Remembering Jason Molina: Jeremy Squires’ Tribute

As part of a series called “Remembering Jason Molina,” I’m collecting stories about Jason and his impact on songwriters, musicians, and music writers. These are all individual tributes, on how Jason has affected their music, their perception of music, or just anecdotes on meeting him or seeing him live. Each story is being posted to surround and promote the release of the upcoming album Farewell Transmission: The Music of Jason Molina, which not only celebrates Jason’s music, but will also help the Molina family and MusiCares with its proceeds.

Today’s tribute comes from singer-songwriter Jeremy Squires. Jeremy’s music doesn’t differ too much from Jason’s in the fact that both are dark, sullen, but not oppressive. Both also sing in a very personal and honest way from a dismal place of depression and mental illness making Jeremy one of the first I contacted for this remembrance project. And, when Jeremy agreed to participate he sent a few words with his outstanding interpretation and spin to Jason’s “No Moon On The Water.”

Jason Molina

“I just want to say that Jason Molina was one of the most talented songwriters and not in the way that a person would normally think of. His voice was one that is so fragile and his playing style was different from any other songwriter I had ever heard. You honestly could not box him into any genre and that is what I loved about his music. I remember the first time I really (really) listened and loved him was on a very rare and now out of print 7” No Moon On The Water (I guess it was for Chunklet magazine.) I thought it was so fucking dark and he sounded like he was in pain and to me that is what was so special about his music. (Because he was)

April was so kind to ask me to write about what Jason Molina’s music meant to me. Here is a cover of “No Moon On The Water.”

— Jeremy Squires

Pre-Order Farewell Transmission: The Music of Jason Molina: Amazon; iTunes
Jason Molina: Website; Secretly Canadian; Graveface Records
Magnolia Electric Co.: Website; Secretly Canadian; Facebook
Jeremy Squires: Website; Facebook; Twitter; YouTube


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