July 20th marked what would have been late Soundgarden vocalist Chris Cornell’s 56th birthday. To commemorate the occasion, the Chris Cornell estate has released a cover of Guns N’ Roses ‘Patience’, recorded in Los Angeles in March 2016.
“Listening to [Chris Cornell’s cover] again after so many years it was hauntingly beautiful; it brought it all back in a rush of bittersweet memories,” Vicky Cornell said in a statement. “His birthday seemed the perfect time to share this and celebrate Chris, his voice, music, stories and art.
“It is true a man is not dead while his name is still spoken… and, through his art, an artist’s soul still burns just as bright as ever upon all those that look up to him and his memory.
“Releasing music that was special to Chris keeps a part of him here with us — his heart and his soul. His love and his legacy.”
Back in May, Cornell’s daughter Lily announced a new podcast, Mind Wide Open, that aims to “help destigmatize the conversation around mental health.”
The first episode of Mind Wide Open will feature an interview with Laura van Dernoot Lipsky, author, trauma expert and founder of the Trauma Stewardship Institute.
“As someone who has suffered trauma and loss as well as struggled with anxiety and depression, I know how important it is to have a space to talk openly and without shame about these subjects,” Lily Cornell said. “There is so much value, especially for people in my generation, in knowing that everyone struggles with mental health at some point in their lives, despite our society’s dismissive tendencies around emotional wellbeing. It is important for me to give voice to these issues by providing information, honest conversations and resources through Mind Wide Open.”