“Night Walks”: Linkin Park/Chester Bennington

Music can take us back to some unique places.

Whenever I hear the song, “A Place For My Head”, it takes me back to the Spring 2005 semester at the University of Louisville. I’m not sure why; I think it’s because that entire CD – Hybrid Theory – was at, or near, the top of my CD play set. I do remember that that song was played a lot on my portable CD player during my post-season Pep Band adventures.


There were some very good moments during that semester, many wrapped around Hybrid Theory. I didn’t get the CD until 2004; I didn’t have any of the “teen angst” associated with Linkin Park’s early music (I was 26 when I bought Hybrid Theory); I just liked their music. So did thousands of others, including a ton of friends and family.

It came as a little bit of a shock to hear that the lead singer of the group that made Hybrid Theory – Linkin Park – died earlier on Thursday. Chester Bennington died from an apparent suicide; he was 41 years old.

Rest in peace.

Depression and suicide claims yet another life. I nearly lost my best friend to it in 2008, twice; I’ve lost at least 6 friends to it (including my best friend’s dad) in the last 5-6 years. To those in Facebookland, I’ll say it again: if you are feeling suicidal, don’t be afraid to get help. Don’t be afraid to reach out to me – I may not say much, and I might not say everything you want to hear, but I will always have an ear for you. And a shoulder to lean on/cry on. Just don’t punch that shoulder too hard – I bruise easily. 😉

Some of my favorite Linkin Park/Chester Benningfield songs (I own none of these videos):

  1. “A Place For My Head”, from Hybrid Theory
  2. “Hit The Floor”, from Meteora
  3. “System”, from the ‘Queen of the Damned’ soundtrack
  4. “By Myself”, from Hybrid Theory
  5. “Cure For The Itch”, from Hybrid Theory

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