So I am sure you all know the Chris Cornell took his own life last night. At the end of what has been a very hard day I wanted to post something I found from him. I think even the people who don't like this genre of music or are to old/young to appreciate what he meant to my generation who came of age during the Grunge movement will appreciate it.
Honestly I hate that the media are calling him a Grunge artist, because he was so much more then that. I believe as many other do that he was the predominant male rock singer of the last 25 years. He also wrote beautiful haunting songs. He was so great that I was able to turn some of my African American friends who were into hip hop, and what was at that time called The New Jack Swing
movement of the same period (as I was as well) on to Soundgarden. They didn't like Pearl Jam or Nirvana, but Chris had soul. I talked to one of my best friends today (the man loves Donny Hathaway
, but he also loves Chris Cornell
, He introduced me to Donny and I introduced him to Chris. The style is different but the pain is the same).
Soundgarden is what brought me back to Rock as I had basically abandoned it because I hated the hair bands of the late 80's, this coincided with finding my Mom's Marvin Gaye albums at the time. This led to a 5 year odyssey sucking up as much classic R&B music that I could, but I still retained my love of classic rock but until the day another friend played Bad Motor Finger
for me I was done with the makeup wearing, cherry pie singing rock of the time. Chris and those guys from Seattle immediately gave me a love of rock again.
I saw him in various groups 4 times in the last 20 years including the Temple of the Dog show at MSG last year. He was in fine form and I sounded better then ever. I am often jelous that I was not born or way too young to see the greats like Hendrix or Marvin when they were in their prime. But I can say I saw Chris.
One more, Try to figure out the time signature on this one, 15/4?
No one sound like that except Chris. This is why we think he was the best.
Here's to you man! We are all better for you living. And most of all thanks for giving me rock back...