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