60 Minutes interviews Coldplay's front man Chris Martin about how he writes hit songs. Being "openly neurotic," Martin makes sure he captures song ideas the moment they strike him--even if it means scribbling them onto his piano with a Sharpie. He's got a marker holder mounted to his whitewashed piano for just that purpose, as shown. In the video below, reporter Steve Croft asks about it.
Croft: You have notes written on the piano?
Martin: Yeah, look, but this is just the beginning. In six months, this will all be covered.
Croft: And you have to repaint the piano?
Martin: Yeah. When we finish something, we repaint.
While I have mixed feelings about Coldplay, I love that even though Martin is rich and famous, he's a "compulsive worrier and list maker." He's even got band rules posted to the studio wall. (Rule #6: Don't do too many interviews; always keep mystery.)
Here's the whole video; the piano bit is at around minute 7:30. (Thanks, TB.)