Carol Olson – Chris Cornell

Dear Cornell family, I want to extend my personal condolences to you.  You have endured a terrible thing and I have been keeping you in my mind and praying for you since I first heard about Chris.

I was fortunate to see him in concert 9 years ago with my 2 brothers, on my birthday! It was a great concert and I’ll never forget it. I’ve listened to Chris since his Soundgarden days and continued listening during his Audioslave albums and solo career. I often had my own time of  “Chris Cornell appreciation day” when I’d listen to all of his albums one right after the other. My favorite album of his is Euphoria Morning. On days that I need to find words and a voice to express how I’m feeling, I listen to Chris. He had the ability to relay much more than just words, and I will never forget his voice. It was so beautiful, a wonderfully vast range, and such expression for both tenderness, anger and compassion.

My favorite song of his solo career was “Preaching the end of the world”. Just the start of that song–wondering if anyone else feels the same way as me, just hooks me in. every time. Taking his voice from very quiet to loud and longing, from his gut, it felt to me. I often feel that way but he put it into music, so I can listen to it any time I want or need to. And for that I will be forever grateful.

I want you to know that I’ll always love his music and voice, and I will think of you, his family, often too, and hope that you are ok. I have been happy to learn of the charitable foundation he started; that’s no surprise to me! Please take care and know that you do not go through this time alone. Thank you for this chance to communicate with you!–love Carol

Chris Cornell