“A lot of hallucinogenic mushrooms grow in the area around Surrey, England, where we mixed the first Pearl Jam album, and the people there call the time when they come up the ‘Mad Season’ because people are wandering around mad, picking mushrooms, half out of their minds. That term has always stuck in my mind, and i relate that to my past years, the seasons of drinking and drug abuse.”
- Mike McCready about Mad Season name


Much of your pain is self-chosen. It is the bitter potion by which the physician within you heals your sick self.
-Kahlil Gibran, “The Prophet”

My best memory of Layne was when we were making the Above album. He was in the studio lounge reading Kahlil Gibran’s The Prophet. I had read it a few years earlier so we started talking about what it meant to be an artist and have a spiritual message…suffice it to say Layne Staley felt as though he was on a spiritual mission through his music. Not a rock mission, a spiritual mission.
-Barrett Martin [Live at the Moore]


“Several years after Layne’s passing i got a call from an old friend in Massachusetts who had a couple of young children. While on a family drive through the countryside, he was playing the Above album when the last song on the album, All Alone, came on. One of the little ones in the back seat asked if there were angels singing on the song, a question that he relayed to me over the phone. ‘Yeah, he was a certain kind of angel’ i said, 'a dark one perhaps, but an angel all the same.’ ”
-Barrett Martin