When she’s not busy acting, Minnie Driver apparently also makes music. She’s releasing a new album called Ask Me To Dance soon featuring covers of songs from artists like the Cure, Neil Young, Paul Weller, and Stevie Wonder. Also included is a cover of Elliot Smith’s “Waltz #2,” who she met when he wrote music for Good Will Hunting, which is probably the last movie you’ve seen Driver in. “While he was recording XO at Sunset Sound, I happened to be down the hallway in another studio,” she told USA Today. “When I wandered into his, I was met with this beautiful wall of sound that was ’Waltz #2.’ I recorded it in memory of this great artist and a too-brief friendship.” Listen to the cover and watch a video where Driver talks a little bit more about her relationship with Smith below.
Driver’s album Ask Me To Dance is out 10/7 on Rounder Records.