Wednesday, October 22, 2003
So long, Elliott
Okay, so now I feel like I might have something to say about this. I last saw Elliott at the Great American Music Hall in December of 2001. I didn't realize it would be the last time I would get to see him, as I had planned to figure out a way to go see him at ATP next month. I remember being terribly concerned for Elliott then. He looked totally strung out, and couldn't remember any of his old songs. I left that show seriously worried for his health. Now, my fears are confirmed.
Steven Paul (Elliott) Smith. August 6, 1969 – October 21, 2003.
Elliott Smith was born on August 6, 1969 in Omaha, Nebraska. Elliott
spent his childhood near Dallas, Texas where he began his musical
training at the age of nine, winning a local award for original
composition at the age of ten.
Elliott relocated to Portland, Oregon as a Sophomore at Lincoln High
School where he was achieved the rank of National Merit Scholar.
During his time at Lincoln High School, Elliott joined the
band "Stranger Than Fiction" in which he composed music and
performed until his graduation in 1987.
Elliott later attended Hampshire College in Amherst, Massachusetts,
where he majored in Philosophy and Political Science. During his
time at Hampshire, Elliott, known then as Elliott Stillwater Rotter,
co-founded the band "A Murder of Crows". He later became a member of
well know band "Heatmiser". It was during this time that Elliott
began to release music as a solo artist.
During his lifetime, Elliott released five full-length albums as a
solo artist as well as a number of singles. Elliott was nominated
for an Academy Award for "Miss Misery", his musical contribution to
the Academy Award winning movie, "Good Will Hunting".
At the time of his death, Elliott was recording his sixth
album, "From A Basement on the Hill".
Elliott is survived by a host of family, friends and fans.