Thank you, Chester.

I remember the first time I heard Linkin Park. I was still living at home, watching MTV – back then they did something unheard of now – AIR MUSIC VIDEOS. And I heard this song, this really loud, loud, song. I looked up at the screen and I saw this intense looking young man, with bleach blonde spikes (it was the early 00s..a lot of dudes did that to their hair), brown eyes but with this stare and intensity that has yet been unmatched to me with any other singer. He lip synced, “Everything you say to me takes me one step closer to the edge and I’m about to break.” And from that moment on, I was hooked. He sang everything I was feeling. I was a broke graphic designer, who no one would listen to despite having an education. I was frustrated, angry, disappointed, and done with the world. Truth be told, that’s not too far from how I’m feeling now but that is beside the point. He was angry. I was angry. He was frustrated. I was frustrated. I watched this very very weird conceptual video and waited to see who the band was.

Linkin Park.

My first thought was that they were from DC, because there is a Lincoln Park here, and they just changed the spelling to be cool. But there is pretty much a Lincoln Park everywhere in the US. My bad. I kept watching MTV that night because I KNEW at some point, they’d show the video again (remember, this is when MTV knew that the M stood for “music” in their name). And rest assured, they did air the video again and I watched it. I was fascinated with the visual imagery, and the lyrics spoke to every young person who was just fed up with life, and what little it had to offer. “One Step Closer” was the name of the song. I learned all the words and sang along every time I saw the video. I just couldn’t get over how melodic the song was yet so dark, so heavy. Everything made sense lyrically. And there was no turning back for me. I later did a search for the band, and found the band names online.

Chester Bennington.

He was my everything. His voice was so strong, so hard, and passionate. You could hear the pain in his voice, the anguish, yet sound so gentle at times. I honestly hadn’t heard of any voice like that since Chris Cornell (and yes, I see how creepy this comparison would become). The name of their album was Hybrid Theory. Songs like “Crawling,” “In the End,” “Runaway,” spoke to many people my age – pain, isolation, frustration, and not knowing if there was going to be a light at the end of a very dark – for many extremely dark – tunnel. Listening to Chester’s voice was comforting, even when he was screaming his heart out. The fans got it. They got the lyrics. They got his personality. And so did I. Chester was such a commanding presence on stage. And he got our attention. Each and every time. His music was a way of battling and overcoming his previous demons in life. I had no idea Chester was molested as a kid, and it explained so much behind his actions from that point on (drugs, alcohol, etc). But from where fans were standing, he seemed to have his act together. And the music seemingly proved it. Seemingly, being the main word.

From Hybrid to Meteora, A Thousand Suns, and so on, Chester gave us his all. Some songs were not pretty, and they weren’t supposed to be. They were a way of cleaning out a toxic system that had a negative effect on his life. And fans were along for the ride. For those coping with similar demons, or other demons, Linkin Park and Chester were are saviors. No one else understood, but LP got it. Even though their musical style changed dramatically with this recent album, “One More Light,” the lyrics remained true – fight, battle, tooth and nail if you have to – to overcome things keeping you down. I can respect that, even if the music behind the lyrics sounded like the everyday dance pop you hear on the radio (a bone of contention from old school LP fans like myself). We still loved LP though, no matter what.

Finding out on July 20th, 2017, that Chester Bennington took his own life left me and millions of fans heartbroken, confused, hurt, and pissed. We don’t understand why someone with so much promise and still had a LOT to offer to the music world, took his life. I believe the demons that he fought for SO long, took over and the pain was just much too great to bear. I understand. I’m dealing with quite a few myself. I understand the route to take to end it. But he was so loved, by his wife and family, and the band, and friends, and fans… it’s just hard in that regard to wrap my brain around it. I guess I never really will. Nor will the rest of fans.

So. I hope Chester found peace. I hope he knows he was loved by so so many people. I hope he will watch over not just LP members and his family, but fans too. Because we love him. Always will. He helped us. I just wish we could’ve helped him in return.

RIP Chester. You will always be in our hearts. Your star will most definitely shine bright everywhere.

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Podcast #5 for 2014. Bouncy Bouncy Bouncy …

As I battle this thing called major depression, it’s getting a bit harder for me to do this podcast. But I’m continuing to do it. I’m always hoping music will make me feel a bit better. And this list of folks does make life a bit more bearable. So I thought, as usual, I’d share with the crowd. It’s a lot of bouncy, dance-y, off the wall stuff folks. Usually I like to put together a mixture, but this time I found myself, for the sake of staying sane and stable, drawn to dance tunes or thought provoking tunes. You have been warned. So as I take another pill for the night, sit back, and relax. Thanks for listening.

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Meeker Warm Energy – Lone

Nothing Can Compare – Abi Ryan

Buffalo – Alt-J featuring Mountain Man

Appreciate Me [Trip To Paradise Mix] – Amuka

Mother & Father – BROODS

Until It’s Gone – Linkin Park

Overthinking – Ryan Hemsworth

Pulsing (Feat. Nina K) – Tomas Barfod

Gone And Found – Mø

Artifice – SOHN

Drive – Those Darlins

Page One – Charlatans UK

Crazy Fool – Girls Aloud

Spectre – Tycho

In the Summer (Brookes Brothers Remix) – Crystal Fighters

What Are You Waiting For? – Paradise Fears

Over Your Shoulder – Chromeo

The Passenger – Alison Mosshart & The Forest Rangers

That’s a wrap folks … for now anyway..

 

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PS – Sorry this is late, but happy pride to all my gay, bi, and transgendered buds. Rock on.

Podcast #29. The One Before the Last Podcast of the Year.

Hello fellow Earbuds,

I have a new show for you. Take a listen here:

Or Download and listen later here:

Just make sure you listen. Next one is my end of the year hooplapalooza. So enjoy this one before the motherload is unleashed.

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Getaway – Pearl Jam

Don’t Wait – Mapei

Go Gentle – Robbie Williams

Why Did You Do It – Stretch

Cut 4 Me – Kelela

Basquiat – Linkin Park

Exodus (Feat. The Weeknd) – M.I.A

Moving Pictures – The Stepkids

Plenty of Girls in the Sea – MGMT

Gonna Let My Soul Catch My Body – Over the Rhine

Ending Credits – Opeth

No to Love – Jessie Ware

Take It Away – MEN

Aaw Turn It Up! – Luscious Jackson

Where Does This Door – Mayer Hawthorne

Putcha Body Down – Zendaya

Me Myself And I – De La Soul

Long Time Gone – Billie Joe Armstrong and Norah Jones

 

 

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This is Not a Halloween Show … BTW … Podcast #28 Dance, Dance, Dance – It’s What’s for Dinner

Another month, another show of new and wondrous music.

Lots of new stuff my musical heathens, heads up!

 

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Seattle’s Restraining Order Against the Sun – THEESatisfaction

I Need $ – Poliça

Lost It To Trying – Son Lux

Footsteps – Cut Copy

Heart Stops – AFI

Victimized – Linkin Park

Someone Who Can – Yuna

Solider In the City – Aloe Blacc

Shake Shake Shake – The Sounds

I Blame Myself – Sky Ferreira

Hold On, We’re Going Home – Drake

M.O.N.E.Y – The 1975

Miss Jackson (Feat. Lolo) Panic! at the Disco

Come With Me – Ricky Martin

Hell Could Freeze (feat. Angel Haze) – Rudimental

Need Your Love – Trixie Whitley

Realize the Ghost – Silver Swans

Djup House (Original Mix) – Jonsson & Alter

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The Best and Worst is There to Comfort You…

Here is a list of a few artists that are on rotation on me pod..

And in my head.

Again, in no particular order.

Judas Priest-British Steel

Lisa Stansfield – Affection

Beastie Boys- Ill Communication

Brand Nubian – The Very Best of Brand Nubian

R.E.M. – Monster

Velvet Revovler – Contraband

Devo – Greatest Hits

New Ediiton- Gold

High Fidelity Soundtrack

Tegan and Sara – Dark Come Soon, and Sheets

LInkin Park – Given Up

Eminem – 3 A.M.

Black Sabbath – The Dio Years (RIP James Dio)

Crystal Castles – Crystal Castles II

Hoobastank – The Reason

The Smiths – The Singles

Elton John – Greates Hits

Mary J. Blige – My Life

Alicia Keys – Unthinkable (I’m Ready)

Just a few to tide me over…as you were:-)