Mike Shinoda: Post Traumatic
Music as healing
A few months ago, I wrote about my shock and sadness at the passing of Chester Bennington of Linkin Park. Like fans across the world, I’ve been waiting with bated breath to see where things go with Linkin Park and what that would mean.
When Mike Shinoda started talking about, and then releasing his own music. I was experiencing a myriad of emotions: I was happy at the prospect of new music and glad that he would be able to share himself and his feelings with the world, but on the other hand, apprehensive about what I would feel when I heard it (I’m not completely sure why).
When the songs first came out, I avoided listening to them.
I definitely knew about them: I follow LP and Mike on all social media platforms and kept getting notifications. However, I kept pushing them aside and saying that I wasn’t ready. Same thing with the video of the live show they held in honour of Chester.
As a fan, I wanted to be one of the first to hear and appreciate it, to show my support, but I just wasn’t sure how it would make me feel…so I pushed it aside.
Then, I thought about how I was privileged to be able to maintain this denial — what about those who this was actually affecting at a personal level? Yes, I feel very connected to the artists I love, but they are not regularly part of my day-to-day. I don’t feel the impact of their empty chair in the kitchen. I don’t experience their absence on holidays or at places we used to be together all the time. And yes, we all can empathize and may have experienced something similar in our own lives, but most likely, not with that person exactly — nothing comparable to being a best friend or family member.
When I finally listened to and watched the MVs for the songs that are out so far, I was glad that I did.
The title is so relevant: Post Traumatic. The songs are deep, emotional and moving — pure art. The videos are shot in a personal way that it almost hurts watching them. There are voice and video recordings across the different videos and the song lyrics are intensely personal. The vulnerability and openness is healing to both the artist and the audience. There’s a brutal honesty and beauty that I can’t stop listening to/watching.
All the songs are incredible. You have to experience them for yourself because no amount of me talking about it will have the same impact.
Aside: I seriously love Mike. I’ve always thought he was super talented and was always amazed by the diversity of things he could do; everything from rapping to singing to playing the guitar and piano to composing and directing and producing and also being a visual artist and environmentalist— just amazing. I definitely look up to him and really admire what he is doing now.
I pray for healing and happiness for everyone affected by grief and sadness and hope you can find some solace in the fact that you’re not alone. Whether you can talk about it or not, know that there is hope and that people all around you are looking for a Place to Start.