The Promise – Chris Cornell Music Video Release on World Refugee Day

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Official Video Release – World Refugee Day

 

The Promise is the last single from Late singer Chris Cornell. The song which was released in March earlier this year in support of The International Rescue Committee, was originally written by Chris for the ending credits of the 2016 movie by the same name.

The Promise, is a 2016 historic drama flick, co-written and directed by Terry George. The story features Oscar Isaac, Charlotte Le Bon and Christian Bale in a love triangle, set against the Armenian Holocaust during the last days of the Ottoman empire.

 

Orchestral Accompaniments – The New Sound

 

Chris Cornell had written the song after been approached by the movie producer, Eric Esrailian. Cornell all the more associated with the movie theme of Armenian Genocide, as his wife – Vicky Cornell has Greek ancestry and her lineage was affected as a result of the heinous murder policies of the Ottoman government. A swan song of sorts for the empire.

The music for the song is arranged by Paul Buckmaster, renowned for providing musical accompaniment for The Rolling Stones and Elton John during the 70’s. The of the song as touted by Rolling Stone magazine is a move away from the grunge, alternative metal, hard rock of Soundgarden and Audioslave. A move as Cornell agreed, made in order to accommodate the period and theme of the movie. The final recording of the song is fulfilled with a 24 piece orchestra. Whereas on two different live rendition of the song, Chris is accompanied by a string quartet and a grand piano respectively.

 

The Official Video – An Ode to Hope

 

The official video for the song, as was Chris Cornell’s wish before his unforeseen death, was released June 20th, on the occasion of World Refugee Day. The video has been directed by music video director and Irish adman, Meiert Avis.

The video for the song was extended in scope, so as to address the current growing global concern of increasing refugees. An assemblage of clips of conflict ravaged cities and escaping refugees, is what constitutes video of Chris Cornell’s last ever song.

To override the dismay with hope, was the prominent creative input that Chris provided in the production of the video. The lyrics of the song gently amble through the verses, before every time embarking on a promise infusing, typical Chris Cornell power packed chorus. The rich sound of orchestra gracefully carrying voice and words of Chris Cornell, presented the listener with an experience that they could have got more used to. No matter the price, a promise to survive, persevere and thrive.

“The Promise”

If I had nothing to my name
But photographs of you
Rescued from the flames
That is all I would ever need
As long as I can read
What’s written on your face
The strength that shines
Behind your eyes
The hope and light
That will never die

And one promise you made
One promise that always remains
No matter the price
A promise to survive
Persevere and thrive
As we’ve always done

And you said
“The poison in a kiss
Is the lie upon the lips”
Truer words were never shared
When I feel
Like lies are all I hear
I pull my memories near
The one thing they can’t take

And one promise you made
One promise that always remains
No matter the price
A promise to survive
Persevere and thrive
As we’ve always done

The books still open on the table
The bells still ringing in the air
The dreams still clinging to the pillow
The songs still singing in a prayer

Now my soul
Is stretching through the roots
To memories of you
Back through time and space
To carry home
The faces and the names
And these photographs of you
Rescued from the flames

And one promise you made
One promise that always remains
No matter the price
A promise to survive
Persevere and thrive
And dare to rise once more
A promise to survive
Persevere and thrive
And fill the world with life
As we’ve always done

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Tom Morello -CharacterPress – Verses Inked

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Tom Morello’s TimeLine – Memories of Chris Cornell and Prophets of Rage Debut Song

Buzz World – Character Press – Verses Inked

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SEATTLE, WA – SEPTEMBER 26: Chris Cornell and Tom Morello perform together for the “15 Now” Benefit Show at El Corazn on September 26, 2014 in Seattle, Washington. (Photo by Suzi Pratt/FilmMagic)

BuzzWord will be a segment where we get nosy about our favorite artist’s social life. Truly touched by the emotional out-pour by Rage Against the Machine and Audioslave guitarist Tom Morello, on the death of his AudioSlave band mate, Chris Cornell. Verses Inked pays homage to the friendship, the association and its contribution to the world.

Tom Morello, with multiple genre bending musical acts, a bagful of guitar tricks, and a few famed guitars can afford to have a busy timeline. Yet Morello sure is a man of measured notes. In one ridiculous video he chucks his soul power, customized fender stratocaster, only for a crew member to delightfully catch it for safekeeping. The post accompanied by some honest words of wisdom regarding love and relationships.

“ If you love someone set them free. If they come back, they’re yours; if they don’t they never were. ” -Thus spake the artist about his own gimmick.

Video URL: [ https://www.facebook.com/TomMorello/videos/10155428540359273/ ]

Otherwise there are numerous socio-political causes which Morello supports. With having his views on the future of rock and humanity published in LA Weekly, to contributing content for Chelsea Manning Benefit Compilation. An initiative by a number of luminaries among whom are Thurston Moore, Graham Nash, Against Me! And others including, yours’ truly Tom Morello.

Also on Morello’s timeline you will find appreciation for Canadian author, journalist and social activist, Naomi Klein’s new publication, No is Not Enough – Resisting Trump’s shock politics and winning the world we need. “ Essential reading for resistance ! – Tom Morello says in his post on Facebook.

Then there are the basic promotional post for the release of the debut song, unf**k the world, from the latest super-group that Morello is part of, Prophets of Rage, inspired by the Public Enemy song of the same name from the album- It Takes a Nation of Millions to Hold us Back. The band constitutes of Morello on guitar, Tim Commerford on backing vocals and bass, and Brad Wilk on drums. All three have been previously together in Rage Against the Machine and Audioslave. The remaining members of this galactic gathering consists of Hip-Hop artist Chuck-D and DJ Lord from Public Enemy and rapper B-Real from the band Cypress Hill.

From early impressions the song is heavy on hip-hop backed by funk rock, thrash metal RHTM influence. Morello is simply sublime with his notework and chords which climaxes to a solo of some reckoning. With the facility of of an in house DJ, and Morello’s affection for pedals and processors, you could be assured of a lot of effects and texture to the sound. The video of the song hovers on the lines of pop angst. With multiple clips of meat processing, pharmaceutics, infantries, the here and now Republican America and the band tearing the stage apart in their 2016 Make America Rage Again tour.

 

Tom Morello – In Memory of Chris Cornell:

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Most of Morello’s recent timeline is all in memories of Chris Cornell. There are a number of posts to pick from. Foremost among which is a poem composed by Morello for Cornell.

 

You’re a prince, you’re a snare, you’re a shadow

You’re twilight and star burn and shade

You’re a sage, you’re a wound shared, you’re masked

You’re a pillar of smoke, you’re a platinum heart

You’re a brush fire, you’re caged, you’re free

You’re vision pierces, you do not see

You are pieces strewn on the hillside

You’re open armed, you’re armed, you’re true

You’re a revealer of visions, you’re the passenger, you’re a never fading scar

You’re twilight and star burn and shade

You’re the secret veiled, you’re the secret revealed, you’re surrounded no more

You’re not there, now you’re always here

Youre a handsome groom, a loving father, a haunted stairwell

You’re the clear bell ringing, the mountains echo your song

Maybe no one has ever known you

You are twilight and star burn and shade

Among other mentions of the late singer by his bandmate include a quote of the lyrics written by Chris for the Audioslave number – Shadow of the Sun.

 “Shapes of every size
Move behind my eyes
Doors inside my head
Bolted from within
Every drop of flame
Lights a candle in
Memory of the one
Who lived inside my skin… I can tell you why the end will never come I can tell you I’m the shadow on the sun”. 
Chris Cornell, Shadow On The Sun   

– Tom Morello Facebook Post 28.5.17

 

A hearfelt au revoir:-

 Farewell, Sunshower. Goodbye, Shadow King. Until we meet again, sweet friend, break your rusty cage and run…

– Tom Morello Facebook Post 28.5.17

 

Some exclusive Seattle grunge scene trivia:

#ChrisCornell & #AndrewWood were good friends and roommates in Seattle. Chris sang for #Soundgarden, Andrew sang for #MotherLoveBone (who were signed to MCA by @goldie.momandpop). Andrew overdosed and died. Chris wrote songs for Andrew that became the #TempleOfTheDog album. Some of the guys from Mother Love Bone formed a new band briefly called Mookie Blaylock before they settled on a permanent name…#PearlJam. Some of those dudes, including their new singer #EddieVedder played/sang on Temple Of The Dog record. Pearl Jam needed a drummer so Eddie called his old pal, #bradwilk. Didn’t work out so Brad came home and helped form #RageAgainstTheMachine, who were then signed by @goldie.momandpop to Pearl Jam’s new label, Epic. Soundgarden, Pearl Jam and RATM all rocked the planet mightily (and we’re all produced and/or mixed by #BrendanObrien). Soundgarden & RATM broke up and dudes from those bands formed #Audioslave, who also rocked the planet (also produced by Brendan). Audioslave broke up but later Soundgarden, RATM, Temple Of The Dog and Audioslave all reunited at one point or another. Then Chris Cornell passed away and now he and his good friend Andrew Wood are roommates once again.

– Tom Morello Facebook Post – 28.5.17

 

And a best of Chris Cornell tribute anthology:

Here are some of my favorite Chris Cornell videos- from Soundgarden badassery, to epic Audioslave in Cuba, to acoustic duetting in a tiny Seattle night club.

Enjoy and keep Chris in your memory.

– Tom Morello Facebook Post – 23.5.17

 

May the power, rest in peace.

Verses Inked rests its space

An Obituary to Chris Cornell – at Verses Inked

Source: Tom Morello Facebook Page

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Paranoiac Personality – Alice Cooper – Verses Inked- Lyrics & Review

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June 2017, We have Alice Cooper on the loop at Verses Inked.

June 9th saw the unveiling of the first single, Paranormal Personality, from the artist’s upcoming album – Paranormal. The album is due to be released July 28th on earMusic, to be made available as digital download, 2CD digital pack, limited 2CD box set and limited 7” white vinyl together with a bonus CD. All available for preorder with immediate effect

The new song was released on the on the same day on ‘Chris Evans Breakfast Show on BBC2 and ‘Late Nights with Alice Cooper, which is the artist’s own radio show. The album would be the first by the artist since his 2011 release, Welcome 2 My Nightmare – a sequel to the his first solo album, Welcome to My Nightmare, released 1975.

Paranormal is produced by Bob Ezrin who is recognized for his collaborations with Alice Cooper, KISS Pink Floyd, Lou Reed and Deep Purple,among other heavyweights of the rocknroll industry. Ezrin has been associated with Alice Cooper since the days of ‘the Band’ , and played an instrumental part in shaping the sound of his solo carrier.

The new album features celebrity collaborators who include – Billy Gibbons, ZZ Top Guitarist; Larry Mullen, U2 drummer and Roger Glover, Deep Purple bassist. A surprise reunion of the original Alice Cooper band at a recording studio in Dallas in 2015 forms the content of the bonus CD.

Paranoiac Personality:

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The song in many ways is a return to the roots for the legend of Alice Cooper. In the early 70’s Vincent Damon Furnier adopted the stage name of Alice Cooper, which previously was the name of the band for which Furnier was the vocalist since 68. The change of name as Furnier himself admits was that one momentous decision which sky-rocketed his carrier.

Alice however, came not without his demons. The alcohol fueled stage theatrics which defined the blurred fringes of shock-rock and help establish the legacy of the man, also took its toll on him. Rehabilitation, sick beds and countless hospital visits later, come July 28th, Alice Cooper would be releasing his twenty-seventh studio album.

Alice Cooper was meant to be a character for the stage, but his influence wrecked the man almost to nihility. He still picked himself up, reclaimed his audience, and today stands before them – a personification of power. Now clean and conscious, yet still an embodiment of the demons, still a celebration for the world to partake from.

The song, Paranoiac Personality, presents itself as a homage composed by Furner, dedicated to the legacy of Alice Cooper. The culmination of the paranoia of the ages are gently laid down as lyrics of the song, which comes from a mind that is all too used to, to the disease. The verses speak of the dark sub-conscious, the feeling of strangulation, conspiracy and slander, while the choruses carried forward by the steady yet subtle bass-line, proceeded by the typical slowhand, high on drive, shock rock guitars and accomplished effortlessly by Alice Cooper’s immortal voice, sing of the stuff that fuel the paranoiac personality.

The promotional video, stays true to its shock rock theme, with Alice making an appearance with identical,mutually revolting conjoined heads.

Online Stream – Paranoiac Personality

Desk:  Pop Art and Roy Lichtenstein

Lyrics:

Everybody’s got something hiding in the back of their mind

Everybody’s got something up their sleeve

yeah

Everybody’s got tangled wires tied as they unwind

And all of them trying to strangle me

Yeah

I’m smelling a conspiracy,

Telling lies about me constantly

They follow me, I see them there, don’t they know that feeds my paranoiac personality

Everybody’s got vicious rumors dripping of their tongue

Everybody cant wait to see me run yeah

Everybody’s got loaded stories and I know for a fact

Everybody sees a bull’s eye on my back

I’m smelling a conspiracy,

Telling lies about me constantly

They stalking me, I see you there, don’t you know, that feeds my paranoiac personality

Im smelling a conspiracy,

Telling lies about me constantly

They point at me, they stop and stare, don’t they know they feed my paranoiac personality

My personoic paranality

Paranoiac personality

 

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We Remember Chris Cornell at Verses Inked

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An Obituary to Chris Cornell – Say Hello to Heaven

 

And if I show you my dark side 
Will you still hold me tonight? 
And if I open my heart to you 
And show you my weak side 
What would you do? 
Would you sell your story to Rolling Stone?

-The Final Cut – Rogers Waters

Rolling Stone have got their stories going anyways. We at Verses Inked furnish a humble eulogy. To the student of magic, the moment in time feels like the passing away of the professor of potions. Chris Cornell was the Severus Snape like character. The man who poured out his dark side for the world to see until the world and its darkness got the better of him. Long life to the cause of creation of magic. The man lived and loved and lost. He fought for a cause, established an order- call it Phoenix or Grunge. Yet them demons. Don’t the bible say. You fight them for too long, and you end-up as one of them.

The news of Chris Cornell’s passing away came as a rude awakening to the world, yet only this time the world had got too used to such unfortunate occurrences. Every now and then someone brings it to the point where one should see it coming, yet it is all so comfortable with your eyes closed. Moreover who wants to think about the how – how death shows up – how John Lennon was overcome by multiple bullet wounds, or perhaps how Jhonny Cash passed away in peace, inebriate with grief on the death of his wife June Carter four months before, and diabetes. While Picasso’s heart failed him at the age of ninety one while he and his wife had invited friends over for dinner.

As Chris Cornell would himself sing in, ‘ Like a stone ‘. The second single from the eponymous first album of the American rock-n-roll super-group, Audioslave.

On a cobweb afternoon
In a room full of emptiness
By a freeway I confess
I was lost in the pages
Of a book full of death
Reading how we’ll die alone
And if we’re good, we’ll lay to rest
Anywhere we want to go 

Following the typical octave stretching chorus, the second verse continues as –

“ On my deathbed I will pray
To the gods and the angels
Like a pagan to anyone
Who will take me to heaven
To a place I recall…”

And just before Chris Cornell explodes into the chorus for one last time, the concluding part of the final verse read as; 

“ In dreams until my death

I will wander on…”

And that is to speak of just one song.

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How much of the prophecy came true is there for everyone to listen and read about. Chris was found dead by Soundgarden bodyguard Martin Kirsten in the bathroom floor of room 1136 of the MGM Grand Hotel & Casino in Detroit Michigan, with a red exercise band around his neck and blood spilled from his mouth. The autopsy report would later confirm that Cornell took his own life.

The stimulant to the action was perhaps an extra dose of Ativan, a prescription medicine administered to control anxiety. Chris would incoherently complain of tiredness to his wife over the phone just moments before he took his own life.

Vicky Cornell, the bereaved widow mourned the passing away of her husband in an open letter. Vicky emotionally speaks of Chris’s “ patience empathy and love..”. The wife mourns the circumstances in which her husband gave away his life, in solitariness. Her disbelief at the event of the suicide clearly shows through in her words. Further in the letter, she hopes of their paths crossing again, like soulmates often do, as Chris would say. She speaks of him finding her again with a promise of nurturing the beautiful babies which they bore.

As would circumstance have it, Chris was at the MGM Grand Hotel and Casino in Detroit after having performed at the Fox Theater in the city with his band Soundgarden. The performance was a homecoming for both Chris as well as the band.

 The Promise, is the last single released by Cornell. The song was composed as the ending credit of a movie by the same name.

In his last ever stage performance, Chris Cornell sang a cover of Led Zepplin’s In My Time of Dying for the encore.”…a bellowing vocal flourish” is how Rolling Stone Magazine describes the rendition.

What has the world lost. A singer of unmatched vocal prowess. A voice that would be etched in people’s mind for a lifetime. A voice that had its own little space in the fringes of the realm. A space in terms of voice scales touched by few, surely none with the ease with which Cornell did. A song writer whose lyrics carried in its depth the very soul of grunge. A poet who wrote his darkest thoughts in the cleanest of words. Someone who was still excited about the future, yet as in his last words, too tired to make it happen. A chart topper for best vocalists across genres and sagas. A saga in his own rights. The world mourns the passing away of Chris Cornell. We at Verses Inked humbly join in. Unable to express out grief in eloquent words we quote him. The song written by Chris Cornell for his band Temple of the Dog. Say Hello to Heaven.

He came from an island
and he died from the street
and he hurt so bad like a soul breaking
but he never said nothing to me
So say hello to heaven, heaven, heaven…
So say hello to heaven, heaven, heaven…

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Leonard Cohen – An Obituary – Verses Inked©

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An Obituary to Leonard Cohen :-  A Verses Inked© Composition

 

And summoned now to deal
With your invincible defeat,
You live your life as if it’s real,
A Thousand Kisses Deep.

I’m turning tricks, I’m getting fixed,
I’m back on Boogie Street.
You lose your grip, and then you slip
Into the Masterpiece.
And maybe I had miles to drive,
And promises to keep:
You ditch it all to stay alive,
A Thousand Kisses Deep.

Lyrics from A Thousand Kisses Deep, from Cohen’s tenth studio album – Ten More Songs. A fitting prelude, in the man’s own word, retrospective of his life and times.

We have Leonard Cohen in our thoughts at Verses Inked. November 7th 2016 saw the passing away of Cohen. A poet, musician, writer and artist. A lifelong observer to orthodox Judaism, a proud Canadian. A personification perhaps, of the resplendent land-locked water-bodies of Canada. A master at rhymes with a voice with strength.

Leonard Cohen, among other personas about whom enough could never be written about, because certain remote yet engaging episodes of such blessed lives would always miss been on print of the finest intentions. For instance this not so interesting fact which Cohen himself accepted on some recorded interview for a certain Scandinavian television. That he once tried to introduce red wine to a Buddhist monk. He for once even convinced his zen teacher to deviate from the path of raw fish and sake and develop a taste for a traditional Jewish chicken soup. The most amusing piece of information, if one may think so.

 

Leonard Cohen – Spiritual Sojourns:

For a period of five years in the neoclassic 90’s Cohen shaved his head clean and lived his days at a monastery atop Mount Baldy at the outskirts of Los Angeles, with Buddhist Monk and Zen teacher Kyozan Hoshu Sasaki. Cohen was eventually consecrated as a Buddhist monk in the mid-90’s. Although his roots to orthodox Judaism remained compellingly strong, with him maintaining lifelong correspondence with Quebec based Orthodox synagogue, Congregation Shaar Hashomayim.

Although still, it was not until meeting Indian spiritual master Ramesh Balsekar, later in the 90’s that Cohen considered his spiritual quest close to fulfillment. In fact many of Cohen’s verses have been accepted to be straight lift ups from Talmudic literature, as they have been from other spiritual text, as well from the works of Fredrico Garcia Lorca, Albert Camus, William Butler Yeats, Walt Whitman and the likes.

The need for constant structure in life, which Leonard Cohen sought through his spiritual experiments, are sure to bring him peace in the life after. Death the ultimate leveller, if ever need be for one. Some wait for it, others have horses for their courses, working their way to extinction, one breath at a time.

 

The Passive Showman:

Leonard Cohen went for it for sure. It did go all ablaze, when doth need make. The Walter White story line played out in exact, albeit in real life. The man lost it all, was insecure of his inheritance to his family. The rest is ‘History’. Speaking objectively of which; Cohen lost most of his previously accumulated fortunes to the underhandlings of a female financial adviser, and been unable to re-collect any money even after winning a legal battle, Cohen, revving on his 70’s, set out on a world tour, after a complete absence from the scene for 15 years. The earnings from the tour were in millions of American bucks.

A voice you can sleep on, a singer and songwriter who understood and addressed the gravest needs of the time. A modest suit and hat gentleman made of love, faith and justice. A fortnight before he peacefully passed away in sleep, Leonard Cohen had released his final studio album. The album; the ever resounding Cohen recorded on a wheelchair and was produced by his Son, Adam Cohen. It was incidentally the first time the choir from the Orthodox Synagogue, Congregation Shaar Hashomayim, to which Cohen had associations all his life, was part of the production crew. Otherwise Cohen’s sound was known to be characteristically dominated by female vocals. This was the first time the father and son were working together. For Cohen senior, it was to be his first moves away from minimalism in the scope of sound. Too bad Curtain Call.

“ a little too weak to get there and boogie, and a little too healthy to die. “, in his own words, Cohen described his condition during his last days.

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References: Macleans Magazine, Wikipedia.

 

False Flags, by Massive Attack

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New Dark Age, by Nikola Jankovic

We going way back to 2009, Febuary when this track hits the box office. Composed of Regular resounding chords, more overlapping, like the ringing of echoes, crosfeeding  the silence, which otherwise would have all been the verses, an honest bargain, verses resplendent as the spring itself. Warm sun and beer, somehow managed to avoid the grease stains, camouflaged under self assumed glamour, like life is a monkey chasing business, for the ace at shooting the sling.

 

There is perhaps even an uptempo, bass heavy version to the song, gratefully justifying the depth that is contained in the lyrics, which by all means, in no small measure manifest the title. False flags. The way perhaps even nature demonstrates itself. The calm before the storm. The harvest after the drought, like an enduring autumn, like the grease stains in spring. The way it was always,  strike, spark and you know when a wish comes true. The way how mankind adapts and evolves,contradicting and misinforming itself. 

The complete piece perhaps better understood whilst given a quick glance over, rather than listened to as a piece of audio with musical accompaniments. Yet there is no harm that a bit of looping could do to the song, or the listener.

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Autumn in My Heart, By Ana Mutavdzic

The video to the original, slower version to the song, with great elaborations demonstrates from the lighting of a flame with an aristocratic cigarette lighter, to the passing of the flame onto the wick of a molotov cocktail. A good part of the entire composition constitutes of the conclusion where the chords and the notes play out their predestined, fading, simmering symphony. While the video plays out the hurling motion of that piece of creation of chemistry and patience. Botteled fuel,soaked, lit, momentary motives fulfilled. An emblematic vision the whole arrangements A sight of the human expression of violent rage, plated with soothing ambient sounds. The video to the uptempo version to the song at its best artfully depicts the exploits of the band through the ages.Of which it dates back to the year 1988. Hailing  from Bristol, England is Massive Attack and what they got for you is trip hop.

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