Where the heck do I begin?
I feel this song jolt through me like an electric charge, words can’t even begin to capture the power, the intensity, the hypnotic state this song puts me in.
And this video is just icing on the cake. I was picturing something more literal… you know, David sunning himself on a waterfall, hesitant about jumping over… oh wait. 😉
But this approach is so evocative, like dropping in on someone’s fever dream… those tossing and turning nights when endless disaster scenarios loop through your mind. Only with ballerinas.
Seriously though, the dark shadows and dust filtering through the decaying house with Sir David Archuleta all in black, raging at… himself… so powerful and we can all relate, am I right??
A few moments stood out for me… when the dancers link arms and make a chain blocking the door… whoah, that really hit me… and at the end when more light is coming in and David looks up like he is DONE with feeling paralyzed. YOU GO, DAVID!!!!!
The song itself knocked me sideways when I first heard it live in Boston… I could not believe how it rocks out so powerfully… it’s such a “punch your arms in the air, roll every window in the car down and soar across the highway” song… did NOT see that coming from David, tbh.
Can a song have testosterone? Because I think this one does. For real. I had this feeling right from the beginning that guys would go for this song… because it rocks out, because it has “muscle” and “grit.” [I hate resorting to gender stereotypes but more guys turn up at Imagine Dragons and Mumford and Sons concerts than at Shawn Mendes or Justin Bieber shows… please don’t throw tomatoes, I do not make the rules, my friends!]
And I have noticed so many more guys commenting on and sharing the song than usually happens. Am I imagining things?? Have you guys noticed that too? [If I’m way off base, please let me know!]
But I digress…
Now that the studio version is here, it is just undeniable… inevitable… earworm-able. That driving beat and the way the song builds to an impossible crescendo that makes your heart want to beat right out of your chest… and THOSE VOCALS!!!!
… the way the refrain repeats like a meditative chant…and THOSE VOCALS!!!
… the way the subtle sound of chains clangs near he end of the song, genius! Oh, and did I mention THOSE VOCALS?!!!!
Specifically that alkdjflkjkfjakfjfkjfklfj run at the 2:39 mark (yes, I did replay it a few times 🙂 ) comes at you like a thousand velvet arrows piercing your very soul!!!
OTT, I know, but RIGHT???!!!!
The lyrics really hit me where I live (I know I’m not alone in that)… and it just helps so much to know you’re not alone with these struggles, doesn’t it?
“I wake up to another day, another chance to get out of my own way” wow, get out of my brain, Archuleta!
This song needs to be on radio so more people can be devastated by its beauty. Only fair, I say. I have it on repeat on Spotify, I have shared it like crazy, gifted on iTunes… I just wish there was more we could do!!
HOW ABOUT YOU GUYS??? Thoughts? Impressions? Gush-tastic comments? Please please share, I’m dying to hear them!!
My fave comment on the YouTube so far! 🙂 🙂 🙂
Love these behind-the-scenes shots from Emily Morris, production assistant on the video shoot! More here.
Love how he blows a kiss at the end of this … [fun fact: at the Toronto VIP event, when David left the room and waved at everyone, for some reason, by reflex (I do this with family & friends), I made the same gesture and blew him a big kiss… AND WAS INSTANTLY MORTIFIED! I was like, “why did I DO that?? what the heck was I thinking??” … so anyways, seeing him throw us all one, makes me feel a tad better, lol. This is the end of my TEDTalk. 🙂 ]
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A little background on the meaning behind “Paralyzed” and the video. Thanks everyone for your love!!! I hope you keep listening and enjoying it! Also while not mentioned in the video I want to give a shoutout to @isabeaumiller and @natedodgemusic who I wrote the song with and am so grateful that we created this song together!! Thanks for helping me look my fears in the eyes and take on this bull by the horns!
AAAAAAAAND * big finish * … In this Chicago Tribune interview, David lists Toronto as one of his top-five favourite cities!!!!!! I can’t take much more of this amazingness from him… LIES!!! … bring it on! hahahahaha