YouTube, life and Chester Bennington

RIP Chester Bennington

Since the beginning of the year, I have been putting a fair amount of effort into posting content onto my YouTube channel. I have been teaching myself how to edit video and get the best out of a camera since following a number of interesting content creators on the platform. Obviously, my channel centres around music, which is what I do but I’m genuinely enjoying experimenting and even I can see an improvement since I started.

My videos consist primarily of acoustic and loop covers, along with some tutorials and gear reviews. The channel has kind of had to take a bit of a back seat with the summer season over here in Spain being in full swing but this week, I had a bit of spare time so I recorded covers of “Say You Won’t Let Go” by James Arthur, which I had to learn for a wedding last week and “I Miss You” by Blink 182. When I released the latter of these two, I heard the tragic news that Chester Bennington of Linkin Park had passed away at the young age of 41. I’m not sure why but this really hit me and so I wanted to do something on the channel in memory of him. I haven’t paid Linkin Park much attention in recent years, probably due to the fact that I tend to listen to more acoustic based music these days but as a teenager, I was a big fan. Anyway, I decided to post a cover of “Numb”, a song that I occasionally play an excerpt from in my live shows. It was an unrehearsed performance which, in hindsight, I probably should have put a bit more care into but I just wanted to get it out there.

That was yesterday and I woke up today to some truly beautiful comments and a view count of more than 10,000. The support that I have received on my channel so far has been overwhelming to say the least but nothing compared to the love for Chester and for my cover. The most amazing thing about it, ignoring the numbers, is how much reading these comments has made me feel much better about myself. I’ve always struggled to be happy with my abilities as a musician and a singer and find it hard to take support and criticism, whether positive or negative but this has truly given me a boost of positivity that I needed.

Anyway, as a direct result of all that has happened in the last couple of days, I intend to put much more effort into making my videos more regularly. It’s true that I have been extremely busy with gigs over the last 6 months but I do get days off in between so please stay tuned for more content from me. I have some cool ideas for new stuff so if you’d like to stay notified, go to http://tv.tweednelson.com and hit that subscribe button.

Until next time, take care!

Lee x 🙂