Clocks is a hit song by Coldplay, written by front-man Chris Martin.
But there is a deeper connection.
As we lose an hour of sleep and gain daylight in the evening, we can blame, or thank, William Willet. He is credited as the pioneer of daylight saving. In 1907 William published a pamphlet “The Waste of Daylight” using his own resources. It suggested moving clocks forward would conserve energy.
In high school history class it was generally taught that Ben Franklin invented daylight saving. Turns out, that wasn’t the only inaccuracy from high school history! (Grin)
So what is the Chris Martin of Coldplay and daylight savings connection?
Chris Martin’s great-great grandfather is … William Willet, the father of modern daylight saving.
So in summary:
- Clocks move forward to return to Daylight Savings Time
- Which was pioneered by William Willet
- Whose great-great grandson is Chris Martin, lead singer for ColdPlay
- Who had a hit called “Clocks”.
Coldplay’s Clocks won the Grammy for song-of-the-year in 2004. Enjoy: