When a beloved musician dies, there’s a light that goes out in fans. It’s not like we knew this person, you know, personally, but it might feel like we did. This is because the art they created expressed feelings, concepts and thoughts that we can’t articulate ourselves. It’s through their music that we are drawn to learn more about who we are as humans. That’s why we need artists. They traffic in emotion that we need.
We often don’t realize how deeply a musician has affected us and the ways this music worked into our lives and psyches until that person is gone.
We felt this when Bowie died. It happened when Prince left us. Same thing with Kurt Cobain and Chris Cornell and Gord Downie and any other musician you care to mention. And it happened again when Chester Bennington died.
Linkin Park sold tens of millions of the record, many on the strength of Chester’s abilities to express how he felt, feelings that resonated with so many others. And now that he’s gone, we’re looking at how he did that one his own, with Linkin Park and with some of his side projects.
This remembering Chester Bennington, part 2.
Songs on this show:
Linkin Park, Faint
Linkin Park, Numb
Linkin Park, From the Inside (Live)
Dead by Sunrise, The Morning After
Linkin Park, Shadow of the Day (Live)
Linkin Park, What I’ve Done
Linkin Park, New Divide
Linkin Park, Blackbirds
Eric Wilhite, whose hobby seems to be creating podcasts based on this show, has provided us with this.
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