By Dave Andrusko
Really, it’s amazing the range of what you can hear on the radio when you have a 70 minute commute. Everything from ESPN sports to Laura Ingraham’s “Healthy Radio Addiction” to various and often times very entertaining interviews on NPR’s “Morning Edition
Speaking of which I didn’t have a clue who ”The Muse” was when I caught an interview that NRP’s David Greene conducted with Matt Bellamy, the group’s lead singer, guitarist, and keyboardist. We quickly learn (according to the website) that “Muse has sold more than 15 million records worldwide and sold out London’s Wembley Stadium twice. More recently, the British band was chosen to write the official song for the 2012 London Olympics [“Survival”]. Now, it has a new album called ‘The 2nd Law.’”
Where it got really interesting (for a pro-lifer) was not when we learn that “the album straddles several styles of music, ranging from theatrical rock and pop to dance” but after Bellamy tells Green that “I just feel like music should reflect the kind of thing you’re interested in, so I put in some of that stuff. And on this album there’s some more personal songs, as well.”
To which Greene drily injects, “As personal as you could ever want, maybe more. This song began with a recording of Matt Bellamy’s son in utero.”
An awkward construction, “son in utero,” meaning the unborn baby being carried by Bellamy’s fianceé Kate Hudson. But getting the unborn child acknowledged as a real live member of the Hudson/Bellamy family is a big step forward for NPR.
Greene explores how the child’s heartbeat made it into “Follow me.”
“I remember the first time I heard the sound of the heartbeat just before he was born,” Bellamy says. “I happen to have my IPhone on me and recorded it on the little voice memo thing.”
“A couple months later I sort of put it into the studio set up and started writing this orchestration around it and end[ed] up building up a song around this tempo, this heartbeat tempo.” [Looking elsewhere, you read that Bingham was born in July 9, 2011.)
I am not saying that the lyrics to “Follow me” are overtly pro-life, or (better put) are intended to promote the cause of the unborn child. And of course they can be read in different ways.
But it seems to be clearly the sentiments of a man talking about protecting both his child and the mother of their baby. He will not desert the baby/the mother; he will keep them safe; they can trust him to always protect them; and all this is built around the motif of when they are scared and lost, when all their strength is gone, he will not allow them to be hurt.
Good stuff, simple stuff, but noble sentiments not voiced enough in popular culture.
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