One More Light (Song)

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This article is about the song "One More Light". For the album, see One More Light.
"One More Light"
Single by Linkin Park
from the album One More Light
Working title One More Light
Recorded 2016
Released May 19, 2017
Format 4:15
Live debut March 6, 2017
Last played October 27, 2017
Writer(s) Mike Shinoda, Eg White
Producer(s) Mike Shinoda, Brad Delson, Emily Wright
Label Warner Bros. Records

One More Light track listing
  1. Nobody Can Save Me
  2. Good Goodbye
  3. Talking To Myself
  4. Battle Symphony
  5. Invisible
  6. Heavy
  7. Sorry For Now
  8. Halfway Right
  9. One More Light
  10. Sharp Edges

"One More Light" is the ninth and title track from Linkin Park's seventh studio album, One More Light. The song was written with Eg White about a friend of the band's who passed away after a fight with cancer. Phoenix[1] and Mike Shinoda have mentioned it as their favorite song on the album.[2]

The first title track Linkin Park has ever done, "One More Light" was deemed to be too important of a song for the band to simply remain a song on the album, so the decision was made to title the album after the song. "One More Light" is a more stripped down song, featuring no percussion and being composed of loops of piano and guitar. The track started getting radio airplay following Chester Bennington's death on July 20, 2017[3] and was officially released as a single a few months later. It impacted Hot/Modern/AC stations on October 2, and Top 40/Mainstream radio on October 3.[4]

Background

Mike Shinoda wrote a song with Ross Golan. The initial lyric idea in the chorus before it changed was "I wish I was Christopher Walken" and the song ended up being "One More Light".[5]

On November 14, 2016, Mike Shinoda revealed that he had worked with British songwriter Eg White on a song.[6] In an interview leading up to the reveal of the album's lead single, "Heavy", Shinoda revealed that White had worked with him on the song "One More Light" while Brad Delson attended the funeral of one of the band's friends.[7]

It took Mike a week to convince Eg White, who hates Los Angeles, to come in town from London, but when White booked his flight, the band found out a friend had passed away. The funeral was on a Friday, the same day White was arriving, so they decided Brad would go to the funeral to represent the band and Mike would meet White in the studio.[8] When asked what he wanted to write about by White, Shinoda said that the only thing he could think about was the friend who had passed. He revealed that, in spite of the horrible inevitability of loss, the song is about letting people know that you care,[9] mentioning the lyrics "who cares if one more light goes out, one more person dies? I care."[7]

The friend was Amy Zaret,[10] a 25-year veteran of Warner Bros. Records who passed away in October 2015 following a cancer diagnosis.[11] Mike said, "We had a friend who worked for the record label for a long time and came up with us from years and years ago. She started out in radio promo and was basically driving us to the local radio stations in the U.S. Midwest, eventually getting promoted and promoted. At some point last year, I suddenly heard that she'd got cancer - and then all of a sudden she had died. We knew we absolutely had to write about what happened. It's a sad song, but the pay-off is that when something dramatic and painful like that happens, the most important thing to do is to connect with the people you love and remind them you care about them."[12]

The band surprised some of the people who worked at Warner with the song, and people reacted very emotionally to it, with some weeping, giving hugs, and telling stories.[9] Phoenix actually cried the first time Mike played the song to the band.[13]

Remix

"One More Light" was remixed by Steve Aoki as a tribute to Chester Bennington and sent out to fans who bought tickets for Linkin Park's show in honor of the late singer with the following message: "Thank you for purchasing tickets to Linkin Park & Friends: Celebrate Life In Honor Of Chester Bennington. Our friend Steve Aoki has remixed the title track from our album "One More Light". The song will be officially released on October 26th, but we wanted you to have it first." Aoki wrote on Facebook, "Thanks to Linkin Park for giving me the privilege to be a part of this song in this way. Keep Chester close to your heart and play this one loud! Sing it loud! We all miss you so much."[14]

Music Video

Lyric Video

The lyric video for "One More Light" was started by the German fan Nicola Drilling back on May 20, 2017. She wrote, "The basic ideia of this is to make a lyric video for a song of the new Linkin Park record with lots of Fans in it, just as the one I did for 30 Seconds to Mars a while ago. All you need to do is to film a short video of you holding a sign with the lyric given to you (or write in on your face/hand/the ground/ whatever you want you can get creative). You can either just show the lyric, sing it or whatever you think is fitting. As soon as I receive all the videos I'll put it together and upload it on YouTube."[15] A preview was uploaded to her YouTube channel, AThousand__Suns, on June 30[16] and the full video was released on July 14 featuring footage by herself and other 40 fans around the world. It was dedicated to Chester Bennington after his death. She wrote, "Who cares if one more light goes out? We all do. This was actually meant to be an uplifting video but because of the recent passing of Chester Bennington this is going to be some sort of tribute for him now. We love you Chester. We care if One More Light goes out. You will always be our hero and we will always love you."[17] The video was picked up by the band and released as an official lyric video on October 3.[18]

Music Video

The official music video of "One More Light" was directed by Joe Hahn and Mark Fiore and released on September 18, 2017, following Chester Bennington's death on July 20. The video is a tribute to the late vocalist featuring behind the scenes and live footage covering his entire career with the band.

Joe Hahn wrote: "It has been incredibly emotional to work on this, and especially to watch it. I feel that by doing it, we not only faced some of our biggest fears, but it enabled us to use our talents to bring some light to people that need it. As we move forward to the Hollywood Bowl show and beyond, I think about the people that connect with the band, outside and inside our circle. This video is a gesture of good will to the people that want that connection."[19]

Mike Shinoda wrote: "One More Light was written with the intention of sending love to those who lost someone. We now find ourselves on the receiving end. In memorial events, art, videos, and images, fans all over the world have gravitated towards this song as their declaration of love and support for the band and the memory of our dear friend, Chester. We are so very grateful and can’t wait to see you again."[20]

Phoenix wrote: "This is my favorite video we've ever made, and simultaneously the hardest for me to watch."[21]

Versions

Note: Only the date of the very first release of each version is listed.

Studio

Title Album Length Recorded Released Notes
One More Light One More Light 4:15 2016 May 19, 2017
One More Light One More Light Instrumentals 4:15 2016
  • Official instrumental version.

Remix

Title Album Length Recorded Released Notes
One More Light (Steve Aoki Chester Forever Remix) One More Light (Steve Aoki Chester Forever Remix) 4:10 2017 October 25, 2017

Live

Title Album Length Recorded Released Notes
One More Light One More Light Live 4:19 2017 December 15, 2017

Live

"One More Light" was played live for the first time at a private event held at the Warner Bros. Records building in a stripped down form in March 2017, with Chester on vocals, Mike on piano, and Brad on guitar. The trio performed this stripped down version again when the band stopped by the Spotify headquarters in May to do a Q&A with employees.

"One More Light" was played by the entire band for the first time in Santiago on May 9 between "Breaking The Habit" and a piano version of "Crawling". The song remained in this spot for the remaining of the One More Light Tour, being dropped at select festival shows due to time constraints.

Upon learning of Chris Cornell's death, Chester, who was his close friend, decided at the last minute to perform and dedicate "One More Light" to him at Jimmy Kimmel on May 18. According to Mike, Chester broke down performing it at soundcheck and they couldn't get through the song, then they went live and he still had trouble at the end of it.[22]

Variations

Last Updated: March 6, 2017

Type Description First Played Last Played
Alternative Stripped Down (Piano/Guitar/Vocals Only) March 6, 2017 March 6, 2017

Personnel

Linkin Park

  • Chester Bennington - Vocals
  • Rob Bourdon - Drums
  • Brad Delson - Guitar
  • Joseph Hahn - Programming
  • Phoenix - Bass
  • Mike Shinoda - Keyboards, Programming, Vocals

Additional Musicians

  • Guitar and piano by Eg White

Production

  • Written by Mike Shinoda and Francis White
  • Produced by Mike Shinoda and Brad Delson
  • Vocal production by Emily Wright
  • Music performed by Linkin Park
  • Vocals by Chester Bennington and Mike Shinoda
  • Chester's vocals recorded at The Pool Recording Studio, London, UK
  • Mike's vocals recorded at The Warehouse Studio, Vancouver, CA
  • Music recorded at Larrabee Studios, North Hollywood, CA and Sphere Studios, North Hollywood, CA
  • Engineered by Ethan Mates, Mike Shinoda and Josh Newell
  • Assistant engineer: Alejandro Baima
  • Studio B assistant engineer: Warren Willis
  • Studio drum tech: Jerry Johnson
  • Mixed by Manny Marooquin at Larrabee Studios, North Hollywood, CA
  • Mix engineer: Chris Galland assisted by Jeff Jackson and Robin Florent

Lyrics

Gallery

External Links

Stream

  • One More Light (Official Audio): LPTV
  • One More Light (Chester Forever Steve Aoki Remix): LPTV

Music Video

Live Videos

LPTV

References

  1. Dave Phoenix Farrell on Twitter: "My favorite is "One More Light." https://t.co/kLxOsIr1yZ" ., March 16, 2017
  2. Linkin Park Coalition's Videos | VK, March 17, 2017
  3. Linkin Park’s “One More Light” and The Lumineers’ “Angela” Added to KROQ Playlist « The World Famous KROQ, July 26, 2017
  4. 'One More Light' Is The Next Single? - Newswire - Linkin Park Live, September 15, 2017
  5. Live with Linkin Park - iHeartRadio Canada, March 17, 2017
  6. Eighth Studio Update, November 14, 2016
  7. 7.0 7.1 102.1 the Edge - FB LIVE - LINKIN PARK, March 17, 2017
  8. Linkin Park im Interview: War es das letzte Album? - YouTube, April 12, 2017
  9. 9.0 9.1 Linkin Park's Mike Shinoda | Full Interview, February 16, 2017
  10. Linkin Park Races Go-Karts & Breaks Down The Making Of 'One More Light' | IRL - YouTube, May 24, 2017
  11. Amy Zaret, Warner Bros. Records Veteran, Dies | Billboard, October 14, 2015
  12. Kerrang! Magazine Interview with Linkin Park | LP Association Forums, March 01, 2017
  13. Smash Press: Linkin Park interview 2017 - YouTube, April 03, 2017
  14. Steve Aoki - Thanks to Linkin Park for giving me the privilege to..., October 26, 2017
  15. LP & 30STM Fans (@echelonsoldier) on Instagram: “If you like Linkin Park, please check this project out. We want to create a lyric video with lots…”, May 20, 2017
  16. Linkin Park - One More Light - Fan Lyric Video (PREVIEW) - YouTube, June 30, 2017
  17. One More Light - Linkin Park - Fan Lyric Video - YouTube, July 14, 2017
  18. Linkin Park - Publications, October 03, 2017
  19. Joe Hahn on Twitter: "#OneMoreLight: https://t.co/YSzSyT2AVB https://t.co/spmRzlt4Lp" ., September 18, 2017
  20. One More Light (Official Video) - Linkin Park - YouTube, September 18, 2017
  21. Dave Phoenix Farrell on Twitter: "This is my favorite video we've ever made, and simultaneously the hardest for me to watch. #OneMoreLight https://t.co/W0edV8QPNg" ., September 18, 2017
  22. Chester Bennington’s Bandmate: Linkin Park Singer Was Hit Hard by Chris Cornell’s Suicide - YouTube, July 20, 2017