Music and the Future

I love this song. Of course, it’s catchy, but the words also spread an inspiring message. The social context it speaks of is one that is very near universal. Dan Reynolds is singing about conquering the hurdles of life as everyone around him waits for him to fail. Even though it’s never easy and he feels like he will never live up to the expectations of others, he won’t give up because he loves to succeed when while everyone doubts. I like this message because our society so often outs people down for not being good enough. Reynolds is embracing the challenge of it and encouraging others to do the same.

Reynolds himself partook in writing this song, along with a few other cowriters, and it was released in 2017. For this time, there are a lot of pop songs that sing the same old messages over and over again about love and breakups. It gets old. I really like Imagine dragons because their music always encourages a fight of some sort, and usually an internal one.

In “Whatever it Takes”, the line: “always had a fear of being typical/ Looking at my body feeling miserable/Always hanging on to the visual/I wanna be invisible” is particularly relevant to modern ideas of self-image and comparing yourself to other people, not just physically, but in all other aspects. On my team, for instance, it is always hard to keep positive when so many people are faster than you. You either have to take this as a challenge or accept that people are different. I think the lyrics encourage both: they tell you to try to be your best and that you can take whatever the doubters throw at you to trip you up.

So, every time I hear this song I get inspired about what I can do, not only to improve my own life, but to affect the world. The addictive rhythm and the fast-paced beat are what make this message effective because it fills the listener with energy to do something.

In relation to the Active Hope reading, this song inspires the vision of another future because it is a rejection of settling for a mediocre existence and is basically saying we deserve more. This can relate to the environment because we shouldn’t settle with the direction our planet’s health is going. We and future generations deserve better and we shouldn’t let the naysayers get us down. Just because it’s going to be hard does not mean it’ll be impossible.

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Falling too fast to prepare for this
Tripping in the world could be dangerous
Everybody circling, it’s vulturous
Negative, nepotist

Everybody waiting for the fall of man
Everybody praying for the end of times
Everybody hoping they could be the one
I was born to run, I was born for this

Whip, whip
Run me like a racehorse
Pull me like a ripcord
Break me down and build me up
I wanna be the slip, slip
Word upon your lip, lip
Letter that you rip, rip
Break me down and build me up

Whatever it takes
‘Cause I love the adrenaline in my veins
I do whatever it takes
‘Cause I love how it feels when I break the chains
Whatever it takes
You take me to the top I’m ready for
Whatever it takes
‘Cause I love the adrenaline in my veins
I do what it takes

Always had a fear of being typical
Looking at my body feeling miserable
Always hanging on to the visual
I wanna be invisible

Looking at my years like a martyrdom
Everybody needs to be a part of ’em
Never be enough, I’m the prodigal son
I was born to run, I was born for this

Whip, whip
Run me like a racehorse
Pull me like a ripcord
Break me down and build me up
I wanna be the slip, slip
Word upon your lip, lip
Letter that you rip, rip
Break me down and build me up

Whatever it takes
‘Cause I love the adrenaline in my veins
I do whatever it takes
‘Cause I love how it feels when I break the chains
Whatever it takes
You take me to the top, I’m ready for
Whatever it takes
‘Cause I love the adrenaline in my veins
I do what it takes

Hypocritical, egotistical
Don’t wanna be the parenthetical, hypothetical
Working onto something that I’m proud of, out of the box
An epoxy to the world and the vision we’ve lost
I’m an apostrophe
I’m just a symbol to remind you that there’s more to see
I’m just a product of the system, a catastrophe
And yet a masterpiece, and yet I’m half-diseased
And when I am deceased
At least I go down to the grave and die happily
Leave the body and my soul to be a part of thee
I do what it takes

Whatever it takes
‘Cause I love the adrenaline in my veins
I do whatever it takes
‘Cause I love how it feels when I break the chains
Whatever it takes
You take me to the top, I’m ready for
Whatever it takes
‘Cause I love the adrenaline in my veins
I do what it takes.

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