Remembering Layne and Kurt

Rock Blog

April 5, 2018

For many Seattleites and those living in surrounding areas, April 5th can be a very painful day. On this day, two of Seattle's music icons left this world far too soon, and today we remember them. 


Although many years have passed since we lost Kurt Cobain in 1994 and Layne Staley in 2002, the void in our hearts remains. But through their gifts of music, we continue to heal ourselves and we allow their legacy to live on through every lyric they sang.


There is no denying that we all wrestle with demons, and we recognize that Kurt and Layne had theirs. In the recent past, we have learned that we are NOT alone when it comes to mental health struggles, substance abuse, distress and instances of crisis. The conversation needs to continue, so let's keep talking about it. 


For all of us, music is medicine, whether we are making it or listening to it. There is music for good days. There is music for bad days. And there is music that helps us through all of life's challenges. Layne and Kurt penned many words over the years that became medicinal for their fans, and that medicine has no expiration date. We listen to it still to heal, to find strength and to remind ourselves that it's okay to not be okay sometimes. 


The anniversary of someone's passing always comes with a whirlwind of emotions, but it also gives us a chance to reflect and grow. Let's take the time to recognize the amazing influence on the world of music that both Layne Staley and Kurt Cobain had on us back then, and note that the impact is still significant in the present.


If you or someone you know is struggling with thoughts of suicide, are worried about a friend or loved one, or would like emotional support, the Suicide Prevention Lifeline network is available 24/7 across the United States. Call 1-800-273-8255. 


RIP Kurt and Layne.


- Taryn Daly