Honestly, my brother said it best: Muse is what other bands try to be.
They are the real deal. Seriously though. They've got cuh-razy talent in multiple instruments, the vocals are unbelievable, their stage-presence exceptional, and the songs they write--sweet heaven above--they've got that too!
Which has led me to this conclusion. These guys are real musicians. They aren't just a "face" and their songs aren't all just repeats of each other. They have songs that just about anyone could love and enjoy, and then they have these crazy songs where they blend things that you thought could never blend together--like western, and piano, and electronic, and hard rock, and falsetto vocals--and they completely own it.
Even their lyrics are real, poetry actually--none of this "baby, oh baby, baby," stuff. And thank heaven they aren't all singing about sex! I'm so sick of every song being about sex, sex, love, break-up, sex, sex again. Did you know that there are actually other things musicians can sing about? That can be important to talk about? Like revolution, war, mercy, politics, supporting one another?
And one of the best things about Muse? They sound better live than on the album. For real. And the shows they put on are totally killer. Their endurance is second to none. When I saw them in Las Vegas recently, their front man, Matt Bellamy, was running around on stage, rocking out on the guitar, and singing, and jumping around for basically two hours straight (like honestly, Muse doesn't even talk between songs)--and for world tours, he does this 2-3 time per week, for almost a year. When I looked up their tour dates recently, they have at least two shows a week from January through May. What are these guys on?
And they've been doing this for over 20 years! Most bands don't even make it to half that. Yeah, I was like in kindergarten when epic things were forming--and I didn't even know.
And so talented. And I thank heaven that they are sharing their talents with the world--that they are sharing their talents with me. And they are willing to put in the work and dedication and time and commitment to share their talent and aren't all just sitting at home drinking beer and binge-watching.
People tend to really glamorize the rockstar life . . . but I hear it's actually . . . not that great. Would you want to be away from your family, home, your own bed, to perform until your lungs gave out twice a week for a year? And then get back home to start composing more music? (Which you aren't really even making money off.) If you do, you must really love what you do, and I'm sure Muse does too. They have to. And they would because they are real musicians. Which is what makes this even more awesome--that they get to share their talents and what they love with millions who love it too. (Come on, their Facebook page alone has over 17 million fans on it.) Can you imagine what that must feel like? To give that to people and then connect with them on it?
I love "Starlight" on one of their live albums, because the crowd completely blasts back the lyrics at them at one part, and I like to imagine what that would feel like--having that energy and love for what you created and what you love too, blasted back at you. It's got to take you to cloud nine.
And here's the thing, while the Las Vegas audience was lame--the tones of the music were perfection on wings. Truly it was the best sounding concert I've ever been to. When I saw Muse in Salt Lake last tour, it was in a basketball arena--not exactly musician friendly. But in Las Vegas we saw them at the Mandalay Bay and the sound was beautiful. Which reminds me why I really go to concerts--for the musicians. If I could have brought the Salt Lake audience to the Las Vegas concert, all would have been perfect, but you can't have everything. And it didn't stop Muse from putting on a killer show. I've been reliving the concert ever since it ended.
Note: To Those Who Know Nothing About Muse
Once in a while people find out how much I adore Muse, and they respond with, "I don't even really know who they are."
Trust me, you do. You just didn't realize those songs were done by Muse. Here are just some of their hits.
If someone came up to me and wanted to get to know Muse, the albums I'd recommend would be Absolution and The Resistance, but it probably depends on who I'm talking to. You know how I said their songs don't all sound the same? Their albums most definitely have their own sounds too--while still having Muse's signature on it.
For example, their album 2nd Law has a touch of electronic and dubstep, go back to older albums, and they can sound a little emo, in other albums they've got hard rock. In Drones, they have some retro sounds and some of it reminds me of Queen a bit--I've heard others say Sammy Hagar and AC/DC. Other songs will appeal to alternative and indie fans. So they have a little bit of just about everything.
I wish I had the time and means to just follow them to each of their concerts on this tour, but instead I'll have to be content with counting down the days until their next world tour and listening to their music for the thousandth time. These days, there are few things I would rather do than sit at home and write, but Muse was definitely worth taking the night off. It's been so long since I've had that much fun, that I forgot what it felt like.
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1. I restarted my Writing Tip vlog, and it looks a lot better than before. My latest video is here. Please be kind and subscribe.
2. If Youtube isn't your thing, you can find the audio on Sound Cloud. They have an app too, so you can listen wherever you go.
3. Got some good blog posts in the works. Next week I'll be talking about the "Show, don't Tell" rule and when to break it, then I've got one that I almost garantee will help you brainstorm better and faster, and then a few other odds and ends.
Goodbye, I'm off to marry Matt Bellamy's voice! <3