Elliott Smith, Eight Years Gone

I never met Elliott Smith, nor do I pretend to have known him or the demons he struggled with. Yet, I honestly, can’t think of an artist whose music has affected me as much as Elliott’s. His music meant—hell, still means—a lot to me. It came into my life at a time when I was still trying to figure out my place in this world; something that he, with records like XO and Either/Or, helped me navigate through. He was one of the greatest—if not, the greatest—songwriters of my generation, and I miss him every day.

Here’s Elliott covering Big Star‘s “Thirteen”—a favorite of his and well, my favorite cover that Elliott has done.