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 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.
Today has been sort of rough so I thought I would make the time to post this lovely tribute from Nathan Amundson of Rivulets.
Jason was a goofy, contradictory and profound dude. We played shows together, talked shop, and smoked cigarettes outside venues waiting to go on. His albums were go-to driving music for me for many years. Particularly driving across the vast distances of the USA – something about Jason’s music seemed to evoke and understand that landscape. He lived his life as a full-time songwriter, like it was his job, and it became so. I remember a friend coming back from seeing Jason solo once, talking breathlessly about how Jason had made eye contact with each and every person in the audience. I think he was always striving to find that human thread of connection and relay it to others. He’s still connecting.
Purchase Farewell Transmission: The Music of Jason Molina: Amazon; iTunes
Jason Molina: Website; Secretly Canadian; Graveface Records
Magnolia Electric Co.: Website; Secretly Canadian; Facebook
Rivulets: Website; Twitter; Bandcamp