August 31st, 2012

I listen

Another idea Of The Awesome

The band Muse has a new song called "Madness." Besides making me want the band Madness to write a song called "Muse," it's also making me head-bob. I like Muse. Their 2006 album Black Holes and Revelations opens with one of my favorite songs of the last 10 years, seriously: "Take a Bow," which makes me think of Phillip Glass working with Elliott Goldenthal and the guitar orchestra Goldenthal used very loudly in his score to Heat. I love that three guys can make as much melodic noise as they do.

"Madness" is a slow, slow build that's not immediately hook-y pop music, but it gets to me. So far, at least; it's new. Here it is:

I also hear their Queen influence, which makes me want Muse to someday write the music for a science fiction film. Queen's score to Flash Gordon? Awesome. Queen's song work with Michael Kamen on Highlander? Awesome. The video for Muse's "Knights of Cydonia"? Looks like the trailer for a science fiction western. How has a full-on Muse film score not happened yet?
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I will fear no mattress

Or box spring, either.

As I said earlier this week, 34.5 of the last 96 hours have involved me hauling dozens of mattresses and box springs out of and into a hotel. Every one in that hotel got swapped out, by about 10 to 12 strapping men (OK, 9 to 11 strapping men and me). New ones off of trucks, old ones out of their frames, old ones into dumpster after dumpster -- yes, the hotel tried donating them, they were only able to donate a few -- and new ones into the rooms. The hotel has seven floors with 40 rooms each (about six with two beds in them) and a corner of another floor with five more rooms. All replaced over four days.

Lots of awkward lifting and run-ins with the (softer) mattresses and (harder) bed springs *. Bruises happened. People are going to think I've been beaten. But being able to maneuver something that large and awkward -- when I could (I couldn't always) -- felt good when I did it. (It helped that each king-sized mattress has two box springs, not one humungous one.) I got a hard job done and I'll get paid for it. I'm also not wiped out the way I was the other nights this week -- like last night, when I was in bed with lights out before 10:00 -- because today we worked for 5 1/2 hours. It was all done except for a small crew that stayed behind to load one last dumpster that haven't been delivered yet.

I resisted telling the few tenants I met "You'll be the first ever to sleep on that mattress! USE IT WELL." Because I knew talking to the tenants about their bed use would probably be a bad idea.

* Plus I fell on my ass outside on the concrete while hauling a giant plastic bag (full of the many, many smaller plastic bags that had encased the new mattresses and box springs) over to recycling. At least my butt didn't bruise. (Yes, I checked.)