I heard Elliott Smith for the first time when I was a senior in high school. If I’m completely honest with myself, I latched on to his stuff because he was from Oregon and he was interesting. My appreciation for his music came later.
One of my favorite songs of his, Waltz #2, was written about extensively today in Slate, so I thought I’d shine some light on what I think is another one of his best songs, Waltz #1.
Ten years ago today Elliott Smith died. I’m usually not a fan of the cult of personality that surrounds deceased musicians, but I am a big fan of Elliott Smith. So I figure it was at least worth a blog post.
If you’ve never heard any of his stuff, it’s never too late to give him a try.
Also, here is a great Ben Folds tribute to Smith from his album Songs for Silverman.