a thousand suns

You think that just because they’re up on that stage; screaming and smiling, that they are safe. That their lives are perfect. Watching them light up an arena, they feel invincible. But nobody is safe from the inside. Nobody. This man and the whole of Linkin Park are the reason I ever became a part of the community I am today; who make me feel loved and welcomed. The reason I discovered the band who inspired me to play guitar. The reason I began to fight back against the crap that was thrown my way. This is why it’s important to speak out; whether the world knows who you are or not. The world lost a true legend today. Rest in peace :’(

So shocked and saddened by the news of Chester Bennington’s passing. I remember the first time I met Chester. I was in a bad mood backstage and he came into the dressing room and lifted my spirits before I took the stage. Working with Chester and Linkin Park on the song ‘Rebellion’ was some of the most fun I’ve had collaborating with another artist. They made me feel right at home when I joined them on stage at the Hollywood Bowl and at the Forum. Our hearts go out to Linkin Park and to Chester’s family. Chester Bennington will be missed.
-Daron Malakian ~ system of a down

5 Chester’s Songs About Being Strong

I don’t know about you guys, but I couldn’t get over what happened to Chester just yet and I don’t know if I ever will. I’ve been playing his songs in my iPod and in my head, some of them are sad, some of them are empowering.

The lyrics made me question why a man that writes songs about being strong, get back on your feet and let bad things go did what he did, but I guess there’s a limit every person can go to before tearing apart. 

So this is the 5 songs Chester Bennington composed (or recorded) about being strong.

5. Somewhere I Belong

The song is about someone who’s in the darkness and wants and tries to find the light. 

“I will break away, I’ll find myself today”

“I wanna heal, I wanna feel what I thought was never real
I wanna let go of the pain I’ve felt so long
(Erase all the pain till it’s gone)
I wanna heal, I wanna feel like I’m close to something real
I wanna find something I’ve wanted all along
Somewhere I belong”

4. One More Light

Chester’s words in the beginning simply kill me, ‘cause now I’m singing this song for him. We all care and we all feel very much each day.

“Can I help you, not to hurt, anymore?”

“There are things that we can have, but can’t keep”

“And you’re angry, and you should be, it’s not fair
Just ‘cause you can’t see it, doesn’t mean it, isn’t there”

“Who cares if one more light goes out?
Well I do”

3. Not Alone

I like this song not only because it brings hope and love, but also a sense of freedom. The way he sings “you are not alone”… it just gives me chills.

“The cold comes, racing through my skin
Searching for a way to get to you through the storm”

“Go, leaving all you’ve known, you are not alone”

If I may, I’d like to make a small change in this verse: “No, don’t give up your hope, you are not alone”, ‘cause that’s exactly what I’d say to him.

2. Iridescent

A powerful song, not only for its lyrics, but also for the sonority.

“Do you feel cold and lost in desperation?
You build up hope, but failure’s all you’ve known
Remember all the sadness and frustration
And let it go”

1. The Messenger

This song won’t stop playing in my head when I heard about Chester. This one song that fills up the heart with so much hope. 

When you feel all alone
Cut off from this cruel world
Your instincts telling you to run
Listen to your heart
Those angel voices
They’ll sing to you, they’ll be your guide back home

When life leaves us blind
Love keeps us kind
It keeps us kind

When you’ve suffered enough
And your spirit is breaking
You’re growing desperate from the fight
Remember you’re loved
And you always will be
This melody will bring you right back home

When life leaves us blind
Love keeps us kind
When life leaves us blind
Love keeps us kind

So I guess this is me, trying to say goodbye…