Sunday, April 5, 2009

Song of the Day

15 years ago today Kurt Cobain lay dead in his home in Seattle, Washington, but his body would not be discovered for another three days. April 5th, 1994 will be known as "The Day the Music Died" of our generation. Cobain was a legend, and his life was tragically cut short because of his heroin addiction. In his suicide note he claimed that he felt guilty for not feeling excited when he took the stage, and that the fans deserved better. I decided to go with three songs of the day today in remembrance of this great musician. The first song is "Lithium" by Nirvana. I was tempted to put up "Smells Like Teen Spirit," which is considered to be Nirvana's best song, but I decided against it because Nirvana hated how it was always requested by when they made TV appearances. 
The next video is from "Nirvana MTV Unplugged" which was filmed just five months before Cobain's death. This was considered to be one of the best unplugged concerts ever. It displayed Nirvana's true musical ability that many critics never knew they had. During the final song,  "Where did you Sleep Last Night," written by Lead Belly, Cobain foreshadows his suicide with the facial expression of a lost child. Watch his eyes and face from about 3:59 to 4:01 and you will understand what I am saying. 
The final video I have is Neil Young's "Sleeps With Angels" which came out shortly after Cobain's death. In Cobain's suicide letter he quoted another Neil Young song writing "It's better to burn out than to fade away."


  1. wow, that unplugged performance was soulful. good choices with the videos.

  2. Great songs. It's certainly a shame that his life was cut short, but the impact he had on music would have outlived him anyway.