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March 11, 2004

John’s post on Acts of Volition Radio , mentions Jeff Buckley’s version of Leonard Cohen’s “Hallelujah”. And from this brought a whole lot of memories about discovering Jeff’s music.

While I’m not a complete connoisseur of All Think Buckley, I can suggest two albums: “Live at the Sin’e” and “Grace”. Sketches (For My Sweetheart, The Drunk), was released after his death and includes some demos and some of their Memphis recordings. It’s good, but you really have to be in the right frame of mind to fully digest the set. His best known song was “Last Goodbye” from Grace, although now it’s probably “New Year’s Prayer”, the theme from “The Dead Zone”, or (maybe) as John mentioned, “Hallelujah”

If you listen to Coldplay, their singer was a huge Buckley fan and you can tell in a couple of songs. He was also one of the people that Mr. Robert Plant called, “The savior of rock music”. Mark Dunn, who occasionally comments here, is the one who got me interested in Jeff Buckley. He probably has a lot of other information as well.

I do have a small story about Jeff. Mark got heavily into Buckley, I mean heavy. So he found out that Jeff was recording in Memphis, a scant 7-8 hours away on the other side of Tennessee. We also heard that he was playing every Monday or Tues. at some little bar around Memphis. So with this fact, we talked about making a road trip to see (and possibly meet) Jeff. We were too late…he died a couple of weeks later.

I personally believe that Jeff’s influence in music won’t be too huge until it’s discovered by those who are much younger than all of us are now. He was our Nick Drake or Jim Croce , unappreciated but other-wise wonderful…and probably won’t really be appreciated until he’s in a Volkswagen commercial in 2015.

I could go on and on, but I’ll leave that to you.