Twenty-one years ago today, the twenty-first of September, Chris Cornell’s first solo album Euphoria Morning came out.
Somehow, I sorta knew it even then, in the early days of getting to know the songs, that this album would change my life. It felt epic in a way that you think, at eighteen, albums might not feel epic anymore.
In many posts, especially in recent goals posts, I’ve talked about a book project I’m working on called Moonchild. It takes its name from a song of the same title, track 8, and takes place the year Euphoria Morning came out.
Euphoria Morning has had far-reaching impacts far beyond just that year, though that’s when everything was set in motion. So many things, and people, in my life wouldn’t be the same without EM.
I always thought I’d dedicate Moonchild, if and when I ever get it published, to Chris Cornell. I thought that for years, and since I started working on this book project in 2003, for most of those years I never imagined that he wouldn’t be alive anymore and that the dedication would be to a dead man.
I still think of Euphoria Morning as the album that had the most profound, and the most tangible, impact on my life. Today, on it’s anniversary, I will listen. It’s been different listening to Chris Cornell after his death. Sometimes that’s all I can think about and sometimes it’s like it never happened.
The original title was Euphoria Mourning, and I think that fits too.
And here’s “Moonchild” the song:
The whole album is worth a listen, in full, because as cliche as it is to say this about Chris, no one sings like him anymore.
If you had to only pick a couple to listen to, I’d personally pick, along with “Moonchild” of course, “Sweet Euphoria,” “When I’m Down,” “Follow My Way,” “Disappearing One,” “Steel Rain,” and you know what, just listen to the whole damn thing.
Oh, and you must, and I mean must, listen to “Sunshower” which isn’t on the album but did come out around the same time on the Great Expectations Soundtrack. And Seasons, which was much earlier, on the Singles Soundtrack.
Happy Euphoria Morning release anniversary day!
- Moonchild is the name of my memoir project, which you can read about in more detail on my Memoir page or on this old post with a rough sketch. You can also find LOTS of other posts about it here.
I find this post fascinating because it seems so unlikely that a specific album could literally (as opposed to just metaphorically) change one’s life…but I know for a fact that it has for you, and I’ve experienced that same phenomenon directly myself. In my case, that album was “Into the Labyrinth” by Dead Can Dance. I would be a very different person, in a very different place in nearly every aspect of my life (including my career and my choice of spouse) if it weren’t for that album.
Right?! Sometimes there’s that one album that really shapes the trajectory of your life, in all kinds of tangible ways.