I think there are 3 factors feeding into how I feel about it: 1. The same night that he killed himself, my husband and I hosted a friend who said he would kill himself if he spent the night alone. The parallel of how Cornell's story to my friend's (albeit with different outcomes) has left me shaken. 2. I feel too young for most of the musical icons of my generation to be dead. 3. Knowing little about his personal life, I was unaware that he was troubled, so his suicide is a shock.
I know lots of people are having similar feelings about it. I spent several hours on Thursday afternoon reading a tribute thread and listening to most of the videos there. That's how I found out that Cornell was far more talented than I ever realized. Here are a few of my favorites of those videos:
Soundgarden - "Fell on Black Days"
Chris Cornell - "Sunshower"
Chris Cornell - cover of "Nothing Compares 2 U"
Chris Cornell - covers "Redemption Song" (my favorite Bob Marley song) with daughter Toni
Chris Cornell - sings the lyrics of "One" by Metallica to the tune of "One" by U2, simply amazing
I feel so sad for his family & can't decide if it's better or worse that they have to share their grief with an adoring, questioning public.
RIP Chris Cornell. Thanks for sharing your talent with the world for a little while.