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Music That Speaks to My Soul ~ Within Temptation

Updated on April 10, 2015
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"Music has been my loyal and constant companion my entire life." ~ Sylvestermouse Cynthia

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.

image: Music by Candlelight Cross Stitch

"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.

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.

"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

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)[32]

* TMF Awards Holland - Best Live Act

* TMF Awards Holland - Best Video[33]

* MTV Europe Music Awards - Best Dutch & Belgian act[34]

* World Music Awards 2007 - Best Selling Dutch Artist [35]


* Golden Harp [36]

* 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.

The Choice

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!

What Do You Think of "Within Temptation?"

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    • JoyfulPamela2 profile image

      JoyfulPamela2 3 years ago from Pennsylvania, USA

      Thanks for introducing me to a new band!

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      Martina 3 years ago from Croatia, Europe

      Nice article and nice music choices. I`ll be so free to suggest you another symphonic metal band that I used to love a lot: Nightwish, but when the singer was Tarja Turunen. (Hope you will enjoy theirs music and lyrics!)!

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      Kalafina 4 years ago

      Since accidentally discovering them (they were the music for the opening of a Japanese Show) I started listening to them more and more. Their songs are so beautiful with my favorite being "Angels." The music video is completely different then I would have ever expected and the song is gorgeous!

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      TenPoundTenor 4 years ago

      I love Within Temptation! I discovered their album Black Symphony by mistake a few years ago and have been hooked ever since. I also love the Unforgiving. Great Lens!

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      Vikki 4 years ago from US

      Wow; I listened to that first video and it was amazing. I've never heard of this group before. Definitely will look into more of their music. Some people just are meant to sing, aren't they?

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      VspaBotanicals 5 years ago

      Really beautiful!

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      Wednesday-Elf 5 years ago from Savannah, Georgia

      Thanks for the introduction to 'Within Temptation'. I think I've heard them before, but was not familiar with the group.

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      antoniow 5 years ago

      Thank you for your beautiful lens!

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      Indigo Janson 6 years ago from UK

      Very glad you introduced me to them. I'm listening to 'All I Need' as a read this page and will be looking out for Within Temptation in the future as I'd love to hear more. Beautiful!

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      Richard 6 years ago from Surrey, United Kingdom

      Returning to leave a special Valentine's Day blessing :)

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      capriliz lm 7 years ago

      You have chosen such beautiful songs here. Very inspiring and soothing music.

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      WhiteOak50 7 years ago

      I am truly speechless! I can identify with so much in lens. From my heart to your heart my spirit sister!

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      Cynthia Sylvestermouse 7 years ago from United States

      @Richard-H: Thank you so much for listening and for your blessing :)

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      Richard 7 years ago from Surrey, United Kingdom

      From one music lover to another, it's a pleasure to leave you a Squid Angel blessing :) Within Temptation are new to me, but I enjoyed listening to them and will be seeking more from them.

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      Decorate23 7 years ago

      Was not familiar with this group but I love music and love hearing different artists. Great lens.

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      Sue Dixon 7 years ago from Grasmere, Cumbria, UK

      This is all new to me, but I'm intrigued by your lens, and am going to listen to the videos.

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      norma-holt 7 years ago

      Nicely laid out and interesting lens although this is not my kind of music. Top marks and lensrolled and featured on How to Make Good Music


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      HorseAndPony LM 7 years ago

      I love your intro. I had never heard of Within Temptation. Great write up I enjoyed learning about a new group.

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      JanieceTobey 7 years ago

      I find music so very uplifting, soothing, and relaxing too! Thanks for sharing your favorites with us!

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      Patricia 7 years ago

      I love music also. Great lens! Blessed by an angel!

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      The-Java-Gal 7 years ago

      It. was. nice having a copy of the lyrics. 5*

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      puzzlerpaige 7 years ago

      I'm so out of the loop with newer music. I haven't heard of this group or heard these songs, but they seem to have a quality of "lasting". I'm glad to now know them.

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      Robin S 7 years ago from USA

      This is terrific!

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      Heather Burns 7 years ago from Wexford, Ireland

      oh wow, thank you for introducing them. I had heard "Stand My Ground" but didn't know who sang it. 5*

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      JoyfulPamela2 7 years ago from Pennsylvania, USA

      Music certainly captures our hearts in many ways. Thanks for sharing this new group with us. :)

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      Nancy Tate Hellams 7 years ago from Pendleton, SC

      I was not familiar with the group "Within Temptation" at all until I read this wonderful lens about how their Music Speaks To Your Soul. Thank you.

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      Holley Web 7 years ago

      As with most music we hold dear, each song has it's place in helping either relive a memory or control an emotion. These songs, unique and beautiful each in their own way, speak to each listener in a different way. Thank you for the introduction and for giving us a chance to learn a little more about you :) A beautiful lens!