The day the music changed-Chris Cornell

“She has the daylight at her command, She gives the night its dreams yeah, She can uncover your darkest fears, Make you forget you feel them” – Chris Cornell, Can’t Change Me

In 1990 I had sold out, short hair, white shirt and a tie, married, baby, and a mortgage. At that point in time I was a far away from the long-haired, dope smoking, flannel shirt and dirty jean wearing college kid in 1984 than I had ever been. But, if I could no longer look the part of a non-conformist on the outside I could at least listen to the music that stirred my renegade soul on the inside.

Digging through the CD bins at my favorite slash record-head shop I stumbled upon an album by a group called Temple of the Dog. Music in the early 1990’s, in a word, sucked. Artist like Wilson PhillipsMadonna, and Phil Collins dominated the charts, acts not known for ripping guitars or booming bass lines. My musical heroes were The Who, Led Zeppelin, The Rolling Stones and Aerosmith and Phil Collins wasn’t even in the same zip code. Temple of the Dog was and I heard the music of my youth in their DNA.

Chris Cornell, the musician who spearheaded the Temple of the Dog album, died yesterday at the age of 52. He was the man that led Soundgarden and introduced me to Pearl Jam, Nirvana, Alice in Chains and Stone Temple Pilots. This music filled a void in my life and allowed me to forget, if only for a moment, about all the people and things I was responsible for.

Soundgarden played in Charlotte two weeks ago. I told my wife last month that we should ride up to see them but I never followed through on the idea. I figured I had time, a next time. There no longer is a next time.

Chris’s album Euphoria Morning is the only CD I have in my car. I listen to Soundgarden’s Superunknown from beginning to end as I sweat off the indulgences of life and the years on the Elliptical at the gym. This is a big one for me. This one hurts. A voice and words silenced to early, with too much time left at least I thought there was time left. 

“In my shoes, a walking sleep, And my youth I pray to keep, Heaven sent hell away, No one sings like you anymore” – Chris Cornell, Black Hole Sun

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I am a frustrated writer and poet waiting to be discovered. A stand-up philosopher performing on a street corner near you. A Christian with questions but I don’t want to hear your answers. A Buddhist with a bumper sticker on my truck to prove it. A collector of quotes. A grower of lettuce. The Patron Saint of earthworms who name their children after me. A cyclist whose big ass strains the seams of his Lycra bibs. I am American by birth, Southern by the grace of God. My goal in life is to leave an imprint on the lives of the people I love not a footprint on the earth. I am a son, a husband, a father composed of 65%-Oxygen, 18%-Carbon, 10%-Hydrogen, 3%-Nitrogen, 3%-Diet Coke and 1%-Oreo.
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13 Responses to The day the music changed-Chris Cornell

  1. ” There no longer is a next time.”

    Life is short my friend, and I am not patient. When the time comes, I lead people to the “Otherside”. Peace. 🙂

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  2. Two songs from the grunge era that definitely stood out for me: Alice in Chains’ “No Excuses” and Soundgarden’s “Black Hole Sun.”

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    • It’s funny, I know I am getting old. I see it in the mirror. I feel it in my hips and knees but Chris, Chris seemed timeless to me. I see the years on Eddie Vedder’s face, chasing a diminishing hairline just like I am. I told my wife the other day that I wanted Chris to put out an album of old classics, Sinatra, Nelson Riddle era songs. He had the voice and the range to pull it off. His death is just another line in the sand I get to step over. I am sure there are more to come. It’s very sad, and if he did commit suicide even sadder.

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  3. mwdunham says:

    My hubby and I were blessed to see him in concert in Charlotte a couple of years ago. He sang mostly acoustic versions of his music and treated us to song performed with the Avett Bros. He will be missed. I took to heart the lyric “I’m gonna break my rusty cage” in light of the current state of things especially with the acquittal of Betty Shelby.

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  4. Ms. SG41 says:

    I struggled with the news too. Soundgarden and Pearl Jam are two of my favorite bands.

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