Remembering Chris Cornell as an ethereal, grungy, and angelic voice singing in the wind
While Chris Cornell may be human, we let his life work momentarily shine on his greatest gift to the world: his music. His words and music may serve as an inspiration for us to fight valiantly, acknowledge our weakness, and finally, to keep on keeping on.
1. Say Hello 2 Heaven
Written as a tribute to his friend, Andrew Wood, who succumbed to heroin overdose in 1991. Cornell wrote, “Say Hello 2 Heaven” while he was on tour with Soundgarden in Europe, before he gets the whole Mother Love Bone band members –of which Wood was vocalist – to record the song with him.
“I never wanted to write these words down for you
with the pages of phrases of all the 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
So say hello to heaven, heaven, heaven…”
Written for the 1992 romantic comedy movie, Singles. The movie is a perfect embodiment of the grunge movement, which Cornell is said to be a pioneer. Cornell took the inspiration from Seattle’s Artis the Spoonman, and even if the two hadn’t met prior to the recording of the song, Cornell used his imagination prowess to finish it. He said, “it was an ode to an imaginary person in my head, so what’s happening musically is the attitude of supporting this guy who stands on a street corner and plays the shit out of some spoons.” The song won its Grammy Awards in 1995 as the Best Metal Performance.
“Spoonman, come together with your hands
Save me, I'm together with your plan
Save, save me
With your, with your hands”