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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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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Source: rollingstone.com, wikipedia.com