Hey dear readers,
This weekend I was talking to a friend of mine, about the music we both love. There’s this band called Snow Patrol. The lead singer, Gary Lightbody, has recently said in an interview that he dealt with depression and being addicted to alcohol. We both found a lot of peace in their music, especially in the lyrics that he wrote. If you read them now, you know what I mean in compare with what he has gone through.
This is the exact same way I think and feel with songs of Linkin Park. If you listen to their last album, you know it’s some sort of scream that Chester is referring to. When I listen to it, the tears will come and won’t stop that easily. Just the thought of what he was thinking while writing those songs, it’s so weird to even think about. He was maybe already planning on doing it while he wrote that, because it sounds like a goodbye album.
He committed suicide on the birthday of his best friend Chris Cornell, who committed suicide earlier that year in 2017. There are so many artists struggling with depression, addiction, health issues or pressure. I’m afraid to lose some other artists too; I mean if they say everything is going well with them at this moment, do you still believe them? Or are you also staring to doubt about that? How fare must we go in believing someone, when it can easily go entirely wrong?
When we look at Avicii, we know he was struggling. But it seemed as if when he stopped, that everything was going okay. He was being happy, he found a girlfriend and was planning on having a baby with her, next to her son she had from an early marriage. No one knew about this, no one knew he was not being happy at all. He didn’t want anyone to worry about him; he didn’t want to disappoint his fans. Something I can understand, but it hurts even more when you didn’t know anything at all and it just ends like that.
Since I’ve been thinking about this, music sounds a lot different to me. I listen more carefully to the lyrics, hoping to not hear a scream for help. I love lyrics where I can find myself into, if it’s a tool against our own battles. But knowing that they might endure the same, while they’re your hero and lifesaver, it’s just a lot harder to listen to. Not only for yourself, but because you worry about the artist too, because without him or her, you will be even more lost than you already were.
What do you think while listening to specific lyrics? Are you also afraid that artist might mean more with it than you would think?
Lots of love, ‘Daphne’