On Saturday night, Muse headlined this year’s Rock am Ring, and I’m so glad that it was broadcast live on TV because wow! What a show! Rockin’ and rousing. Even though I wasn’t there, I can understand why they’re considered one of the best live bands. I felt the energy of this performance and the festival crowd through the TV and I enjoyed it so much, I’m still delighted.
From the setlist to the sound, lighting effects and technology in general and the musical passion and size, everything was coherent. Matt Bellamy, who changed his guitar several times and also threw one over the stage, inspired me once again with his crazy, rebellious creativity and electrified me with his awesome guitar playing. And I was really fond of Chris Wolstenholme on bass, or not to forget the power of Dom Howard on drums. It was really fun to watch them performing. I wish I would have been there!
Not only the gig had flashed me, but above all how my love for the music of this band has been awakened again. Or rather, I’ve noticed how long I haven’t consciously listened to Muse. How come? Well, I simply listen to a lot of music.
While watching this performance at home, I was more and more taken back to my youth and what I remembered while they were playing my favorite songs. It’s always nice to immerse oneself in old favorite music and get to remember moments that have long passed or have been forgotten. When Muse played “Starlight” I thought of when the song came out. I was 15 years old and at that time Muse was one of the bands that inspired me very much. I wrote poems back then and tried to find out how to express myself. This song had touched me deeply and had an influence on my developing metaphorical writing style. I listened to it over and over again. It’s one of my all-time favorites.
But when they played “Time is Running Out”, I was amazed. I knew the lyrics, I knew the song, but I had totally forgotten it. I got goose bumps and felt strange, but in a very positive and inspiring way, like a strong connection to something unconscious. It seems like I’ve connected to the creativity that was dormant in my youthful self. I don’t know, but I’m still wondering how I could forgotten about a song that has such a deep meaning to me. Since yesterday I’ve been listening to it again and again and I’m really captured by what it makes me feel: Motivation, will, creative power.
I hadn’t planned it, but I’m really happy I watched this live performance, even if it was only on TV. The way it made me feel, inspired and motivated, completely taken in by the music whose meaning to me I haven’t thought of in years…
When the show was over, I thought, like many many times before, that I want to write about music. I switched the TV station and came to MTV Worldstage. The Foo Fighters just started playing “Times Like These”; another band that has a special meaning for me. But maybe more about this another time. ;)
I’ll certainly be listening to only Muse for a few more days. Oh I love it when I delve so deeply into the music of a band/artist. Music is so powerful in many ways. Like an elixir of life.