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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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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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2016 will be more than 2015. In the sense that I will invent even bolder predictions and fail even bigger. That’s the theory.

I didn’t do well on the 2015 bold predictions front, but that can be forgiven because no one is holding me accountable! (Right?)

Yet, I still did a lot. I went to eight different countries, but only one new one. I waded along beaches, rafted along crocodile infested rapids, climbed the head of a lion, those types of things.

I didn’t run all that much, but I hiked a fair bit. I played a lot of sports, from volleyball to softball to soccer to flag football. I watched a lot of sports as well, mostly football (Seahawks and Huskies) and some baseball. I went to a ton of music concerts…and reviewed a few.

What does 2016 have in store?

The theme is ‘More than 2015 or bust‘.

 

In 2016, I predict I will…

…visit two new baseball stadiums. Only four left!

…read 33 books (one more than last year); watch 101 movies (one more than last year).

…visit two new countries (one more than last year).

…run in at least four races (one more than last year).

…find a reason to do something even crazier than the last time.

…hike over 250 total miles. (Last year I hiked 185)

…take no prisoners and give no shits.

…pick a few musicians and go deep into their music catalog.

…binge watch three new TV shows.

…play with two puppies.

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Let’s look at how I fared from my 2015 list:

Success rate: 6/10

…visit three new baseball stadiums. Surprised? Result: Nope, I only went to one this year. St. Louis.

…do something crazy. Climb a mountain crazy. Run a half-marathon crazy. Crazy like that. Result: I went white water rafting down the Zambezi River and waved to the crocodiles! Cray cray.

…read at least 35 books. I haven’t read that much the past few years. Doubling down. Results: Nope. I only got to 32! So close!

…read seven books I own that I haven’t read. I estimate I have over 30 unread books lying around! Results: Well now…no, I only managed to read five.

…run 300 miles. That’s 25 miles per month. That sucks. Results: Hahahaha! Wow, I failed this one miserably! I ran 86 miles. I’ll blame the fact that I didn’t run much the first few months because I had thrown out my back. But to be fair, I knew that fact when I made the prediction.

…get myself to at least one new country. I haven’t been to a new country since 2012. Result: Boom! United Arab Emirates!

…write more. Result: Yes and no. I wrote more for the blog Parklife DC, but wrote somewhat less for this blog. But overall, it was more!

…volunteer to be a commissioner of a sports league. (Hint: I already did this for volleyball…victory! 1-0 already!) Result: Done.

…win a championship with one of the sports teams I play on. Let’s do this! Result: Our sand volleyball team won a championship via forfeit. Lame, but another team I was on should have won it all also, but the league scheduled the final match on a day no one was available to play. I call victory.

…play with a puppy. Result: Of course.

Cutthroat Lakes (Walt Bailey Trail)

Cutthroat Lakes (Walt Bailey Trail)

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