Soundgarden, the band Chris Cornell was the lead vocalist for at the time of his death, was participating in a Rock on the Range tour. He had finished a live concert in Detroit, and must have been feeling the love of his fans. Other concerts were on his schedule.
Why did he take his life? Why? Why? Why? How many times have we asked ourselves that in recent years? His family says the suicide wasn't intentional; it may have been caused by a side effect of prescription medication. But Cornell suffered from depression from a lot of his life, and life has not been easy for him (or anyone else who suffers from this variety of illness).
Meantime, I found this sobering statistic: middle aged men between 45 and 65 (Cornell was 52) have the highest rate of suicide of any age group. These men suffer in silence. They don't reach out for help. They must be reached in non-traditional ways.
As anyone who has had a suicide in their family knows, the impact is huge. This pain is public, but so many go through this pain privately.
Will Cornell's death change the suicide statistics? Will we pay more attention to the issue? That remains to be seen.
I've had an earworm with the hit song "Black Hole Sun" for the last couple of days. So, instead of that, I'm featuring three other songs from Soundgarden, hoping they will chase the earworm away.
"Fell on Black Days" is a product of Cornell's struggles with depression.
Spoonman is a song I enjoy - in some ways it reminds me of Led Zepplin.
I will end with another song called Outshined, a personal favorite.
Another great talent gone too young. I can't say much more.