Music Monday: Muse’s “Madness”

Happy Labor Day! Today’s Music Monday takes the letter M to the fourth power: Muse’s “Madness.”

I’ve been a big fan of Muse, and one of my most favorite albums is Blackholes and Revelations, which I have listened to WAY too many times. However, their newer stuff doesn’t quite stick with me. So why is today’s Music Monday devoted to a song off one of their recent albums? Because this song is AMAZING. It has the kind of groove that lets you put it on repeat and it just feels like it’s supposed to be played over and over (or is it just me?), and it just builds in a fantastically minimalistic fashion. You get this fun, groovy little chorus, and then before you realize it, it’s built into something so much bigger that it explodes into a climax that would make U2’s The Joshua Tree album proud. It’s such a profound change from the beginning that when it settles right back into the ma-ma-ma-ma-ma-ma-ma-ma-mad-mad-madness, you have to hear it again because it just wasn’t enough.

Take a listen (and a look, this video is dystopianly impressive), and tell me I’m wrong.

Like it? Love it? Hate it? Sound off below!

Reminder: Music Monday is about the music, not the videos. Videos are just the medium I’m using to share the music, and some videos aren’t actually videos at all. Enjoy the songs, but if YouTube forces you to watch some sort of advertisement before you can get to the music, please be patient.

Do It On Your Own

Short post tonight, because it was a long day tacked on to a longer night. The Super Bowl party was a hit, though half our guests barely caught five minutes of the game. Good food and good company, I suppose?

Today was my last day of physical therapy. I’ve gotten stronger since I started last year, but let’s be honest: I’m not very good about keeping up my exercises at home. I’ve got a long way to go, but at this point, there’s no need to keep making appointments with my PT guy, so I’m officially discharged. It’s just time to buckle down and figure out a way to get my exercises in and do them consistently. That, coupled with my time on the elliptical, is how I’ll get stronger.

And don’t get me wrong: it’s not like I’m still jonesing to take up running like I was last year. Rather, it’s the realization that everything I do between my day job and my hobbies involve me sitting on my ass. I need to get stronger so that there’s less pressure on my joints, which means I’ll be dealing with less pain as I get older. And that’s nothing to sneeze at.

That said, I wish there were more hours in the day, or that I was the type of person who really looked forward to exercise of any kind, or barring even that, I wish I was the type of person who was motivated by the benefits of exercise, even if I didn’t like the exercise itself.

I’m not, so it’s a matter of buckling down and doing it.

Today’s headline brought to you from “Invincible” by Muse, from the album Black Holes and Revelations. It’s one of my favorite albums by them, and part of the playlist for my Codename: Telepathic Soulmates project. That’s right…I’m getting in the mood! You can listen to “Invincible” here.