Monday, March 3, 2014

Imagine Dragons

Did you know there's this awesome fantasy-idea painting by Eric Dowdle called Imaginary Dragons? Here's what it looks like:

But really, this post has nothing to do with them. I just liked that the name was similar to a really awesome band with ties to Provo.

That's right: Imagine Dragons. I really love their music. Today, I'm gonna share some lines from some of my favorite songs of theirs and my interpretation of them. Why? Because I can.

My favorite song of theirs is "Underdog." Really, all my life I've felt like an underdog. I'm strong, but not the strongest. I'm smart, but not the smartest. I'm quick, but not the quickest. I'm fat, but not the fattest. (Thank goodness for the last one there.) So when I first heard this song, especially the chorus, I immediately felt a connection to the song:

Hey, that sounds like my luck
I get the short end of it
Oh I love to be
I love to be the underdog, Hey!
Hey, that sounds like my luck
I get the short end of it
Oh I love to be
I love to be the underdog, Hey!

Luck just doesn't roll my way. And I usually root for the underdog. Like this past Super Bowl, I rooted for Seattle, despite them being the underdog. (Ha! They blew Denver out too! Booya!) If my team isn't playing, I quite commonly root that way. Underdogs really do get the short end of the stick sometimes, and it's nice to have someone rooting for them, helping them. 

Here is the second verse of "On Top of the World":

I’ve tried to cut these corners
Try to take the easy way out
I kept on falling short of something

I coulda gave up then but
Then again I couldn’t have ’cause
I’ve traveled all this way for something

I take it in but don’t look down

I love those lyrics. I see the singer referring to taking the easy way out and learning that it isn't really "easy" at all. And it's a beautiful imagery of "I've taken the easy way, and it hasn't worked. But I'm not giving up, because I need to see this through." Just awesome.

And finally, I wish to share some lines from Demons, which to me is classified as a "beautiful song." For those wondering what I classify as beautiful, take a listen to Demons, compare it to Beneath Your Beautiful as well as Madness. Demons falls in a category with them.

I wanna hide the truth
I wanna shelter you
But with the beast inside
There’s nowhere we can hide

No matter what we breed
We still are made of greed
This is my kingdom come
This is my kingdom come

When you feel my heat
Look into my eyes
It’s where my demons hide
It’s where my demons hide
Don’t get too close
It’s dark inside
It’s where my demons hide
It’s where my demons hide

I don't think the singer is referring to the evil inside of him, like a monster that will hurt another. I see the singer trying to protect somebody else from his demons. But really, he's just trying to protect himself from the rejection he may feel from others. Letting the walls down, letting others close to see the demons, giving them that opportunity to accept you for what you hide, that's the beauty I see in this song.

Well, enough of that. Last week was a long one. And to add to it, I have a new calling that will be eating a lot of my time. So hopefully I'll be able to continue to blog. Until then...

Alien abductions are involuntary, but probings are scheduled. 

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