Paradise by Cold Play
Clocking in at four minutes and twenty seconds in the radio edit version, Paradise was the second single from Coldplay off of their 5th studio album entitled ”Mylo Xyloto” The song starts off slow, with a small orchestral introduction, before the drums and bass come in all at once with the orchestra continuing above it. This is replaced by Chris Martins signature simple piano chords taking center stage. The song sings of a girl, who continues dreaming of paradise and everything she believed life could be, that it doesn’t end up being.
The original music video was directed by Hype Williams, but after filming and editing, the band decided to remake the music video, while scrapping the Hype Williams version. The decided on long-time collaborator Mat Whitecross. Whitecross was called and informed of this decision the day before shooting, and the concept was finally nailed down just hours before Whitecross flew from London to South Africa.
Ultimately, the pianist and leader singer of the band, Chris Martin created the concept of the video and pieced together the story line which was filmed in the classic nature documentary style. The video consists of a man dressed in an elephant costume, the man in the costume is actually Chris Martin the leader singer. This elephant escapes from the zoo and makes an attempt to travel to another country by hitch hiking. He scrapes together enough money to purchase a unicycle and came across three other elephant, played by the rest of Coldplay.
The music video was released in October 2011 and was shot on location in London, England and Cape Town, South Africa. The lyrics of the song and the concept of the video blend together in a strange unity as you watch the music video. You are emotionally taken in by the band and become their friend. You find yourself repeated the ever so simple chorus in your head, ‘dreamin para-para-para-dise every time you close your eyes’ It can stay in your head for the entire day and you don’t seem to get sick of it. The song seems to identify with a fine wine in its ability to improve with age.