The Karma of Coldplay


The Karma of Coldplay: A head full of dreams, and a community of shared rhythms

What have 96 four-year-olds from Germany got in common with the four 30-something members of Coldplay from the UK? Answer #1: music. Answer #2: co-operation. First hear what Chris Martin told Ashtanga yoga teacher Eddie Stern when he visited the Rubin Museum to talk about karma just before cooperating with Beyoncé, Pearl Jam, Ed Sheeran, and Sting to produce the fourth annual Global Citizen concert on the Great Lawn in Central Park, New York City.
“A group of like-minded people are all becoming something bigger than themselves,” Chris Martin declared, with the implication that this bonding can create a momentum for change.
“What happens when something becomes greater than the sum of its parts?” asked Eddie Stern.
“For Global Citizen, it’s to bring all of those people to the same place to try to work out some solution,” replied Chris, adding, “It has to be listened to.”

Music as society’s Elmer’s
A number of neuroscientists have identified this unique property of music to function as a societal binding agent. Psychologist Daniel Levitin, author of This Is Your Brain On Music, appeared on stage at the Rubin with songwriting legend Paul Simon in the annual Brainwave series in 2008. Levitin makes the case for music as a key component in our evolutionary development. The tribal unity that is forged through shared rhythms and cultural property lead, he claims, to social bonding, improved fitness, and a superior ability to survive. In other words, music forges karmic connections.

96 German children
To support this idea, a 2010 study conducted by Sebastian Kirschner and Michael Tomasello at the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology in Leipzig demonstrated that —> Read More