A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this music.
What parents need to know
Parents need to know that "Demons" is the fifth single to be released from Imagine Dragons' Night Visions album. It's an angsty, emotional tune with relatively clean lyrics -- there's one use of "hell" -- from the Las Vegas-based band, and the music video is dedicated to Tyler Robinson, a 17-year-old fan who lost his battle to cancer while the video was being edited. Although the visuals in the music video depicting some of the demons people face aren't graphic -- loss of loved ones, body-image issues, domestic violence, PTSD -- there's plenty of room for discussion.
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What's the story?
DEMONS intertwines live concert footage from The Joint in Las Vegas and a narrative story of demons. Lead singer Dan Reynolds warns, \"Don't get too close / It's dark inside,\" and yet the music video zooms in on certain fans in the audience and explores their lives -- and the personal demons they're battling -- outside the concert venue to show there's more to a person than meets the eye. At the end of the music video, the band encourages viewers to donate to the Tyler Robinson Foundation, which provides financial assistance for families with children battling cancer.
Is it any good?
Imagine Dragons have beautifully layered the keyboard, guitar, and drums on their mid-tempo single to sound like a build-up of emotions leading to the cathartic lyrics, "I can't escape this now / Unless you show me how." Their powerful music video also shows how music can be an important resource when dealing with one's problems, but it's important for teens to remember that as much as they "wanna hide the truth" or "wanna shelter you," they don't have to face their problems alone.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about the demons in the music video. Why do you think they chose to present those demons? What other issues do teens face? What resources are available for teens and their families as they face these issues?
Why do you think that some people feel they need to "hide the truth" or "shelter you" from their demons? What can you do to help others?
Do you think music helps people deal with their problems? How do you cope with issues? Who can you turn to for help?