Pearl Jam’s Stone Gossard Pens Moving Birthday Letter to Chris Cornell

"Your talent was jaw dropping...your songs, lyrics, your voice...how could you have all 3..."

By Abby Hassler

Today (July 20), would have been Chris Cornell’s 53rd birthday. To celebrate the life of the late Soundgarden frontman, Pearl Jam’s Stone Gossard (whose birthday is also today) penned a heartfelt letter to Cornell.

Related: Children’s Music Therapy Program Established to Honor Chris Cornell

“I keep waking up in the middle of the night and remember, fresh again, that you are gone,” Gossard beings. “An absence grows in my stomach and slowly turns circles like a far off galaxy on a grainy tv.”

“We hope you’re in peace and that your particles are mutating and transforming in harmony with nature,” he continued. “We wish your family our utmost condolences and sympathies.”

Read Stone’s full letter below.

I keep waking up in the middle of the night and remember, fresh again, that you are gone. An absence grows in my stomach and slowly turns circles like a far off galaxy on a grainy tv.

The same questions follow and my heart races…searching for reasons and what ifs.. I’m so selfishly sad that I’ll never get to see you again, never play with you again, never feel the bask of your approval or be part of your life.

F—….

We all miss you so much…it was always a given in my mind we would all spend more time together when we got older, we would play more music and love and be loved like we dreamed…this was your time and you shared it with us…thank you.

You were too much…

Your talent was jaw dropping…your songs, lyrics, your voice…how could you have all 3…

And then, the not so obvious…your wicked sense of humor and your playfulness…

all of us are heartsick and we will never get over losing you.

We hope you’re in peace and that your particles are mutating and transforming in harmony with nature. We wish your family our utmost condolences and sympathies.

We love you Chris,

Happy Birthday

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