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Tuesday, November 4, 2014

Temple of the Dog - "Say Hello 2 Heaven"

Temple of the Dog is the greatest grunge collaboration on the planet. Consisting of Soundgarden members, Chris Cornell and Matt Cameron, and Pearl Jam members, Jeff Ament, Stone Gossard, and Mike McCready, Temple of the Dog was a one shot record in the memory of Andy Wood, who was the lead singer of Mother Love Bone and Chris Cornell's roommate. After Andy's passing, Cornell decided to record this album in his honor.

"Say Hello 2 Heaven" is the only song on the album that is dedicated specifically to Andy. It is a gorgeous ballad about the afterlife awaiting Andy. I don't feel that it is going out on a limb to say that this is the most beautiful grunge song ever written. Even though this song was written for Andy it has a compelling message for anyone who has lost a loved one. It speaks of the sadness we encounter as the survivors, but talks of the new road ahead that we all must travel and how love can heal all wounds.

Life ends too short sometimes, but as long as the memories of that person remains in your thoughts and hearts they will surely never be gone.