a sad sound in the garden

Chris Cornell 2015




“I don’t get in there and create a character. It’s more of a voice that I hear living inside the music.”



Chris Cornell




“I feel like you’re not a real musician or entertainer if you can’t go into a room, pick up an instrument and entertain people.”



Chris Cornell






This sucks.


Chris Cornell, lead singer of Soundgarden and Audioslave, has died aged 52.


Soundgarden was my second favorite Pacific Northwest grunge band. First was Alice in Chains and second was Soundgarden <I never really ‘got’ Nirvana … but love the Foo Fighters>.

By the way … third was Mudhoney.


After the breakup of Soundgarden, he did a brief solo thing and then became part of Audioslave <which also featured former members of Rage Against the Machine>.

It was with Audioslave he was part of a song called Cochise … which is spectacular.


He had his problems <alcohol & drugs> but what I liked about him was he grew as a person and he was one of those rock musicians who were really good in interviews … genuine, articulate and thoughtful <he and Dave Grohl fit that bill>.


“When I transitioned into adulthood – high-stakes emotional responsibilities – I did everything I could get my hands on. It happened without me really noticing it. The thing is, when you pick up the pipe for the first time, you don’t know that that’s your fate. The moment isn’t that dramatic. And then that was it – I didn’t want to care anymore.”


On a separate note … in 2012 … he and his wife Vicky created a foundation that works with vulnerable children facing poverty and homelessness.



“Children should always feel like the adults are living in this world to nurture them, to take care of them, to protect them from any bad thing that might come.”



Chris Cornell


chris cornell smile


Aw, shit, I could write a lot about Chris Cornell … he had an iconic type voice which could deliver a melodic groove and yet, as Henry Rollins once said, “he could peel the paint off the walls when he sang.”


And … you know what? He just seemed like a good guy.


RIP Chris.

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