Chester Bennington : A Tribute

This Evening I got in my gym and put Linkin Park on shuffle. “Leave Out All the Rest” poured out of my speakers and I became a teary mess.

We all know how Chester Bennington lost his long and public battle to the killer that is mental illness .He left all the fans of the band, Linkin Park, devastated.Anyone that knows their music and sound knows the emotional voyage you take with each song.

I still remember when Hybrid Theory came out, I was a puzzled 14-year-old, still discovering my musical tastes. At the time, we recently bought a color TV and heard Numb for the first time.It was a song that I liked a lot because I felt it as a song of anguish. To me, it sounded like the lyrics are telling how a majority of teenagers of my age feel but are afraid to admit so.They were loud and full of energy and sounded so different. I listened to them on a loop, just over and over again.

In 2007, When they released Minutes to Midnight I did not like it in the beginning but gradually started liking the new, appealing and fresh sound. It was a paradigm shift but this proved that they can handle newer styles with good talent.

It’s been 13 years since I heard Numb and In The End.
Dead or alive, in the end, it doesn’t matter.

Chester Bennington will always remain in the hearts of people who love rock music.The goal is not to live forever. The goal is to create something that will. And Chester did it. His music will live on forever.
These lyrics always echo in my heart and I think a perfect Goodbye to Chester :’(
“When my time comes
Forget the wrong that I’ve done
Help me leave behind some reasons to be missed
And don’t resent me
And when you’re feeling empty
Keep me in your memory
Leave out all the rest
Leave out all the rest..”

R. I. P
-Your biggest fan,
Gaurav Guha.

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