Chris Cornell

Pearl Jam’s Jeff Ament Says Chris Cornell “Was The Greatest Songwriter To Ever Come Out Of Seattle”


Pearl Jam bassist Jeff Ament has spoken publicly about the passing of his friend and Temple Of The Dog bandmate, Chris Cornell. Ament, who was among the select few to deliver a eulogy for Cornell at his funeral last week, spoke recently of Cornell‘s passing during an appearance on the NBA podcast, NBA Soundsystem. Among the thoughts he shared were:

Jimi Hendrix included, Chris was the greatest songwriter to ever come out of Seattle. Hendrix could play the guitar like crazy, but Chris had the songwriting chops that we all sort of hope to get to… He had a way that he could wrap a melody around odd time signatures and weird parts and make them catchy. And he was a beautiful wordsmith.”

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He went on to add:

“If you look at his lyrics, he was obviously processing his pain and his depression and all those things. I think that’s part of what people, myself included, responded to when he was singing. And then with the songwriting, he had that voice. There’s not too many people who had that many options with their voice. He could inhabit a lot of different characters with that voice.”

“I feel so lucky I got to be in a project with him and got to hang out with him and just witness his greatness.”

Cornell took his own life following a May 17th concert with Soundgarden in Detroit, MI.


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