The following post does NOT contain any spoilers regarding Avengers: Endgame because spoilers make me really angry and I’m not into that, so even if you haven’t seen the movie, you’re free to read on.
We’re not here to take about movies though! Anyone who knows me knows how much I really admire Robert Downey Jr. as a person, as an actor, and as an artist, and I can envision half my family rolling their eyes at the fact that I found a way to work him into my music blog, but this is true!
In 2004 – before Iron Man ever happened on the movie screen – Robert Downey Jr. made an album, and a lot of people know him as an actor, but sometimes I really feel like I’m the only person looking at Downey as a songwriter and I don’t wanna be the only one anymore.
The Futurist is Downey’s first studio album and it was released on November 23, 2004 through Sony Classical. The album made the Billboard 200 chart and sold upwards of 16,000 copies in its first week. What a lot of people don’t realize though is that Robert Downey Jr. really wrote this album … like these are really his songs.
It’s classy. It’s bluesy. There’s a lot of piano, and I’m just gonna say it. It’s very Downey … and I have always really loved it.
I was really young when the first Iron Man movie came out, and I was not that much older when I first heard this album so for me, there are a few songs off this record that I actually tie to being young and helping me through a lot of tough times growing up. My two favorite songs that I’m gonna put down below have actually helped calm me down during countless times where I experienced anxiety, and I still turn to them today.
There is a lot of poetry in his writing. The imagery is also so powerful. One of my favorite opening lines is the first few on the song “Details,” which is one of my favorites because they pose questions that just make you picture a story and I love when that happens.
Details – The Futurist 2004
Did I remind you of the boy at the louvre?
Watching you move
For five around years
The harvest of my youth
Tell me the truth
Does anyone, anymore?
The simplicity in the words even gives the lyrics more weight because it allows to envision the story in our own way. I really love it, and I hope you pressed play while reading through it because the piano is just beautiful.
I guess you might say that Robert Downey Jr. is not an official songwriter or singer or musician. He is an actor, but he is someone whose name I put down on the list of creatives and artists and storytellers that I really look up to. I’m thankful for his work and his drive and his commitment to storytelling. Someone let him know I love him.
People rise out of the ashes because, at some point, they are invested in a belief in the possibility of triumph over seemingly impossible odds.
– Robert Downey Jr. –
Now you know. Thank you for reading and being here. It means a lot … and listen to his song “Man Like Me,” if you want to feel like you’re not alone in a hard time.