I know WYLFWT.com discusses independent artists. We have some original work too. However, I feel that sometimes we just need to stop and discuss certain events. One of those unfortunately is the passing of Chris Cornell.
A Musician’s Perspective
I thought that a musician could say it best. So I reached out to my friend, Tyler Reavely, who is always poetic. Tyler, of the NineString Collective, had this to say:
“In this day and age, it’s easy to pass judgement. It’s easy to condemn others for actions and feelings you don’t understand. But the loss of Chris Cornell has me saddened many for more reasons than are on the surface.
As a young budding artist I looked up to him as a fellow singer and musician. His voice and lyrics were second to none. His suicide is hard to understand for so man. Sometimes people think “how bad could it be to be a rock star?”
It’s a difficult subject to breach because those who have not struggled with depression, suicidal thoughts, and bouts of substance abuse hardly can relate to the staggering highs and crushing lows that face so many musicians.
It is not a merely a struggle for just artists, by any means. However, in my opinion, it is perhaps a side effect of being so vulnerable. Writing songs about your inner demons and strife. Then you are parading them around for the world to see and judge is no easy task. It does take a toll. Many will miss his presence. For many, he was a rock. Someone you could turn to in times of trouble. We all have turned to music to relate or cope or celebrate at one time or another in our lives.
In closing I would like to say thank you to Chris Cornell and send my deepest condolences to his family and those close to him. Say hello to heaven for us.”
Our heart goes to his friends and family, which includes his wife and three kids.