Two weeks back, after a gap of almost 3 years, I stumbled upon my old Linkin Park playlist. Almost instantaneously I was back to listening to some of my favourite songs. What I’ve Done. In the End. Papercut. Crawling. Castle of Glass. A Place for My Head. One Step Closer. Robot Boy. Numb. From the Inside. Faint. Somewhere I Belong. My playlist was on loop. Three days on I was still ‘across this new divide‘-ing under my breath on my way to work. So much so that I even tweeted about it!
I was excited like hell. The timing of I stumbling across my playlist could not have been better. I had recently decided on some new life goals and LP was just the boost I needed. I was screaming out verses in my head. There was this sudden surge of energy. I realised that I was back to the ‘Linkin Park’ phase of my life. The phase where I felt I could make things happen. The phase where the songs were going to carry me through to the next big thing!
I think all LP fans will relate with me when I say that somehow, their songs had a way to inspire you to do great things. Whether you were sad or low or even happy, they always had a way to help us rise above the ordinary, move beyond the usual. It was the lyrics, the music, the rap, the metal, the composition. But most of all, it was the voice of Chester Bennington synergizing all of the above. Chester channelled so many emotions through his singing, it was impossible not to have goosebumps by the end of the song. He had this raw energy about him, this piercing honesty in his voice. Like millions of LP fans, it was his voice that made me first connect to LP. Not the lyrics. Not the metal. Chester Bennington’s voice.
So naturally I am shell-shocked to know about his suicide! It was disastrous to know that hung himself and may have been depressed. He in fact also did a video about it not too long ago which I have linked below.
The world is a poorer place bereft of him. There will be lot of tributes flowing around and social networks will be flooded with consolatory messages over the next few days. But his true loss will be felt by people like us, who used to take inspiration from his songs and his voice. For us, he will always remain the person who helped us to never give up. I am reminded of a few verses from his song ‘Easier to Run’ that sound strikingly similar to what happened. I’d like to leave you’ll with the same.
It’s easier to run
Replacing this pain with something numb
It’s so much easier to go
Than face all this pain here all alone
May his soul rest in peace.
This is the Sciolist.
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