Wednesday, October 22, 2003

Elliott Smith dead
The media is picking up on the very sad Elliott Smith suicide story, as news of his death makes his way around the fan sites. Dreamworks has not, as of yet, posted anything.

I discovered Eliott Smith, along with the rest of the world, on the Good Will Hunting soundtrack, where his mournful melodies were a perfect counterweight to the too-cute storyline, and brought some soul and weight to an enjoyable, but improbable tale. Dreamworks signed him after "Miss Misery" was nominated for an Oscar. The fact that this lovely little song lost to "My Heart Will Go On" from the Titanic seems just a little bit more grotesque today.

For what it's worth, "No Name #3" from Roman Candle is one of the most beautiful songs I've ever heard, and worth the price of the EP. His later stuff, particularly the overproduced Figure 8, wasn't quite as good, but it always hurts to lose a talented artist. He was touted as the voice of a generation, and if he never lived up to the hype it was less his fault than the relentless music industry.

On "last call" Smith wrote:

i'm lying here waiting for sleep to overtake me
you're still here but just check to make sure
all you aspire to do is endure
you can't ask for more
knowing that you'll never get that which you ask for...
i wanted her to tell me that she would never wake me

So long, Elliott.


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