A Tribute to Linkin Park

Linkin Park, a name most recognisable in the music industry. And for those who don’t know about them, they were officially formed in 1996 and are one of the best rock bands ever existed.

Along with Chester Bennington‘s voice and Mike Shinoda’s rapping mixed with the flavours of many instruments such as the lead guitar from Brad Delson, Bass from Dave “Phoenix” Farrell, Drums and percussion from Rob Bourdon and at last music mixing by Joe Hahn was combined to create the best ever music ever heard.

But if you are looking at the news recently, you might all know that the lead singer of the band “Chester Bennington” has committed suicide. It’s really a shock to the music world and also for me. He was one of the most admired and formidable singers in history. His melodies, screams, acoustic vocals, everything was such a sensation to the music lovers.

RIP Chester. You will forever be missed. ❤

Everyone has a story of how it all started their admiration to this band, and since Linkin Park is my most favourite (still is and forever will be) band. I would like to share my love for this band as a tribute.

It all started when I heard Crawling in a music disc played at my home. I was really young and enthusiastic with full of energy. When I heard Crawling, I was like “Oh my god” and started running and jumping, screaming and trying to say the lyrics. Then came Faint, one of the most favourite songs that I heard. I was screaming the tried-out lyrics so hard. My brother used to pick me up and tickle me acting like I’m the guitar. So faint was my reason to stay and rock and also to run and hide. As I heard each song from Linkin Park, my admiration and love for this band grew. I used to play “Hybrid Theory” music disc when no one was around and act like I’m one of the band mates rocking out. It fills me so much with adrenaline and with each song that I heard; it takes me One Step Closer in loving the band more. The song they’ve made for all this time was so mesmerising, that In the End, it always mattered for me.

After listening to Hybrid Theory and then Meteora along with the collaboration with Jay-z in Collision Course, my admiration for this band has reached the peak that I admit that this band has reached No. 1 in my heart from then onwards, that was a place Somewhere I Belong, along with all the Linkin Park fans out there. Linkin Park fan base grew that “Nobody’s Listening” was not an option anymore. Even all the remixed done in Reanimation was up to the top. Many people loved Linkin Park as much as I do and I know that they will still continue to love them forever. I was so spirited when I heard Numb that I used to sing it most of the time. And From the Inside, I want to say that Linkin Park will forever be my best.

And then I heard Minutes to Midnight. I loved it since it was a beginning of diversity in the band’s songs. I and my brother used to match the scream of Chester in Given Up, but we never thought you will give up your life. 😦  All these news are so hard, that I can only keep my Hands Held High for your soul and Leave Out All The Rest. But still, the Shadow of the Day of your death’s news still haunts my music soul. I can only Bleed it Out, my pains, sorrows, admiration until there is No More Sorrow left. But things like these can really shatter a fan’s heart In Pieces. All those songs you guys gave us will be forever cherished.

I was not a buyer of all the albums so that I can only download it. And I do too. And the first ever album that I wanted to download was A Thousand Suns. And that’s because that was the time that I got Internet connection in my home. The Catalyst was the most favourite of that album. It was so mesmerising and the music video was superb creation. Even for Burning in the Skies and Waiting for the End, the music execution was right on point and I loved Wretches and Kings for that excellent harsh screams vocals. In Living Things, the first and foremost thing that I ever did was to create a music video for them in my mind. I had made one for Castle of Glass, In My Remains and also I’ll be Gone. I first waited for the music video for Burn it Down, when I saw the trailer video of NBA featuring that song and I knew at that instant that a new music video is on its way. And the best thing that I saw was that Powerless featuring on Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter. And then came Linkin Park‘s electronic album, Recharged and they proved that they could compete in songs of the electronic era too.

Now The Hunting Party. Back to old school nu metal mixed with new instrumentations. The first song that I liked was Until It’s Gone because it features a story that is quite true for every case. One can never get the things that are lost once and the Linkin Park fans now know what they’ve lost. I used to see all the comments in Guilty All the Same, all those people commenting that Linkin Park was guilty of giving us bad songs for all these time, all those haters that are complaining for no actual reasons.  Every word of those haters was All for Nothing for every lover of this band.

Now let me come to the final album that was released a few months back, One More Light. It started with the single Heavy, a song of pop rock version. Many people commented that this song was not heavy as all other rock songs and Linkin Park was going popish. I wonder why they are comparing music with their titles and not see the actual picture. It features the heavy burden that we feel in life and still many haters don’t care. The song is not heavy metal, so it shouldn’t be named Heavy, that what they want.

I don’t know why people hate some music. Maybe they don’t like it, but why boast about it. If you don’t like what they offer, then don’t listen. For me, Linkin Park is one of the most diverse band ever existed. They experimented on Rock, Metal, Pop, Rap, Electronic and much more. It’s that diversity that kept Linkin Park‘s name as a true legend. They’ve created so many songs and succeeded in all. The lyrical structure along with musical instrumentations are all the finest.

I always dreamt of Linkin Park performing in my hometown or at least get a chance of seeing them live elsewhere. But that hope was never done.

As you might know, the music video of Talking to Myself was released moments before the singer’s death and I only have deep regrets in saying Good Goodbye as One More Light flickers away into the night sky of fame.

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I Like Myself!

Today, there are a lot of people who admire themselves and love their own self. These kinds of people are called a narcissist. Narcissism is the term used to define a focus on one’s self-admiration about his own physical and mental attributes. The term originated in Greek mythology with Narcissus, who fell in love with his own image reflected in a pool of water.

Narcissism is considered a social and cultural problem. It can create problems in a person’s or group’s relationship with others. People with these disorders have intense unstable emotions and a distorted self-image.

Today, we have a lot of people who admire themselves, but we cannot describe all of them as narcissists. Most of the people, especially teenagers are the ones who are really aware of their own physical and mental health. Teenagers take up new trends in fashion especially their clothes, hairstyle and also about their body. But this cannot be regarded as narcissism. This is plainly just trying to impress their opposite sex.

Teenage is the formative period of life. The impressions acquired during this period last for a long time. It is the period when ambitions are cherished and goals are formed. At this period, our minds change. It is not the same as it was when we were 5 years old. One is reminded the old Cliff Richard song – “GOODBYE SAM! HELLO SAMANTHA!!”

Some of the elders may or may not like their children taking up these trends because they think that these are totally unnecessary regarding the children. They may think that their child is becoming a narcissist, that he or she is becoming more and more aware of themselves than others. But this must stop, the elders should know that their children are living at another time; they must know that their children are living differently from what the elders had lived. They should not feel that their children are being a narcissist because they are not.

We can easily point out a narcissist because they will be so obsessed with themselves that they feel a sense of superiority, arrogance, self-admiration among themselves.

Being a narcissist has both advantages and disadvantages. A narcissist has a positive feel about himself. He feels self-confident and is shameless. But a narcissist is really a problem for the society. He feels that he is the most perfect of all. He may feel superior and try to minimise other peoples. They try to seek constant attention and admiration and may sometimes take advantage of others to achieve their goal. However, these attitudes and behaviour do not reflect true self-confidence. Instead, the attitude conceals a deep sense of insecurity and a fragile self-esteem.

It is believed that people become narcissist at their young age when they experience some parenting styles or when parents have a need for their children to be talented or special in order to maintain their self-esteem. Sometimes it may develop as a result of neglect or abuse and trauma inflicted by parents or other authority figures during childhood.

It is hard to stop a narcissist from being obsessed with himself. But we can stop others from becoming a narcissist. He should be taught to accept himself as who he is. Even if we are not perfect or not, we should not feel ashamed, because all are not perfect. In fact, nobody is perfect. We should try to accept ourselves and also accept others. Only then we will succeed in life.

Why are we, So like this?

Have you ever thought that you are better than someone? Have you ever thought that you are special? Well, of course you are special. But don’t boast about it, because you’re special, but not perfect. In fact, nobody in this world is perfect. There is not even a single person in this world that can be regarded as a perfect one. That includes ME too.

In India, we as a citizen have many responsibilities to do to our nation. But do we do any of that? NO! WHY? Why can’t we respect our laws and accept it? This is not a question, just to be thought of, but it’s for to be done. We, as Indians think that we are nothing compared to other nations. We think that our constitution is a joke and the government is all fools. But if you think that you’re far better than you say you are, then why can’t you, for a change lead India to greatness. YOU CAN’T? WHY? You just said that you can, then why go back?

When you go to other countries, as Dr. A.P.J. Abdul Kalam has said – “you are at your INTERNATIONAL BEST!” Why are you at your best, in other countries, when you can’t be in your own country? When people ask you where you’re from, you proudly say – “I’m from INDIA.” They would reply – “Oh! Nice to meet you” in a friendly manner because they respect us. But why can’t you respect your country too? If you did, then why did you abandon your own country and fled to other ones? And if you really care about your country then can you proudly say – “I’M FROM INDIA AND I LOVE MY COUNTRY” in front of a whole crowd. Maybe you can, but you won’t. You just think that this is a joke and we, the jokers.

Why are we so NEGATIVE? Not just YOU and ME, but EVERYBODY. We are all focusing on negative things. The media, for instance, focus most on negative news as well as we gossip about other’s bad deeds. The media always follow famous personality and whatever they do will be news all over the nation. They don’t care about actual news. All they care about is attention and ratings. For example, if a small boy gives his life savings of Rs.10 to a beggar, the media would say – “Phoo, what? Is this news? I don’t think so.” And it would go as fast as it came. But if a minister came and patted the back of the same beggar and said – “Get well soon” and went away, the media would come rushing in.

“The Famous Beggar”

“Kind Minister.”

“Minister helps to save people from Poverty.”

And so and so… It would be like a nuclear bomb had fallen everywhere. But all this will finish the next day and this will not give the happiness and satisfaction that the child gave him, when the child gave Rs.10 to him by which he could at least buy one cup of tea for the thirst he suffer. But the media only follows famous people like the tail following the head and the main headline would be – “THE MINISTER DID THAT.” “THE MINISTER DID THIS.” That’s the present situation of our media. Only god knows what will become later on.

Why are we so negative? I don’t know.

Whenever I open the newspaper, it’s always bad news.

“PARENTS MURDERED BY CHILDREN”

“BOY SUICIDE AFTER FAILING LOVE AFFAIR”

“GIRL CHILD GET RAPED”

“CHILDREN KIDNAPPED”

These will be the main heading most of the time. It’s always the same, CORRUPTION, RAPE and DEATH.

In India, it’s mostly the “FOLLOW THE LEADER” motive. People don’t care what the cause is, maybe it’s for good or maybe it’s for corruption. But WHO CARES? NOBODY. If famous personalities, actors and some did this, then do this. If they did that, then do that. And if they did neither this nor that, then don’t even think about it. That’s people. What can we do? “PEOPLE WILL BE PEOPLE” no matter what we do.

But for once, why can’t you be the leader. Be the leader to bring this nation to its extreme top. But who is going to do it? Not ME and definitely not YOU. That’s what we all say. “I don’t want to be the guide; I only wanted to be guided.” That’s what most of us probably will say and whenever we are guided we say – “GET LOST! I don’t want to be guided. I know to follow my own path.” We all say one thing and do the other. Yeah, we ALL do that. NOBODY’S DIFFERENT!

Whenever people try to correct other, they will not accept the good. Whenever other people say –

“Hey, don’t do that!”

We reply,

“Who are you to judge me?”

Other:  “I…. I just said that…..”

We:     “I said I don’t want your opinion.”

Other:  “Hey, why are you angry with me?”

We:      “If you say anything else, I will definitely hit you hard.”

This may lead to conflict, then to a fight and maybe to death.

In fact, the real conflict arises between the new and old generations, in other words, the technological and technologic-less generation. The youth thinks that having some cool gadgets make them supreme. In reality, these all gadgets started arising from the hardship of the elders. So who is more supreme? In fact, no one is.  We cannot say supremacy between generations because each generation has its own characteristics and having a conflict about this supremacy is all just a load of rubbish.

The conflict arises when the elders see that their children are always in front of the computers, they scold us even if we are doing something creative and the youth see these scolding irritating because the parents are putting their head in our business. We fail to see that they are scolding us because they love us so much. They think that we are going off course and drifting away from our studies. These behaviours, at last, lead to conflict between them.

In truth, we should learn to accept ourselves and others. Only when we do this, we can bring out nation to the top. A nation is not going anywhere unless the citizens think so. So it’s our job to leave all negative from our head and put all the positive things inside. Even one small good deed done by everyone will change the whole world and when we do, let other nations follow our path and respect us as we did for them.

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