I do believe this is a working list. But these three songs for sure. 🙂
Day 15: A band/musical artist whose music impacted your life.
Of course, I’m going to have to write about Avenged Sevenfold here. Until my senior year in high school (which ended in 2009), I had no idea who Avenged Sevenfold was or what their music was like. But my boyfriend at the time introduced me to them with the song Dear God, and my best friend gave me a copy of Trashed and Scattered. I was in love. Music-gasm love.
I play cello, so I’m very into classical music and subtle harmonies and time signatures and key signatures and accidentals. Most artists nowadays have no idea what these elements of music are. But Avenged Sevenfold utilizes everything that makes me love music. Their time changes and accidentals and harmonies.. oh, the harmonies between Synyster Gates and Zacky Vengeance and their guitars.. to me, it’s amazing. And it’s… well, I’m not exactly sure what kind of genre they are.. hard rock? Alternative? Metal? Whatever they’re considered, they have rough beats and slow melodies alike, harmonies and screaming.
And they actually have somewhat of a Biblical vibe every once in awhile. Dear God, Afterlife, Beast and the Harlot (which includes a line, “Fallen Now Is Babylon the Great), although they do have some songs that completely go against everything Christian (A Little Piece of Heaven, Requiem). Either way, their lyrics are very deep at times and there are several songs that have lyrics that hit a chord in my very soul.
Honestly, I could listen to Avenged Sevenfold all day, every day, for the rest of my life and not get tired of listening to them.
Honorable Mentions: Demon Hunter (Christian Metal!!! Yes!!!) , Skillet (Christian Rock!)
These two bands are a close second and third when it comes to favorites.
Okay, Okay, I know this prompt is a few days old, but I wanted to do this.
So once I was hanging out with my family in Addison, Texas when we were visiting my brother over spring break. We were all (four of us) piled on the small couch he had in his one bedroom apartment and we wanted to watch a movie. Someone was flipping through the channels while we waited for… I’m not sure but SOMEONE to get out of the bathroom. Then the channel-surfer came across one of those tele-concerts or whatever you call them where they play parts of a show or a concert and ask you to pay hundreds of dollars for one CD or — gasp! — a three CD set because it helps this organization or another.
We, being a family of musicians, settled on the channel and watched as Celtic Woman stood on stage at a huge Scottish castle (I believe it was Scottish) singing a bunch of songs and it was so beautiful.
Those women are incredibly talented and I’m usually not one to cry, especially when I’m filled with positive emotions, but tears filled my eyes and two escaped each eye to roll down my cheeks. I tried to hide it, of course, but I think I wasn’t the only one tearing up. I honestly couldn’t help it. Of course, I may have been getting close to my female time and that’s what set off the high probability of tears, but still. I did cry when I heard those clear, beautiful voices harmonizing and seeing the violinist dance as she played.
So this is Demon Hunter. They’re a Christian metal band (or whatever the correct technical genre is). but I love them. They have a GREAT sound, and there’s not a song by them that I dont’ like. Seriously. that’s rare for me. But I love this band!!!!! This is off one of their newer albums, but all their albums rock!
<You know what? I love that I found a radio station that plays the kind of music I like. The one I listen to is based out of Knoxville, Tennessee, many many miles away from my hometown in west Texas. But it's the only station that plays hard rock music that will play on my work computer. I love that I found this station, 94.3 The X. But you know what I hate about radio stations in general? I really really hate that it seems as though they choose between 7–10 songs and replay them over and over. And over. And over. And sometimes they put other songs in the playlist, like they know that they need to break it up. But I've been listening to this station for about a month and I hear a certain 7 songs every day, all day. And I get really, really tired of them. Don't get me wrong, under any other circumstances, I'd love these songs. But even my favorite songs in the world, I can't listen to them seven times a day every weekday. So I look for other stations, but those stations play the same songs too. And I don't have enough money to just go and buy scores and scores of new artists and albums to keep my music library evolving. What's a girl to do?