Ashes on Everything

A year after Elliott Smith's suicide, a writer remembers the aftermath of the singer-songwriter's death

Most people remember Elliott Smith for his sadness, but his grandfather, Duncanville resident Bill Berryman, remembers Smith as a gentle soul and a musical prodigy.
Most people remember Elliott Smith for his sadness, but his grandfather, Duncanville resident Bill Berryman, remembers Smith as a gentle soul and a musical prodigy.

And as we stood there at the front counter of the last dusty, dirty record store in our city, sharing a cigarette with the owner who has smoked five packs a day for the last 40 years, the two Bills looked around and saw the same thing that I had seen that morning in Echo Park--there were smoke and ashes all over everything.

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txtone04
txtone04

had a dream as an army man with an order just to march in my place while a dead enemy screams in my face...

the horrible cycle of addiction so poetically symbolized...Elliott was great!

 

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