I wrote a lot of sweet, happy melodies


“I wrote a lot of sweet, happy melodies this time, but the songs aren’t really happy. But you can pretend they’re happy.”

Elliott Smith


I was actually thinking about someone


“I was actually thinking about someone in particular for that one [Independence Day], which is really… I almost never do that. It’s just a friend of mine from New York named Josh and just, you know – it was kind of like, an optimistic song, sort of being like – just relax, you have everything you need to be happy but you’ve just got to wait a little bit. I was just kind of thinking of him when i made it up.”

Elliott Smith

I said, ’What’s in the bag, Elliott?’


I said, ’What’s in the bag, Elliott?’ And he said, ‘I’m writing some music.’ And then he pulled out this orchestrated piece that he was putting together with notes and everything, and I was like, ‘Holy shit, Elliott!’ That’s when I first knew he was onto something.  It was a lot more than what even I had anticipated. .. When he started working with very big musical people, it really opened his curiosity, and he felt like he had the chance to make the record that maybe only a studio can provide. He uses the resources that are around him very naturally. He had the resources to make a record that shows a side of him that not a lot of people knew existed. It’s just the beginning. This was just his first time with a budget. It’s going to get very, very interesting in the future. This record is just the tip of the iceberg.”

Mary Lou Lord


George Martin has actually written a letter to me

©Joanna Bolme

“George Martin has actually written a letter to me after listening to one of my records, I think it was “XO”. Absolutely unreal. I almost fainted. He wrote that he liked my music and that I should call him if I came to London sometime. I did, but he was abroad. Just as well, I would probably not have been able to talk to him. It all had suddenly become a little too much.”

Elliott Smith