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October 22, 2003

R.I.P.

Rest well, Elliott Smith... His debut album, Roman Candle, is one of my favorites for its simplicity (just a man and his guitar) and lyrical beauty.

The intimacy of Smith's music always made me happy, even though he wasn't a "shiny, happy" musician. I always felt like his songs were a direct missive to me (or me as part of the world), and that's what great artists do: connect. This hits me much harder than the deaths Warren Zevon or Johnny Cash, I guess both were expected, and even Joe Strummer (one of my musical idols). This is a good day for a drink or two at lunch...


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