Monday, July 24, 2017

Music Moves Me - Numb

So many times in the past several years of Monday music blogging, I've had to do a tribute post.

This time, it was Chester Bennington, the 41 year old frontman of a group called Linkin Park.  Many music fans are numb.

Bennington had a hard life.  He was sexually abused when he was only seven years old, an abuse that went on for years.  As a teenager, he was bullied, and went deep into the drug scene, . He quit that, but for a while, abused alcohol.  He suffered from severe digestive issues, and from more recent physical injuries.

The cause of death was suicide, and it took place on what would have been Chris Cornell's 53rd birthday.  When Chris went down this same road in May, I blogged about that and middle aged suicide.   Now, another tormented, talented man has taken that final road.

"Numb" is a song about parents with too high expectations that spoke to many of us (over 576 million views on You Tube).

"I'm tired of being what you want me to be......don't know what you are expecting of me...every step that I take is another mistake to you...I've become so numb..."
I love the words, the melody - just everything about it. But...

Why do we do this to the ones we love?

Come join this blog hop every Monday - here are the people responsible for it:
X mas Dolly is the Conductor of this trip, and the other Conductors are her fellow bloggers Callie of JAmerican Spice, ♥Stacy of Stacy Uncorked♥  and Cathy from Curious as a Cathy.  Today is a "free" day - but I would have blogged about this regardless.

Today is also day 24 of the Ultimate Blog Challenge #blogboost.


  1. When a life is lost its always sad .Childhood abuse destroys coping skills and adult stress can push people into severe life taking depression.A tragedy .

  2. As I watched this video I could feel tears forming in my eyes as I watched the girl fall. As my son has been bullied. I just wish I had knew about this song when it happened as I would have shared it with him. I hate Suicide and I am so sorry a talented singer would take his own life. But he must have had problems we didn't know about or felt no, one could help him with. Reminds me of Robin Williams. Have a Blessed day.

  3. I enjoyed their music, but knew nothing about the artists. But suicide simply sucks

  4. Alana,

    Suicide is always a tragic and sad thing. I can't wrap my brain around anyone succumbing to death by their own hands but I know it's a very real and serious problem facing many. It's heartbreaking for anyone to feel that that's the only answer. I prayer for those who are tortured with these inner demons of hopelessness and despair. Thanks for joining the 4M on the dance floor today.

    Everyone is invited to dance with me at the Birthday Party for DH! ;)

  5. I didn't know all that background info of Bennington - sad that he had such a hard life, and sadder still that he thought his only escape was death. Beautiful tribute, and perfect song. Thanks for sharing!

    feels like Cellophane Waiting On You… but Why? Sorry Not Sorry!

  6. Indeed, his music spoke to so many of us on so many levels. The people he touched with his music are so devastated that his end came about like this. I wonder what makes people resort to suicide? How lonely they must have felt for them to take the last decision of their life.

  7. I've never heard this song before Alana (never was a Lincoln Park fan - although our son really liked them) As I struggle with our adult daughter and some of her choices, this song really resonates with me - thanks for sharing it x

  8. I read headlines about Bennington's death, but I never clicked through until now. Thank you for sharing some details from his biography as well as some lyrics. Abuse is such a horrible crime. He endured a lot of pain for years. All my best to his loved ones at this very difficult time.

  9. Wow, "Numb" is such an appropriate song in light of Chester Bennington's tragic end. Suicide always makes me so sad of course, but it also makes me feel so empathetic. When someone chooses to end their life, you know their pain was so intensely deep and gutting that they felt the only way to relieve that pain was to end their life. It's horrible to think that someone was so far down in despair that suicide was, in their mind, the only solution. It makes me terribly sad.

    A very sobering post Alana. Thanks for honoring him today.

    Michele at Angels Bark

  10. Heart touching story of Chester Bennington. Indeed "Numb" truly depict the parents expectations.

  11. It is sad. Suicide is such a desperate measure of release from some one not really old enough to die but that is easy to say from the outside.

  12. I think the part that makes me the most sad about Bennington's death is that he and Chris Cornell had grown to be good friends. From what I understand, he was struggling with grief over Chris. This just breaks my heart, and I wish that his friends and family could have been there to intervene. We've lost so many great talents. One of my favorite chorus lines from Chris:
    I tried so hard And got so far But in the end It doesn't even matter
    I had to fall To lose it all But in the end It doesn't even matter

  13. YO GIRLFRIEND, You got me this time... I've never heard this one before, but thanks for the introduction! You've totally rocked the house this week for sure! BIG HUGS & HAVE A ROCKIN' WEEK!

  14. We seem to be hitting this pretty hard right now. Hopefully others will get the message and get help before it's too late.


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