|Chris Cornell, 2016 - chriscornell.com|
I spent the day listening to Soundgarden, Audioslave, and his solo music, and memories came flooding back. I randomly posted the following thoughts to social media as they came to me. I'm collecting them here, mostly for myself, but to also connect with those who find that his music was part of the soundtrack to their lives.
My house didn't have cable growing up. I was able to see MTV sometimes at a friend's house, but most of my friends' families couldn't afford cable either. When I got to college, basic cable was provided in the dorm rooms and, believe it or not, MTV actually played music videos back then. Looking back now, it's amazing I passed my freshman year of classes with all the MTV and Comedy Central being piped into my room. Whenever the video for the song "Outshined" came on, I would stop whatever I was doing to listen/watch.
To this day, whenever I hear this song, I'm immediately nineteen years old again, watching MTV with my roommates.
|Chris Cornell, 1991 - chriscornell.com|
As I ran up the seven floors to my dorm room to grab the CD and run it all the way back down to him while he waited curbside in his truck, I remember thinking I could hardly stand the wait to hear the new Soundgarden. Pretty sure I listened to it that night.
The new album didn't disappoint.
And it gave me an excuse to talk to my husband again.
Whenever I hear a song off the Superunknown album, or even see the cover art, I remember that night and how giddy I was about the connection I'd just made with a fellow music-lover. Little did I know at the time he'd end up being my boyfriend, and later, my husband. The two of us always joke that we have Queensrÿche to thank for our getting together, but in retrospect, Soundgarden had a part to play too.
I'm thankful for the music and, more importantly, for the memories they conjure up. Rest in peace, Mr. Cornell. Thank you for leaving behind your artistry, your lyrics, your voice, and your dark beauty.
I will leave you, Gentle Readers, with my favorite song by Chris Cornell, written about my favorite novel, Great Expectations. It's perfection.