In Memoriam: Jason Molina

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I want to commemorate Jason Molina, who after years of struggling with alcoholism and illness died last week (March 16th, 2013) from what was described as “organ failure owing to alcohol consumption”. He was 39.

    As a singer-songwriter he was unique and hard to classify because he did not fit into stereotypes: was his music a kind of folk? blues? country? rock? Whatever it was, and sometimes it was a mix of all of them, his songs were always personal. Listening to him was like listening to a friend.

    He left us no less than 18 albums: his Songs: Ohia series, his Magnolia Electric Co ones, and three under his own name.

    I am sure he will not be forgotten. The best way to commemorate him now, I suppose, is to take a moment to listen to him.

From his 2006 album Let Me Go, Let Me Go, Let Me Go:

ALONE WITH THE OWL
 
alone with the owls howling pain, pain, pain
alone with the owls howling pain
alone with the owls howling pain, pain, pain
you don’t have to live this way
 
while I lived was I a stray black dog
while I lived was I a stray black dog
while I lived was I anything at all
did I have to live this way
 
I stood beside the ocean not a single wave
beside the ocean not a single wave
beside the ocean not a single wave
not a single thing left to say
 
with the owl howling pain, pain, pain
with the ocean howling the same
my life howling the same
did I have to live this way

Jason Molina
       

 
Jason Molina – Alone With The Owl

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