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
- 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 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.
The Prophet 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.
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