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Apr 14

“It’s depressing”

Category: Life

So, last night I’m at The Boneyard, a bar where they don’t toss me out. It’s really one of my favorite places in this otherwise dead city. It’s dark, yet warm, friendly. People know me by name, it’s a comfortable place to relax and think about writing, or not think at all. The idea for my Weird Tales poem came to me in this bar.

Anyway, I’m there last night and I decide to throw my twelve favorite Elliott Smith songs onto the jukebox. A guy picking up his drink is talking about music with the bartender, he asks her, “who’s this playing now?” He says, “it’s depressing.” I smile and think to myself, “nice.” It’s interesting how music and writing can affect people in completely different ways. Elliott sings his last song, and I leave, not depressed for a little while.

Oh, and there’s something astonishingly satisfying about listening to Between the Bars, sitting in a bar.


7 Comments so far

  1. Kny April 14th, 2009 6:25 am

    Elliot Smith is way under appreciated. Poor guy was a tortured soul that’s for sure.

  2. Leeroy Glinchy April 14th, 2009 11:15 am

    I’ll check Elliot’s music out.

    I miss being able to afford going to bars. I used to sit, alone, in bars, too. I don’t know why. Now I prefer to drink at home with a book. I like to eat alone in bars, though, with a book.

  3. Sir Tessa April 14th, 2009 4:34 pm

    I suppose it’s because music is such an emotional trip, and we all bring our own baggage, triggers and filters to music, so we find different ways into each song.

  4. SaltyDroid April 14th, 2009 4:40 pm

    I’m a HUGE fan of Elliot too! From the first time I threw in XO … until forever! I’m even the proud owner of all his Heatmiser stuff .. which, let’s face it .. is kinda suckey.

  5. Alex Carnegie April 14th, 2009 7:58 pm

    Michael, kind of off topic, but do you like a band called ‘Neutral Milk Hotel’?

  6. Will April 14th, 2009 9:18 pm

    Tyler should go with you next time.

    “How’s that working out for you?”


    Pure Smiles Mike, Cause you’re like 5 gunbarrels in your chest against the wall and 20 of them just dont like you, metaphorically. I love how you pull out of these moments – wait for it….wait for it…..

  7. michael April 17th, 2009 2:44 pm

    Sir Tessa: Exactly.

    SaltyDroid: You are, indeed, programmed correctly.

    Alex: No?

    Will: I promise, Elliot Smith isn’t the Devil.