I went to this Hollywood service in honor of the rock legend, Kurt Cobain. It’s one of those events you’re glad you attended. Let me start by saying that I do not believe in suicide, but I do understand how someone could get to a point that’s very low in their life, especially if drugs are involved. Author and Hole guitarist Eric Erlandson was there speaking and reading about his former friend. I had expected Courtney Love to be in attendance, but I did not see her at this standing room only event. It was held in Hollywood, in the back of a bookstore. It was a very fitting tribute to a man who’s work touched, and continues to touch generations of people.
I grew up during the time Kurt Cobain was at his most popular. If I’m being honest, I did not get his music. It seemed so sad to me, and slow. It would not be until years later that I would truly understand and appreciate it for what it was, and that was art of it’s own kind. You could not go anywhere without seeing teens in torn sweaters and his signature big sunglasses. When he and Courtney Love got together there were comparisons of Lennon and Yoko and I’m sure that did not help with Kurt’s depression either.
I personally suffer from mild depression, so I very well know the triggers that can intensify it, so I can certainly sympathize with the things he must surely have been going through, to a certain degree.
When Eric was reading, and reminding us of Kurt’s poems and lyrics it was a revisit into the mans soul, one of which was of hurt, confusion and pain. A lot of people have sadness in their life, but perhaps not quite on this particular level.
I’m not sure if somebody could have stepped in and helped him when he was at his lowest, or not, but it would have been quite fascinating to see what he would have gone on and done with his life, had he not taken it at such a young age. We’ll never know. But we do have the great words he shared with us, for forever, and that cannot be taken away from us as his life so tragically was.