By: Daniel StJohn
On July 20 the world was shattered by the saddening loss of Chester Bennington, lead singer of the popular band Linkin Park. This news was shocking to a great many people, both to fans and close friends alike. This band has put out some of the most memorable songs and greatest albums throughout the years and has evolved their music over time in such a way that there’s a little something special for everyone regardless of style preferences.
Although their style was evolving, you can still always pinpoint them by the unique sound of Chester’s voice. It can soothe you with songs like “Leave Out All the Rest”, “Easier to Run” and “The Little Things Give You Away”; but it can also pump you up with songs like “Given Up”, “Breaking the Habit”, “Faint”, and “In the End”. Pair this sound with EPIC music composer Steve Jablonsky (Gears of War 2 and The Island) and you have a recipe for an incredible score. This is precisely what occurred with Michael Bay’s 2007 Transformers.
Linkin Park’s song “What I’ve Done” can be heard throughout the movie and builds up to the final scene where it just lets loose. The full song is only heard leading up to and during the credits, but it leaves such an impression that if you think of Transformers, you instinctively think of their song. It’s a connection that is constructed carefully and elegantly, and the connection between the two still stands strong. In fact, this combination worked so well that they collaborated not one, but two more times for the franchise (“New Divide” – Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen and “Iridescent” – Transformers: Dark of the Moon); each time establishing the connection between the film and the song.
The impact music has on a film, on how we watch it and feel during it, is one of the most important aspects of the filmmaking process, and for Linkin Park to be considered to be a part of not only the film’s soundtrack but the score itself goes to show that they definitely were able to evoke the necessary emotions the film required.
May the legacy of Chester Bennington live on through those he has inspired to follow their dreams, to evolve, and to make those strong connections as his music did with all of us.
“In cards and flowers on your window
Your friends all plead for you to stay
Sometimes beginnings aren’t so simple
Sometimes goodbye’s the only way
And the sun will set for you”