One More Light
“It’s about the loss of a friend” - Mike Shinoda on the meaning of the song ‘One More Light’ from their newest album of the same name.
I titled this post “One More Light” because of the fact that I felt that I lost a very dear friend of mine whom i’ve never actually met.
Rewind back to 2003, i’m 9 or 10 years old and I vividly remember walking into walmart and buying Linking Park’s second album ‘Meteora’ and my mom and her friend looking at me crazy. From the start of that album, I knew it was special. I had heard of the singles from ‘Hybrid Theory’ but I never bought a LP album until the second one. It was the first ever CD that I had bought and it was the first rock album I bought. It still is, to this day, very relevant, as far as the content of the album and the meaning of the lyrics go. I remember there were times in my life where i’d just sit in the dark and cry while that album played.
Fast forward to now they are still my favorite band. I love everything they’ve put out despite their musical changes.
I am still in denial of the fact that Chester is actually gone, it doesn’t feel real at all. I can’t listen to them the same way because I keep holding back tears because my hero is gone. I owe Chester my life, in the most literal sense. If it wasn’t for LP and his screams and their lyrics, i’m pretty damn sure I would’ve killed myself a long time ago. But, i’ve come to terms with it. He’s gone, no matter how much I don’t want to believe it, he is. I’ll make sure to honor his memory and legacy by continuing to listen to LP, continue fighting through life and all of its hardships, and i’ll make sure to get help when things get unbearable.
I was supposed to see them for the first time in concert next month and that hurts even more.
Rest easy Chester. Thank you for all that you’ve done for me.
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