Thursday marked what would have been Chris Cornell's 53rd birthday. In tribute to his late friend, Pearl Jam guitarist Stone Gossard penned a heartfelt letter.
Gossard took to Pearl Jam's website to pay homage. Gossard, who played with Cornell in Temple of the Dog, said that Cornell's death still feels "fresh" (Cornell died by suicide in May), noting that he often wakes up in the middle of the night and then remembers that Cornell is gone. "An absence grows in my stomach and slowly turns circles like a far off galaxy on a grainy TV," Gossard wrote.
I keep waking up in the middle of the night and remember, fresh again, that you are gone. An absence grows in my stomach and slowly turns circles like a far off galaxy on a grainy tv.
The same questions follow and my heart races...searching for reasons and what ifs..
I'm so selfishly sad that I'll never get to see you again, never play with you again, never feel the bask of your approval or be part of your life.
We all miss you so much...it was always a given in my mind we would all spend more time together when we got older, we would play more music and love and be loved like we dreamed...this was your time and you shared it with us...thank you.
You were too much...
Your talent was jaw dropping...your songs, lyrics, your voice...how could you have all 3...
And then, the not so obvious...your wicked sense of humor and your playfulness...
all of us are heartsick and we will never get over losing you.
We hope you're in peace and that your particles are mutating and transforming in harmony with nature. We wish your family our utmost condolences and sympathies.
We love you Chris,
Words by: Stone
Photo Credit: Jeff Lipsky
In another remembrance honoring Cornell's birthday, Seattle-based nonprofit Childhaven announced the Chris Cornell Music Therapy Program, which helps children and their families overcome the effects of trauma. Cornell's widow, Vicky Cornell, committed $100,000 to the nonprofit via the Chris and Vicky Cornell Foundation.