Musical Healing Essay examples

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I have always had a major interest in all things musical. It is difficult to pinpoint a specific musical figure that has influenced me considering my interests are spread out across the spectrum of genres and subgenres. When faced with this question, I would say that the most prominent musical influence would be Avenged Sevenfold. Avenged Sevenfold has been a major part of my life since the 8th grade. During the first semester of that year, I fell ill to the point where I was hospitalized for approximately one month. In that month, even with the near 24/7 presence of my family, I do not think that I had ever felt so alone or depressed. I had felt like a huge burden to the point where even the little banter that went on could not bring me out of my hole of self pity. Whenever these thoughts and feelings reached their peak of intolerance, I would turn to music to reacquaint myself with a sense of normality. Until that year, I never put much thought into the phrase “music heals”. In my naivety, I simply saw music as noise to fill torturous silences. That thought was completely wiped from my mind the day I decided to listen to Avenged Sevenfold. A friend recommended them to me, but I never got around to checking them out for reasons that remain unclear to me to this day. Before finally deciding to give Avenged a chance, I made the assumption that they would most likely be yet another whiny rock band and could not possibly produce any real, raw emotion. Never in my life have I been so completely ecstatic about being wrong about an artist or musical group’s ability to deliver. In the music world, I have always found a sort of predictable and tiresome drum and bass repetition. I would take notice to artists stringing together the same lyrics about breakups, makeups, making money and many other things along those lines that you often hear in music today. The reoccurring characteristics that I would see and hear from other artists were definitely not reciprocated with what Avenged Sevenfold skillfully produced.
I dove into listening to Avenged Sevenfold with insane amounts of energy and the intention of resurfacing as a dedicated fan. Even though I loved the album as a whole, Afterlife, Unbound (The Wild Ride), and Almost Easy were the…