Elliott Smith Dead at 34
I'm going out now like a baby
Elliott Smith has died at age 34
a naive unsatisfiable baby
grabbing onto whatever's around
for the soaring high or the crushing down
with the hidden cracks that don't show
but that constantly just grow
, according to an obituary posted late Tuesday on Sweet Adeline
, Smith's official website.
Like me, Smith grew up in Dallas, TX and was physically and emotionally tormented by insensitive schoolmates before moving west. Smith went to high school in Portland, OR and attended college in Massachusetts. In 1992, Smith formed Heatmiser with bandmates Neil Gust, Tony Lash, and later Sam Coomes. Heatmiser released three albums and an EP, but it was Smith's self-recorded 1994 effort Roman Candle that drew attention to Smith's spare, confessional songwriting and innovative guitar work. After Heatmiser disbanded in 1996, Smith's solo career took off-- eventually landing the singer several songs on the soundtrack to Gus Van Sant's 1997 film Good Will Hunting, including the Oscar-nominated "Miss Misery."
posted by Cyndy