This week Bear has chosen “Dragons” as our red hot theme. Here in the Land of the Rising Sun, I can appreciate the cultural traditions, lores of mythical dragons and legends yore. In Japan, the dragon is symbolic of power, wisdom, strength, force for good, wind/water. Dragons in the West traditionally symbolize strength, ferocity, and wealth. They are a destructive force, but are also considered guardians. The Japanese and the East in general see dragons differently. In Japanese traditional art, dragons are generous, benevolent forces that use their strength to do good for mankind. Wisdom is another trait assigned to dragons. These positive attributes have made dragons among the most popular of Japanese style tattoos.
So I’ll start off with The Immigrant Song, covered brilliantly in the movie: Girl with The Dragon Tattoo. This is my favorite Led Zepp bootleg (with the blistering solo). Venue: Nippon Budokan Hall, City: Tokyo, Japan, Date: September 23rd 1971, Bootleg Record: Flying Rock Carnival 1971
Dragons are part of our classical mythology depicting forces of good vs evil. From Richard Wagner’s Opera, DAS RHEINGOLD part 3 “dragon solo” from 3rd act, Siegfried was about to kill Fafner (the dragon) in the opera.
Cool video: WAX TAILOR feat. Charlotte Savary – Dragon Chasers
Clint Mansell – Requiem for a Dream, pics from deviantArt.com
Two Steps From Hell – Heart of Courage (Invincible)
Astrid Goes For A Spin – How to Train Your Dragon
Chasing the Dragon Live – Epica – The Classical Conspiracy
Radioactive – Lindsey Stirling and Pentatonix (Imagine Dragons Cover)
“Lair of the Dragon” – Heavy Classical Music
Chinese Opera – Dragon Boat Tune – sung by Song Zuying – Vienna
Red Dragon Opera Scene, Felix Mendelssohn’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream: Scherzo
Hans Zimmer – 503 (Chevaliers de Sangreal), performed by violinist Joshua Bell from the soundtrack Angels & Demons