Today, April 5, marks the 17th anniversary of Kurt Cobain's tragic and shocking death. I wasn't old enough to realize the largeness of it all when it happened, but as I grew older and fell in love with the music and the movement that Nirvana and Cobain led, I, just like everyone else, couldn't help but wonder how much more great music would be around had Cobain not put the gun to his head. His suicide reflected a troubled and overwhelmed soul that characterizes so many musicians and artists in general. I don't think people realized the full extent of Cobain's inner struggles at the time. In retrospect, it makes his music that much more raw; all the emotion of the music is real and true and comes from somewhere honest. He was the furthest thing from a sell-out, and I think that's part of the reason I've always felt such a strong response to his music. In his own words from his death-note, " anyone to read his suicide note and not feel shivers of unbridled sadness yet simultaneous beauty and inspiration in his words: I dare
For everyone, here's a much less well-known Nirvana song that helped me through some really down times when I was a little younger.
"And I've got this friend, you see,
Who makes me feel and I
Wanted more than I could steal."
P.S. Sorry Scott of Gointothestory.com for ripping off a Cobain dedication, but it had to be done.