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March 10, 2010

A sad look back at Mark Linkous of Sparklehorse

mark linkous of sparklehorseIn 2007, then-Baltimore Sun music critic Rashod Ollison wrote this profile of Sparklehorse's Mark Linkous (pictured).

The piece is pretty sad, given Linkous' recent suicide.

In hindsight, even the headline is chilling: Return from the dark side

This passage, which comes at the end of the story, is particularly depressing ...

But for every delicate number, there's a searing rocker such as "Ghost in the Sky." The album - whose title was concocted from an old beat poet trick of writing words on paper and rearranging them - buzzes with serene atmospherics. But beyond the pretty noises are well-crafted songs that in subtle ways convey Linkous' growing optimism about life.

He says, "You always have to keep an element of light in there somewhere."


Rest in peace, Mark.

(Photo of Mark Linkous from 2007 by Timothy Saccenti)

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Posted by Sam Sessa at 5:42 PM | | Comments (1)


Mark I love you and will miss you, you have changed my life in so many ways.

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Erik Maza is a features reporter at the Baltimore Sun. He writes for several sections of the Sun paper and contributes weekly columns on music and nightlife. He also writes and edits the Midnight Sun blog. He often covers entertainment, business, and the business of entertainment. Occasionally, he writes about Four Loko, The Block, the liquor board, and those who practice "simulated sex with a potted palm tree." Before The Sun, he was a reporter at the Miami New Times. He's also written for Miami magazine, the Orlando Sentinel, the Sarasota Herald Tribune and the Gainesville Sun. Got tips? Gripes? Pitches? He's reachable at Click here to keep up with the dumb music he's listening to.

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