Music to Transform Your Mind: Twenty One Pilots

My husband and I saw this band in February with another couple. I hadn’t even heard of them, but Rachel, the girl we went with was simply crazy about them. The concert came as a total surprise to me. I was looking forward to hearing new music and enjoying a live show…I was NOT expecting to have a real live spiritual experience.

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The two guys in this band are really passionate about their craft. Their love for the crowd is sincerely moving. The energy they bring to the stage is electric and the thoughtfulness with which they communicate to their fans is admirable. At one point Tyler, the lead singer, stopped the crowd and hushed us to the point where you could hear a pin drop. He then asked us to take a moment to appreciate the joy, excitement and energy we were all sharing. He reminded us that it can be this way ALL the time and to remember this moment always. Then, he went back to singing at the top of his lungs and the crowd followed him by jumping in unison enthusiastically. It was POWERFUL!

This band is more than your average pop-band. They have a real message. Their lyrics are deep and meaningful. Check out what Tyler has to say about the name of the band,

Ok so, I (Tyler) was in theatre class and we were studying a play called “All My Sons” written by Arthur Miller in the 40’s. It was about a father who ran a company that provided parts for airplanes used in WWII. He then found out that his parts were faulty, so he comes to a moral crossroads:1. He can take the parts back and not send them out, but he will lose a lot of money in a financially tough situation. He would also taint his business and his name and be known as ‘unreliable’ in his trade. But this would ultimately be the ‘right’ thing to do. or,2. send the parts out, make the necessary money to provide for his family, not taint his name, etc. He ends up sending the parts out and twenty one pilots died because of it. His son was a pilot in the war who had lost his life. There was no evidence to prove that it was directly related but his daughter blamed her father for her brothers death. He ended up committing suicide at the end of the play. Here’s how we make it relevant: I feel like we are all constantly encountering moral crossroads where the decisions that benefit the “now” will have consequences down the road; but the decision that might seem tough and tolling right away will ultimately be more rewarding. What is our purpose for playing music? We are constantly asking ourselves that question. The answer can change all the time, but for right now we are just going to stick with something as simple as “we want to make people think.” TwentyOnePilots.com

This song definitely accomplishes the goal of making me think. I feel empowered by this song. I feel encouraged that this message is reaching millions of Twenty One Pilots fans around the world, many of whom are young and impressionable.

We are all battling fear and I think we need music like this to help us face the truth of our human existence. I hope you enjoy Twenty One Pilots as much as I do.

Namaste,

Kay

PS Here’s a fun personal fact: when I shaved my head for the first time back in the Spring I listened to this song! 😉 Hope it empowers you, too!

“Car Radio”
I ponder of something great
My lungs will fill and then deflate
They fill with fire
Exhale desire
I know it’s dire
My time today

I have these thoughts
So often I ought
To replace that slot
With what I once bought
‘Cause somebody stole
My car radio
And now I just sit in silence

Sometimes quiet is violent
I find it hard to hide it
My pride is no longer inside
It’s on my sleeve
My skin will scream
Reminding me of
Who I killed inside my dream
I hate this car that I’m driving
There’s no hiding for me
I’m forced to deal with what I feel
There is no distraction to mask what is real
I could pull the steering wheel

I have these thoughts
So often I ought
To replace that slot
With what I once bought
‘Cause somebody stole
My car radio
And now I just sit in silence

I ponder of something terrifying
‘Cause this time there’s no sound to hide behind
I find over the course of our human existence
One thing consists of consistence
And it’s that we’re all battling fear
Oh dear, I don’t know if we know why we’re here
Oh my,
Too deep
Please stop thinking
I liked it better when my car had sound

There are things we can do
But from the things that work there are only two
And from the two that we choose to do
Peace will win
And fear will lose
There’s faith and there’s sleep
We need to pick one please because
Faith is to be awake
And to be awake is for us to think
And for us to think is to be alive
And I will try with every rhyme
To come across like I am dying
To let you know you need to try to think

I have these thoughts
So often I ought
To replace that slot
With what I once bought
‘Cause somebody stole
My car radio
And now I just sit in silence

I ponder of something great
My lungs will fill and then deflate
They fill with fire
Exhale desire
I know it’s dire
My time today

I have these thoughts
So often I ought
To replace that slot
With what I once bought
‘Cause somebody stole
My car radio
And now I just sit in silence

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