Phat Matt Remembers: Chris Cornell

I’m trying to remember where I was when I saw Chris Cornell live. May have been Las Vegas. Perhaps San Francisco or Los Angeles. I don’t remember the venue — or the show for that matter.

But, I do remember one 101+ degree afternoon in Fresno, California in the 90s. Black Hole Sun came on the radio (on KFRR, the station where I started my career) and I listened to the lyrics close for the first time.

The sun was blazing hot in my truck, and it felt like the world stopped — for just a few moments.

Chris’ music had that effect.

Chris Cornell / Soundgarden / Audioslave was never one of my personal favorites, but… his music is undeniably some of the best ever made. You can feel the influence of 90’s alternative rock in most modern country songs.

Three takeaways from today’s news:

  1. If you make music — feel it with all your soul.
  2. If you suffer from depression — find therapy and God before it consumes you the way it tragically consumed Chris.
  3. Keep concert ticket stubs and backstage passes in a box so you can remember where you saw / met the greats!

Rest easy, Chris. 🙁 -Phat Matt

If you or someone you know is feeling suicidal, call 9-1-1 immediately.

Here are some additional suicide prevention resources in and near East Texas courtesy of the Texas Department of State Health Services:

913 N. Jackson St.
Jacksonville, TX 75766
Crisis Phone: 800-621-1693
Main Phone: 903-586-5507

Counties Served: Anderson and Cherokee

Andrews Center Behavioral Healthcare System
2323 West Front St.
Tyler, TX 75702-7747
Crisis Phone:  1-877-934-2131
Main Phone: 903-597-1351

Counties Served: Henderson, Rains, Smith, Van Zandt and Wood

Burke Center
2001 S. Medford Dr.
Lufkin, TX 75901-5699
Crisis Phone: 800-392-8343
Main Phone: 936-639-1141

Counties Served: Angelina, Houston, Jasper, Nacogdoches, Newton, Polk, Sabine, San Augustine, San Jacinto, Shelby, Trinity and Tyler

Community Healthcore
107 Woodbine Place
Longview, TX 75601
Crisis Phone: 800-832-1009
Main Phone: 903-758-2471

Counties Served: Bowie, Cass, Gregg, Harrison, Marion, Panola, Red River, Rusk and Upshur

Lakes Regional MHMR Center
400 Airport Road (P.O. Box 747)
Terrell, TX 75160
Crisis Phone: (877) 466-0660
Main Phone: 972-524-4159

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Spindletop Center
655 S. 8th St.
Beaumont, TX 77701
Crisis Phone: 800-937-8097
Main Phone: 409-784-5400

Counties Served: Chambers, Hardin, Jefferson and Orange

Click here to see more suicide prevention contacts from the Texas Department of State Health Services.



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