Sunday, January 28, 2018


By: Connor Glowacki

Image result for thirty seconds to mars dangerous night     I'm gonna go right out and say it. The new single 'Dangerous Night' by Thirty Seconds To Mars, supposedly for their upcoming new album and their first album in five years, is painfully limp, mediocre and really feels more than ever that they're just giving in to trends.

     And part of me kind of feels like a hypocrite.

     I liked lead single 'Walk On Water' when it was released last August and honestly, it's gotten better for me since then. It's a song that has urgency, energy, ambition and a swell that backs up the epic traits of the track. Yes, it has more electronic elements and the lyrics aren't the deepest in the world. But it seemed like a natural progression from the sounds they created for their 2013 album 'Love, Lust, Faith + Dreams.' The electronic elements and synthesizers helped take 'Walk On Water' to another level.

     Could 'Walk On Water' be a formulaic standard fit for stadium rock and college football games?

     Sure. And I don't care. I'm allowed to have my own opinion. This is my free content music blog, damnit!

     Thirty Seconds To Mars has always been a stadium rock band at its heart. Even when they were doing the progressive space-rock material on their debut record in the early 2000s, it sounded big and it sounded like they wanted to fill big venues. 'Walk On Water' still sounded like a band.

     'Dangerous Night' attempts to be a love song, which I'll credit is a bit of a rarity for this band. But it's filled with even more cliches than their usual offerings and it doesn't grab you in the heart, or gut, that a dramatic long song should. It sounds like a faint attempt at a lame EDM ripoff that would soundtrack a high school love movie.

     No offense to those movies, they can be okay, but Thirty Seconds To Mars usually has their eyes set toward something more. They can be a poor man's Muse or U2, sure, but all of those ambitions sound muted here. The EDM beats and instrumentals don't do anything to match the intent of love in the lyrics of the song, and the lyrics don't grab you like they should.


     Listen, I really like 'Walk On Water', compared to most music critics. But with 'Dangerous Night' being such a letdown, I'm a little nervous now for whenever this album comes out. And it makes me wonder if the critics who believe the band is selling out, losing their creative juice and really becoming more of a Jared Leto vanity project, are right.

RATING: 1.5 Out Of 5 (* 1/2)

Friday, January 26, 2018


By: Connor Glowacki

We all knew this collab was coming, right?
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     After Justin Timberlake joined Chris Stapleton on stage at the 2015 CMAs performing a stellar duet of 'Tennessee Whiskey (originally by David Allan Coe, and later included on Stapleton's debut 2015 record 'Traveler.') and Timberlake's 'Drink You Away', which allowed Stapleton's career to skyrocket in country music, these two were going to meet for a new song at some point. And for the past few years, there have been rumors of Timberlake recording in Nashville and planning to release a country album.
     And that's what the general public thought he was releasing when he released the album cover and trailer for his newest record 'Man Of The Woods', which will be released next month.
     But up to this point, we hadn't seen or heard anything to really believe that Timberlake was going full-country with his first two singles. Lead single 'Filthy' is, as the name describes, a messy song full of bass-laden production and reverb. It reminds you more of 2000s era Prince than anything country and while it's grown on me a bit, I still wouldn't put it up there with some of Timberlake's better known hits.
     And then the promo single 'Supplies' just really underwhelmed me with more overproduced instrumentation that sounded like a leftover B-side material off of his 2006 album 'FutureSex/ LoveSounds.'
     So it hasn't been looking too great for this 'Man Of The Woods' record. I'm not even expecting country at this point, hell, Timberlake said the album was going to be his version of Americana music with 808s. I have no idea what to expect going forward, but Timberlake released a new single with Stapleton, who since the 2015 CMAs has seen 'Traveler' go double platinum in the US and seen success with two additional released albums from last year. So now we have these two industry titans on a proper song together. How did 'Say Something' turn out?
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     Well, let's start off with this main point. 'Say Something' is not a country song. It is a pop song with some gospel influence, and that's okay. It's not the end of the world.

     It's littered with acoustic guitars, the occasional shaker providing additional percussion in the background and what sound like organs, which really help once the choir of gospel singers kick in toward the end of the track.
     It does sound the most organic, I would say, of all of the tracks that Timberlake has released for the album. Is it complete American influenced? Hell no. But it kind of can sound roots at points and the production from Timbland adds a nice atmospheric swell to the song. So I can understand at least the thought behind the 'Americana with 808s' thought process.

     I think lyrically the base of this song revolves around perhaps being pressured or feeling the need to say something, but sometimes realizing that saying nothing is a better option.
And in today's political and social climate?

     Well, the sentiment is a double-edged sword. On one hand when you look at the #MeToo movement, the countless number of women speaking out about sexual harassment and sexual assault in both the workplace, and society in general, has been an important realization that has given women much more of a voice and has actually created change. But if we we're referring this to the political debate around Donald Trump, Congress, etc., sometimes sharing every single one of your viewpoints on social media does nothing but add to the noise. Sometimes saying nothing online, but having a civil discussion in person is the way to unify.

     But are those heavy themes really what the lyrical template of 'Say Something' is actually about?

     I would caution probably not. If you read the lyrics when Timberlake sings, "Everyone knows all about my direction. And in my heart somewhere I want to go there. Still I don't go there" I get the feeling that he is detailing more about wanting to sing the type of music he grew up with in his childhood home of Memphis, which is country and blues. That explains all of the rumors of this album, but then you hear 'Say Something' and it's not influenced by either one of those genres.

     Vocally, Timberlake and Stapleton sound great on the track and really demonstrate a unique vocal chemistry between Timberlake's smoother vocals compared to Stapleton's bluesy rougher edge. I'm glad Stapleton got an entire verse to showcase his talent, but I wish his voice wasn't buried within the mix during the chorus.


     Overall, you have to accept that 'Say Something' isn't a country song even with Stapleton on the track. But to me it was the most aesthetically pleasing song of any that Timberlake has released thus far for his 'Man of The Woods' album. I think there are more positives than negatives for this track, which doesn't go to any great uncharted highs, but is solid nonetheless.  The chorus gets repetitive and maybe you wish the two singers could've come up with something that resembled their 2015 CMA performance, but 'Say Something' is a good track. I like it, and maybe I'll grow to like it even more down the road.

RATING: 3.5 Out Of 5   (***1/2)

Wednesday, August 30, 2017


By: Connor Glowacki

Image result for what lovers do maroon 5     Dammit Adam Levine Experience...I thought after the relative commercial flop of 'Cold', you'd just fade away and leave me alone.

     As you can tell, I'm not a fan of the Adam Levine Experience aka Maroon 5. The unfortunate part is that I was a fan at one point.
     As I've stated in my reviews of Don't Wanna Know' and 'Cold', both terrible sellout pop R&B laziness, Maroon 5 had a cool original pop-rock sound with some funk elements mixed into their first three albums. The songs were catchy, the instrumentation was tight and lead singer Adam Levine had a sense of swagger that made the lyrical nature of the early hit songs work.

     Then came 'The Voice' and pretty much everything since then musically has become part of the pop corporate machine. And that doesn't necessarily have to be a bad thing. But the band lost its originality and became all about Levine and his increasingly annoying falsettos, hence the Adam Levine Experience.

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SZA features on the song. 
     Now they've released another song today called 'What Lovers Do' and once again like their two previous songs, a guest is featured. But not a rapper this time. It's alternative R&B artist SZA who recently delivered a very solid debut album 'CTRL' and rose through the early ranks of West Coast hip hop label Top Dawg Entertainment.

     And I will give 'What Lovers Do' some credit. It's by far better than 'Cold' and 'Don't Wanna Know.'
     Yes, the production has a spacey R&B feel to it, but at least it has a groove. It has a pulse, which is critical. And you can hear some guitars and bass on the track. Sure it's hidden in the back of the mix, but it's evident and it is refreshing. The drums sound processed as hell, but hey I'll take what I can get.

     Lyrically, it's a love jam. And yeah while some more details in the relationship between the two singers would've been nice, Levine's not complaining about his girl like he did in the previous two songs. SZA comes across with a confident personality that declares she's gonna stay at Levine's level, if not better. Levine sounds improved on this song vocally, even if the falsetto can be grating at points, but SZA is just oozing with personality and charisma that really brings the track to a solid height.

     'What Lovers Do' is no 'Harder To Breathe' or 'This Love' or 'Makes Me Wonder'.

     But you know what? It's the best single the 'band' has released since 'Sugar' in 2015, so that's a victory in itself. And if this makes SZA more popular in the mainstream, then I'm all for it.

RATING: 3 Out Of 5 (***)

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Sunday, August 27, 2017


By: Connor Glowacki

Image result for thirty seconds to mars     Yeah, rock music continues to struggle in the mainstream in 2017. Sure, you have your cool indie hits like 'Feel It Still' by a band like Portugal, The Man that is rising the charts. But if the past seven or eight years have taught us anything, it's that it has become very difficult for an up-and-coming band to launch a second hit for themselves.

     What about some of the more successful bands out today like Linkin Park getting their single 'Heavy' into the Top 50 and Imagine Dragons scoring a No. 4 hit on the Billboard Hot 100 with 'Believer'?

     'Heavy' (a song that I initially trashed, but has admittedly really grown on me over time) only rose that high unfortunately due to the tragic suicide of lead singer Chester Bennington. And there's really not too much instrumentation going on with 'Believer', which continues to disappoint me as a song. Acts like Foo Fighters, Nickelback, The Killers, Weezer, Incubus, and even Fall Out Boy have all come out with either new songs or projects that haven't really crossed into the pop hemisphere. Guitar-driven music has made a return with certain pop acts, but not often for bands hoping to land a big hit.

     So which rock act is up next to the plate to shake up the Billboard charts with some rock'n'roll?

....Thirty Seconds to Mars....(well we could've had a worse option, I guess).

     Thirty Seconds To Mars has been around for awhile actually. Their first album came out in 2003 and have released three subsequent albums over the next 10 years to varying degrees of success. In the U.S., the band has sold maybe 2 million albums throughout their career. Not bad, but not exactly world-crushing. The thing is, they sell a lot more internationally. Their fanbase, the Ecehlon, supports them to the 'edge of the earth.'

     Musically, part of me wishes I liked this band more. Contrary to popular opinion, I think their 2006 commercial breakthrough record 'A Beautiful Lie' is their worst album. Sure the songs are 'sort of' catchy, but it sees the band trying to jump on the emo-bandwagon after acts like My Chemical Romance, Panic! At The Disco and Fall Out Boy did a much better job at it. The music and lead singer Jared Leto's lyrics didn't seem authentic at all.
     Thirty Seconds To Mars are much better when they ripoff U2...and I mean that as a compliment. Arena rock with electronic influences is where the band, in my opinion sound their best. 2009's 'This Is War' is their best album which highlights those strengths. Leto has a powerful voice that can unite a concert festival crowd. The main problem though is that Thirty Seconds To Mars still don't stand out to me from the other bands that are utilizing those same influences.

     Which finally brings us to their new single, 'Walk On Water.' Their first single since the 2013 album 'Love, Lust, Faith + Dreams.' 
     Why is this song a big deal at this moment?
     Because It climbed to No. 4 on the iTunes charts. Not the rock charts, but the general music charts. Apparently, the mainstream public still wants to support this band and I say, fine. With their performance of this song at Sunday's MTV VMAs, 'Walk On Water' could seriously make a dent on the Billboard charts, which they haven't done since 2011.

But most the song any good?


     I think it is pretty solid.

     I wouldn't say it's the best song in the band's discography, but it is definitely a standout that is such an earworm, you will have the melody and the lyrics stuck in your head for days after just an initial listen.

     There's a lot of synthesizers that surround the instrumentation, but instead of taking away from any musical acumen, I would argue that it enhances the faint guitar, bass and percussive sounds and just makes it appear huge and larger than life. Although, I would argue against critics that this is a pop sellout for Thirty Seconds To Mars. Rather it sounds like a continuation of the electronic rock sound from their previous two albums, but just a little more refined with some subtle pop elements.

     'Walk On Water' is a song about rebellion and how as the song states 'times are changing.' The band has stated in interviews that the song was inspired partly due to the atmosphere that the current political climate in Washington D.C. has had on the rest of the country. And I think Thirty Seconds To Mars are a capable band to send some political overtones because the simple messages resonate with them being an arena act that can give thousands of listeners at once a sense of urgency to fight back against the system.

     That being said, the constant 'oh-ohhh' chorus vocals take up a lot of space in 'Walk On Water' and while catchy, continue the band's formula with these simple singalongs. These are fine, but this band does it with literally every song. It gets old after awhile. Also, Leto's lyrics are so broad that while they may be seen as 'universal', it feels like a large amount of detail is lacking in what could've been a little more of an interesting story than just the standard 'revolution message'

     This song has been getting a variety of responses from critics and publications. But I am really enjoying 'Walk On Water', especially with such a strong, catchy melody that requires listeners to absorb the music and take some kind of action, in regards to the song's subject matter. However, the broad lyrical template holds 'Walk On Water' from being a truly great song.

RATING: 3.5 Out Of 5 (***1/2)

     It's a really solid stadium anthem from Thirty Seconds To Mars and I'm hoping that they'll be able to build upon this single for their upcoming fifth album.


What do you think of the new single? Let me know what you think by leaving a comment below or on Twitter @ConnorGlowacki.

Thursday, June 22, 2017


By: Connor Glowacki

The NBA Draft is TONIGHT and below is the 'CKG, From The Sidelines' Mock Draft of 2017. Check out our mock draft before the 2016 edition here.

1.) Philadelphia 76ers- Markelle Fultz, SG/PG, Washington

Image result for markelle fultz     Sometimes you just have to trust The Process.

     With Philly trading up two spots for the number one overall pick and indicating that they would select the former Washington swingman, this move may bring the 76ers back into NBA relevancy with a 'potenitally' lethal and young Big 3 with Fultz and former top picks forward Ben Simmons and center Joel Embiid.
     In college, Fultz displayed an uncanny ability to get to the rim and showcased a pretty solid jump shot. I would expect Fultz to play more of a shooting guard role with Philadelphia due to Simmons being the more natural ball handler, but this scenario could better demonstrate his offensive prowess.
     If, and this is a big IF, all three centerpieces can actually stay healthy, the 76ers might have THE young core for the future and should thank former general manager Sam Hinkie for putting them in this position after so many years of embarrassment.

2.) Los Angeles Lakers- Lonzo Ball, PG, UCLA

Image result for lonzo ball     Lonzo Ball has the tools to be the best point guard in this draft class. He has a terrific sense of anticipation for went to deliver passes in the full court and at 6'6" can visualize the plays that are supposed to run and where to find his teammates.
     The fact that Ball has potentially a lethal 3-point shot has delivered comparisons from Jason Kidd to even Stephen Curry. Since the 76ers have Simmons as the ball handler, Ball will likely fall to his hometown Lakers with the second overall pick.
     Even though I worry about his defensive ability against more athletic guards, Kentucky's De'Aaron Fox, for example, Ball on paper is this year's best pure point guard and should stabilize the position for Los Angeles for the foreseeable future.

3.) Boston Celtics- Josh Jackson, SF, Kansas

Image result for josh jackson     I know there's been controversy over Jackson refusing to workout for the Celtics for whatever reasons. That means Boston could end up taking someone like Jayson Tatum or trading the third overall pick just days after trading the top pick to Philadelphia. Whatever the reason for Jackson's no-show is, the Celtics have all of the power with the pick and should still take him if he's available, either to play or as a trade asset.
     At 6'8", Jackson has a 7-foot wingspan and may be the most athletic player in the draft with the most upside into becoming a superstar. I genuinely believe Boston and Jackson can sort things out here and Jackson can work his way into a very deep Celtics rotation.

4.) Phoenix Suns- Jayson Tatum, SF, Duke

Image result for jayson tatum     Tatum has the same measurables as Jackson, but has not been getting the praise and attention that Jackson has received. To be fair, Tatum didn't nearly put up the same numbers that Jackson did in their freshman collegiate campaigns.
     But Tatum would work really well in an up-tempo Phoenix attack alongside guards Eric Bledsoe and Devin Booker. Tatum, in my opinion, has enough upside to be a star in the NBA and impact both sides of the court. He probably won't make the Suns a playoff contender right away, but drafting Tatum would be a step in the right direction for the organization.

5.) Sacramento Kings- De'Aaron Fox, PG, Kentucky

Image result for de'aaron fox     Fox is another player that many people believe can become a superstar at the NBA level. Even though he doesn't necessarily have the vision that Ball has in the full court and is two inches shorter than his counterpart, Fox schooled Ball throughout the Kentucky-UCLA NCAA tournament game and would create some excitement that is desperately needed for a struggling Kings organization.
     Guard Buddy Hield shined when he was traded to Sacramento last season as he averaged over 15 points per game as a member of the Kings. A Fox-Hield backcourt could be the team's backcourt for possibly a decade if they can develop together.

6.) Orlando Magic- Jonathan Issac, SF, Florida State

Image result for jonathan isaac     Issac is another one-and-done freshman with tons of upside at the NBA level. He is slightly taller than his shooting forward counterparts at 6'10" and averaged almost eight rebounds along with 12 points per game with the Florida State Seminoles.
     Jackson and Tatum might have slightly more upside and publicity than Issac, but he could be a great fit with an Orlando Magic organization that is still trying to find its direction with former draft picks, point guard Elfrid Payton and forward Aaron Gordon.

7.) Minnesota Timberwolves, Dennis Smith, PG, North Carolina State

Image result for dennis smith jr     I thought Minnesota should've taken Jamal Murray with their first round selection last year and I still stand by it, given taht Murray outplayed point guard Kris Dunn throughout their rookie seasons. But I also thought Dunn could be a great point guard with the Timberwolves due to his extensive collegiate experience at Providence and his offensive playmaking ability.
     But even playing with young star talents like guard Andrew Wiggins and forward Karl-Anthony Towns, Dunn struggled to say the least. It may be too tough to give up on Dunn but with the potential trade rumors of point guard Ricky Rubio,
     Minnesota should bite the bullet and take a chance on another point guard, this one being Dennis Smith. Smith is fearless and is ready to take on the top point guards in the NBA. At the very least, Smith will challenge Dunn to step up his game at the point guard spot.

8.) New York Knicks- Malik Monk, SG, Kentucky

Image result for malik monk     Yes, this seems like a surprise because all signs would point to take the Knicks taking a point guard. But the New York Knicks are in an eternal state of dysfunction with the failures of team vice president Phil Jackson and the current trade drama surrounding forwards Carmelo Anthony and Kristaps Porzingis. New York needs to make a splash and take a chance with a potential STAR player.
     That star player could be the 6'3" Kentucky guard Malik Monk. Monk can score and out the ball on the floor. I've seen games in college where he, along with Fox, was able to take over a game by himself. Take Malik Monk, New York.


9.) Dallas Mavericks- Frank Ntilinka, PG, France

10.) Sacramento Kings- Lauri Markkanen, PF, Arizona

11.) Charlotte Hornets- Zach Collins, C, Gonzaga

12.) Detroit Pistons- John Collins, PF, Wake Forest

13.) Denver Nuggets- Bam Adebayo, PF, Kentucky

14.) Miami Heat- Donovan Mitchell, SG, Louisville

15.) Portland Trailblazers- Justin Patton, C, Creighton

16.) Chicago Bulls- Justin Jackson, SF, North Carolina

17.) Milwaukee Bucks- Jarrett Allen, C, Texas

18.) Indiana Pacers- Luke Kennard, SG/SF, Duke

19.) Atlanta Hawks- D.J. Wilson, PF, Michigan

20.) Portland Trailblazers- T.J. Leaf, PF, UCLA

21.) Oklahoma City Thunder- Semi Ojeleye, SF/PF, SMU

22.) Brooklyn Nets- Tyler Lydon, SF/PF, Syracuse

23.) Toronto Raptors- OG Anunoby, SF/PF, Indiana

24.) Utah Jazz- Ike Anigbogu, C, UCLA

25.) Orlando Magic, Harry Giles, C, Duke

26.) Portland Trailblazers, Anzejs Pasecniks, C, Gran Canaria 

27.) Los Angeles Lakers, Kyle Kuzma, PF, Utah

28.) Los Angeles Lakers, Derrick White, PG/SG, Colorado

29.) San Antonio Spurs, Caleb Swanigan, PF/C, Purdue

30.) Utah Jazz, Terrance Ferguson, SG/SF, Adelaide

How do you think the 2017 NBA Draft will play out? Let me know what you think by leaving a comment here or on Twitter @ConnorGlowacki.

Thursday, June 1, 2017


By: Connor Glowacki

     Well this certainly was a surprise!

Image result for foo fighters 2017     Out of nowhere, the Foo Fighters dropped a brand new single 'Run', June 1. It's their first released music since their 2015 EP 'Saint Cecilia' and their 2014 album 'Sonic Highways.'

     And I'm going to try to make this review quick by simply saying: it's a great kick-in-the-ass rock song by one of the biggest and best bands in the world.

     From the chorus of 'Wake up, run for your life with me' to verses that include 'The rats are on parade. Another mad charade. What are you gonna do', this song lyrically appears to have subtle political overtones.
     With the chaos that has engulfed the political landscape, and frankly the world, in the last few years, it's no surprise that the lead singer Dave Grohl and the Foo Fighters decided to make a bit of a statement in 'Run'.
     But it's not overtly political, which perhaps makes 'Run' stronger of a song as a whole. It's anthemic and the crushing guitars, bass and drums throughout the song bring a certain heaviness and weight that is rare in today's mainstream rock and mainstream music. The screams by Grohl during parts of the verses really give the song a sense of urgency, but when the tempo starts to slow and fluctuates, it keeps everything from falling completely off the rails, in a dynamic and rhythm sense.

     The main complaint of this song will probably be that it's a similar rock, anthemic sound that the Foo Fighters have done throughout the tenure of the band. And there's some truth to that, but 'Run' has a level of depth and heaviness that isn't typically seen in a Foo Fighters single, especially in a lead single.
     If we're comparing 'Run' to early political-leaning songs like 'This Is A Call' and 'The Pretender', 'Run' sounds like a band with more life experience sharing these messages than their predecessors. ('Run' also has to have some kind of parallel to their 2011 hit 'Walk', right?)

     Overall, the Foo Fighters, in my opinion, delivered a great tune in 'Run.' If you are a fan of the Foo Fighters, you will probably love this song. If you are skeptical about their direction, I'd ask that you give it a chance because even though it has that same guitar driven sound, the melodies and rhythms of 'Run' are so enticing that they really help separate this single from other singles in their discography.

RATING: 4 Out Of 5 (****)

What did you think of the new Foo Fighters song 'Run'? Let me know what you thought by leaving a comment below or letting me know on Twitter @ConnorGlowacki.

Wednesday, May 24, 2017


By: Connor Glowacki

Image result for chris cornell     It's been a week, but it still doesn't seem real to me.

     Grunge pioneer Chris Cornell, dead at the age of 52. And the way he died still hasn't fully clicked for me either.

     Cornell passed away early in the morning May 19 after, according to police reports, he hung himself in his hotel room just hours after playing a show at Detroit's Fox Theatre.

     It shouldn't have to be explained, but Cornell was the lead singer and creative force for some of the great rock bands in the Grunge era and in modern rock as a whole.

*Audioslave (A supergroup with members of Rage Against the Machine)
*Temple Of The Dog (A group with members of Mother Love Bone to honor former Mother Love Bone lead singer Andy Wood, who died from a drug overdose in 1990)
*Four solo albums that, despite ranging in quality, showcased his versatility as an artist. (2007's 'Carry On' featured a well-received cover of Michael Jackson's 'Billie Jean' while 2009's 'Scream' and 2015's 'The Higher Truth' displayed Cornell going off in directions of R&B-based pop and acoustic music, respectively.)

     There's no doubt we've lost a number of musical legends over the past few years... David Bowie, Prince and Glenn Frey are the first that come to mind. But Cornell's death, and the fact he committed suicide, ended up hitting closer to home for me.

     Chris Cornell wrote songs such as 'Black Hole Sun', 'Outshined', 'Spoonman', 'Like A Stone', 'Fell On Black Days', 'Be Yourself', 'I Am The Highway', and countless others that featured lyrics showing the internal struggles of a man trying to find the light in the midst of a darkness that surrounded, and at times would engulf him.

     As I delved into his musical discography growing up, Cornell's music always felt like it was a little more sophisticated, a little deeper and yes a little darker when compared to some of his contemporaries in Seattle-based bands like Nirvana or Pearl Jam. His music could range from hard rock to psychedelia to even country inspired sounds that weren't always typical in the genres which he performed. Cornell's four octave range, which stands as one of the greatest voices in the history of rock music, could easily shift between loud bombast and delicate introspection.

     Cornell had demons throughout his life as depression and addictions to alcohol, Oxycontin, and other drugs hung a cloud over an individual who was still able to use that cloud to create a ferocious storm of artistic expression.
     And even though it appeared in the mid 2000s that he got sober and was able to live a clean life... the demons in his head never went away and ended up taking him far too soon.

     I'm 24. I didn't grow up in the early nineties where grunge was the most popular genre of music in mainstream culture and where the genre would get regularly played on MTV and the radio.
     But it was the first genre that connected to me as I really started listening to music in high school. The angst of those times gave me a place where I could both channel my angst and also find solace from, at times, the cruel world of everyday life.

    Chris Cornell's music didn't just give me a place to vent my anger, it gave me a place to explore my fears and my insecurities. His lyrics, as stated earlier,  helped me and I bet millions of others throughout the world find that light through the vast shroud of darkness both in reality and in our psyches.
     Sure, finding that destination isn't easy and it's something we end up dealing with for the rest of our lives, but he showed us that it can exist.
     Even if it's just flickering, it's worth finding and embracing.

     Whatever caused Chris Cornell to take his life is a question we should have for anybody suffering from depression and experiencing suicidal thoughts. We can't put blame on him for making that choice, even if it might've been drug-induced, because only he knew what was going on in his mind.
If there is any silver lining in this shocking scenario, hopefully it's that we do a better job of listening to each other and looking out for one another as we battle our own personal demons on a daily basis.

     Thoughts and prayers with the Cornell family at this time as they go through this terrible ordeal.

Image result for chris cornell 2017     Chris, thank you for the music and the memories that you've given me and countless others throughout the world. We are lucky that you were able to share your incredible voice, songwriting and philanthropy with us.
     Despite this being the outcome that no one wanted, I hope you can find peace somewhere out in another universe.

RIP Chris Cornell (1964-2017)