Well I am late to another great artist party and can't believe I have not heard of this artist until recently. I caught the tail end of a song
called Forget Her and then checked out the related songs. I was stopped in my tracks hearing these songs loud and on a good high fidelity system.
Then I listened to Hallelujah and got chills. I recognized the song but had never soaked it up to fully appreciate the dynamics, delivery and
Jeff Buckley was born in California's Orange County in 1966 and died in a tragic drowning accident in Memphis on May 29, 1997. He had emerged in
New York City's avant-garde club scene in the 1990's as one of the most remarkable musical artists of his generation, acclaimed by audiences,
critics, and fellow musicians alike. His first commercial recording, the four-song EP Live At Sin-é, was released in December 1993 on Columbia
Records. The EP captured Buckley, accompanying himself on electric guitar, in a tiny coffeehouse in New York's East Village, the neighborhood he'd
made his home.
I then went on to check out a documentary called Amazing Grace about his
life. I got really caught up in his story and music. Hearing him talk and his perspective, I realized he was a genuine avant garde singer/songwriter.
He had a purity and straight from the heart storytelling. His voice and phrasing are so unique. Haunting, soul stirring, inspiring and joyful
sadness are words I would use to describe my experience listening to his music. His influences are a big part of his style and imo he really cut
himself a niche in an otherwise stale industry.
Buckley was brought up around music. His mother was a classically trained pianist and cellist. His stepfather introduced him to Led Zeppelin,
Queen, Jimi Hendrix, The Who, and Pink Floyd at an early age. Buckley grew up singing around the house and in harmony with his mother, later
noting that all his family sang. Buckley began playing guitar at the age of five after discovering an acoustic guitar in his grandmother's
closet. Led Zeppelin's Physical Graffiti was the first album he ever owned; the hard rock band Kiss was also an early favorite. At the
age of 12, he decided to become a musician, and received his first electric guitar — a black Les Paul — at the age of 13. He attended
Loara High School, and played in the school's jazz band. During this time, he developed an affinity for progressive rock bands such as Rush,
Genesis, and Yes, as well as jazz fusion guitarist Al Di Meola.
Regarding his influences, Jeff's diverse musical tastes and eclectic performances were reflective of his myriad of influences. Jeff went through
"absorption periods," like Picasso had color and style periods. Some artists who left an impression on Jeff included Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan, Edith
Piaf, Judy Garland, Nina Simone, MC5, Miles Davis, Duke Ellington, Led Zeppelin, Rush, Genesis, Weather Report, Rolling Stones, Pink Floyd, The Who,
Patti Smith, The Cocteau Twins, Elvis Costello, Lou Reed, Merle Haggard, Aretha Franklin, The Pixies, David Bowie, Sebadoh, Stevie Wonder and Louis
His expressions are heartfelt and moving. His songwriting is deep and his guitar style is his own. He incorporates a little falsetto and elegiac
moans, all coming directly from his soul creating a nostalgic space. He is one of those artists that, imo convey more feeling than thought and it is
easy to get caught up in a sublime moment with him during his performance.
Jeff died while swimming in Wolf River Harbor, a channel of the Mississippi River on May 29, 1997 , a slackwater channel of the Mississippi River. He
was wearing boots, all of his clothing, and singing the chorus of the song "Whole Lotta Love" by Led Zeppelin. A roadie of Buckley's band, Keith
Foti, remained ashore. After moving the radio and a guitar out of reach of the wake from a passing tugboat, Foti looked up to see that Buckley was
gone. Despite a determined rescue effort that night, Buckley remained missing. On June 4, his body was spotted by a tourist on a riverboat and was
Man, I try to imagine what he and his music would be like today, and goodness knows we need some more great songwriters. I feel he truly left a/his
mark on the world and I felt compelled to share his works.
I was trying to decide which album I liked the most and thus far it is the Live at Sin-e performance. Granted Grace is amazing with the band, but I
feel that the Sin-e performance captured a single moment of divine artistry.
Which albums/songs are your favorite and why?
Hey Spec,Love Jeff Buckley,Nice Thread,such a shame we lost him and all the beautifull songs he would have made,dont come on here that often any
more,im more of a lurker again like when i first found this site lol,anyway always like to check out your music threads,peace Lektro
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Hey there friend ! Yea that is a powerful song man, and he is so unique and soulful. It is a shame he is no longer with us, but his music will
endure time and fashion me thinks. I just can't believe I only recently became aware of him, but I am glad I did. The doc is pretty good too. Thank
you for chiming in and have a great wknd.
Hey friend Yea that is a good track man. I listened to the entire album of Sin-e and was transported to another realm for a while. The
musicianship and lyrics reek of pure soulfulness. Thanks for the reply and have a great wknd man!
Found a link to listen to the album Grace in it's entirety. If you have an hour to spare, may I suggest giving it a listen. I just got through
hearing it while doing some house work and it took me to another world. My pets did something I have never seen them do while hearing the album.
They stretched out on the floor and kept rolling over on their back, outstretched as if they were relaxing at a deep level, experiencing waves of joy
or ecstasy. It makes me grateful that even though Jeff left this world too soon, we were left with a gift from his soul, and I think it will stand
the test of time and always offer comfort to the listener.
I absolutely love Jeff Buckley. My favorite songs of his are Hallelujah and Last Goodbye. I was lucky enough to see him in person and have my Grace cd
autographed at Tower Records in Boston shortly before he passed. Unfortunately, years later all of my cds were stolen in a break-in, and that signed
disc is the only one I can never replace.
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