Chris Cornell leaves this earth with a mission to help others.Soundgarden honoured their late frontman with the release of his last music video, “The Promise”. The five-minute music video plays like a mini-movie. “The Promise” was actually written and recorded for the 2016 historical movie of the same name.
The music video shows actual scenes of fleeing refugees and war-torn cities from Libya, Syria and other countries. Cornell was heavily involved in the creative direction for the music video and only had one request, to make it more optimistic.
“It’s very hard to put the pieces together for me,” director Meiert Avis tells Rolling Stone. “I’ve had many people break down when they watch the video. They either cry or are silent for 10 minutes.”
Shots of Cornell recording the song in a Brooklyn studio are intercut with the movie’s difficult depiction of refugee crisis around the world.
“He was always curious about how others were feeling and he had an interest in learning about their lives,” Eric Esrailian, the film’s producer and close friend of Cornell’s, says. “He was always asking how he could help me with some of the different non-profit projects I was working on.”
Speaking to Rolling Stone about the song just two months before his death, Cornell said: “I was asking, ‘How close to it am I and how far away from it am I?’ I married into a Greek family, and my wife’s grandparents were affected by the same genocide at the same time, since it was part of the same Ottoman Empire policy. So I saw the nearness to it.”
Cornell tragically took his own life at 52-years-old on May 18.
The same day the music video was released, Cornell’s daughter took to Facebook to share a belated Father’s Day message to he late father in a touching open letter.
“I know you are still here, and the warmth I feel beneath the cold, is you,” writes Toni Cornell, adding in all-caps: “YOU ARE THE BEST FATHER IN THE WHOLE WIDE WORLD.”