

Also, adding in retrospect, this took me almost 40 minutes to put together. It was not easy. I was going to abide by a “no more than two per composer rule” but I couldn’t because I have too many favorites by few composers. Also to reiterate, this is a top 10 of my favorites, not objective best, because looking over my own music collection as well as some “best sonatas” lists by others, there are a few “great” sonatas on lists that I either haven’t listened to enough to hold an opinion, or personally don’t care for. Those won’t be mentioned as I’m not here to start a flame war. Anyway, here it is, my top 10 piano sonatas:

10: Scriabin - Sonata no. 3

The best of his “early” sonatas, imo, that started out as a program work to depict the ruins of some medieval castle, and that was scrapped and instead became a poem about the journey of the soul, and that was scrapped and now it’s a piece of absolute music. But the whirlwind of afterlife drama remains. Also, the slow movement has one of the most gorgeous melodies in the literature.

9: Beethoven - Sonata no. 32

His last sonata and so of course he goes out with a bang by going against sonata convention. Two movements. The first is a fiery Beethovenian drama, complete with an improvisatory nature and fugato section, while the second is in the major, is double the length, and a set of variations on a simple theme, some of the variations predict ragtime.

8: Chopin - Sonata no. 2

His darkest music, this sonata is very gloomy, very energetic, and yes it has the iconic and perhaps overused Funeral March, but it ends in one of the most shocking gestures I’ve seen in Chopin’s music: a flurry of notes, a perpetuum mobile toccata that never rests in any distinguishable key. 

7: Rachmaninoff - Sonata no. 2

It is like a concerto for solo piano. Better than Alkan’s hidden gem. This work is full of fire, the second movement is Classic Hollywood level Romantic, and the finale coda is breathtaking. It’s amazing to think what kind of sound can be created by one instrument.

6: Scriabin - Sonata no. 8

My personal favorite of the late sonatas. The opening is hypnotic in it’s mystic tonality and its dizzying multi-voice polyphony, throwing all of the main melodies together in a way that seems effortless and natural. As if these eerie melodies came from somewhere in nature, in the depths of the subconscious. This piece inspired a short story idea of mine that I’m still trying to flesh out. No spoilers, but it involves dreams, out of body experiences, phantoms, and the night.

5: Beethoven - Sonata no. 21 “Waldstein”

Like another concerto for solo piano. I think the smartest aspect of this work is how much attention Beethoven pays to structure and contrast, and instead of giving us three relentless heavy movements, which would seem over the top, overkill, he gives us two heavy glorious movements that sandwich a calmer, shorter reflective one that becomes a great transition between the two. Also, the ending “sunrise” melody is so uplifting, it gets stuck in my head days after I hear it. And to think I shrugged this one off in high school.

4: Beethoven - Sonata no. 29 “Hammerklavier”

His most powerful sonata, IMO. So much is going on over such a long stretch of time. To use the tired word, it is “epic”. Also, the crazy “pre-post-modernist meta-musical” fugue ending is ingenious. And if that description did your head in, try listening to the music itself. It’s just as bizarre. 

3: Liszt - Sonata in b minor

I’ll be honest, I would probably put this at my personal “2″ but the top sonata on this list is so similar I wanted variation. This is my favorite 19th century sonata, it has everything: great themes, emotional journeys, thematic unity and transformation, and so compact that you notice new details with every listening, and it becomes more awe inspiring with each listen because you say to yourself, “wait a second, this is a pattern used in X theme but slowed down, or used as the bassline, wow I can’t believe he thought of everything”

2: Scriabin - Sonata no. 5

Apocalyptic, otherworldly. Another Scriabin sonata that inspired my own fantasy/sci-fi story, no spoilers here either but basically the story ends with an eerie calm after an escape from an oppressive force, floating on his back in a lake looking at the moon, the wilderness, what the forrest in moonlight feels like, what the stars feel like. And it’s only 12 minutes. 12 minutes of music from another planet.

1: Medtner - Sonata no. 7 “Night Wind”

Basically, the same things I wrote under Liszt’s sonata, but add in Russian Romantic poetry, thick textures, an impressionist program, and even more fluid melodies. This work is great, exhausting to listen to the first time around, and may even seem like too much. But the more you listen, and notice what is going on, the more captivating it becomes. Sure the “Night Wind” may feel more like a whirlwind out of control at times, but everything is heavily weighted and constructed.

Bad Blood Lyrics (feat. Kendrick)

[Chorus: Taylor Swift]
Cause baby, now we’ve got bad blood
You know it used to be mad love
So take a look what you’ve done
Cause baby, now we’ve got bad blood, hey!
Now we’ve got problems
And I don’t think we can solve ‘em
You made a really deep cut
And baby, now we’ve got bad blood, hey!

[Verse 1: Kendrick Lamar]
I can’t take it back, look where I’m at
We was on D like DOC, remember that?
My TLC was quite OD, ID my facts
Now POV of you and me, similar Iraq
I don’t hate you but I hate to critique, overrate you
These beats of a dark heart, use basslines to replace you
Take time and erase you, love don’t hear no more
No I don’t fear no more, better yet respect ain’t quite sincere no more

[Pre-Chorus: Taylor Swift]
Oh, it’s so sad to
Think about the good times
You and I

[Chorus: Taylor Swift]
Cause baby, now we’ve got bad blood
You know it used to be mad love
So take a look what you’ve done
Cause baby, now we’ve got bad blood, hey!
Now we’ve got problems
And I don’t think we can solve 'em
You made a really deep cut
And baby, now we’ve got bad blood, hey!

[Verse 2: Kendrick Lamar]
Remember when you tried to write me off?
Remember when you thought I’d take a loss?
Don’t you remember? You thought I would need yah
Follow procedure, remember? Oh wait you got amnesia
It was my season for battle wounds, battle scars
Body bumped, bruised
Stabbed in the back; brimstone, fire jumping through
Still, all my life, I got money and power
And you gotta live with the bad blood now

[Pre-Chorus: Taylor Swift]
Oh, it’s so sad to
Think about the good times
You and I

[Chorus: Taylor Swift]
Cause baby, now we’ve got bad blood
You know it used to be mad love
So take a look what you’ve done
Cause baby, now we’ve got bad blood, hey!
Now we’ve got problems
And I don’t think we can solve 'em
You made a really deep cut
And baby, now we’ve got bad blood, hey!

[Bridge: Taylor Swift (Kendrick Lamar)]
Band-aids don’t fix bullet holes
You say sorry just for show
You live like that, you live with ghosts
(You forgive, you forget but you never let it go)
Band-aids don’t fix bullet holes
You say sorry just for show
If you live like that, you live with ghosts
If you love like that, blood runs cold!

[Chorus: Taylor Swift]
Cause baby, now we’ve got bad blood
You know it used to be mad love
So take a look what you’ve done
Cause baby, now we’ve got bad blood, hey!
Now we’ve got problems
And I don’t think we can solve 'em
You made a really deep cut
And baby, now we’ve got bad blood, hey!

[Chorus: Taylor Swift]
Cause baby, now we’ve got bad blood
You know it used to be mad love
So take a look what you’ve done
Cause baby, now we’ve got bad blood, hey!
Now we’ve got problems
And I don’t think we can solve 'em
You made a really deep cut
And baby, now we’ve got bad blood, hey!

BAD BLOOD REMIX LYRICS

[Chorus: Taylor Swift]
Cause baby, now we’ve got bad blood
You know it used to be mad love
So take a look what you’ve done
Cause baby, now we’ve got bad blood, hey!
Now we’ve got problems
And I don’t think we can solve ‘em
You made a really deep cut
And baby, now we’ve got bad blood, hey!

[Verse 1: Kendrick Lamar]
I can’t take it back, look where I’m at
We was on D like DOC, remember that?
My TLC was quite OD, ID my facts
Now POV of you and me, similar Iraq
I don’t hate you but I hate to critique, overrate you
These beats of a dark heart, use basslines to replace you
Take time and erase you, love don’t hear no more
No I don’t fear no more, better yet respect ain’t quite sincere no more

[Pre-Chorus: Taylor Swift]
Oh, it’s so sad to
Think about the good times
You and I

[Chorus: Taylor Swift]
Cause baby, now we’ve got bad blood
You know it used to be mad love
So take a look what you’ve done
Cause baby, now we’ve got bad blood, hey!
Now we’ve got problems
And I don’t think we can solve 'em
You made a really deep cut
And baby, now we’ve got bad blood, hey!

[Verse 2: Kendrick Lamar]
Remember when you tried to write me off?
Remember when you thought I’d take a loss?
Don’t you remember? You thought I would need yah
Follow procedure, remember? Oh wait you got amnesia
It was my season for battle wounds, battle scars
Body bumped, bruised
Stabbed in the back; brimstone, fire jumping through
Still, all my life, I got money and power
And you gotta live with the bad blood now

[Pre-Chorus: Taylor Swift]
Oh, it’s so sad to
Think about the good times
You and I

[Chorus: Taylor Swift]
Cause baby, now we’ve got bad blood
You know it used to be mad love
So take a look what you’ve done
Cause baby, now we’ve got bad blood, hey!
Now we’ve got problems
And I don’t think we can solve 'em
You made a really deep cut
And baby, now we’ve got bad blood, hey!

[Bridge: Taylor Swift (Kendrick Lamar)]
Band-aids don’t fix bullet holes
You say sorry just for show
You live like that, you live with ghosts
(You forgive, you forget but you never let it go)
Band-aids don’t fix bullet holes
You say sorry just for show
If you live like that, you live with ghosts
If you love like that, blood runs cold!

[Chorus: Taylor Swift]
Cause baby, now we’ve got bad blood
You know it used to be mad love
So take a look what you’ve done
Cause baby, now we’ve got bad blood, hey!
Now we’ve got problems
And I don’t think we can solve 'em
You made a really deep cut
And baby, now we’ve got bad blood, hey!

[Chorus: Taylor Swift]
Cause baby, now we’ve got bad blood
You know it used to be mad love
So take a look what you’ve done
Cause baby, now we’ve got bad blood, hey!
Now we’ve got problems
And I don’t think we can solve 'em
You made a really deep cut
And baby, now we’ve got bad blood, hey!

KENDRICK'S VERSES IN BAD BLOOD

[Verse 1: Kendrick Lamar]
I can’t take it back, look where I’m at
We was on D like DOC, remember that?
My TLC was quite OD, ID my facts
Now POV of you and me, similar Iraq
I don’t hate you but I hate to critique, overrate you
These beats of a dark heart, use basslines to replace you
Take time and erase you, love don’t hear no more
No I don’t fear no more, better yet respect ain’t quite sincere no more


[Verse 2: Kendrick Lamar]
Remember when you tried to write me off?
Remember when you thought I’d take a loss?
Don’t you remember? You thought I would need yah
Follow procedure, remember? Oh wait you got amnesia
It was my season for battle wounds, battle scars
Body bumped, bruised
Stabbed in the back; brimstone, fire jumping through
Still, all my life, I got money and power
And you gotta live with the bad blood now

Kendrick’s part of Bridge-
(You forgive, you forget but you never let it go)