Just seven days before his death, Chester Bennington with two other members of Linkin Park, Mike Shinoda and Joe Hahn, and comedian Ken Jeong recorded an episode of Carpool Karaoke.
Popularized by late night show host James Corden, the candid show was known for showing raw and unfiltered sides of their guest stars while singing either their personal hits or other well-loved songs. Watching part of the band and hearing Chester’s iconic voice reminds us of the legacy he has left in music and in the hearts of all music lovers. I’m not crying, you’re crying.
In light of Chester’s suicide, watching the episode gives us mixed emotions, yes, but a clear image that depression has no face.
In the episode, we see Chester laughing, smiling, and being as crazy and outgoing as the host; depression is not something that you can see all the time. It is a bubbling cauldron beneath the laughter and happiness. Being depressed does not mean that you cannot experience happiness or joy, but that beneath all that positivity is an even deeper well of darkness and numbness.
We realize this in Chester yet we choose to remember him as the voice of a generation; the one who sang about the pain, hurt, and anxiety we couldn’t voice out. But we also remember that mental health is not easy and is very serious. If anything can be learned from experiences like these, it’s that we should always be kind, forgive, because you never really know if today will be someone’s last day.
We love you, Chester and Linkin Park.
Try not to cry when you watch Linkin Park’s Carpool Karaoke episode on their official FB Page here
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