RIP Chris Cornell

My Brain Injourney

Growing up in the 90s, Soundgarden were my Beatles. Chris Cornell’s piercing wail was the voice of rock and roll in my mind. Superunknown could easily be said to be the soundtrack of my adolescence. “Spoonman”, “Black Hole Sun”, “My Wave” and a playlist staple for me to this day, “Like Suicide”, among others play in the background of my memories from my formative years.

In a manner of speaking, Chris Cornell (along with Layne Staley, Jerry Cantrell, Billy Corgan, Anthony Kiedis and a few others) was a composer of the soundtrack of my life.

More than any other album, chances are one of the fifteen tracks is eternally tethered to some memory and to hear the song is to relive that memory and recalling that memory plays the song as clearly as if it were playing through the red earpiece, over the ear headphones tethered to my Aiwa personal…

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3 comments on “RIP Chris Cornell

  1. I grew up with the Seattle Underground era. I used to watch Chris’s brother Peter, and sisters Suzie, and Katie play in a band called Inflatable Soule eveytime they played Spokane. They were a tight knit family. Always cheering Chris and his new found fame on. Their bass guitarist went HS with my exhusband. My son who is only 18 is very versed in music. He was so taken back when he heard of Chris’s death. His words were mom we have one left, and we have to do everything we can to protect him. I was like who Eli. Eddie Veder. Soundgarden was my second after Nirvana of big concerts I went to see live at 19 years old. Chris had an amazing vocal range. It was so sad to hear of such a loss. Great write.

  2. Sure has been alot of 50-51-52 year old rockers dropping off in the last couple years ..starting with beastie boy I think

  3. I am right there with you. I was born at the perfect time because I was at the perfect age growing up to appreciate both 80’s AND 90’s alternative music.
    In the 90’s, I was always drawn to Billy Corgan way more than our so-called “generation spokesperson” Kurt Cobain. Billy had a stronger work ethic than Cobain. However, now I am old enough to understand Cobain was nowhere near as prolific as Corgan because of his mental health issues. I understand what both men went through, but I am a bigger fan of Corgan because he overcome them. He said, “I can either throw myself out this window, or I can get over myself and start writing.” He chose to start writing. Sadly, Cobain chose the window (or, in his case, the shotgun).
    After the Pumpkins, Soundgarden was my second favorite of the “big” 90’s bands. (There were a lot more indie bands that I would probably rank as bigger influences, but right now I am just talking about the ones who had some mainstream success.) Their songs were challenging listens, written in odd time signatures and full of cryptic lyrics. Matt Cameron’s chops were reminiscent of my favorite drummer Jimmy Chamberlain. The guitar riffs were gnarly and tangled; the solos were aggressive and wild.
    And of course, rising above it all was the enoromous wail of Chris Cornell. He was a standout among the other guys who didn’t have the best singing voices (Corgan, Cobain) or the ones who sang so low that it seemed like they were trying to loosen your bowels (Vedder, Staley). He had the voice, the ability to write striking and poetic lyrics, and of course the SOB had the looks too.
    In interviews, you could tell Cobain would not last long. He was always down on himself, and in many interviews he would talk more about the music of his heroes than himself. Corgan freely admitted to having suicidal thoughts in the past. But Chris? Maybe he seemed dark and brooding, but…ready to take himself out? Never would have thought.
    I was glad to read your post this morning, to know that someone else was just as hurt and shocked. To understand how much I share your sorrow, I wanted to include the link to my own tribute. I think the words will ring true for you.
    https://redemptionwebcomic.wordpress.com/2017/05/18/rip-chris-cornell/

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