Imagine Dragons are my new favorite group!! I have been obsessed with a couple of their songs and it leads me to obsess about the lead singer Dan Reynolds. Dan apparently grew up in a Mormon environment. He has since broken free from what was said to be a controlling house hold and become a part of of one of the hottest groups out today. The first thing I noticed about my favorite songs is that they seem to tell his story and give you the permission and tools to be GREAT! Radioactive was my first taste of the group…..and I’ve not looked back. Radioactive was in a commercial but then they performed the song on one of the award shows with Kendrick Lamar….it was FIRE!
I’ll start with “Believer” They talk about pain and how to embrace it and let it flow through you and then use it to become something bigger. Never give up! Never let people, situations, or hurt keep you down. Continue to fight and continue to believe that you can do anything. Pain may break you down, but just about everything beautiful comes from pain. Just think of the butterfly who had to break through the cocoon in order to be this beautiful creature. Nothing in life is easy. In the video, Dan is fighting with Dolph Lundgren and there is a pause where Dan out of breath says “I want to stop”. Dolph out breath as well says “you can’t” and he knocks Dan to the ground. That’s life, it makes you tired, hurt, out of breath, but we have to continue on!
“Thunder” Shaking my head. I remember when I first heard it on the radio and I thought wow, there is something hip hoppy (I know that’s not a real description, but bear with me for a minute) The beat, some of the background ticks, sounded like a rap was about to come in, but instead its Dan with his way of singing, but not singing, but not rapping….. Yes that! But the more I got into the words…I though ohhhh here we go again!! In this one, Dan talks about his dreams as a kid and how he never conformed to the world he grew up in. He’s always been different! Wanting to leave his old life behind, he lets us know he was not a yes sir or a follower. Lightning brings forth a light while the thunder rolls and by sound you know it’s there. You can’t see it, but you know it’s there. In the video, he’s the only one moving… everyone else is standing still…..besides the weird dancers. He’s always had dreams of being a star. But that dream has come true…. “Now I’m is smiling from the stage while you were clapping in the nosebleed!” That is a CLASSIC line!! Look at me I’m here while you’re still small in your judgement! You can’t NOT like this song!!! Plus towards the end the “never give up” line that is thrown in…. YES!!!
“It’s time” Yet another one of the songs with meaning. Dan was raised Mormon and did two years of missionary work in Nebraska. Meaning to live his life as he was brought up he started attending BYU. But things weren’t working out. He had started the band and decided to pack up and start really trying to make the band successful. He is who he is at his core, but he didn’t want to continue on the path that was laid out for him. But it’s time for him to begin something new. As he grows, the band grows, he gets bigger and bigger, but he’s not going to change who he is at his core! But he has to follow his new lead…. and it leads to becoming one of my favorite bands!!
“Whatever It Takes” This one the beat alone gets me hyped! I just really listened to the words yesterday. But …. it’s just as empowering! In this song he lets us know how striving to be the best, stepping out the box, and being different makes the adrenaline flow through his veins. He has not become what he was raised to be in a sense. He has had a fear of being “typical” but he has broken free from that! He knows that he has can die happy because he has pushed himself and the band to be best!! There is a line that talks about how everyone is praying for the end times. It does seem like that has been the topic of late in my conversations. And it may be true, but why not live life to fullest in the mean time. Break some chains and feel that adrenaline!!
There are many others, but I don’t want to make this entry too long! Other songs, “Warrior” and “I Bet my Life” are two more. And let me say, Dan is a performer. In any of the videos I have seen of them live he doesn’t stand still he is constantly moving and keeping up the energy! But he’s not the whole band… the others contribute equally Daniel Platzman, Ben McKee, Wayne Sermon.
Now who’s going to buy me concert tickets!!????????