11 years ago today, the world lost one of it’s most brilliant, and enigmatic songwriters of all time. The details of his passing are out there, and they’re pretty easy to find online. However, as I do on October 21st every year since Elliott’s death, I choose to pay attention to the beautiful music that he left behind instead. I usually buy a small bottle of Johnny Walker Red (true fans know why) and light a candle in his memory. His music has always inspired me in one form or another, but as I walk through the streets of this town, I see the leaves falling with the rain and the backdrop of a grey sky on an autumn afternoon, and with Elliott’s music on my iPod, I choose to smile and fill my heart with the goodness that surrounds me. Everyone always relates his music to sadness and suffering, whereas it seems to have the exact opposite effect on me. I tend to listen to some of the more upbeat and creative songs and those that are straight up weird and Beatle-esque. He even wrote a song called “Happiness.” In that song, he claims that all he wants is “happiness for you and me.” I love that sentiment. Especially on a day like today. Mission accomplished Elliott.