Imagine Dragons

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Reality bites. It kills the highly sought-after sense of contentment we desire and strive for as monthly bills arrive, gas prices soar at the pump, and air-conditioning bills shock us making sure to deposit a feeling of dread within home sweet home. Stress from family, friends, and work-related issues can all have a way of sucking dry one of the most precious things in the world—our imagination. Whether you’re a writer, artist, musician, or a lover of books and of the many spellbinding options the arts have to offer, be mindful to feed your craving to escape reality with all things found in the realm of impossibility…your dreamscape that adds spice to life. The way I look at it, reality does bite, but I can sink my fangs right back into it while lost in new musical adventures and undertakings that explore the arts.

So, let’s go! Imagine Dragons…of the musical kind for an adventure in sound that may take you far away from the everyday, ordinary routines which smother to let you enjoy a talented band that definitely uses its imagination. Dan Reynolds, lead vocalist for this Las Vegas based indie band makes the job look easy, but from their bio, lots of hard work and a “near obsessive work ethic” went into the making of this band.

Ready for some fun? Listen to these songs from Imagine Dragons…

It’s Time: This song begins slowly…quite moody, and then it builds to sound mystical. My favorite line is “I’m never changing who I am,” and (for me) implies a person standing for what’s right, who will not give in to pressure, or the need to become what others think he/she should be. It’s time…time to live a good life. Love this song! It’s a very hypnotic, addictive song that gets “stuck” in your head, and since imagination is unique to each one of us—find out what it means to you.

Demons: Beautiful lyrics depicting the pain of inner demons, and how they affect this individual’s relationship with the one he loves is fantastic. Demons has a way of provoking the past while inciting wishes for a better future.

My Fault This song takes you into a melodic land where pondering about one’s fears and assigning blame for missing each other causes anguish.

Imagine Dragons explores the gamut of emotions that wreak havoc upon mankind, and for better or worse, cannot be ignored. Besides, who would want to ignore a dragon of any kind? They bring to mind power, and a fierce will to survive against all odds. For thousands of years, dragons have been part of our history, and the myths and legends about them still entertain and inspire us today. Animal Planet has a new film about them that may be of interest to you. It’s simply called Dragons.

Dragons in Books

Dragon Rider by Cornelia Funke- A dragon. A boy. A journey. Firedrake, a brave young dragon, his loyal brownie friend Sorrel and a lonely boy called Ben are united as if by destiny. Together, they embark on a magical journey to find the legendary place where silver dragons can live in peace for ever. With only a curious map and the whispered memories of an old dragon to guide them, they fly across moonlit lands and seas to reach the highest mountains in the world. Along the way, they discover extraordinary new friends in unlikely places and a courage they never knew they had. Just as well, for the greatest enemy of all is never far behind them – a heartless monster from the past who’s been waiting a very long time to destroy the last dragons on earth. (Amazon.com)

How to Train Your Dragon Book 1 (Heroic Misadventures of Hiccup Horrendous Haddock III) By Cressida Cowell: Chronicles the adventures and misadventures of Hiccup Horrendous Haddock III as he tries to pass the important initiation test of his Viking clan, the Tribe of the Hairy Hooligans, by catching and training a dragon.

Osric’s Wand: The Wand-Maker’s Debate [Kindle Edition] By Jack D. Albrecht Jr. & Ashley Delay: While the world leaders of Archana gather, tragedy strikes, and rumors spread of war.  Osric is thrust into the chaos and must journey far to save his home.  His understanding of magic will be challenged, and each day will uncover more unanswerable questions to torment his mind.  Why was the signing attacked?  How do you read a book with no words?  What is so special about his wand?

Today, let your inhibitions go and do something…anything creative! Stress will dissipate as you marvel at the complexity of your imagination. Feel free to leave a comment or an interesting link about what you do to explore the arts.

Thanks for visiting the Noracast!

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Musical Encounters of This Kind

Album Cover Physical Graffiti

Jake Cottrell, the reluctant hero of The Twelfth Paladin, listens to the vintage stuff…Led Zeppelin, Black Sabbath, The Who, and Blue Oyster Cult. Thunderous beats pounding within musical madness is what he craves when it comes to music. Who could forget Led Zeppelin’s Immigrant Song or Black Dog? Kill a few minutes and drift away as Robert Plant’s haunting voice takes you back in time. In The Twelfth Paladin, a beautiful, but deadly, temptress extraordinaire named Rachel Darnell seduces the hell out of Jake while Kashmir…my favorite Led Zeppelin song, saturates the air with a frightening overload of melodic genius. Kashmir is one of those few songs able to escape the parameters of time. It still mesmerizes people young, old…and in-between.

Album Cover Social Distortion

Winners and Losers by Social Distortion…an amazing American punk rock band from Fullerton, CA and formed in 1978, easily fits into Jake’s musical collection. Try Bad Luck and I was Wrong to see if Mike Ness impresses you with his raspy voice and powerful delivery. After three decades of performing, I’m not sure if punk rock totally encompasses Social Distortion’s sound. It’s punk mixed with the blues, plus a bit of a hard-hitting country slant is there too.

Angie Helms, another character in The Twelfth Paladin, and the one who steals Jake’s heart and soul…is into her music as well. She can’t resist the trendy stuff. City by Hollywood Undead is more up her alley, and she tries to get Jake interested in new music. Angie goes for music that has a thumping beat, powerful lyrics about survival and love lost…then found. She is a true romantic, but due to her entanglement with Davis Travers, a nasty fellow without a soul, Angie must fight to stay sane, and she does that with the help of her music. One of Angie’s favorite songs is Can’t Be Saved by Senses Fail. When a good day has been trashed, Snow Patrol can bring a smile to her face with Called Out In the Dark. This is a super funny video and a terrific song! Had a bad day? Give it a try. Also check out The Kill by 30 Seconds to Mars, Soul Meets Body by Death Cab for Cutie, and Skillet’s Hero to get a feel for what Angie Helms loves to hear. Skillet has quite a few memorable songs, like Monster, Awake and Alive and The Older I Get.

Album Cover Sense Fail

Not ready for your chill pill session to end? Get ready for Davis Travers’ top pick. Davis messes with everything evil in The Twelfth Paladin…indulges in sin to the point he goes mad. His music contorts reality and twists it until dissonance is spun into spine tingling pieces of musical chaos. He’s more inclined to listen to dark, moody songs echoing with danger. That’s exactly what Davis wants to hear while he admires his beautifully wicked façade. Nox Arcana most exemplifies Davis’ taste in music. Here’s a piece that once heard…is difficult to forget. Nevermore.

Ah, yes…music makes the world go round and round. I hope you’ve enjoyed your trip into the musical realm somewhat inspired from The Twelfth Paladin. Feel free to comment and suggest some more songs from the past or current songs you feel are the best of the best. Thanks for visiting the Noracast!

*No intent to infringe album cover copyrights…used simply to highlight the bands’ music.