RIP Chester Bennington


 

Image Credits: Linkin Park Official Facebook

I didn’t know this would be a shock. After all, I hardly listen to Linkin Park anymore. I ‘outgrew’ their songs as I tell everyone. I have moved on to songs where the singers isn’t shouting or the guitar sounds don’t hurt my ears. Yet when I opened Facebook today, I saw a lot of my friends posting ‘RIP Chester’ and I was shook.

I started listening to their songs again, all of them. ‘Numb’, ‘In the End’, ‘Leave out all the Rest’, ‘Breaking the Habit’, ‘Castle of Glass’ and kept going discovering songs I haven’t listened anymore. Their new single ‘Talking to Myself’ was released just hours before his suicide ( I am not going to say demise. He committed suicide, there is no way I can soften it it up).

His voice sounds different now, I hear his voice with a new clarity now and I get a bigger shock now. How did I never see this coming?!


Linkin Park introduced me to Western rock music. I was in school and at home, we had cable channel which played songs on demand. My brother and I would wait to hear songs that were popular at the time. We enjoyed Backstreet Boys and Nelly Furtado because the lyrics were understandable, the music groovy. I was young, my command on English wasn’t that strong.

We heard ‘In the End’ the very first time. We loved it. My mom definitely didn’t cause she told us to change the channel. After a while she stopped telling us to change the channel when she realized that we loved the songs.

I could only articulate the chorus. It didn’t matter much to us, we were hooked. It was only a matter of time that we were glued to the channel and we heard more of Linkin Park’s songs. VH1 started running in India and we heard more of Linkin Park’s songs. They were really popular in India, anyone who heard any Western music knew them. They were many hardcore fans who had heard every song.

Navin and I were headbanging to ‘Faint’, watching their ‘Breaking the Habit’ video in cause of anime video, we loved ‘By Myself’ because the video was a montage of Dragon Ball Z and I felt really bad for the lead actress in their ‘Numb’ music video. I was too young to understand what their music was.


A couple of years later, when my brother was in College/High School he and his friends formed a band. They would sit in our house because it was 5 min away from their college  and listen to songs. At that point we were deep into rock music, we would listen to Metallica’s “One”, Foo Fighters “Pretender” and so much more. My brother had burned an entire CD full of rock music and he would turn it on all the time.

Linkin Park songs made their way into the CD even then. One of the friends was a hardcore fan. He spoke in length about the band members but I don’t recall him talking about their song’s meaning. I guess it was something that no one really spoke about but left it to interpretation. We should have. Around the time, they had released a new album which wasn’t all that popular but still good. One of their songs ‘Shadow of the Day’ was completely different from all of their previous songs.

Navin’s friend Rajesh commented on the song and I paraphrase: It sounds so peaceful, you can listen to it and fall asleep but when you listen to the lyrics you realize that it is the completely opposite of that. It has been 8 years or more since. The memories have suddenly been surfaced from their long sleep in my brain since I read about Chester’s suicide this morning.


I still have some of their songs. I am no longer oblivious to their meaning. When I listen to their songs, I am teleported to my old home sitting in front of the tele and watching their videos. I realize that even back in the 2000s, they sang about mental issues and yet were mainstream artists. I don’t think that happens anymore.

I have read people talking about Tupac, Chris Cornell, Alan Rickman, Prince, Micheal Jackson’s death but I never really UNDERSTOOD what they meant. I do now. It is not a good place. He sang about his issues and I never heard that.

I could quote their songs, I am listening to their songs now and I could use ALL of them to tell you what I feel like now. It isn’t fair that I riding nostalgia and guilt listening to their music, when Chester is no more with us. It isn’t fair I realized the meaning behind his lyrics and the strength of his voice ONLY after he killed himself.

Weekend Coffee Share: Graduation Week


If we are having coffee, I will talk all about my week. It was full, filled with different people of different background and different perspectives. It also was the week when I graduated with a Masters of Engineering.

The past weekend has been one of the best weekends so far. It was filled with great weather, a great conversation and two free music festivals. I was headbanging in one and dancing in another. Firstly, it is my first Christmas in a Christian country and the city is festive. Every house is adorned with lights and Xmas trees & I just love looking at the bright houses after dark. According to my friends I have to visit Richman street in the city (aptly named as it is an affluent area).


(Sorry for the shaky cam)I attended the annual Auckland Christmas in the Park. It was was cold & raining lightly but I was surprised to find a lot of people attending. The numbers increased as evening turned dark. The event had a host of native artists performing famous international tunes and a few Maori songs. I kind of love the native songs and I am slowly exploring the country’s artists. One of my favorite songs after I started discovering Kiwi artists has to be ‘This Life’ by Fly My Pretties. The song is in English but there is definitely a Kiwi vibe in the song.

The event was closed by a great fireworks display. Then I went on to checkout the fair in the park, which was closing down at the time but was still lit up. I think the lighting made for a great photoshoot.

 

 

Next day, I went to the North Shore specifically for a alternative rock music festival called ‘Devonstock’. The festival featured around 5 bands with varied genres and at least 2 of which were still in college. I was shocked at the music they were able to produce even if I found their stretched out guitar solos a bit annoying. Because of the event I got to know about some more up and coming NZ artists and found a new favorite song.

 


I graduated from University this week. Finally, after almost 10 months of struggles and hardwork, I did it. I have to thank a friend for convincing me to go. I loved the event fully and the next day, I got an award to recognize my work over the year. I am awaiting photos for the event but this is the award:

 

Graduation

 

 


Yesterday, I went with some new friends to Piha Beach. Two big things: the beach is black in color. The seawaves foam when crashing at the beach. The wet sand ripples when stepping on it, it is like walking on a stretched piece of cloth, with the area around the feet changing its texture because of the weight. It was my first road trip after a long time.


I heard one of the best jokes yesterday. I know a guy who works at Green Peace NZ. His team made a mocking video of NZ Prime Minister Bill English and at a party, my friends’ boss got a little drunk. He felt bad about the mocking video.

So he decided to text the Prime Minister to apologize for the video.

THE PRIME MINISTER TEXTS BACK!

“Its all good mate, all in good fun!”

I couldn’t stop laughing at that for minutes.


I finally went for a bike party. I have been increasingly involved with different biking groups in the city and yesterday was another one. It was disappointing. We met at a park, used a public BBQ for dinner and roam around. It was good but I couldn’t just stay at one place. They went about very slowly, talking and chilling while I couldn’t wait to just go somewhere.

Nonetheless, it is one thing I can tick off.


If everything I did was not enough, today there was a pre wedding celebration. I had two choices, sit awkwardly or dance awkwardly. I chose dancing awkwardly and it was a great decision.

I am just thinking of my week to come, I don’t know what will I do now.

Cord Struck : Are We Listening?


Daily prompt
( Strike a Chord

Do you play an instrument? Is there a musical instrument whose sound you find particularly pleasing? Tell us a story about your experience or relationship with an instrument of your choice.)

Rains splashing,
Thunder growling,
Lightening flashing.

Some place:
Waves crashing,
Winds whistling.

Some days:
Birds chirping,
Dogs growling,
Cats purring.

Everyday they play,
Instruments of the Creator:
Never did they fray,
Nothing ever sounds soother.

Seems like noise they are,
But when you are listening,
If seconds you could spare;
Complements the visuals glistening.

Instruments come and go,
Physical will be replaced by digital,
But these will forever be aboriginal.

Let’s see what others have written:
http://fearfuldragon.wordpress.com/2014/07/03/strike-a-chord/
http://inconversion.wordpress.com/2014/07/03/meeting-an-old-friend/
http://dailymusing57.wordpress.com/2014/07/03/strike-a-chord/
http://coffeeandathought.wordpress.com/2014/07/03/promptly-forgotten/
http://willowscottling.wordpress.com/2014/07/03/i-chose-voice/
http://bobbeck1600.wordpress.com/2014/07/03/daily-prompt-strike-a-chord/
http://jillofalltirades.com/2014/07/03/strike-a-chord/
http://mjamesjackson.wordpress.com/2014/07/03/guitars-and-video-games/
http://thefinickycynicat.wordpress.com/2014/07/03/strike-a-chord-the-daily-post-challenge/
http://learningneverstops.wordpress.com/2014/07/03/the-guitar-man/
http://meaningunfolding.wordpress.com/2014/07/03/the-daily-post-strike-a-chord-violin-acoustics/
Struck a Chord
http://fabulouswitfeyz.wordpress.com/2014/07/03/daily-prompt-strike-a-chord/
http://eastelmhurstagogo.wordpress.com/2014/07/03/still-my-guitar-gently-weeps/
Clair by Ruswa Fatehpuri
http://traversinglines.wordpress.com/2014/07/03/technique-to-my-technics/
http://principledduff.wordpress.com/2014/07/03/healing-with-the-hank-drum/
http://shivanshchaudhary.wordpress.com/2014/07/03/tinkling-sound-through-my-soul/
http://risingrave28.wordpress.com/2014/07/03/musica/
http://teepee12.com/2014/07/03/in-love-with-the-piano/
http://duniyaku.wordpress.com/2014/07/03/strike-a-chord-stevie-wonder-wannabe/
http://flippyzipflop.wordpress.com/2014/07/03/daily-prompt-strike-a-chord/
Daily Prompt: Strike a Chord – The Lost Chord
http://joantatley.wordpress.com/2014/07/03/the-guitar/
http://knsalustro.wordpress.com/2014/07/03/brass-noise/
http://hooray4rae.wordpress.com/2014/07/03/do-re-me/
http://kartikkotian.wordpress.com/2014/07/03/the-symphony/
Guitar Hero: Daily Post
http://vittorioezra.wordpress.com/2014/07/03/tug-tu-tak-tug-tug-tak-tsh-shuk/
http://joatmon14.wordpress.com/2014/07/03/i-could-play/
http://psibrone.wordpress.com/2014/07/03/463/
http://bohemianstargypsy.wordpress.com/2014/07/03/brass-of-the-brave-daily-prompt-strike-a-chord/
http://jaynesdailypost.wordpress.com/2014/07/03/strike-a-chord/
All That Resonates
http://flowersandbreezes.wordpress.com/2014/07/03/one-of-my-dreams/
http://ronovanwrites.wordpress.com/2014/07/03/the-drum-beats-no-longer/
http://mamacormier.wordpress.com/2014/07/03/strike-a-chord/
http://livingonborroweddays.com/2014/07/01/sparrows-journaling-fixation-back-of-the-queue-the-cello/
http://kate0murray.wordpress.com/2014/07/03/tweet-clang-crash/
http://underthemonkeytree.com/2014/07/03/musically-inclined/
http://fazalabbaswarraich.wordpress.com/2014/07/03/coke-studio-my-favourite-five-songs/
http://awanderingstoryteller.wordpress.com/2014/07/03/to-play-or-not-to-play-that-is-the-question/
I was in a meeting today where people said no: is that allowed?
http://noririn148.wordpress.com/2014/07/03/daily-prompt-strike-a-chord/
http://robertjepson.wordpress.com/2014/07/03/steps-of-musical-understanding/
http://fibercompulsion.com/2014/07/03/musical-instrument/
Ah the sound of the grade school recorders
http://kansamuse.me/2014/07/03/music-to-my-ears/
http://anecdotefictionindia.wordpress.com/2014/07/03/strike-a-chord/
http://blainecindy.com/2014/07/03/a-dream-come-true/
http://thedespicablehuntress.wordpress.com/2014/07/03/the-daily-post-strike-a-chord/
http://seikaiha.wordpress.com/2014/07/03/daily-prompt-strike-a-chord/
http://fazalabbaswarraich.wordpress.com/2014/07/03/strike-a-chord-dhol-beats/
http://activearmywife.wordpress.com/2014/07/03/stimulant/
http://jitterygt.wordpress.com/2014/07/03/violins-and-sex-education/
http://tombalistreri.wordpress.com/2014/07/03/my-choice-is-voice/
http://alanewart.wordpress.com/2014/07/03/daily-post-be-careful-with-that-axe/
http://dragoneystory.wordpress.com/2014/04/13/daily-post-obsession/
http://agirllikemee.wordpress.com/2014/07/03/the-sound-of-a-single-instrument/
http://guthonestfaith.wordpress.com/2014/07/03/until-you-are-blue-in-the-face/
http://onesahmscrazylife.wordpress.com/2014/07/03/the-keys-to-my-heart/
Handpicked and Handcrafted
http://abozdar.wordpress.com/2014/06/22/dance/
http://abozdar.wordpress.com/2014/07/02/cheerful/
Things NOT to Worry About
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