Good Afternoon! This is Laura Vaughn from The Weekend River in for Nick Jakusz today.
This is a great story about how music moves us and how it can even save a life.
A woman named Cristina Settani was driving to work when she saw a man sitting on the edge of a highway overpass. She drove past him but as she looked at him in the rear view mirror, she decided to stop and talk to the man.
As hundreds of cars drove past, Christina sat down next to the man. She expressed her fear that he would jump and she intended to try to physically stop him if he did, even risking her own life. In a very tense moment, hoping to comfort the man, she said, “Who cares if one more light goes out, in a sky of a million stars? Well, I do.” That is a lyric from Linkin Park’s song “One More Light”.
When he heard the lyric, the man began to cry. Soon afterward, the police came and pulled the man off the ledge. He wasn’t arrested, rather brought to the hospital where he received psychiatric help.
Christina doesn’t know where the man is today or even if he is OK, but she says she thinks about him daily. Linkin Park tweeted a Thank You to Christina.
“One More Light” was Chester Bennington’s last single with Linkin Park before his suicide in July of 2017