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Ashes of Eden

It's been six years since Breaking Benjamin released a new album for me to plug into my ears. The band is a "Alternative-Rock, post-grunge" genre, which I think means you have a song every now and again where Benjamin, the lead singer, might grumble or yell. The magic of Breaking Benjamin for me, however, didn't come from their loud riffs or long winded solos. Instead, I always found their slower and quieter songs to be the most powerful ones for grabbing my attention and emotional pull.

This album did not disappoint in that regard. I was immediately drawn to their latest slow song, a piece known as "Ashes of Eden".

The song calls to mind an individual that's at the breaking point in a long and harsh journey. They have reached a time where they question their own surroundings and risk risk losing themselves to a darkness that has risen up around them without warning and without remorse.

The course says, "Are you with me after all? Why can't I hear you?"

For anyone that's gone through a life event like this, be it the loss of a family member, lover, or maybe even a close bond to an animal friend, these powerful words in Ashes of Eden evoke that one moment in our lives; a small window in time at which we realize that what we have is reaching a sudden end.

It is in this realization that we discover what Robert Frost tried to tell us a long time ago...

Nature’s first green is gold,Her hardest hue to hold.Her early leaf’s a flower;But only so an hour.Then leaf subsides to leaf.So Eden sank to grief,So dawn goes down to day.Nothing gold can stay.

I wonder if perhaps the writer of this song contemplated Frost's work when they wrote these lyrics. After all, it was Robert who reminded us that Eden sank to grief and dawn goes on to day.

Meanwhile, Breaking Benjamin's new album is titled Dark before Dawn.

In my creative writing, this song immediately called to mind one of my most important characters, an individual who would ultimately sacrifice everything to change the course of history in the Rakuen Galaxy. That is a story I have yet to tell, but after taking a moment to visit that character while my mind was lost in the melody of Ashes of Eden, I knew more than ever that it is a story worth telling.

So, how about you? What does this song do for you? Any memories come to mind or is it just rubbish to your ears?


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