“Just saying there is something off kilter… gotta get my head around it… as there is no point? I do not know how best to characterize it – there is something off…” an old friend of mine said when he heard the news that another one of our Rock gods hung himself. For both my friend and I, Hard Rock Music has been a huge part of our lives. We have seen countless bands together since we were kids. This style of music is more like a family member to us. It is part of our DNA and we never wavered over the years for our love of harder Rock Music. Hard Rock comes in many forms and Chester Bennington put such a new spin on it, that people struggled to categorize it. To me when I listen to Linkin Park‘s “Numb” song, I hear many shades of Rock. Now the song sounds haunting.
I’m with my old friend when he says something seems wrong in the universe. I am heartbroken over the death of Chris Cornell and Chester Bennington. I’m just bummed out. Generation X has taken some big blows with our music. Whether it was Kurt Cobain or Michael Hutchence, we have lost too many great singers. But now they keep hanging themselves? Why on Earth is this happening? Chester was close to Chris and hung himself on Chris’s Birthday, so the timing of that gives some idea of motive. But I still can’t wrap my mind around it because Chester saw what it did to the people left behind with Chris. My brother killed himself, so I know by experience that this act echoes through the family and through time. It never goes away. Hell, a month or so ago a close friend of mine killed himself. It creeps me out that I know so many people personally that have committed suicide. It is disturbing.
I did not know Chester or Chris personally, but I felt like I knew them through their art. Both of these men and their voices became very personal to me over the years. It goes back to the idea that Hard Rock is like family. Those of us who still live and breathe in its space of a dying art form are sick and tired of losing such unbelievably talented people. I just can’t wrap my mind around it. My friend is right, something is wrong…
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