Chester Bennington loses mental health battle

News broke about the passing of an icon. Someone who positively impacted everyone they were ever in contact with. Chester Bennington of Linkin Park was found to of hung himself. "Artists are ppl compelled to bring beauty into a world that can be so dark. makes sense then that artists are always conscious of darkness..... & maybe at times made more vulnerable by it? i don't know. life can be relentless."-- Hayley Williams of Paramore. 

There is so much about this that doesn't feel real, and needs to be talked about. Chester was always someone who talked about reaching out when you need help. He was always there for those around him. The music  that he helped to create has influenced, and it impacted so many lives. He battled mental health problems such as depression and being abused for so long. I won't damn him I won't speak negatively about him or the choice he made. None of us know the battles he was fighting, none of us can even pretend to know what was going on in his head. 

 Mental health needs to be talked about. Depression needs to be talked about. Our society has put such a stigma around mental health, depression, and suicide that so many people are afraid to ask for the help that they need, or the help that they want.   We as a society need to be more open about our communication regarding mental health.  The truth is that everyone is battling issues that many of us have no idea about. But we need to be able to talk about these things. It's OK to not be OK. 

 You are not alone. Others have fought the same battles.  You are more important than you know. You are not replaceable.  Whether you realize it or not your life impacts others. 

 There are some amazing organizations out there to help you figure out what you're going through, to walk you through your problems, to listen without judging. Below are a few of the organizations that we have worked with and believe in the work that they do.  

To Write Love On Her Arms- They have been helping people deal with depression, self harm, addiction, and suicide for more than a decade. They have a list of phone numbers to call or text depending on your battle. And they've even made a database of help facilities. Check them out.

 HeartSupport- Founded by August Burns Red frontman Jake Luhrs. They are working towards providing a community that is a safe space. A place where you can talk about your problems and not be scared.

 Hope For The Day- They are working on getting more open communication flowing around mental health. They are working towards getting rid of the stigma about mental health.

Remember. It's ok to not be ok. It's fine not being fine. You are not alone. There is help. There is light in the darkness. And you're story could save someone else. 

Modern Baseball cancel tour. Announce "break".

In an unexpected post today Modern Baseball have announced they will be canceling their upcoming tours and be taking a break from being a band.  

Major advocates of mental health, the reasons sited were immense anxiety and emotional deterioration. Needing to take time to reevaluate their own health and friendships. 

The full post can be read here.

Lady Gaga's Super Bowl performance

The one and only Lady Gaga performed with 300 drones at the Super Bowl.  A lot of people had questions as to how this performance would go, who she would bring out, and if it would be politically motivated. 

The performance was executed expertly, from the drones that were used to dance in the sky and even form an American flag at one point to fantastically choreographed dances. With no other artists joining her on stage it was a great mixture of songs old and new. Flying around on guide wires, a few costume changes, she presented herself masterfully.

The thing other than her vocal presence that really amplified my respect for her as an artist was the fact that she did not go on any sort of political rant or statements. Instead she knew that she had the opportunity to perform and really bringing people together allowing them to forget about their issues if even for just one night.

By far, hands-down, the best halftime show in recent memory. 

Photo by Christopher Polk/Getty Images Entertainment / Getty Images
Photo by Christopher Polk/Getty Images Entertainment / Getty Images

Where did this come from? Where are we going?

The name You Make The Scene originally came up interview with Ryan Key of Yellowcard A couple years back. We were talking about the pop punk scene and how the fans have always kind of evolved with the music that was emerging and really help to keep it alive. So from that I came up with the idea that while the scene is bigger than any one person each person contributes to it and with that they are able to make their music scene something they can be proud of and a community that people want to be a part of.

The vision for the brand is to be a resource for fans to come to to see what's going on with their favorite band, to see photographs from those shows, to read interviews with their favorite artist. Ultimately I don't want to restrict it to a single genre of music, but instead be all inclusive. The long-term goal with it will be that we would even have a entertainment side where there will be a discussion about movies and ideally getting to the point where there would be interviews with actors and directors and things of that nature both on a small local scale and major Hollywood as well.