Reversing the Numbness

Tuesday, May 29, 2007

You Gave Me More to Live For; More Than You'll Ever Know

Today marks the tenth anniversary of the day Jeff Buckley drowned in the mighty Mississippi. When I think of the volumes of brilliance the world was denied by this tragic event, it's hard to accept, but I find solace in listening to the amazing Grace, which still makes me feel like I'm in the greatest church of all every time I listen to it.

My Friday music will have to be unclogged tomorrow, because today, it's all Jeff.

16 comments:

CHUD said...

I remember the first time I heard Hallelujah - spiritual indeed. Still trying to learn that secret chord that pleased the Lord.

SleekPelt said...

chud: Wait a sec ... the CHUD? Here at RtN? Welcome, welcome, welcome. I too wish to know that mighty chord that Jeff and Leonard before him sang of so angelically.

Winters said...

Hello Sleek. I'm a great fan of Jeff and his music. It was a truly tragic end.

His dad Tim Buckley was great too, and was also cruelly cut off in his prime.

Jeff's "Live at Sine" mini-album is brilliant.

SleekPelt said...

winters: Hello, mate. I like Tim as well, though I don't know his music nearly as well. I agree that Live at Sine is wonderful, and I'm listening to it now.

josh williams said...

I remember reading when he drowned, I never gave his music a fare shake, Hallelujah...I love this song alone I will have to give the CD a listen.

SleekPelt said...

josh: Please do! He's worth at the very least a fair shake, and at the very most, much more.

josh williams said...

I just ordered a cd, not an hour ago...I liked what I heard. Thanks JW

Carla said...

Great music! It reallly is tragic that we have been denied his musical brilliance.

Fleming said...
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SleekPelt said...

Carla: For sure. At least we got Grace and some other non-studio stuff, I suppose.

Zee said...

Ironically, my favorite song on Grace is Eternal Life. Very tragic indeed.
Welcome Chud!

Melissavina said...

I didn't realize his talents until just a few years ago. I am sad I haven't had more time to enjoy. A great musician indeed!

getto said...

This sounds stoopid, but the first time I remember hearing "Hallelujah" was in "Shrek." I really, really liked that song.I just "You-tubed" JB's version and it is awesome. I will definitely be picking it up. Thanks for the downlow Sleek!

Wildflower said...

don't be ashamed getto, Shrek is the first place I heard it too and then i was reintroduced to it when I bought 'Grace'. It's one of the most beautiful songs I've heard.

SleekPelt said...

zee: It's pretty crazy how much of the album in general seems to foreshadow his doom.

melissavina: I also discovered him posthumously, but I've certainly been a big fan ever since.

geto boy: Nothing stoopid there, pal -- so much music, so little time. Sometimes we just stumble on to it.

wildflower: Interestingly, the version in the movie was by John Cale (Velvet Underground), but the version on the soundtrack was by Rufus Wainwright. Not sure why they did that, but I actually like Rufus' version better. I've also heard Sheryl Crow do it, and I know Dylan and Bono have both covered it as well. I first heard the original, though, by Leonard Cohen.

Zee said...

Man, thats true. His only real radio/Mtv "hit" was Last Goodbye (a great song).