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Chris Cornell Quotes: Best Quotes & Most-Famous Sayings


Soundgarden’s Chris Cornell passed away Wednesday night. The lead singer of one of the mid ’90s hottest rock groups sadly passed away in Detroit. But in the end, he’s left us with many great songs and words to cherish.

My favorite song from Soundgarden is “Black Hole Sun.” I’ll even play it right now to commemorate this fallen rock icon. I remember playing this classic on Guitar Hero when I was a teenager. Now, I’ll play that same song as an awkward adult right out of city college. But hey, wait a minute…I shouldn’t be so selfish. I’ll go and share the music video for “Black Hole Sun” right here with all my loyal readers:

Chris Cornell may be gone, but his music remains. His words of wisdom are still in tact, whether in song, in interview or in the minds of friends, family and fans. Here are the quotes from this ’90s grunge rock legend:

Chris Cornell Quotes: Best Quotes & Most-Famous Sayings

“I’m not a lyric writer to make statements. What I enjoy doing is making paintings with lyrics, creating colorful images. I think that’s more what entertainment and music should be.”

“There’s something about losing friends, particularly young people, where it’s not something that you get over. I don’t believe there’s a healing process.”

 “What’s important is to get into shape and then not to have to worry about it. I don’t want to get on stage and not being able to do something. Not being physically fit doesn’t work for me.”

“To me, music shouldn’t be ego-driven. When you go out on stage and play songs, it is. But when you’re sitting in a room, writing songs, it’s a completely different process. It’s a completely different place. It’s a creative place, a musical place. It has nothing to do with who likes what.”

“I actually think to some degree that people are down for longer shows with an acoustic show.”

“If I’m going to go out to be a solo artist, it’s because I want to do something different without having to wait on someone else’s schedule or hobbies or be limited by other people’s prejudices. I’d be kind of stupid not to exercise that.”

“What do you think Jesus would twitter, ‘Let he who is without sin cast the first stone’ or ‘Has anyone seen Judas? He was here a minute ago.'”

“A true musician, like Johnny Cash, should be able to walk into a room with nothing but an instrument and capture people’s attention for two hours.”

“I got in touch with the creative process between the age of 14 and 16, mainly because I was alone so much.”

“I never wrote music or arranged songs or lyrics when I was under the influence of anything but coffee. That’s not gone away.”

“The focus on my wife and my children, it really helps me make sense of the music side of it somehow.”

“I think it’s important for fans to know that but if I’m doing something that inspires me musically then I think it will inspire someone else too.”

“And if you don’t believe the sun will rise, stand alone and greet the coming night in the last remaining light.”

“When you start your first band and it has an impact on the rest of the world you go through a lot with those guys and you become very protective of that legacy.”

“The reason there’s no modern-day Shakespeare is because he didn’t have anything to do except sit in a room with a candle and think.”

“If you’re an American kid, you can’t help but be influenced by Led Zeppelin, Black Sabbath and the Rolling Stones because they’re always on the radio.”

“I’m not usually in a talkative mode.”

“My first favorite band that made music important to me was the Beatles. I was a little kid. I didn’t know who was singing what song or who wrote what song.”

“Rock never meant the same thing to everyone, but when I was growing up in the late seventies, everyone could identify the five, ten bands that formed the center.”

“To a degree, rock fans like to live vicariously and they like that, music fans in general, but when indie music sort of came into prominence in the early ’90s, a lot of it was TV-driven, too, where if you saw the first Nirvana video, you’re looking at three guys that look like people you go to school with.”

“Radio and TV can still push a band, but things need to be shaken up. There is the Internet, but mostly what I see there is little kids on YouTube playing music.”

“The freedom I have as a U.S. citizen is unparalleled. Despite the fact people may not like American passports, having that passport affords me more freedoms than any other passport could.”

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