Vicky's Playlist: Remembering Chris Cornell and Other Songs That Hit Me in the Feels

Vicky's Nerdy N Dirty Blog

May 21, 2018

I’m one of those people who gets super uncomfortable in silence. A TV or radio is always on even when I’m doing anything, it’s soothing.


When I hear the perfect album or playlist, it’s like the whole world disappears. My mind creates stories, music videos, dances, or what have you to go along with the music.


Music has a way to enhance creativity, to enhance emotions, so maybe that’s why I find it hard to stay in silence. Why would anyone when there are so many worlds we can enter?


So, I’d like to offer you a peak into my mind, with the music I’ve been listening to the last week or so and why I’ve been loving these songs.


Audioslave – "Like a Stone"

All week I’ve been thinking how today was going to be the one year anniversary of the death of Chris Cornell. For some reason, it feels like it happened yesterday but at the same time it feels like an eternity. “Like A Stone” was the first song I ever heard of his. I fell in love with it the first time I heard it on the radio.

A few years later, a boyfriend at the time and I were talking about the music (he has a way more expansive collection than I did). I mentioned I loved “Like a Stone”, he asked, “Oh, so you love Soundgarden too then?” When I gave him a blank look, he opened up his CD case and said, “Oh, do I have something for you,” and thus my journey into Chris Cornell music began.


Chris Cornell – "Nearly Forgot My Broken Heart"

Another Chris Cornell song that I was exposed to via the radio. This time around, we flash forward about 8 years later from that exchange with my now ex. We played “Nearly Forgot My Broken Heart” at work and I fell in love again with the mellow vibe and powerful vocals. This is a song I may or may not still sing as loudly as possible whenever it’s on.


((Want to dive deeper in Chris Cornell’s music? Check out Steve Migs’s blog HERE!))


Bad Wolves – "Zombie"

For those who don’t know the story behind this cover, the music video explains it. The band Bad Wolves was going into the studio to record this song as a duet with Dolores O'Riordan of The Cranberries. However, that same day is sadly the day she passed away.

Bad Wolves recorded the song that gives you the same chills that the original version did the first time you heard it.  They paid tribute to her beautiful song in their music video, taking inspiration from her original video as well.

I’m glad to see Bad Wolves growing and thriving with their tour and new album.


Halsey – "Gasoline"

If you don’t know Halsey, or don’t care for this style of music but if you read her lyrics and have heard her story, it’s hard not to be captivated by Halsey.

The first time I even heard of her, I saw her live at the Tacoma Dome as she opened for Imagine Dragons and I was struck. Song after song, I fell more and more in love with her voice and words.

I really connected with this song because I feel like I’m a part of a generation/society where we all on a stage for everyone (social media) and sometimes we allow ourselves to pressure our OWN selves to put on this act or front for everyone, even if it’s not how we’re really feeling or really are.


Macklemore ft. Kesha – "Good Old Days"

On the lighter note, this song gives me waves of feels and nostalgia. This song doesn’t necessarily sound like the music I listened to as a teen, but it reminds me of my high school crew.

Even though high school wasn’t always the greatest time for me, the best moments will stick with me forever, even though I’m 10-15 years removed. We still connect from time to time, and all we do is reminisce all those dumb things we did with smiles on our faces.


Hozier – "Like Real People"

This one is a little personal, maybe one day I will share the story but basically, have you ever felt like you’re not a real person, that you’re somehow out of place? This reminds me that others feel this way and there is a beauty in connecting with other souls that do.


Wyatt Olney and the Wreckage – "Bright Futures"

After listening to this song at the FMS show at The Crocodile, I was struck. It makes me feel hopeful and uplifted when everything seems to be going array. I’m very fortunate to call these guys my friends, but I wouldn’t be giving them love if I didn’t really like their stuff.

((Catch them at Redfestival! Get your tickets HERE!)) 



The People Now – "Hong Kong Time Bomb"

The People Now are a local Seattle band I was introduced to years ago, and though my playlists have changed over the years, I keep Hong Kong Time Bomb in most of my lists. Sometimes I let my mind wander and create comic book stories in my head, and this song always leads me to some awesome fight sequences.


Is there any songs you think I should check out? They might make it on my next playlist?

Also, what is currently your top 3 on your current playlist?


Have a wonderful weekend everyone!


~ Vicky B