I'm not going to lie to you... today, I'm sad.
I remember listening to Linkin Park in 8th grade for the first time, and trying to figure them out. Are they punk? Rock? Hip hop? What exactly are they?! It didn't matter the genre... we all loved them in our awkward middle and high school phases. They had a sound like no other, and their lyrics were so powerful and influential to our young selves. "Hybrid Theory" became our anthem. Chester Bennington became a household name.
When they came out with their "Collision Course" album with Jay Z, my mind was blown even more. Here's these guys identifying as a rock band, teaming up with one of the biggest rappers of all time, and totally making it work extremely well. To this day, it is still one of my favorite albums.
One of our record reps came in not too long ago, and had the awesome news that Linkin Park was coming out with new music. I was beyond stoked! I won't pretend like I loved "Heavy" the first time I heard it. It was very poppy, in my opinion, but if that's the way they wanted to go, I fully supported it because it meant they were back. I was excited to see if this would mean a tour, and I looked forward to finally seeing them live.
Fast forward to yesterday. Waking up to the alerts on my phone about Chester's passing was devastating. His voice was undeniable, and his talent was through the roof. It made my heart sad for his family, especially his 6 children he is leaving behind.
I remembered listening to his interview back in February on the new music, and being so inspired by his words and his positive vibes. It was on the Elvis Duran Show, and I couldn't turn it off. He was so interesting to listen to, and I loved how real he was being.
This is just one clip from that interview.
I hope it inspires you today, and reminds you that you do matter.
If you or someone you know is hurting, please get help for them or for yourself.
The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline toll-free number, 1-800-273-TALK(8255).