Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Something Beautiful {a contradiction}

Last Wednesday, coming in the middle of one of the craziest weeks of my life, Brad and I had tickets to see Muse, an alterna-rock group (at least I guess that's what you call it) at the Fort Worth Convention Center. This is one of the loudest shows, volume-wise, that I have ever been to. Hearing did not return to normal until the next morning.

The show was electric. I think the light show was worth the price of admission, but the quality of the live performance vocally was wonderful. Lest you think I am some sort of rocker chick, I have to tell you that I'm not. But I am a fan of talent (whether that's country, Celine Dion, or else), and this band layers instrumental talent along with vocal talent in a manner that I dig.

As I listen to their music, I am reminded of something my piano teacher would say when I was learning to play Bach back in the day. She would have me practice the left hand separately from the right hand, then put them both together. Both hands would be doing something totally different, then come together in the most genius of ways. While I don't know that Muse compares to Bach, I guess I'm trying to articulate that there is multi-layering with piano, guitar, etc. there that just works and transcends the label "rock music."

Also, you probably know one of their songs "Supermassive Black Hole" from the Twilight movie. It's in the scene where the vampires play baseball.

Below is a video from a Chicago performance that Matt forwarded to us, so maybe you can get an idea of it. NOTE: Turn down the volume on your computer before playing this video. I'm not kidding around.

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