Sean’s music 6 … Elliott Smith

Chronologically, the next musical ‘big thing’ in Sean’s life after Kings of Leon and Against Me! was Elliott Smith. This was a departure for Sean … more moody and introspective than his usual taste.

He loved the movie Good Will Hunting (as I do) … it was one of his all-time favourites. There are several Elliott Smith songs on the soundtrack, which work very well. This, I presume, is what first drew Sean to Smith’s music.

For a while, Sean played Smith an awful lot, not only in the office but on the laptop in the sitting-room on a Friday night, say, when Pauline and I were relaxing and drinking wine. We got an overdose, and the songs started to seem dreary and ‘samey’ (‘Oh God, not Elliott Smith again!’). We expressed this to Sean, diplomatically, but he was always a proselytizer for music he believed in, and didn’t discourage easily. He thought it would grow on us.

In fact I think it was all a bit downbeat for Sean’s nature, as he quite soon moved on to the livelier world of reggae. Sean may have experienced some teenage angst from time to time, but he was basically an exuberant person. In a letter one of his school friends wrote after his death and placed in his coffin, she said ‘You were way too happy to be emo!’

Listening again to some of the Smith tracks Sean liked, I can certainly see their appeal: ‘Between the Bars’ and ‘Miss Misery’ are especially wistful and beautiful. More future tear-jerkers to add to a very long list; Good Will Hunting will always be unwatchable, I think, without a decent supply of tissues.

We miss you, Sean … your mum, Susanna, Clio and me, and all the others.



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5 responses to “Sean’s music 6 … Elliott Smith

  1. Rainer the cabbie

    Small world this. “Good WiLL Hunting” is also one of my top ten favourites. Still chokes me with emotion, the scene with the girl when he loses it, and the ending where Rob Williams “fu.. with him”.

    The story goes that Affleck and Damon were very much unknown in Hollywood when they offered the script to an agent.
    Affleck, being a great poker player, offered it with a price so hight for a first script that anybody in the business would have booted them out the door.

    But as history tells it, the game was won and we received a great movie, and Ben and Matt went on to fame and fortune.

  2. anatheimp

    He liked Donnie Darko and Good Will Hunting! I feel sure he and I would have got on famously. 🙂

    Anyway, I’m just returning your vist. I’ve enjoyed reading your posts about Sean, a lovely tribute to a beautiful boy.

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