Sunday, 28 December 2008

Awards, court cases & church planting

Passion founder Louis Giglio has long emphasised the primacy of the local church over parachurch ministry. Now he's putting his money where is mouth is by moving to Atlanta to plant a Church. How will he cope with the shift from stadium worship to local church music team? Pretty easily I guess - he's taking Matt Redman AND Chris Tomlin with him! In his spare time Louis will continue to run his record label sixstepsrecords.

Brenton Brown is making history. ASCAP (The American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers) recently honoured him for the song "Everlasting God" at an award ceremony in London."Everlasting God" was recognized for being one of the top 20 songs played on American radio in 2007 making this the first time a Christian song has ever received this honour.

As you may have read Joe Satriani is suing Coldplay for plagiarism. Did they borrow (accidentally or not) the melody and chord progression from 'If I Could Fly' for Viva La Vida? Watch this from 0:50 and then you decide. (There was a much better comparison video posted but EMI have taken it down).


  1. Hey Matt.

    A couple of news articles got me thinking again and i finally remembered what both songs reminded me of.

    Listen to "Viva la Vida" then "If I could fly" and then listen to this cat stevens song:

    I think this shows aptly how the human ear has a tendency to gravitate towards certain melodies once the chord prgression is established. Seems to shoot a fairly big hole in satriani's argument!

    Who's copying who! I personally think its more likely coldplay copied cat stevens. For some reason i just can't picture Chris Martin listening to "Is there love in space" and deciding that song would be brilliant as his next platinum seller!

    Anyway, just thought you might find this interesting. Hope you're well mate.


  2. I see what you mean though I think Vida is more like the Satriani - about 80% on the melody and 95% on the backing. For me it's the opening 3 notes against the chord which are quite distinctive and fairly rare (though not unique as you quite rightly point out!)

    As far as I understand Joe's case (which isn't very far!) it's not a matter of proving they stole it but proving it is:

    (a) substantially the same
    (b) published after his

    I think Joe stands a very good chance on the first and no contest on the second.

    Coldplay should settle out of court and give him backdated royalties. Satriani is also a platinum selling, grammy-nominated artist signed to a major label and I think if it gets to court it will only reflect badly on Coldplay.

    However if they do that bands will be lining up round the block to sue them next.

    So a no win situation!


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