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 new 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.
The River Has Many Voices (a.k.a. Matthew Payne) has added a written-word tribute and cover of “The Dark Don’t Hide It” to the Molina remembrance project. Matthew who is no stranger to struggles discusses his “brotherhood” and shared influences with Jason. Both are songwriters who write from dark and painful places about their personal trials. Conscious of their tribulations they wrote to express and understand their feelings and thoughts, however Matthew found healing while those who loved Jason hoped that he would find healing in creating music. Sadly, Jason never did.
“Jason Molina was like a brother to me as a songwriter. I felt an immediate kinship when I heard him sing for the first time. It seemed like we listened to the same music. Had similar influences. Then his words got me. Like all the best songwriters – and I would put him up there with the best – he puts everything on the line. And the song is the line. He is missed. But we all still have him around, don’t we?”
— Matthew Payne
Purchase Farewell Transmission: The Music of Jason Molina: Amazon; iTunes
Jason Molina: Website; Secretly Canadian; Graveface Records
Magnolia Electric Co.: Website; Secretly Canadian; Facebook
The River Has Many Voices: Website; Facebook; Twitter