So, this totally made my day on ‘Armitage Day’ two days ago (posting a screencap, in case the tweet gets deleted in the future):
Richard referenced my absolute fave band! I love Muse, I’ve been to three of their concerts (very briefly wrote about that here and here), which were truly awesome, and I’d go to even more if I could afford it.
I first really dicovered Muse some 4 or so years ago while watching one of the Twilight movies. Movies were OK (first one was the best one, I thought) but I loved the music in the movies. I especially liked Muse (adored their Supermassive Black Hole song), got two of their albums, but it was one of the many things I really liked. Then, in the fall of 2012, a friend of mine said she was going to a Muse concert with some friends and would I like to go as well. Sure I wanted to go, we got tickets, and on December 17th, 2012 I went to my first Muse concert in Amsterdam. It was my absolute best concert experience ever and if I didn’t already love Muse I would have fallen in love with them right there! The concert inspired me to listen to even more Muse songs, I got the rest of their albums, and BAM I was hooked!
I was going through a very tough period at work at the time. There were reorganisations and layoffs, which I could understand, but I could not deal with the callous, unjust and dishonest way in which our director handled it all. During those months I threw what might best be described as a temper tantrum at work for the first and only time ever! I am quite calm and level-headed and not much really pisses me off to that extent but our director did. I called her out on it during a whole company meeting, then stormed off in anger slamming doors. I was the talk of the workplace – if something could set ME off like that, then it wasn’t good. I was warned by kind colleagues to tone it down, it could be my job next, but I didn’t give a shit. The director was being totally dishonest and unfair to my ex-team of 13 people (they ALL got sacked on bullshit grounds) and although I hadn’t been their boss for a year, I couldn’t just soundlessly let her do what she was doing to them. Those who warned me turned out to be right, a few months later I was ‘downsized’ myself on faux-legitimate grounds. The funny thing is that I was far angrier at my ex-team being sacked than at me being sacked. The organisation I worked for had become something of a family, I had loved working there, but with this director I was actually relieved to be gone… I milked what I could from her and left.
Why am I rehashing all this? Because only with Muse on my MP3 player, was I able to survive it all! Through them I could channel my frustration and anger, they were my perfect outlet. Muse was pretty much all I listened to for at least 6 months, if not a year… This, maybe not surprisingly, was one of my favourite songs at the time:
Their music makes me feel justified in my frustrations but it also makes me feel totally elated. When I listen to them, it’s like my heart opens up and all emotions are let out. Their music is a release to me and I love most of their songs. I love their energy, the melodies and the beat, the guitars I always call ‘singing guitars’ – they are like voices in their own right. Speaking of voices, Matt Bellamy’s voice is very melodic and steady with a great vocal range. Some artists only sound good on their albums, Matt Bellamy sounds terrific live as well. There’s a symphonic quality to Muse’s music and their lyrics are revolutionary and sometimes anarchistic but they also occasionally have more gentle songs which touch me, like this one:
They go against the grain and I love that, probably because I don’t do enough of that myself.
So, to have my fave actor Richard Armitage reference the band that means so much to me – yep, I was stoked! How could I not be when two of my loves come together like that? It makes me wonder whether Richard listens to more Muse, or was this just a one-time thing he came across in his Spotify playlist? I recommend that Richard goes to see Muse live, although that may be tough right now as they have just finished touring. Or, better yet, come to my house and let me show you Muse Live in Rome on BluRay! It’s absolutely fabulous stuff! I even play it when I have to do chores in the house and break up my cleaning by jumping around to the music every once in a while. Perfect way to make something drab, like household chores, fun. Here’s a video from that BluRay, they sang Starlight at that concert, that should be a selling point. 🙂