I think I might finally be able to listen to Elliott Smith
I know I have posted about him before here, but really that was the first time I had talked about him at all since he passed away in 2003. At that point I really had to stop listening, so it has been a while.
AND It's been very nearly 10 years since Elliott's fourth album XO
came out! Dang I am old.
So here I am in 2007 and this weekend I put on XO
just to see what happened...and poof!
It took me right back to a very particular time in my life. After being a huge music freak since I was a kid, it's hard to believe I can still be caught so off guard by how much one record, one assemblage of songs, can conjure. It's so strange how specific and deep music can make memories, and how easy it is to let it take you back right there. Isn't it weird to realize that those memories have always been right there in your brain the whole time, and you never think about them, but hearing one particular album can access all that once again in a flash? It's like being completely taken away by a good, visceral dream....or a nightmare, depending!
From the moment XO
came out, I played it to death. Like, waaaaaay too much. I was completely into it. I could not get enough, esp of the songs "Tomorrow Tomorrow," "Pitseleh," "Oh Well, OK," "Everybody Cares, Everybody Understands" [Elliott's version of Amy Winehouse
's "Rehab"], and "I Didn't Understand" -- Geez, really the whole thing.