Chris Cornell’s official music video for his song The Promise was released yesterday through Survival Pictures. The track, an emotional, gentle number, was Cornell’s last release prior to his passing. The song was written for the Christian Bale-starring movie The Promise, a film about the Armenian genocide. Cornell’s wish was to release the corresponding video clip on World Refugee Day, 20th June.
To raise awareness of that day, the clip features footage of refugees fleeing war-ravaged areas in Syria, Libya and other countries. In a past interview with Cornell, he touched on the heartbreaking research he engaged in for the song. “There are a couple of really amazing documentaries about the Armenian genocide, and one of them was about the phenomenon that people who had literally minutes to grab what they could from their homes would take photos before anything else – before jewellery even,” he told Rolling Stone. “I was really moved by that; the idea of what is most important to people in a crucial second.”
The Promise accentuates lush orchestration and moving lyrics, portraying the terrifying moments of horror, love and lost. The first verse opens with the lines, “If I had nothing to my name, but photographs of you rescued from the flame, 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,” before Cornell launches into a powerful chorus.
The corresponding clip features heartrending real-life war footage with shots of Cornell spliced in between. Cornell is no stranger to tackling tough subjects in his film work. His Golden-Globe nominated song for Machine Gun Preacher, The Keeper, touches on the story of Sam Childers and his journey to save children in East Africa. Machine Gun Preacher also commissioned local artist Rob Walker in the movement. Walker’s song For Freedom articulates the children of East Africa’s tragedy and has raised over $30k. Both artists have worked closely with Childers to support the MGP cause. You can listen to The Promise and view the clip below.
Remembering Chris Cornell, One of the Greatest Voices in Rock n’ Roll
It’s been over a month since we lost Chris Cornell. The dust is still settling, the tragic impact lingers and the Internet is still swarming with tributes.
The last handful of years have been pretty gut-wrenching as far as iconic musicians go. 2015 saw Motörhead’s singer Lemmy pass, along with Scott Weiland (Stone Temple Pilots), B.B King, Steve Mackay and Phil Taylor. 2016 was quickly crowned the year the music died with the deaths of David Bowie, Prince, Leonard Cohen, George Michael and Glen Frey all making an appearance. Now, in the midst of 2017, it’s safe to say rock n’ roll heaven is getting dangerously full. And keeping the few great artists we have left alive only seems to be getting harder.
On Wednesday 18th May 2017 one of the greatest voices in rock history was added to the mix. Chris Cornell. Best known for fronting Soundgarden and Audioslave, Chris Cornell was – and still is – a musical genius. A genuine rockstar with a voice that sends shivers down your spine. According to Alice Cooper, Cornell was a true legacy of rock n’ roll. And there aren’t many people today that would argue that. His voice had an incredible depth and range to it that was unmistakably distinct. A honey-drenched sound that plunged alternative rock into the realm of mainstream music.
In 1994, one of the ultimate rock records that cemented Cornell’s influence was released. Soundgarden’s Superunknown introduced a mass of listeners to Cornell’s stunning, high-wail with hits Black Hole Sun and Spoonman. Since then his music has impacted and influenced millions worldwide.
Despite his wife saying he wasn’t suicidal or depressed the evening he passed away, reports confirm Cornell took his own life in the midst of the Soundgarden tour. At just 52 years old, he was far too young to leave this world. And the sadness, shock and confusion still linger on.
Trying to wrap your head around why, or make sense of Cornell’s suicide is pointless. No one will ever really know what was going on inside his head, what pushed him over the line and the struggles with depression and anxiety he was facing. As a creative being, many of us can relate to the feelings that come with the art. But nothing can ever prepare you for losing someone to suicide or being on the edge yourself. As we mourn the death of rock icon who impacted the music industry and beyond in an amazingly massive way, the reality and effects of suicide are very real.
Chris Cornell was the voice of a generation. Now, his work will be wrapped up in one hell of a legacy parcel forever. Cornell will always get the remembrance he deserves. As one of the most talented singer/songwriters of his generation and influential figures in rock n’ roll history.