Clocks is an arrangement by classical guitarist John Waldo for guitar ensemble of the song Clocks by Coldplay, based on a finger-style arrangement by Dan C. Holloway. Waldo's arrangement creates an expansive feel, yet on an intimate scale. The percussive effect in portions of the accompaniment is created by drumming the strings with the right hand. The ensemble version stands on its own, and is not intended as a mimic of the original hit song, Clocks by Coldplay.
John Waldo has performed with the Springfield Symphony on public radio of the Ozarks. He has performed as soloist with the Stanton Strings of Springfield, Missouri and the Trinity Recorder Consort of Madison, Wisconsin. Waldo has made multiple appearances on network affiliated television and has performed live “In the Spotlight” on Wisconsin Public Radio. Waldo performed his Christmas program on “Studio Live” with Public Radio of the Ozarks and has appeared on multiple occasions as Featured Guest Artist for the Children’s Choir of Southwest Missouri. Since his academic recitals as an undergrad and graduate student, he has appeared in hundreds of concerts, recitals, weddings, worship services, and social events. His performance schedule has taken him through much of the United States and parts of Europe.
Waldo regularly volunteers his musical talent in hospitals and cancer treatment centers as part of the program, “Healing through Music”. Waldo has served as Artist-in-Residence at Sequiota Elementary School in Springfield, Missouri, where he directed a school-wide professionally produced studio recording project for over 200 elementary students. He also served as resident guitarist for “New Song,” a weekly Taizé style meditation service featuring classical guitar. Waldo has presented his innovative program of poetry and classical guitar, “Celebrate the Earth” for dozens of public and private schools, libraries, festivals, and charities. He has performed his non-denominational guitar worship setting for scores of services which also serves as the instrumental basis of his solo release, “The Glorious Guitar”.