Music lovers the world over are mourning the loss of one of the most popular musicians of this generation, Chester Bennington. Just minutes after the Linkin Park frontman’s body was discovered, the band dropped their third track from the album – One More Light. He has been the voice of angst and conflict through many of his songs, and the latest one is another addition. Only, this addition is probably going to be a reminder of the dark day.
Titled “Talking To Myself”, the song is in itself about substance abuse, and the lyrics, especially on the hindsight, is eerie. The video features concert footage and the band’s interaction with fans. To think that we are not going to see this man perform live, to realise that we are not going to see him belt out the lyrics from our favourite numbers is heartbreaking and the new song only reminds fans of everything that they are going to miss.
Sample the lyrics, “Tell me what I’ve gotta do / There’s no getting through to you / lights are on, but nobody’s home / You say I can’t understand / but you’re not giving me a chance / when you leave me, where do you go.” As you hear these words reverberate in your head, it does feel like this track is a mirror to what happened. It reminds us of all the collaborations that Chester will not be a part of, all the songs that he wouldn’t be singing, and the gaping hole that Chester Bennington has left behind.
The huge fan following that Chester has been enjoying was because most of us understood what he was singing, and there was a connection born out of empathy. Only, unlike a one-on-one conversation, he spoke to millions. But all that is left is “Talking To Myself”.