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I don’t really know what to say, even a few days later, only that I’m completely disheartened by the passing of Chris Cornell.

He was one of my favorite artists, and I loved every facet of his career – from Soundgarden to Audioslave to his solo work and his foray into Temple of the Dog.

I was looking forward to seeing Soundgarden again sometime soon (and maybe somehow find a way to see Temple of the Dog since I missed them last year!).

I saw him perform live seven times, and below I rank those shows.

And throw in a little playlist for good measure.

The world sucks a little more now.

 

Chris Cornell Concerts Attended – Ranked

7) 5/4/2013 – Soundgarden (DC Chili Cookoff Festival @ RFK Parking Lot, Washington, DC) – It was fine, but a parking lot on a rainy day isn’t the best situation!

6) 1/18/2013 – Soundgarden (DAR Constitution Hall, Washington, DC) – Seemed like a strange venue for them, but it was still enjoyable.

5) 7/12/2011 – Soundgarden (Patriot Center, Virginia) – Excellent show.

4) 10/26/2005 – Audioslave (Patriot Center, Virginia) – Bad ass show, damn!

3) 12/11/1996 – Soundgarden (Mercer Arena, Seattle, Washington) – Bittersweet, as the first time I saw them live was also their farewell tour. They disbanded only a few months later.

2) 8/8/2010 – Soundgarden (Lollapalooza @ Grant Park, Chicago) Their reunion show! All the anticipation of 14 years away! I flew to Chicago for Lollapalooza just to see them back together (and while I was there, I caught a couple baseball games and a few other acts like Phoenix and Metric).

1) 4/5/2009 – Solo (9:30 Club, Washington, DC) – He played songs from every facet of his career; Soundgarden, Audioslave, Temple of the Dog and his solo material. It was 2-1/2 hours of awesomeness.

 

Playlist

  1. “Mailman” – Soundgarden
  2. “Loud Love” – Soundgarden
  3. “Gasoline” – Audioslave
  4. “Doesn’t Remind Me” – Chris Cornell
  5. “Mind Riot” Soundgarden
  6. “My Wave” – Soundgarden
  7. “The Day I Tried to Live” – Soundgarden
  8. “Can’t Change Me” – Chris Cornell
  9. “Dead Wishes” – Chris Cornell
  10. “Fell On Black Days” – Soundgarden
  11. “Like a Stone” – Audioslave
  12. “Wooden Jesus” – Temple of the Dog
  13. “Outshined” – Soundgarden
  14. “Say Hello 2 Heaven” – Temple of the Dog
  15. “Room A Thousand Years Wide” – Soundgarden
  16. “Nearly Forgot My Broken Heart” – Chris Cornell
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If you find yourself in Manila, rather than hit up all the shopping malls (it’s pretty much the thing to do for locals) visit Corregidor Island instead.

It’s a day-long journey (but you can stay the night too) taking a ferry across Manila Bay and back.

Corregidor Island (also called Fort Mills) was General MacArthur’s headquarters during World War II and the place he snuck out of the Philippines in 1942. It was the last bastion of defense of the Philippines and the US forces before Japan conquered the islands. But the defense lasted for over 5 months, severely altering Japan’s plans for conquering the rest of the Pacific.

The island (about 2 miles long and shaped like a tadpole) is covered in crumbling military barracks and installations (and a movie theater!). It also has hundreds of tunnels and fortifications, one of which – the Malinta Tunnel – housed all the people living on the island during the Japanese invasion. There are 24 branching tunnels (called laterals) off the main tunnel and additionally a major barracks and a military hospital (see the map below).

Here are a few photos…

Gun

Japanese Memorial

Mile long barracks! (Because it’s 1/3 of a mile long and three stories high)
Mile Long Barracks

Mile Long Barracks

An old movie theater!
Movie Theater

Movie Theater

Movie Theater

An old battery.

Battery

Battery

Gun

Mortar

Super selfie situation.

Mortar

Battery

Battery

Malinta Tunnel Entrance

Malinta Tunnel Map

Malinta Tunnel

Malinta Tunnel

Gun

Japanese Memorial

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I’ve been cleaning up my apartment a bit, throwing away stuff, going through old boxes and all that joyous fluff that ends up as filler in celebrity memoirs.

Two massive boxes contain my collection of music CDs, which started accumulating in 1990. Let’s just say I have a lot.

Back in 2006, when I first got on iTunes, I went through the tedious process of burning in all my CDs.

After awhile, I started cutting corners (burn the Greatest Hits of an artist but leave out the albums; or burn just one song from a CD; or I would skip the whole CD entirely).

Now, 11 years later, I’m re-visiting my collection and I started to burn in the gaps of what I didn’t finish.

All told, there were 131 CDs I didn’t burn or burned just one song. So it’s a fun project. And I’ll be looking to unload around half of those physical CDs.

 

Notables (most from this list I shan’t be unloading):

  • Some Jimmy Buffett, Jimi Hendrix and Genesis
  • Eric Clapton’s 4-volume Crossroads and a couple more.
  • Some Huey Lewis and the News, Barenaked Ladies and Phil Collins (But seriously, I always love how all his album covers are just his face).
  • The Eagles – I own all of their albums, but I burned only the two Greatest Hits CDs. And a couple by Don Henley. It’s the end of the innocence.
  • Alice in Chains, The Doors, Van Halen and NIN – don’t recall why I didn’t burn these.
  • A few CDs of Singles with B-sides. I never really got into buying these though.
  • A ton of non-album Garth Brooks (he has 5 CDs of Hits or Collections – repackaged or re-imagined).
  • A shit ton of country CDs from the early to mid-1990’s (and not Garth Brooks). 31 to be exact! (These I’m giving away – hi Mom!) I made myself a robust playlist of all the songs I liked from those albums (basically one each) and yep, I still like those songs.
  • A ton of hit collections – including 80’s compilations and quite a few of salsa music. I did take classes for a season and date women that liked that sort of thing! Dance yourself clean.

 

Burn it!

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