Music is a positive constant in my life. Whenever I feel stressed, saddened, or enraged I find myself using rock music as a constructive outlet. When I was first introduced to Evanescence, their biggest single featured on the radio was Bring Me to Life.
You can hear the passion in Amy Lee’s vocals addressing dark imagery, while luring in her audience by using her songs to tell a story. Up until this point, I was accustomed to the typical Gothic stereotypes and had limited exposure to Gothic music.
Imaginary is one of Lee’s tracks on the album Fallen. It focuses on diving into the realm she has created in her head. In a way, she used her imagination to create an outlet for the grief and despair she has encountered in her life.
Also, throughout the song Lee uses colors as a simile to express optimistic imagery in her mind to provide herself comfort against the strife she endures.
Evanescence is an American rock band founded in the town of Little Rock, part of the State of Arkansas in the country of United States. With singer Amy Lee and guitarist Ben Moody.
Their debut album Fallen, launched in two thousand and three was released through Wind-up Records. This is my favorite album from Evanescence, as each song tells a story of Lee’s life.
Each song is different from the next, changing in tone, rhythm, word choice, and emotion emitted from those words. Each song can be intercepted differently by the audience by commenting their own experiences to the emotions conveyed in the songs.
“Ah-ah-ah-ah, paper flowers Ah-ah-ah-ah, paper flowers
I linger in the doorway Of alarm clock screaming monsters calling my name”
For me, being a creative person, it is easy to get lost in my own head. Creating a fantastical realm, offers a Utopian escape from things in my life that can hurt me and cause me emotional turmoil. If I can bring reminders of that fictional plane into reality, it may offer some peace even if it is temporary.
“Let me stay where the wind will whisper to me
Where the raindrops, as they’re falling, tell a story”
People can be reluctant to change or even acknowledge being in a toxic environment. Lingering in a toxic environment for too long given the noblest intentions, it starts to become a norm. For myself, it is easy for me to be codependent on others. I want them to find ways to bring hope and joy into their life. Being immersed in nature during a rain storm can be hypnotic and offer a sense of tranquility.
“In my field of paper flowers”
A labyrinthian of beauty to surround yourself with things that bring you joy. For myself, when music is not enough to elevate my mood, I have to surround myself with poetry or artwork to pull me from indulging in negative thoughts and spiralling down a dark mindset.
“And candy clouds of lullaby (paper flowers)”
This part of the song always made me smile. Big, white, puffy clouds can offer a way to channel your imagination. As children, we’re told to look up into the sky and study the clouds and try imaging what shape they form.
“I lie inside myself for hours
And watch my purple sky fly over me (paper flowers)
Don’t say I’m out of touch With this rampant chaos
Your reality I know well what lies beyond my sleeping refuge
The nightmare I built my own world to escape”
What I believe what can bring me peace of mind may seem eccentric to others. Daydreaming can be perceived as wasting time being productive, yet as a creative person, daydreaming allows me to be more focused on the universe I’m currently working on my creative writing.
“Swallowed up in the sound of my screaming
Cannot cease for the fear of silent nights
Oh, how I long for the deep sleep dreaming
The goddess of imaginary light”
Being lost in the moment and refusing to relinquish the power fantasies can offer when you’re surrounded by darkness. It is easy for me to think negativity about myself, yet when I submerge my thoughts toward magic and wonder, I can wield a shield to fight against the bleak depressing thoughts.