RIP CHRIS. YOU WILL BE MISSED.

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I got the news today, oh boy (copyright "A day in the life" by the Beatles). Chris Cornell is dead. The best-known singer of Soundgarden and other bands, who had that distinctive voice. I remember when I heard "You know my name" the first time. Ok, it was not HEAVY or METAL, not even Grunge, but that voice captured me.

 

I was never a fan of Soundgarden, as I was never a fan of Seattle stuff in general. I thought it to be a bit, well, not very original, be it Nirvana, Mudhoney, Faith No More or - Soundgarden. Not punk, not rock, something in between, the father of post-rock actually, but that one is WAY more boring ;-)

 

But music is a matter of taste and can't really be discussed but on a technical level. Then again music is not mathematics (well, when you get to the bottom of it, it is) for most. Music is feelings. Memories. Good times and bad times. A photo album for the ear.

 

And there were two guys I liked in that scene. One is Dave Grohl, and the other one was - Chris.

 

I ask myself: Why do musicians die so early, more often than, say, writers, actors or any comparable art ? I think because musicians are very sensitive people, no matter if they are into Death Metal or Pop. Because one needs a certain sensitivity to FEEL music. Be it Luther Allison who almost killed his guitar on stage (not like Jimi, though), or be it Rammstein which in fact only show the coldness of our society. No, they're not Nazis. You probably didn't understand their message, that's all.

 

Be it as it may, Chris made MUSIC, not Disney crap or Lady Beyoncé Rihanna cut'n'paste plastic stuff.

 

Maybe I'm just too old. But the music of today reflects the society of today.

 

Not Chris, though.

 

Thanks.

 

Autumn: I may be too early to post that article (48 hours). But please let it stand. Chris deserves it.

Comments

Jeffrey Kelly Added May 18, 2017 - 2:16pm
RIP, Chris.
Soundgarden came in third among the Grunge bands for me, behind Nirvana and Alice In Chains.  Sadly it's now three-for-three for the original frontmen of these bands.
Like you I also like David Grohl, his work with Nirvana and Foo Fighters cements him as one of the great musicians of his era.
Stone-Eater Friedli Added May 18, 2017 - 2:18pm
Jeffrey
 
I love the Foo's. And Grohl is, seen from a far, a very authentic person. I guess Chris was too. Maybe that was his problem.
Jeffrey Kelly Added May 18, 2017 - 2:30pm
Everything I'm seeing lists it as a possible suicide.  That's a shame.
Stone-Eater Friedli Added May 18, 2017 - 2:35pm
I'm not sure about that. Maybe suicide sells better. See Cobain....
Jeffrey Kelly Added May 18, 2017 - 2:36pm
True.
Jeff Michka Added May 18, 2017 - 3:25pm


SEFa writes: I'm not sure about that. Maybe suicide sells better. See Cobain...- Well, consider the "on-going conspiracy aspects" of the backstory on Cornell.  Cobain's offing himself played well with the conspiracy people. And where there's conspiracy and an artist, there's $$$$.

Jeffrey Kelly Added May 18, 2017 - 3:28pm
It's now being reported that Chris Cornell hung himself.
Stone-Eater Friedli Added May 18, 2017 - 3:44pm
SHIT......WHY ??? Oh man...
Jeff Michka Added May 18, 2017 - 7:25pm
$$$$ were probably involved, either in losing $$ or losing out on an opportunity to make more.  That might be a little cynical.
Jeff Michka Added May 18, 2017 - 8:39pm
Local TV news said, Cornell's wife called a friend in Detriot, to "go check on Chris."  The friend found him dead in the bathroom.  Just an hour before, he'd been doing a concert, and fans said, "he seemed off" during the performance.  Apparently so, no motive or cause yet determined.
John G Added May 19, 2017 - 1:36am
I Am the Highway (Audioslave) is a great song as was Black Hole Sun.
Other than that I can't offer a relevant comment.
I was never a fan of Seattle either. Australian bands were doing better things than that way before to my way of thinking.
Mark Hunter Added May 19, 2017 - 3:15am
I told my wife I'd never heard of him. Knowing my terrible memory for names, she played some of his music. Turns out I'd heard him plenty.
Stone-Eater Friedli Added May 19, 2017 - 7:03am
John
 
Aussie has some really good bands lately :-)
Stone-Eater Friedli Added May 19, 2017 - 7:03am
Mark
 
LOL
Stone-Eater Friedli Added May 19, 2017 - 7:04am
Jeff
 
I saw a phone video from the latest song he played. He sang "In my time of dying", means he mixed that Led Zeppelin text into the song....scary video. He really looks like he's had some crack or something...
Stone-Eater Friedli Added May 19, 2017 - 7:05am
last song, sorry. Not quite awake yet.
Bill Kamps Added May 19, 2017 - 10:12am
Like many others, Im not a fan of the Seattle rock.  Nirvana in general was too depressing.  However, like Mark, we have heard Chris plenty.
 
Stone asked why musicians die young, and I would agree that it is more than the life of excess on the road that they live.  Highly creative people are often fragile physically.  Musicians are rarely the jocks, or other physically gifted people, they are drawn to their craft and it is a pretty solitary craft.  Very few of us are blessed with strong attributes across the board, physical, mental, creative, etc.
 
 In addition, all these musicians, no matter how talented, have spent countless hours, months, years practicing alone, before they became good enough to perform.  Actors much less so, in fact most actors actually practice their craft in small groups in impromptu theater classes or informal groups.  The whole process of becoming a musician, performing on the road, traveling all the time, is not a healthy life style added on top of probably not the strongest of physical people. Creative people also seem to be somewhat addictive personalities, since the act of practicing enough to be that good, is a form of addiction, and lends itself to other types of addiction.
 
I am reminded of a story about Chuck Berry who passed not long ago.  For decades Chuck would travel from gig to gig in his Cadillac alone.  The band you would see perform was put together by the promoter for the show.  When asked about this, Chuck said he used the driving to relax, and get away from the stress of life in general. Maybe he was on to something living and performing into his 90s, or maybe he was just the exception that proved the rule. 
 
 
Stone-Eater Friedli Added May 19, 2017 - 11:41am
Bill
 
I agree. And I could think that musicians who have an urge to tell the world a "message", are often very desperate to do so. The more depressive (but also the more thoughtful) they are, the more they are prone to addiction, as you say. Take some drugs to get off those depressing thoughts.
 
Millions of people have depressions, but they're not in the spotlight. These people are, and that's what makes it seem that they are more fragile than the regular Joe, which they're not.
Ric Wells Added May 19, 2017 - 12:34pm
Didn't register until someone mentioned Black Hole Sun. Heard an acoustic version on the radio. Haunting.
George N Romey Added May 19, 2017 - 1:27pm
The 90s was the best of times.  Good music.  Everyone had money and good jobs were plentiful.  Technology had  yet to become obtrusive.  The Internet was used for watching porn, finding a hookup and to find when the next movie was playing. 
 
Then came the dot.com crash and its been all down hill since.
Stone-Eater Friedli Added May 19, 2017 - 1:37pm
Ric
 
Gotta listen to that.
Stone-Eater Friedli Added May 19, 2017 - 1:38pm
George
 
Wrong. The Seventies were best (for me). No Internet, no stress. And we didn't know how fucked up the world really is.
George N Romey Added May 19, 2017 - 3:06pm
SEF I'd second the 70s as a great runner up.  Yes we were more happy when we had no idea how corrupt our politicians were.  I believe that at least in the US from the late 40s until the late 70s the elites thought it important to throw tokens at the masses to keep them happy and fat and off beat.  In 1974, Nixon got crucified by the public because they were pissed off about gas prices.   I will say right now that if the oil embargo of 1974 never happened no one would have given a crap about Watergate.
 
I'd go back to days of happy and fat.  The rich will always be powerful and corrupt and this will never change.  Money buys at lot of peace of mind.
Stone-Eater Friedli Added May 19, 2017 - 3:15pm
George
 
Money buys at lot of peace of mind.
 
Only for the ones who have it. But that's the minority. The riches can be glad that life doesn't last longer to see their fall...and BTW: It does not buy peace of MIND. Only peace concerning survival and security.
 
George N Romey Added May 19, 2017 - 4:04pm
Well never worrying about bills on the money to do what you want does provide a level of comfort.   I've never figured out how people with money can be unhappy.  Money might not buy happiness but it enables people to concentrate more of their time on finding happiness.  Miserable rich people should be miserably poor for one day. They would immediately change their tune.
Stone-Eater Friedli Added May 19, 2017 - 4:17pm
George
 
Money might not buy happiness but it enables people to concentrate more of their time on finding happiness
 
When you've grown up in an environment where possessing stuff is happiness, and you have bought everything you want, you don't have other ideas, because you've been trained to be entertained, not to think about yourself and be creative.
 
And like kids, you buy, you like, you use, then you dispose or stock somewhere. And you need NEW again.
 
And during all this time you slowly forget that you have a brain which is capable for so much more !
Jeff Michka Added May 19, 2017 - 5:49pm
The Geo simplifies: Yes we were more happy when we had no idea how corrupt our politicians were.- You've forgotten Watergate, but little surprise you did to feed the narrative, but a quick look around the 70s told you a lot about prescribed corruption.
wsucram15 Added May 19, 2017 - 6:33pm
Awwww you wrote it before I did...
Loved Soundgarden such a good band, saw them a few times.  I liked GRUNGE..but only a few of the bands and we have had this discussion, no need to drag it out.  I LOVED the 90s, best of times for me.   I could never get into Audioslave (after Rage there was no other- it always needed Zack)
Chris Cornell is a good singer but still no match for Grohl -come on SEF.  I dont think anyone coming out of the 90s is a match for that man.  But hey, thats me..
It was sad how Cornell died, it made me think how alone he must have felt and that all the money in the world does not save you from that feeling.  It reminded me of the shock I felt when Robin Williams died.  Both men were young and took their lives...terrible waste of life and such raw talent.  RIP C Cornell.
Mark Hunter Added May 20, 2017 - 12:26am
I've found that often (although not always) the people with the greatest chance of happiness are the ones who have money, but only after they've put their time in being poor. Those who don't fall into excess tend to remember the bad old days.
Michael B. Added May 20, 2017 - 1:49pm
For every musician who makes it big, there are thousands and thousands of others who don't. The suicide rate among amateurs or people who never made it big also seems to be pretty high; in the last ten years, I've attended three funerals and several other wakes and remembrances for local musicians whom I've either known personally and/or saw a lot of them around town at local bars and clubs. A very talented singer/songwriter/guitarist who seemingly had everything going for him hanged himself. One of the best bass players I've ever heard also hanged himself. A very talented percussionist, also one of the best ones I've ever heard, who after struggling for years with alcohol abuse and problems with the law, finally sobered up and straightened out enough to start playing semi-professionally, only to deliberately OD on painkillers when given some bad news about his health. Most of them, however, wind up working day jobs, get married, have kids, and live out their lives like anyone else, but still play the occasional gig. One local musician, who got in trouble with the law for various things, had to do community service by working in a thrift store, discovered a talent he hitherto didn't know he possessed, and now has a large and successful thrift store of his own right down the street from me. Some have happy endings.
Jeff Michka Added May 21, 2017 - 12:08pm
wsucram15 sez: It reminded me of the shock I felt when Robin Williams died.  Both men were young and took their lives...terrible waste of life and such raw talent.  RIP C Cornell.- It's all a waste!  I'm surprised nobody reached out to Cornell, even just "WAT UP?"  Local media reports have said he was taking some med for...anxiety.
wsucram15 Added May 22, 2017 - 1:59pm
Jeff.. It had to be serious enough inside that he took his own life. Not just something simple.  This happens to regular people all the time and the sad thing is, no one talks about how serious shortages in trained mental health providers is or how common misdiagnosis is until someone famous dies.   Having family involvement is very important... so WAT UP might have helped at the right time, if anyone had followed up and not counted on a pill as a cure all.
wsucram15 Added May 22, 2017 - 2:16pm
Michael..
I can say, in and around music, I have known just as many that   changed their lives as opposed to those that have not.  In my opinion, it is the support system that matters.
Jeff Michka Added May 22, 2017 - 5:14pm
wsucram15 sez: It had to be serious enough inside that he took his own life. Not just something simple. - I'd sure hope so to feel suicide was an answer--as noted, what surprised me: so WAT UP might have helped at the right time, if anyone had followed up and not counted- I find it hard to believe nobody thought something was wrong, whether Chris himself had said "nothing" or not. nobody did?  Wow, then there is reason to grieve about someone not having anyone in their life to ask if something is wrong.
Stone-Eater Friedli Added May 23, 2017 - 4:55pm
Jeff
 
I felt very sad too when Robin Williams died. I loved his movies, especially One Hour Photo which never made it big here in Europe.
 
I saw an interview with Chris on YT yesterday, and he made a very shy impression (but maybe I felt that way only because I saw it after his death).
 
I fucking hate that people who are sensitive and GOOD so often die from whatever cause prematurely, and the big assholes keep on pestering the world beyond their 90's :-(
Jeff Michka Added May 23, 2017 - 6:42pm
SEFa notes: I fucking hate that people who are sensitive and GOOD so often die from whatever cause prematurely, and the big assholes keep on pestering the world beyond their 90's - Feel same all too often here, too.  Excrement we can't change does occur.
Jeff Michka Added May 26, 2017 - 9:20pm
Chris Cornell was laid to rest down in LA this morning, while I attended service for former WA governor, Mike Lowry (D), someone I  knew personally and admired as a politician.  Mike had a stroke and died.  For all the WB whining about electeds, it's remarkable when you have a good one as Governor.  Mike stood up and help counter privacy erosion by simply vetoing numerous bad bills that stood to rob people of their privacy a good decade or more before it all came home to roost.  Now time to carry on.