I Nearly Forgot My Broken Heart…

It’s a sad day, for Rock and Roll…
As you probably figured out by now, I love music, passionately.

Not just playing it, and writing it, but listening to it…

It boggles my mind, that with 12 notes, you can create endless masterpieces…

People that use those 12 notes wisely, sometimes get to be famous, and influence other musician’s lives.

I have different areas of focus, when it comes to music. On bass guitar, I can do almost anything I want, I’ve been playing for 17 years, and studied the likes of anyone who’s ever used the instrument in a unique way… I’ve taken inspiration from every walk of Bass guitar and formed my own style…

That style translates into my acoustic playing.. I’m not your ‘typical’ guitar player… I approach guitar, like a bass player, and have my own unique style.

But aside from bass and guitar, there are vocals. I take singing very seriously, because it’s something I love to do. As my wife has noted to me: “I don’t think you would be able to function, if you couldn’t play music. It’s like it’s a part of you, an extension of who you are.” roughly states what she told me, not too long ago.. That’s one of the greatest compliments, I’ve ever received as a musician!

That being said, one of my vocal icons passed on last evening. Mr. Chris Cornell, the hard-hitting vocalist from Soundgarden, Audioslave, and a successful solo career.

Cornell had one of the most powerful voices I’ve ever heard… Anyone who’s ever heard “Hunger Strike” has heard that spine-tingling belting in the song…

A lesser known ‘vocal cameo’ is with Alice in Chains, in the song “Right Turn.”
There is this haunting, eeriness about this song, and near the end there is a soul ripping vocal, from none other than Chris Cornell..

“Its hard to believe that somebody tricked you
When you can see as far as I have
Its hard to believe that someone you cared for
Put your face into the fire”

He was not only a man of extraordinary range and talent, as a singer. But he wrote some songs that really hit home, with me…

He died, while on tour… which I think is appropriate… I think anyone who dies doing what they love, dies the most noble death that there could be.

So, Rest in Peace, one of my favorite singers. Prayers for your family.

Thanks for reading!

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Author: joeflair

Pennsylvania Native, Husband, Father, Learning to be an accountant.. while being an accountant, part time wannabe rock star! I guess you could say I'm a jack of some trades.. Aside from music, I'm proficient with computers, I'm a home-mechanic, offroading enthusiast, a cook, gamer, and a whole mess of other things. I'm very passionate about the things i love, and brutally honest about every aspect of life.

5 thoughts on “I Nearly Forgot My Broken Heart…”

  1. This is a great post. The song you mention “Right Turn” is so different to me. I still remember the first time I heard it and it almost sounded out of tune to me, but it’s not. Such musical talent. Layne and Chris were amazing song writers too.

    I hope that Chris and Layne are together. It’s the only positive thought in my mind today, that Chris is home…I just can’t get over it. Thanks for the great post.

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    1. Layne also had a way, of writing vocal parts that just sounded so close to being out of tune, it gave Alice in Chains this overwhelming sense of Chaos, in the sense that it sounded like the music could fall apart in a moment.

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