So what if I don’t like Coldplay?

by Larry Hehn on October 25, 2011

Coldplay otterLast week I asked in a post what our readers would like to protest. We got some fun answers, but we also had a lot of commenters remark that they were getting agitated as they thought about things that really bothered them.

Kind of like how I used to get whenever I heard Coldplay.

Yes, I realize that I’m probably in the minority here. Everybody and their brother seems to like Coldplay these days. But I’ve never been a fan.

And now that people are oohing and aahing about their latest release, it looks like I’ll be hearing a lot more of Coldplay in the coming weeks.

It would probably be a traffic-boosting source of controversy if I spent the next few paragraphs trashing Coldplay and telling everyone how I don’t like their music very much.

But really, who would that serve in the end?

Frankly, dwelling on things that bother me is downright exhausting. It’s like trying to dig your way out of a hole. The more you gripe, the more you seem to find stuff to gripe about.

Sharing that gripe would be nothing more than an attempt to drag a few more people in and get them as agitated as me.

I don’t know about you, but I really don’t want to go there.

So, I won’t!

I’m not going to rant about Coldplay here. Truth be told, I’ve listened to a few of the songs from their new release, and they are starting to grow on me.

Like this one:

So what if I don’t like Coldplay? Well, I suppose I could dwell on it and get upset.

What I would rather do is think about some things that are worth celebrating.

Some may be big and obvious, like the Gospel. Others we may take for granted but really miss when they aren’t there, like comfortable 100% cotton underwear, hot showers, clean drinking water, and bacon.

Either way, there are plenty of things worth celebrating out there.

What are some of yours?

{ 24 comments… read them below or add one }

Jason October 25, 2011 at 4:26 pm

This is actually a hard question for me because right now there’s very little in my life that makes me happy. Rush would go on the list because they make Coldplay look like William Hung. A good action/drama like Person of Interest. How I Met Your Mother usually makes me smile. Swedish Fish. My kids for the 4 days a month they’re here.
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Larry Hehn October 25, 2011 at 8:21 pm

Yep, I’ll take Rush over Coldplay any day. And can you believe I’ve never had Swedish Fish? Gotta find me some!


Alise October 25, 2011 at 5:07 pm

I got to play in church this week after 2 1/2 months off. It made me so happy to be back with some of my favorite musicians, helping to bring people to a mindset of worship.

It’s easy to get caught up in the things that annoy/irritate us. I probably need to do a “thankful” post soon!
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Larry Hehn October 25, 2011 at 8:24 pm

I can just imagine how refreshing that would have been. Looking forward to your thankful post, Alise!


Shelley October 25, 2011 at 8:42 pm

Hi Larry! I’m back in the land of the blogger – finally got my laptop “fixed”. Looking forward to catching up on your blog.

Don’t think I’ve ever really heard Coldplay – though I may have and just not known it. I don’t listen to the radio that much though.
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Larry Hehn October 25, 2011 at 8:56 pm

Hey, welcome back Shelley!
I hope the new teaching job is going well, and that the west coast is being good to you!


Ann Peachman October 25, 2011 at 8:51 pm

Special people in my life, seeing stars during early morning dog walking, smelling wood smoke during late night dog walking, writing that makes a difference, doing anything that makes a difference, making someone laugh, being able to give, emails from a serious friend, sharing my journey, new jeans a size smaller, hugs, sunshine on my face, Jer. 29:11, that there’s so much for which to thank God.


Larry Hehn October 25, 2011 at 8:58 pm

I really like the wood smoke too. It takes me right back to my grandfather’s wood stove. This is a wonderful list, Ann. Thannk you so much for sharing!


Kevin Martineau October 26, 2011 at 2:43 pm

Our tendency is definitely toward griping and not celebrating. No matter what we are going through there is always something to celebrate.
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Larry Hehn October 27, 2011 at 8:22 am

Right on, Kevin!


Brad Huebert October 26, 2011 at 10:25 pm

Wow, yes.
My marriage. It’s deep, rich, growing.

My relationship with my kids: Like my fifteen year old twelve year old daughter who still loves to hug me and walk arm in arm. My fourteen year old son who posts quotes from my sermons on Facebook. My ten year old son who loves to cuddle.

God, you rock my world.
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Larry Hehn October 27, 2011 at 8:24 am

Wow! That’s definitely worth celebrating, Brad! Thanks for sharing.


Bernadine Milley October 27, 2011 at 11:52 am

there is so much to celebrate!

there are the obvious ones like saving grace, God himself, children, grandchildren.

an income that fluctuates but is always enough.
a good sturdy home and a live-in handyman that keeps it that way.
if I need something, I can go to the store and find it. in this country we don’t see empty shelves everywhere and we don’t have to stand in line for hours hoping to get the last loaf of bread or whatever.
flushing toilets and toilet paper.
can openers! there are so many tools that make our lives simpler.
I used to do a lot of griping until I remembered scriptures about being thankful and speaking encouragement, so I purposed to turn things around and find something about a task or whatever, to thank God about. so now I celebrate or am grateful for so many big and little things.
I am thankful that I have a house to clean, clothes to wear and wash, kids who have the curiousity enough to ask endless questions etc. etc.


Larry Hehn October 27, 2011 at 11:53 am

That’s a great list, Bernadine!


Jeff Williams October 27, 2011 at 12:37 pm

What’s wrong with Coldplay? Each CD is like the same song sung 10 times…
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Larry Hehn October 28, 2011 at 11:37 am



Liz McLennan October 27, 2011 at 7:26 pm

Apple cider’s back at Tim Hortons.
My furnace has been replaced, just in time for frost.
People around me keep birthing beautiful babies and this makes me giddy.
Matthew remembered to ask a family friend for the “secret word” when school pick-up went wonky. Yay!
My supper dishes are drying in the rack and soon it will be bedtime for the Reds.
I am kicking butt at school.

Life is good.


Larry Hehn October 28, 2011 at 11:44 am

Awesome, Liz!


Keri October 28, 2011 at 1:03 am

I really appreciate that you are open minded enough to entertain the idea that you may actually like some of Coldplay’s new stuff. Most times when someone decides they don’t like something, they have to be adamantly opposed to it for eternity, even if it changes for the better.

Tonight I’m grateful for coffee ice cream. And, change. As in things are different now change. Not jingle in my pocket kinda change-but, that’s good, too. 🙂


Larry Hehn October 28, 2011 at 12:07 pm

With some bands I’ve found that they have a handful of songs that I really like, and others that I just can’t stand. Among those: Queen, The Who, Led Zeppelin, David Bowie, and now Coldplay. If I don’t like it, I don’t like it. But I hope that I’ll always at least give their new stuff a try.

Yep, change is good. And so is coffee ice cream!


kelybreez October 28, 2011 at 1:04 pm

Okay, Larry, I like Coldplay, and I like you.

So I guess it all evens out.


Larry Hehn October 28, 2011 at 1:40 pm

I like you too, Kely!


Juan Cruz Jr October 29, 2011 at 11:04 am

Larry, as the saying goes “misery loves company”. That’s why people like to gripe and complain and take a few people with them on that horrific ride. There are many things to celebrate. I can’t wait to go to church Sundays and Wednesdays. I can’t wait to spend time with me wife and kids. I can’t wait to celebrate a major milestone in the life of my family members. There are so many things that we all should celebrate and focus on – those things that really matter. Like you said, it is absolutely exhausting griping, instead of celebrating. I rather celebrate and have fun, then gripe, and cause my self worry and stress, for no reason, and when it’s not going to change a thing. God Bless.
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Larry Hehn October 30, 2011 at 4:10 pm

Great attitude, Juan!


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