Pop Music Review- A revision in Elliot Smith's TRUE Essence
The late Elliot Smith was a man who truly had a way with attractive and sweet melodies. His music is also Beatlesque and has a strong singing guitar. Sans his voice, it is a difficult task to portray the full effect of his music. Turning this form of music into a Broadway type musical is not an easy task, although it was almost successfully attempted by Christopher O'Riley at the Getty Center's Harold M. Williams Auditorium this past Friday. He took the pop-rock flair and exchanged it for a more classical style - barely maintaining the essence of Smith. What is left in between the truth of Smith and the adaptation of O'Riley is a truly creative adaptation. The opening piece, "Home to Oblivion" sounds like a dream. Smith's rock tunes end up with a hint of romance and intense emotion- an audience listener noted that "This was what he (Smith) wanted to feel like". Ultimately then, O'Rielly landed on the mark of excellence! O'Riely, who is based in LA, now has a repertoire of classical to rock to (as of recently) emo. This tribute to Smith is really a collaboration of tradition and imagination- a new way to enjoy the old...tributes like O'Riley's allow good music to live forever.