Radioactive*

I went to an Imagine Dragons concert hoping to have a good time. I didn’t really expect to have any deep revelations but I kind of did.

Dan Reynolds (the lead singer and front man of the group) said somewhere after the first couple songs that music he believes music is the one thing that unites people all around the world. 

Sitting in the Singapore Indoor Stadium, feeling the waves of energy and excitement and passion, I totally agree with him.

But I think it goes beyond that. Everyone in that audience was coming from somewhere–a long day at work, school and sports or activities, taking care of someone who’s sick, and a whole host of other things. Maybe they had a bad day. Maybe they had a great day.

None of those things really mattered once the band came on stage. For two hours, it was like being wrapped in this cocoon, cut off from the world and all its problems.

And even though I was just one voice in the midst of thousands, I still somehow believed that by shouting and singing and screaming I was part of something bigger and crazier and more beautiful than anything that could be achieved by a small group.

So thank you, Imagine Dragons, for hosting a night none of us will soon forget. Thank you for making music that makes our heartbeat, our ears ring, and our souls feel like they belong.

Thank you for giving us a small break from this world that often feels cruel beyond belief.

*Title taken from the Imagine Dragons song of the same name.

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The Hanging Tree by James Newton Howard featuring Jennifer Lawrence Cover

Here is a link to my cover of The Hanging Tree from The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1. I apologize for the poor audio quality. I don’t have the right editing software to get rid of the background noise.

I hope you like it! I’ve posted the lyrics (from the song in the movie not the lyrics from the book) below.



Are you, are you
Coming to the tree
They strung up a man
They say who murdered three.
Strange things did happen here
No stranger would it be
If we met at midnight
In the hanging tree.

Are you, are you
Coming to the tree
Where dead man called out
For his love to flee.
Strange things did happen here
No stranger would it be
If we met at midnight
In the hanging tree

Are you, are you
Coming to the tree
Where I told you to run,
So we’d both be free.
Strange things did happen here
No stranger would it be
If we met at midnight
In the hanging tree

Are you, are you
Coming to the tree
Where I told you to run,
So we’d both be free.
Strange things did happen here
No stranger would it be
If we met at midnight
In the hanging tree

Are you, are you
Coming to the tree
Wear a necklace of hope,
Side by side with me.
Strange things did happen here
No stranger would it be
If we met at midnight
In the hanging tree

from MetroLyrics