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Music That Speaks to My Soul ~ Within Temptation
My Constant Companion
Music has been my loyal and constant companion my entire life. It often sets my mood, changes my mood or soothes my soul. If I want to grieve, it will grieve with me. If I want to rejoice, it will join my celebration. If I want to dance, it will set the pace. If I want to love, it will put my feelings into words and express what I do not have words to say.
My mother is an extremely talented pianist. She can play anything without music and in any key. She is every vocalist dream of a perfect accompanist. No doubt, I owe my love for music to my mother. When she plays, her music resonates throughout the house, in our hearts and in our souls. Because of her influence, I don't just hear a string of notes, I feel the song and it's message.
Every decade or so, I hear a musician who just has that touch. I would like to introduce you to a talent that I recently discovered in my son's vast collection of cd's. I was searching for a song to recommend to a promising soloist and I found a real treasure.
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"All I Need" by Within Temptation
This song has a haunting melody and lyrics!
Ever since the first time I heard it, I find myself humming the tune or even singing it out loud at some of the strangest times:) This is one of those songs that crosses two areas of emotion for me. It will cry with me when I am depressed or it will sooth my soul when I am hurting. It isn't the lyrics to this song, although they are beautiful, but the melody and her comforting vocal quality that just calms me.
I love the idea of making "my heart a better place."
I hope you enjoy this song as much as I do.
Lyrics to "All I Need"
- WITHIN TEMPTATION LYRICS - All I Need
I'm dying to catch my breath Oh why don't I ever learn? I've lost all my trust, though I've surely tried to turn it around Can you still see the heart of me? All my agony fades away when you hold me in your embrace.
Within Temptation ~ The Band
This group has actually been performing together since 1996. Because they were all still in college, they took a hiatus in 1999 to finish their studies, but returned in 2000 to the stage to become not only Holland's biggest selling musical export, but also one of the fastest growing new rock acts internationally.
I am extremely impressed with the longevity and commitment of this group. As usual, in the beginning "Within Temptation" had to replace a few band members for various reasons, but nothing reports that they had any volatile splits or dissension within the group. They have been together without any band member changes since 2002. Most often a band will split several times due to internal differences and squabbles. These young people seem to have been able to handle fame and a rigorous schedule together without all of the petty jealousy and fighting that usually destroys a group on it's way up the charts.
- Official Website for Within Temptation
If you want to find out more about the band, Within Temptation's tour schedule or about their merchandise, this is the place to visit! This is where I found the group photos for this article.
"Stand My Ground" by Within Temptation
This song speaks to a totally different side of me altogether. A side that my family is very familiar with and probably wish I would hold back sometimes.
I am a warrior at heart and I will fight for what is right. I definitely "Stand My Ground."
This one is for you SS
Lyrics to "Stand My Ground"
- WITHIN TEMPTATION LYRICS - Stand My Ground
I can see when you stay low nothing happens, Does it feel right? Late at night Things I thought I put behind me Haunt my mind / I just know there's no escape Now once it sets its eyes on you But I won't run, Have to stare it in the eye / Stand my gro
Awards for "Within Temptation"
* Silver Harp
* TMF Award Holland - Most Promising Act
* TMF Award Belgium - Best Rock (International)
* Edison - Best Live DVD: Mother Earth Tour
* Conamus Export Award 2003
* Conamus Export Award 2004
* Edison Award - Best Band
* TMF Awards Holland - Best Rock National
* Popprijs 2005
* Conamus Export Prize 2005
* World Music Award - Best-selling Dutch Artist
* 3 FM Award - Best Rock Artist
* Golden God (Best Video: Angels)
* Buma Culture Export Prize 2006
* 3FM Award - Best Rock Artist
* TMF Awards Belgium - Best Live Act (International)
* TMF Awards Holland - Best Live Act
* TMF Awards Holland - Best Video
* MTV Europe Music Awards - Best Dutch & Belgian act
* World Music Awards 2007 - Best Selling Dutch Artist 
* Golden Harp 
* 3FM Award - Best Live Act
* Female Metal Voices Fest Awards – Best Album for The Heart of Everything
Confirmation Source: Wikipedia
"Somewhere" by Within Temptation
This song has a double meaning to me and it depends on my mood which meaning I embrace at the time.
One part is romantic. The one that says "I will wait for you. You are a part of me now and always."
The other is introspective and very personal. I sometimes search inside myself for the "whys." My constant search for who I really am.
Band Members of Within Temptation
* Sharon den Adel - vocals (since 1996)
* Robert Westerholt - rhythm guitar, death vocals (since 1996)
* Ruud Adrianus Jolie - lead guitar (since 2001)
* Jeroen van Veen - bass (since 1996)
* Martijn Spierenburg - keyboards (since 2001)
* Stephen van Haestregt - drums (since 2002)
"The Truth Beneath the Rose" by Within Temptation
This song is a combination of all of my emotions. It evokes my passion to right every wrong. To stand my ground until I reach my final destiny and it certainly speaks to the seeker in me. It also touches another part of me. The one that seeks forgiveness for any wrongs that I have ever committed, knowingly or unknowingly.
It is the hardest for me to easily dismiss.
Lyrics to "The Truth Beneath the Rose"
- Within Temptation - Truth Beneath The Rose Lyrics | MetroLyrics
Lyrics to 'Truth Beneath the Rose' by Within Temptation. Give me strength to face the truth, the doubt within my soul / No longer I can justify the bloodshed in his name. / Is it a sin to seek the truth, the truth beneath the rose?
It was really difficult to choose only a few songs by "Within Temptation" to share with you. Every song possesses and exudes great passion and depth.
This band has the unique and rare combination of a songwriter with the heart of a poet, a band with remarkable musical ability and a vocalist with an unbelievable range, clear voice quality and tremendous breath control. I even like the background death vocals. They are not overused or out of place in this music.
This is easily one of the best groups recording today!