Rainbow in the Dark Deconstructed

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1983- This is heavy metal

Before we argue over clean and dirty vocals-before we get into speed metal or death metal or black metal.

If you reached for the pure stuff back then- you reached for Ronnie James Dio

The keyboards sound like trumpets to usher in the new age.

“When there’s lightning – you know it always bring me down
Cause it’s free and I see that it’s me
Who’s lost and never found”

From Zeus to Thor to the Almighty himself-lightning has been used to signify a supreme deity in all cultures since the beginning of time.

The special relevance we put on this force of nature does speak volumes about what is rejected in this song. He is alone in the dark and wants to keep it that way.

Well…almost alone…

“Do your demons – do they ever let you go
When you’ve tried – do they hide – deep inside
Is it someone that you know”

He knows his demons and knows he can’t escape them. (I hold out hope in the belief that everyone can get to a place where the hounds of hell will stop their pursuit and give each person some peace-it goes beyond the scope of this post and they don’t ever stop until we make a choice to face them down—-but I digress…)

 

“There’s no sign of the morning coming
You’ve been left on your own
Like a Rainbow in the Dark
A Rainbow in the Dark”

Rainbows need light to exist or more accurately they need light to appear to exist since they are more optical illusion that actual entity.

Often seen as a sign of hope and renewed spirit after a storm has passed.

There must be some light in Dio’s dark place to make a rainbow-even if it is just the light of creative energy——-that wonderful thing that happens when pain and struggle produces an artistic array of spirit.

The force that turns inspiration into magic.

A power so great that it can take depression and form a wave that a whole crowd can be swept up in.

Power to take many who feel alone and connect all the dots to bring them together with one voice.

This music seems to emanate from depression and anger.

Emotional anguish turned and polished until it shines clean.

Dio makes metal out of rock.

 

Dio.Rainbow in the Dark-The religion of anti-religion

Dio.Rainbow in the Dark-The religion of anti-religion

This song is an anthem of metal. It is also a signature song of an artist.

Ronnie James Dio is iconic in the world of metal. If you are a fan of rock music- you know this song–if you are a fan of metal-this song is probably branded to your soul and you are baptized by fire with it.

“That is a little strong Mr. Cave Guy”

Whoa…there!… casual music person that was searching for climbing gear and somehow found my website and then clicked on a couple things because you were intrigued by a Radiohead song.

I am not blaming the song. 

 “When there’s lightning – you know it always bring me down

‘Cause it’s free and I see that it’s me

Who’s lost and never found

I cry out for magic – see it dancing in the light

It was cold – lost my hold

To the shadows of the night.”

Blaming Dio for someone indoctrinating themselves in the world of metal and all it stands for is not what this is about.

It is about us and how we turn everything we like into a religion.

From Star Wars to Marijuana to “My little Pony”—-we as humans have this need for spiritual structure and instead of abandoning it altogether; replace it with anything we find lying around.

Going to church is like going to shows-you meet up with other followers-you throw up your hands in exaltation and you get some more metal religion.

You dress the part – you walk with the other lost souls and convince yourself that the rest of the world just does not get it.

Now –we are getting a little “culty”

In this age of making no money from actual musical product-Bands are forced to market as the whole experience—they have to sell the tickets and the merch in order to make any money.

The music game is becoming like pro wrestling-the W.W.E business model is the future of music. We already have the V.I.P experience and special limited edition boxed sets- Look for action figures and candy bars arriving real soon….can’t wait to bite into a chewy Marilyn Manson!

W.W.E as religion? Farfetched? Have you talked to a 35 year old wrestling fan—-please don’t— and there are plenty of them out there.

I could go on but I am getting off base.

This is a great song-I like this song.

We all have times that we feel abandoned and have lost all hope so we all can relate.

I just don’t think we have to live our lives like that every single day and believe that that is the correct way to view ourselves.

Because-it is a bloody miserable way to go.

\m/ from the cave!

You know I love you metal guys and girls out there- so please tell me how wrong I am with this post-would love to hear from you!