I grew up with music because our radio was on all day and my mother sang every song. My tastes grew and morphed back then. By the time I was in fifth grade, I was singing into a tape recorder and playing it back so I could sing the harmony to it (or the melody, I wasn't picky). When all my friends were listening to popular music, I was rocking out to the oldies because that's what I cut my teeth on. Incidentally, the Beatles are top dog in my book (I'm proud to say my children could identify a Beatles song and sing to it by the age of two). By the time I was in high school I was into classical (yeah Mozart!) which my dad called 'long haired music'. It only made sense that I became a music major when I went to college and went from an alto to a soprano. Learning music has helped me understand the concept of math so I believe that information is true.
I'm able to sing in six different languages (not necessarily understand everything, but there is a common root in most languages). I love just about every kind of music, except heavy metal and rap, and enjoy singing anything secular or sacred, just as long as it's sing-able.
I probably wouldn't have discovered Muse if it wasn't for the Twilight saga. That's a bit embarrassing, but the truth. This group wouldn't have been in my social circle for me to sample but it is a big deal for me now. Stephenie Meyer has called them 'rock Gods' and said it helped her writing. I listen almost exclusively to their CD's (remember, I'm old here) while I write and it opens a floodgate of imagination for me. My car is harddrived (probably not a real word but this is my blog) with 98% Muse. It's a part of me. So, with all that said, I'd like to share some common information about them in the hopes that someone will decide to take a listen to all they have to offer.
In 1994 a trio of friends in England got together and formed a band, initially called Rocket Baby Dolls. Hmm, sounds familiar. Why does it take so long for bands from across the pond to 'make it big' over here, anyway? Their first album debuted in 1999 and at this time they have 6 albums under their belt. It is obvious, at least to me, they have a foundation in music theory--they know music and how to write music, they don't just play music. Their specialty is a mish-mash of genres: progressive, alternate and space rock, electronica, classic, and heavy-metal. I know I've contradicted myself with the heavy metal comment. For some reason Muse is awesome to me when they go all out, and believe me, when they pass heavy metal and get into space rock it is out there.
Each song has it's own vibe; some have well-known classical pieces sandwiched inside, some have a European overtone. The list goes on as each is completely different yet shares that thread that binds it as a Muse song. They have cited being influenced by Queen and Jimi Hendrix among others. Not surprisingly they've won a collection of awards, have performed at the Royal Albert Hall and Wembley stadium, given away proceeds to charity and have travelled all over the world selling 15 million albums (you're welcome guys).
They're known for their incredible concerts which I can attest to. My husband and I saw them in April when they played the TD Garden in Boston, Mass. It was beyond my wildest dreams. There's nothing worse than spending money (and driving for half a day) to hear a favorite band take liberties and change their songs up because they're live. Muse sounded exactly like they do on my stereo except more energized and excited. It was amazing, as was the light show.
You may have heard some of their music without knowing it. A few of their pieces were in the Twilight movies, they've been featured on the video game Guitar Hero III: Legends of Rock, provided the soundtrack for March Madness, had the official song for the 2012 London Olympics and is currently in the movie World War Z.
If interested in something new and worthy of your time, check them out. I'd skip over their first release as they, in my opinion, were just figuring themselves out, but all their other albums, especially the latest CD The 2nd Law, is worth a good listen.