What the hell? This is such a huge loss! I loved almost every work that this man was part of! He was not even really old, or anything. Working on a new Soundgarden album, with other musical projects going on, possibly even something new with Temple of the Dog. He always seemed very healthy, at least to me. Such incredible musical talent. He was incredible with Soundgarden, Temple of the Dog, Audioslave, his solo career, and some of the other stuff that he did, to boot! So how the hell did this happen, and with no warning whatsoever? Oh, my God! What a loss!
Okay, let me try and gather my thoughts a little. Sorry, but it's just that he was really one of my favorite musicians, and there was nothing - absolutely nothing! - to suggest that this guy was about to die.
This one was even more painful and shocking to me then some of the big musical losses last year, such as Prince and David Bowie. David Bowie was a lot older, and Prince was not much older, but he also was not quite as big in my life as Cornell was. I loved Prince's music, but mostly, admittedly, I knew his stuff from the 1980's, when he was at his biggest, and when he dominated the airwaves.
Cornell was part of that whole Seattle alternative music explosion of the early 1990's, which I was a very big fan of. I loved Soundgarden and Temple of the Dog. Later, I got into both Audioslave and Cornell's solo stuff. He also worked with other musicians on individual projects, such as the Zac Brown Band. Hell, he just had that song that he did for the movie, "The Promise," which I watched a couple of weeks ago with my girlfriend. It was a somber song, but fitting, and typically for Cornell's work, it was a great song!
Plus, Soundgarden was on tour, and if I am not mistaken, Cornell was going to go on a solo tour after that!
Then, all of a sudden, he dies, just like that!
Yes, this one hit me harder than the other big musicians and artists who died recently, because my son and I shared a mutual love of Cornell's music. This was especially true during our trips out west the last two summers, in 2015 and 2016. We especially listened a lot to Soundgarden's last (I was going to say most recent, until I caught myself) album, "King Animal." We loved that album tremendously, and it seemed to fit perfectly with the rugged western landscape.
Oh, man, this one really actually broke my heart quite a bit! I dread having to tell my son later today that Cornell died. I told him several times that the next time Cornell came around on one of his solo tours, that I would love to take him to a show. His solo shows were always great, and I was privileged enough to have gone to one, and reviewed it here on "The Charbor Chronicles" about three and a half years ago.
Frankly, I still viewed Cornell as young. He looked younger than perhaps he was, because he kept himself in good shape. I was looking forward to a lot of great music still to come, including a new Soundgarden album, as well as surely other great solo albums and other musical projects that surely were to come.
Now, all of that is cut short, tragically.
This is still new, so the details about his death have yet to be discovered probably, let alone released.
All I know is that I am very glad that I took my son to see Temple of the Dog at Madison Square Garden last November.
Cornell created and played music the way it's supposed to be played. He moved people, and I will forever remember his music helping to bring my son and I closer, helping to create and even greater bond between us. Now, for me, music involving Cornell actually reminds me of the times that my son and I enjoyed his music together.
Another great musical talent, another brilliant artist, is taken away from us much too early!
Rest in peace, Chris Cornell. You will be missed.