To say that Chris Cornell simply influenced me musically is an understatement. Whether his approach to singing, songwriting, or using music as a personal outlet, Cornell’s music managed to capture my attention and reevaluate my approach towards rock and music in general.
His first solo album, Euphoria Mourning, had a profound effect on me, and it is still my favorite album to this day. I honestly can’t state how many times I have listened to that album, but I know it like the back of my hand. A complete shift in form, sound, and style, Euphoria Mourning proved how versatile of a musician Cornell was, showing that he was more than just the frontman of Soundgarden. Written and recorded following his breakup with Soundgarden, divorce from his first wife, the deaths of friends like Jeff Buckley, and while dealing with addiction to alcohol and painkillers, Euphoria Mourning is a raw, heart-on-your-sleeve album in which he spoke openly about his heartbreak, personal loss, and deep depression.
This album, and much of his other music, helped me through a great deal of personal struggles, providing me a means of support in times of helplessness and depression.
I am glad that I was able to catch him live on tour, as the experience beyond the album – seeing and hearing him in person, face to face – was so much more.
While I am incredibly sad to have heard the news of his passing, I find comfort in knowing that his music will live on. Amidst the loss of the physical self, there is a profound beauty in knowing that his music will continue to influence and comfort others for the years to come. That’s something to be proud of, and I look forward to revisiting his music in the days, weeks, and months to come.