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Imagine Dragons, "It's Time"

Imagine Dragons, "It's Time"

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Imagine Dragons, "It's Time"

 

 

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Yesterday, Virginia Baker introduced me to the music of Imagine Dragons, a band of four young men from Las Vegas. Their website is filled with interesting and beautiful things, including six pages of videos, which include their music videos and various live recordings. I've spent quite a bit of time watching the videos and listening to the band sing.

 

I'm particularly struck by their acoustic version of "It's Time," which Imagine Dragons performed at South by Southwest (SXSW), an annual festival of music and film held in Austin, Texas. This performance showcases the considerable talent of the members of the band. They accompany themselves on guitar and violin—the drummer, Daniel Platzman, starts out playing the violin, and the lead vocalist, Dan Reynolds, sings alone. But partway through the song, Platzman puts down the violin and begins drumming the wooden cube he is sitting on (I love music played on found instruments!), and he begins singing with Reynolds. In the chorus, all four members of the band sing. In the bridge of the song, everyone stops playing instruments, and the men sing harmony a cappella: when one of the guitarists begins playing again, they are all four on key. What a marvelous performance!

 

Here is a link to this video:

 

Imagine Dragons at SXSW, "It's Time"

 

And here is a link to "It's Time" on Amazon.com (from Imagine Dragon's album Night Visions):

 

Imagine Dragons, "It's Time"

 

 

 

 

I created "The Journey Itself Is My Home," the image above, in 2006. It is based on Mandelbrot fractals. The title is from Matsuo Bashō's late 17th-century masterpiece, Narrow Road to the Interior.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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