“I need another story, something to get off my chest, my life gets kind of boring, need something that I can confess, til all my sleeves are stained red from all the truth that I’ve said…”


“Storyteller” talked about the power of stories, how they provide us with experiences we may otherwise never get to experience first hand.
It’s amazing how everyone has a story, all 7 billion of us, though some may sound similar, none are identical.

We all have demons we have to face, challenges, hardships… Yes, we’ve all had an event that has change or shaped us as the individuals we are today.

“Demons” is a song by American rock band Imagine Dragons, the lyrics of this particular song portray the protagonist warning the significant other of his or her flaws (demons).
The video however does not have a protagonist, instead, it shows how each individual in a crowd is a hero of their own stories… journey. It also highlights how music brings together different people from different backgrounds.


During a live show, whilst Imagine Dragons are on stage, snippets of hardships experienced by four different fans are shown as flashbacks whilst they’re enjoying the show.


First we see a story of a beautiful young widow as she flashes back to a hardship she experienced.





Then we see a story of an anorexic man, we see his struggle as he looks at himself in the mirror with his head hanging down.




Thirdly we see a story of an abused young man, yes, to a unknowing eye he may look intimidating, though he goes through life having to endure the pain of having an alcoholic/physically abusive father.





Then finally we see a story of a military veteran, sweating away and in need of help, he carries a seemingly lifeless body of a fellow veteran.


All four characters are at the same show, enjoying the same music though each of them, like all of us bare a personal hardship not visible to the eye.

The video closes with a dedication to a fan of the band who died at the age of 17 in March 2013 following a battle with cancer.

In “Storyteller” I touched on the nation uniting power music has with how each story told by any given song is bound to resonate with the next person. Music gives not only words but sound to emotions that once confusedly lingered in our souls, be it good or bad.

What happens when we get bored with our truth?
I mean, what happens when we feel the need to spice the truth up just to make ourselves look better or perhaps to gain sympathy?

A lie is born

Decided to squeeze this in here, nice song.

Decided to squeeze this in here, nice song.

I personally hate lying in any case, not because it’s a bad thing, yes it is, but my reason for not liking it is because I don’t want to be that guy who thinks he’s smarter than everyone else or that guy who THINKS he’s such a darn good liar when everyone else can actually see right through behind his back.
Yeap! Lets face it, we’ve all pretended to believe a lie at some point, in that case, it’s the liar who’s being lied to… it’s quiet wired if you think about it.


So yes, just to protect myself from being lied to without me knowing (well, that’s how lies are supposed to work), I always try as far as possible to be an open book.

“A lie for a lie makes the bonds untie” is a corny line I just came up with… and now I’m about to cut to the chase…

With the risk of being seen as weird, I believe in energy, I believe in feeling, yes, us humans are feelers. Before words start making sense we are guided by feeling. We cry, we laugh, we know when we’ve done wrong, not because we already understand words and sentences at 12 months old, but because of the energy exerted towards us after that act. It’s just something we understand and always will, until the end.

There’s another reason I prefer staying away from lies, Yes, you guessed it, why am I assuming you have? easy… ’cause you’re just that smart.
The common problem with us humans is that we tend not to forget but to discredit our fellow brothers and sisters of having the same abilities we have.

YES, we all want to think we’re special, we all are, If God loves us all, why would he bless you and only you with all the goodness that he has?
Lying may help get us out of a couple sticky situations but when it becomes a habit, we start to live in a false world where we’re being fooled by people who allow us to believe that they’re buying our lies… a lie for a lie… they laybuy our lies merely to avoid embarrassing us or perhaps just to avoid wasting their energy catching us out.

Going back to my energy theory, whatever you give out, you get back. This is why you’ll find that the biggest liars complain about being lied to, the big strong guy who gives one hell of a mad beating always has a black eye…  The little choices we make go a long way.

“We cut ties
We tell lies
We hate change
And we wanna claim where we feel
We take toes
We rake yours
Yeah we dig holes
And we’re diggin right in your fears”

Unlike “Secrets”, “Waking Up” by One Republic wasn’t released as a single though titled after the album, it is probably one of their best songs to date.
The song touches on a spiritual realization of one’s flaws, flaws that may be seen as common amongst us humans hence allowing us to feel “okay” with them, it’s about rising above the comfort of society and giving a little more to fighting our socially acceptable bad habits.


About Ndumiso Mncwabe

When beautiful melodies tell us horrible things and grisly sounds tell us the kind truth. This is where life and music meet. They say music has the power to inspire change, I say music has the power to inspire vibes. Good vibes and bad vibes. It also has the power to inspire thoughts, but most importantly, for it to inspire change, it must inspire conversation. I smell music, I speak music. View all posts by Ndumiso Mncwabe

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