Monday, May 29, 2017

Jeff Buckley 20 Years On

Today marks 20 years since the untimely death of Jeff Buckley. I first heard his wailing lyrical moans at a house party on Sydney's Northern Beaches back in 1997, his emotional lyrical delivery was not something  I was used to hearing in my early 20's. The album was Grace, and even though it was released back in 1994 to limited success, it took me a few years and a chance invitation to that particular party to cross my path, as I fell in love with 'Last Goodbye'. To find out on the same night of discovery that he was already dead was a bit of a bummer to say the least. But my true love for the album only came once I realised my eldest daughter had discovered Grace after hearing 'Last Goodbye' on one of my mixed cd's, and sought out the entire album for herself. I decided to re-listen to the album all over again, and discovered it was more significant than I remembered.

We often over idolise musicians who die too young or early, because as a society to speak ill of the dead would bring its own moralistic backlash, and in some ways we romanticise the live fast die young thing way too much, but Jeff was only just beginning his journey. I didn't know who Tim Buckley (his father) was, or his work. To me Jeff was his own person, offering his own sound and way of doing things. Even in covering Leonard Cohen's “Hallelujah”, you'd swear that was HIS song, coming from HIS heart, there was definitely something special about him.

So 20 years on, take some time out of your day to sit back and revisit his work for yourself and imagine what this kid could've done if he'd been with us today.

Rest in Peace Jeff xo

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