Without the music of Coldplay or the brilliant photographers who took the photos I used in this video, none of what has garnered national attention and helped to raise millions for victims of Hurricane Katrina would have been possible. I would like to take a moment to
thank them and tell you a little about the musical group Coldplay and the where many of the photographs came from in this presentation.
Coldplay never intended to become England's favorite rock & roll sons when their signature rock melodies ruled the charts throughout 2000. The Brit-rock quartet — composed of Chris Martin (vocals/piano), Jon Buckland (guitar), Will Champion (drums), and Guy Berryman (bass) — yearned to mess around a bit, plucking their own acoustics for fun while attending the University College of London. All had been playing instruments since their early teens and had been influenced by the likes of Bob Dylan, the Stone Roses, Neil Young, and My Bloody Valentine. In 2003, lead singer Chris Martin wed actress Gwyneth Paltrow. They gave birth to daughter Apple in 2004 and are expecting their second child later this year. Their sweet melodies and swooning lyrics are the cornerstone of their success and "Fix You" was the perfect song to use for the Katrina video. In their short tenure, Coldplay has already won 4 Grammy Awards and were again nominated for 3 more in 2005 for their newest CD "X&Y".
"X&Y" is Coldplay's 3rd studio album. Anyone interested in purchasing the CD with "Fix You", can purchase it at
Amazon. Here is the link to
Recently, I went to back to Los Angeles to meet with Coldplay at their concert at the Great Western Forum. I was able to meet Chris Martin for a couple minutes after the concert while he was headed to the after party in the Forum Club. I thanked him for the Band's beautiful song. Hopefully one day, I'll get an opportunity to get an extended visit and thank the entire band properly. I am very grateful permission was granted to use their song. It has helped raise millions of dollars for the victims, helped others to mourn losses, inspired and uplifted many to become active and help our fellow Americans.
Thank you to all the brave men and women whose photographs are depicted in this video. Photographs by: Staff Photographers: AP, Getty, NOLA.com, The Times-Picayune & various other independents.
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