21st July, 2017.
In The End
What I’ve Done
Breaking The Habit
Somewhere I Belong
Leave Out All The Rest
From The Inside
The entire day, I’ve been listening to these songs. They took me back to a distant past.
It was around 2001 that I was first exposed to international music. And the first international artists I listened to, just happened to be Linkin Park. What my mother calls screams, I call an outlet.
It wasn’t just the music I connected with. It was the hidden angst, the deeper meaning behind the songs that affected me so much. It was actually many years later, when I was battling my own demons, when I didn’t know what’s worth fighting for, that these songs lifted me up.
I wanted to heal, I wanted to feel what I thought was never real.
I wanted to let go of the pain I felt so long.
These songs gave me the strength.
Today, when I listen to these songs again, I can’t help but notice the fiery pain in the lyrics. It took me back to the first encounter with Chester’s voice. It took me back to the time I felt there was no more hope left in this world.
Thank you, Chester, for lifting me up during those difficult times. It’s a shame the coming generations will never fathom what you meant to our generation. Yours is a name that will remain etched in our hearts, long after you are gone. You will not be forgotten. Your voice will keep you alive.
Chester Charles Bennington (March 20, 1976 – July 20, 2017)