I have not done a tribute post before. It pains me, but I realize that even if I had, the words would not come as easily when paying tribute to a voice that I admired throughout my childhood. It was a voice that could make the lyrics shine and stay etched in the heart for a long time. I heard “Numb” in the year 2005. It has stayed there since then. That’s how powerful I felt Chester Bennington’s voice to be.
Many of my friends queued up for tickets to see Justin Bieber and Coldplay. It was all I could see on my Facebook feed those days. But I knew that the only band I’d consider standing in queue for was Linkin Park. To think that that dream is no longer One Step Closer is heartbreaking. How fickle is life? One minute you’re listening to your favorite song from the artist, and the next you hear that that artist is no more. Yeah. Life’s like that. One More Light goes out in this earth-bound sky of stars, and In The End it does matter. Maybe not in the grand scheme of life, but to those hearts that that light guided. I wish I could Run Away from that reality and keep it from Pushing Me Away, but it is not an option.
The Castle of Glass is broken today. Chester Bennington, your time has come. I’ll Leave Out All The Rest, for you have given me so many reasons to miss your voice. The mark it has left on me is not Faint at all. And it will never be Lost in the Echo. Thank you for the memories. Rest in Peace.
(Image was shared by my friend Anmol Rawat on his Facebook feed. I don’t have another source for that.)
(© Vinay Leo R. @ I Rhyme Without Reason,
17th July, 2017)