A Linkin Park Song for Every Stage of Life
The death of Chester Bennington, the lead singer of Linkin Park, brought a new meaning to his music. True fans of the band have felt nostalgia for the good old days when they listened to the songs as teenagers and felt every word in their heart. I am one of those people. I remember I started listening to Linkin Park when I started high school in 2003. The band existed long before that, but I had never heard songs other than "In the End" on the radio. Once I had finally heard their first full CD, Hybrid Theory, I knew I was hooked. I could relate to their music on a different level. Being a teenager is such a tumultuous time full of angst, hormones, and all around chaos and Linkin Park's music really tapped into that. I remember listening to their songs and feeling like they were meant just for me. I am one of those people who associates music with different stages of my life. Whenever I listen to a song I used to love, I'm transported to a different time and place and I'm right back where I was when I first heard the song for the first time. So let's take a trip down memory lane together and I'll tell you exactly what each song means to me.
I'll start this list with my favorite Linkin Park song titled "With You." Every time I hear it, I always feel the same way and my mind goes back to only one memory. This song will always remind me of the first boy I had a crush on in high school. I remember it so vividly to this day. It was the first day of high school in a computer class and I was already seated. He came in right before the bell was about to ring. I noticed him right away. He was very cute and had that skater boy look that I just couldn't resist at the time. As soon as I saw him, I knew I wanted to sit by him. We hadn't gotten assigned seats yet so I still had hope. Sure enough by some miracle I was placed right next to him.
I was lucky it happened because we were usually seated in alphabetical order according to our last names. My last name began with G and his with S so there was no way we would've been seated together. But I guess fate had a different plan. We ended up dating for a short while, and we still remain friends to this day. Whenever I hear this song, I'll always think of this boy that was my first high school crush and how much I really liked him. I think a part of me will always remain with this boy and that's exactly what this song expresses. At the time, it was all so sweet and innocent. Maybe I had the right idea back then..
With You by Linkin Park
It would be wrong not to include the song that got me hooked on Linkin Park in the first place. That song would be "In the End" and it still makes me feel things whenever I listen to it. For me, this song is about making the most of the time you have so that you don't end up with regrets in the end. It's all about how fast time goes and how you need to keep up or you won't have anything to show for it in the end. It can also be about a relationship that you put everything you had into and it still didn't matter in the end. Either way, it's about time and doing what you can to not waste it whether it's about love or just life in general. It's a meaningful song that can be interpreted in any way you want to depending on what you're going through in your life right now. This song always reminds me of the summer before I started high school when I first started listening to Linkin Park. Looking back, it was a confusing but very wonderful time full of opportunity. This was one of those songs that made me start looking for deeper meaning in music. It's not exactly a happy song, but it definitely makes you feel below the surface.
In the End by Linkin Park
"Somewhere I Belong" is a song I listened to a lot when I was a freshman in high school. Obviously, I was a teenager and didn't quite know who I was in life or where I was going. Everything was happening so fast and I was just trying to hold on to one thing before another quickly replaced it. When I listen to this song, I remember memories of hanging out with my friends in the skate park and watching that boy skate. I remember thinking I don't really belong in a skate park because it wasn't really my scene. I was one of those "preppy" good girls that got good grades and never got in trouble. Yet, here I was just so I could watch the boy I liked skateboard and seeing my friends smoke cigarettes and drink when I wasn't into either of those things. It made me think I didn't really belong there, but at the same time, where did I belong if it wasn't next to the boy I liked? Cue the teen angst.
Somewhere I Belong by Linkin Park
"Numb" was a song I listened to whenever I went through a breakup in high school. I remember a particular time when I had broken up with a boy when I was in my sophomore year. I had fallen so hard for him, and when it was over it hurt like hell. I think that was my first real taste of heartbreak. I had never liked anyone up to that point as much as I liked him. Maybe I even loved him who knows. I remember listening to this song and feeling relief because the lyrics were right on point for what I was feeling. It's true what they say about music being therapy. How can you not feel better about your problems knowing there are songs out there expressing exactly what you are feeling inside? It just goes to show that we all go through the same things as we all live through the human experience. It helps to know that we are not alone.
Numb By Linkin Park
Fast forward to a few years and it is now 2007. I had just graduated from high school and in a particularly bad relationship. "Don't Stay" was constantly in my CD player in my car. I remember listening to this song and feeling it described my particular situation completely. I felt like I was losing myself in a relationship that was not right for me in any way. If I could go back in time and tell myself to avoid any relationship in my entire life it would be that one. I would say run in the other direction and never look back. I always reflect on that relationship when I hear this song. On a happier note, I did learn many lessons from this sad excuse for a relationship so I guess it wasn't all for nothing.
Don't Stay by Linkin Park
Linkin Park's third album titled "Minutes to Midnight" was released in 2007, around the same time I was in that unfortunate relationship I mentioned earlier. I remember buying the CD and listening it to repeat in my car and thinking how much it related to my life at the time. Six songs in particular spoke loudest to me: "Given Up", "Leave Out All the Rest", "Bleed it Out", "What I've Done", "No More Sorrow", and "In Pieces." If you can tell, there's a pattern to these songs. They're all about losing yourself and having had enough of everything. I guess I could relate to these particular songs so much because I was going through all the emotions each of the lyrics contained. Oh what a tragedy it is to be in love with the wrong person.
What I've Done by Linkin Park
"Castle of Glass" is from Linkin Park's fifth album Living Things that was released in 2012. To me, it's a song about feeling fragile and insignificant. I remember listening to this song a lot right before I was supposed to graduate from college and move away from the town I grew up in. I remember feeling happier to move away but also lost because I didn't knew what the future held. Everything was changing quickly, and while part of me welcomed the changes, another part simply wanted time to stop just so I could catch my breath. I love the lyrics of this song and I think anyone can relate to them. We all have times where we think our life doesn't really matter in the large scheme of things. But the truth is, every life matters to the people who love us.
Castle of Glass by Linkin Park
"My December" is an older Linkin Park song that had only become meaningful in the last few years to me. In a way, it is sort of a ballad and much slower than your typical Linkin Park song. Whenever I hear this song, I always think of a particular man I met a few years ago. His birthday is in December and he's a fan of the band as well so in my mind this song makes me remember him. It was one of those things where you meet the right person but the timing is all wrong. You're at different places in your life and no matter how much you want it to work, it just doesn't and you have to walk away for the time being. There's not a day that goes by that I don't think of him so I know there's a reason why he won't leave my mind. It was a once in a lifetime connection when you feel like you've known him all your life. I don't know what the future holds for us, but he'll always be "My December, my time of the year, when everything is so clear."
My December by Linkin Park
I'll conclude this hub by mentioning my favorite songs on Linkin Park's latest album "One More Light" released earlier this year. This album definitely has a different vibe to it than the previous ones. It's a lighter album that's more pop than rock, but the songs are still amazing. Three songs in particular spoke the loudest to me: "Halfway Right", "Battle Symphony", and "One More Light." To me "Halfway Right" is about justifying the mistakes you made in life to yourself. How even though you may be wrong on an issue, you're still halfway right if you're only arguing with yourself. It's a beautiful song that I can listen to over and over again. "Battle Symphony" to me is about facing problems head on and getting up every time you fall down. It's sort of a power anthem and makes you feel like you can achieve anything as long as you don't give up and keep going.
"One More Light" makes me feel a lot of things. Honestly, it makes me want to cry every time I hear it, but it's also so beautifully written and heartbreakingly devastating. To me, it's about how every life matters and how no matter how small you may feel, your life still matters to your loved ones. In this song, you are the metaphor for the star. Even though there's a million stars, even if just one goes out it matters to the people closest to you. It also makes me think of Chester Bennington's death. It's almost like he knew he was going to leave this world and this song is his goodbye. Regardless, it's definitely one of a kind and makes you feel so much.
One More Light by Linkin Park
I hope you enjoyed my little compilation of Linkin Park songs and what they mean to me. Music is wonderful that way. It can move us and transport us to another time and place. It can make us feel emotions we've long forgotten. It can also encourage us and make us believe that we are powerful and important. I believe that knowing a person's music can tell us a lot about them without them ever saying a word. If you want to know what someone is like, find out what they listen to and you'll get a clearer picture. I always feel closer to someone if I'm listening to their favorite music. It's a gateway into their life, thoughts, and values. So next time you want to get to know someone, take a look at their playlist. The answers have been there all along.
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