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Another still from the episode 4 shoot. Want to find out what’s in that mysterious white bag? Even if you don’t…the answer will be revealed on Sunday, 3/24 when the episode drops at realadultfeelings.com.
In 2002 I had just moved to Portland, OR. I didn’t know a soul there and the girlfriend I moved there with was busy with juggling college and a full-time job. I, on the other hand, had dropped out of film school and couldn’t find a job. Needless to say it was a pretty lonely time in my life and I spent most of my days exploring the city on foot with a DiscMan at my side. Yes, I said DiscMan. iPods just came out and were hella expensive still, son.
One of the records I wore out on those long walks was Songs:Ohia’s “The Lioness” which I randomly bought a used copy of on a whim. I fell in love with the record and cherished every second of it. It sounds corny but that record kept me sane during that time. Molina’s songwriting and stark vocals spoke to me in a way that the other music I was listening to at the time did not.
I began going back through his older records at a casual pace, happy to have a new band to keep me company on those long city walks. Then his “Magnolia Electric Company” record came out and from half way through the opening track, “Farewell Transmission”, my casual interest instantly turned into an obsession. Molina became one of my favorite songwriters of my generation. I would pour over his lyrics and spend whatever money I could scrap together on whatever random out of print EPs and singles I could get my hands on.
When I woke up this morning as saw the headline “R.I.P Jason Molina” I felt as if I had just gotten word that a close friend died. It’s weird how an artist can cultivate a body of work that a complete stranger can feel so close to. Molina’s music kept me company in a variety of situations and difficult times in my life from a difficult break up (“Being In Love”), a cross country move (“Division St. Girl”) and the dissolving of a close friendship (“Hold On, Magnolia”).
Thank you for the music, memories and inspiration, Mr. Molina. Please know that you will be incredibly missed.
Just thought I’d take a minute to give some love to Yuni In Taxco, the band who does 99% of the original music featured on the show. They are awesome and if you feel like going to their bandcamp to support them you should: http://yuni.bandcamp.com/