I was discussing Elliott Smith this weekend with my brother-in-law Ben. I’m not the most knowledgeable person about Elliott, but I’ve been enjoying his work for many years. I can remember watching Good Will Hunting in Phoenix and hearing him for the first time. His song Miss Misery was nominated for an Oscar as Best Song. His music fit well in the movie about someone dealing with childhood abuse as Elliott did. He also battled depression as well as alcohol and substance abuse throughout his life. These are common themes through his music. He was a big fan of the Beatles and you can hear it as his music progresses. While recording his posthumous album From a Basement on the Hill he was listening to the White Album and I think you can hear the influence.
This song was on the Good Will Hunting Soundtrack, but it also appeared on his album from the same year Either/Or. This is probably my favorite song by Elliott.
“the things you could do, you won’t but you might the potential you’ll be that you’ll never see the promises you’ll only make”
Between the Bars|Elliott Smith