Music Monday: Soundgarden “Rusty Cage” & “The Day I Tried To Live” | Audioslave “Show Me How To Live” & “I Am The Highway” | Chris Cornell “Sunshower” & “River of Deceit”

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This meme was created by Drew @ The Tattooed Book Geek. You pick a song that you really like and share it on Monday!

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From May 7th: When I first started this blog, one of my intentions was to talk about music as much as possible, hence my blog name. 🙂 My very first music blog post from March 2017 featured Mad Season, a band that eventually included Chris Cornell and the next, Temple of the Dog. It felt great to talk about some of the music I’ve always loved. Little did I know, just a few months later he’d be gone like so many others before him.

I’m not one of those people who usually count dates or add up the time since someone has been gone, yet here I am doing it with Chris. It’s been a year this month and I can’t believe the time has flown. For the whole month of May–to honor Chris–I’ll be sharing some of my favorite Chris Cornell songs.


On Friday, which marked one year since Chris’s passing, I shared “Live To Rise” by Soundgarden. If you’d like to see that post you can click here.


Audioslave “Show Me How To Live”

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Music Monday: Soundgarden “Outshined” | Temple Of The Dog “Hunger Strike” | Chris Cornell “Seasons”

-Music Monday-

This meme was created by Drew @ The Tattooed Book Geek. You pick a song that you really like and share it on Monday!

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From last week: When I first started this blog, one of my intentions was to talk about music as much as possible, hence my blog name. 🙂 My very first music blog post from March 2017 featured Mad Season, a band that eventually included Chris Cornell and the next, Temple of the Dog. It felt great to talk about some of the music I’ve always loved. Little did I know, just a few months later he’d be gone like so many others before him.

I’m not one of those people who usually count dates or add up the time since someone has been gone, yet here I am doing it with Chris. It’s been a year this month and I can’t believe the time has flown. For the whole month of May–to honor Chris–I’ll be sharing some of my favorite Chris Cornell songs.


Soundgarden “Outshined”

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Music Monday: Alice In Chains “Nutshell”

Music Monday

This meme was created by Drew from The Tattooed Book Geek. You pick a song that you really like and share it on Monday. I’m having so much fun with this meme and look forward to sharing a new song every Monday.

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This week’s song pick is:

Alice In Chains

“Nutshell”

I’ve had a rough week with a few unexpected events that I’m struggling to get past and just about the only thing I feel like I can do to help myself is listen to music. I know I’ve mentioned this song on previous posts before, but Alice In Chains is a fave and this is just one of my go-to songs. I chose this song because it’s been a favorite since the moment I heard it for the first time, it’s written by Layne Staley, whom I miss dearly, and it helps me release my emotions. It’s one of my best loved songs of all time.

 

Lyrics:

We chase misprinted lies
We face the path of time
And yet I fight
And yet I fight
This battle all alone
No one to cry to
No place to call home

Ooh
Ooh
Ooh
Ooh

My gift of self is raped
My privacy is raked
And yet I find
And yet I find
Repeating in my head
If I can’t be my own
I’d feel better dead

Ooh
Ooh
Ooh

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One Lovely Blog Award #2 – Music Edition

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I was nominated by TheOrangutanLibrarian for the One Lovely Blog Award. I admire the way this award was done as a “music” edition, and because I’ve done this award before, I thought I’d stick with the music edition and share 7 musical facts about myself. I’d like to thank The Orangutan Librarian for nominating me! If you haven’t checked out this blog yet, please do! You’ll find many book reviews, book lists, tags, awards, and more.

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THE RULES FOR THE ONE LOVELY BLOGGER AWARD

  1. Each nominee must THANK the person who nominated them and link their blog in the post.
  2. They must include the rules and add the blog award badge as an image.
  3. Must add 7 facts about themselves and then nominate 15 people.

~7 Musical Facts About Me~

#1 – When I was a kid, my room was pink and I despised it. I covered as much as I could with posters from my favorite bands along with other embellishments to try and make my room look cool. Music was pretty much my life and I enjoyed listening to it and creating my own.

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#2 – As you can see in the photo above, I had colored my hair blue. Of course, now, it’s nothing to see someone with colored hair, but back then it was still very rare in my community. My best friend and I used to love hanging out at this store in Chi-town called The Alley, which is where my love for hair dye started. I was the first person in my school to color my hair a different color and my band teacher was very upset with me because we had a concert coming up.

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Wow, she was extremely upset. Looking back now, I do feel bad about it! She was my favorite teacher and I really respected her, I just wanted to color my hair blue! She actually teaches at a local university and I ran into her a few times when I was in college. She doesn’t seem to be mad about it anymore. 🙂 Phew!


#3 – I listen to nearly every music genre, but my favorite will probably always be grunge and I’ve been told that I’m still living in the 90s.

A few favorites from the 90s:

 

 

 


#4 – When I was a child, my grandfather would sing songs to me out of this Reader’s Digest Songbook which I still have. I think this is where my love for music started.

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#5 – When I was in high school band, we went downstate for competition and I won various awards including this really cool Musicianship Award.

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#6 – I discovered a music group called Walk Off the Earth last year. I adore them and find them extremely creative. If you haven’t seen them before, check out this video! It’s amazing. They play a cover of the song “Somebody That I Used to Know” by Gotye using only one instrument!


#7 We went to see Shrek the Musical a while back. It was amazing! It was my first live musical and I was in awe the entire time. We were able to take pictures with the cast afterward which was really fun for the kids to get to meet everyone. It was such a fun experience.

 

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TAG: Get To Know Me

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I’m going crazy with tags here lately. I mean, there are so many awesome tags! I found this one at this-is-my-truth-now. I love this blog. James has everything you could want in a blog and it’s organized and easy to navigate. From book reviews to a thought-provoking 365 day challenge. Be sure to check it out. New content daily!

VITAL STATS:

Name: Mischenko

Nicknames: A nickname from school was Jade because I had this jade stone necklace that I used to wear all the time.

Birthday: September! My FAVORITE time of year due to fall.

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Star Sign: Libra

Occupation: Self-employed.

 

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Everybody Loves Our Town – An Oral History of Grunge by Mark Yarm

I’m going to admit right off the rip that I’ve been told I’m still living in the 90’s. I am, really. My teen years literally consisted of listening to music and playing in band. Grunge was and very much still is a large part of my life. So, when I recently discovered this book, I had to get it.

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I think when many people hear the word “grunge” they instantly think of the four more popular 90’s bands including Pearl Jam, Alice in Chains, Nirvana and Soundgarden. Many don’t realize that it emerged before these “big four. “

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It started with Deep Six being released in 1986 and of course I didn’t discover these bands until years later when they became huge and I was a little older. There’s a lot to learn about in this book that was going on prior to Nirvana and Pearl Jam. It starts in the 80’s and progresses up into 2011.

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I loved the oral history format the author used for this book. The way it’s written, you’re basically reading quotes from scads of different people including band members, producers, managers, photographers, roadies and more. You’ll learn about some of the stuff they did, places they went, relationships they had with each other, pain they endured from deaths, and more. There are pictures included, but I do wish there were more.

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How sad is it when listening to a favorite online “grunge hits of the 90’s” station, I’m reminded of the fact that the singers from the last four songs I’ve just heard are dead, and all from drugs. It’s very depressing, but at the same time I remind myself that grunge is not dead-at least not to me. I’ll be ninety and still listening to this stuff. Many of these bands went forward and continued to be successful including, Pearl Jam, Soundgarden, Foo Fighters (Dave Grohl from Nirvana), Candlebox, and Alice in Chains, even with Layne and Mike gone, they’re still making music.

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There are things you’ll never know about the grunge movement if you don’t read this book. Some of the artists I thought had it all together, really never did. Some never finished school, many performed drunk and high, barely hung on, died, and some fought like crazy. You had band members switching around to different groups. It’s just crazy. If you listen to grunge or have been a fan in the past, read this…

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Temple of the Dog

Temple of the Dog was a band assembled for the purpose of creating an album to pay tribute to Andrew Wood who died in 1990.

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Andrew Wood

Andrew Wood was the lead singer of Mother Love Bone, known to be one of the founding fathers of grunge–one who defined the grunge movement. Wood struggled with drug addiction and was in and out of rehab until  March 16, 1990, when he was found dead from a heroin overdose.

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Chris Cornell with Andrew Wood

“Right after Andy died, we [Soundgarden] went to Europe, and it was horrible, because I couldn’t talk about it, and there was no one who had loved him around. I wrote two songs, “Reach Down” and “Say Hello 2 Heaven”. That was pretty much how I dealt with it. When we came back, I recorded them right away. They seemed different from what Soundgarden naturally does, and they seemed to fit together. They seemed like music he would like. I got the idea to release them as a single, and to get at least Stone and Jeff, or all of Love Bone, to play on it. I had the idea for a couple days, then, with an artist’s lack of self-confidence, I decided it was a stupid idea. Somehow those guys heard the tape, and they were really, really excited. Stone and Jeff and our drummer, Matt, had been working on a demo for what ended up being Pearl Jam, so we had the idea that we would make an EP or a record, and maybe even do some of Andy’s solo songs.” – Chris Cornell

As Mother Love Bone dissolved, the bassist (Jeff Ament) and guitarist (Stone Gossard) came together to form Temple of the Dog which also included Soundgarden’s Chris Cornell (singer) and Matt Cameron (drummer).

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The album was released in late 1990. Not long after that, Pearl Jam arrived to the scene. It was Pearl Jam’s album “Ten” that bolstered the way for the success of Temple of the Dog’s album. The song “Hunger Strike” which featured Chris Cornell and Eddie Vedder on vocals quickly shot the album up the charts helping it to reach the Top Ten and the album went platinum in 1992.

Track Listing:

  1. Say Hello to Heaven
  2. Reach Down
  3. Hunger Strike
  4. Pushin Forward Back
  5. Call me a Dog
  6. Times of Trouble
  7. Wooden Jesus
  8. Your Savior
  9. Four Walled World
  10. All Night Thing

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“Say Hello 2 Heaven” was released as the second single from the album. This song was a pronounced dedication to the late Andrew Wood.

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Mad Season “River of Deceit”

As a teen in the 90’s, grunge music became my escape. Some of my favorites were: Faith No More, Pearl Jam, Nirvana, Alice in Chains, Soundgarden, Mother Love Bone, Temple of the Dog, Screaming Trees, and of course – Mad Season.

Mad Season formed in Seattle, Washington in 1994 by members of Alice in Chains, Pearl Jam and Screaming Trees. They released only one album, Above, which became one of my favorite grunge albums of all time. Things started falling apart not long after due to Layne Staley’s problems with substance abuse. Even though they tried to get together again, the band crashed following the death of bassist John Baker Saunders in 1999. Layne Staley died three years later of a drug overdose.

Band members included: 

  • Barrett Martin (Screaming Trees) – drums
  • Mike McCready (Pearl Jam) – lead guitar
  • John Baker Saunders (The Walkabouts)
  • Layne Staley (Alice in Chains) – vocals, rhythm guitar

Additional members

  • Mark Lanegan (Screaming Trees, Queens of the Stone Age) – vocals
  • Skerik – saxophone, percussion
  • Chris Cornell – vocals
  • Duff McKagan – Bass

 

“River of Deceit” is one of my favorite songs on the album. Next to “Nutshell”, probably one of my favorite songs by Layne Staley. “River of Deceit” means a lot to me, but mainly it reminds me to be myself and to not let anyone tell me who to be. 

 

The Prophet by Kahlil Gibran

The_Prophet_Cover.jpgThe lyrics of “River of Deceit” were inspired by a combination of The Prophet by Khalil Gibran, which Staley read during the making of the album, and also Layne’s drug addiction which eventually lead to his death on April 5, 2002.

The blurb for the book: Kahlil Gibran’s masterpiece, The Prophet, is one of the most beloved classics of our time. Published in 1923, it has been translated into more than twenty languages, and the American editions alone have sold more than nine million copies.

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is a collection of poetic essays that are philosophical, spiritual, and, above all, inspirational. Gibran’s musings are divided into twenty-eight chapters covering such sprawling topics as love, marriage, children, giving, eating and drinking, work, joy and sorrow, housing, clothes, buying and selling, crime and punishment, laws, freedom, reason and passion, pain, self-knowledge, teaching, friendship, talking, time, good and evil, prayer, pleasure, beauty, religion, and death.

My rating for this book is:

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