Chris Cornell was one of the icons of my youth. He was one of the foundations of the grunge music era. People mostly remember him from Soundgarden. However, I was one of the early Mother Love Bone fans who mourned the loss of Andrew Wood when he died of an overdose.
Cornell created a one-off project called Temple of the Dog with the remaining members of the band. Cornell introduced Eddie Vedder to the masses on this album, and the rest was Pearl Jam history as Vedder continued forward with the remnants of MLB to create the legendary, multi-platinum 10 album.
If it weren’t for Cornell paying tribute to his friend and the band, Pearl Jam would likely have never existed.
I mourn the loss of a bit of my angst-filled, grunge-laden GenX youth. Crowd surfing, cutoff plaid jams and combat boots. We made long hair and beards cool again after the gloss of the 80s. Meaningful, enduring music.
Say hello to heaven Chris. Your amazing, once-in-a-lifetime voice will be a welcome addition to the choir.
Please, mother mercy
Take me from this place
And the long winded curses
I keep hearing in my head
Words never listen
And teachers never learn
Now I’m warm from the candle
But I feel too cold to burn
He came from an island
And he died from the street
He hurt so bad like a soul breaking
But he never said nothing to me
So say hello to heaven
New like a baby
Lost like a prayer
The sky was your playground
But the cold ground was your bed
She’s got no tears in her eyes
Smooth like whisper
She knows that love heals all wounds with time
Now it seems like too much love
Is never enough, you better seek out
Another road ’cause this one has
Ended abrupt, say hello to heaven
I never wanted
To write these words down for you
With the pages of phrases
Of things we’ll never do
So I blow out the candle, and
I put you to bed
Since you can’t say to me
Now how the dogs broke your bone
There’s just one thing left to be said
Say hello to heaven
– Chris Cornell