Thursday, 1 March 2012

1966 - 1997

I just wanted to introduce you to this man. He was a musician. Son of folk and jazz musician, Tim Buckley, this man was a musician born to be great. Unfortunately, however, his time was cut short.

Very early in his life, Jeff was introduced to music and such bands as Led Zeppelin, Queen, The Who and Jimi Hendrix. He was given his first guitar at 13.
In the early 90's, he sang and played guitar Monday nights in a little Irish cafe in New York, called Sin-é.
There is a CD released I have of this time. It is incredible. He plays some of his own songs along with covers by various artists, such as Lewis Allan, Nina Simone, Van Morrison, Bob Dylan and Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan.

Now, to give you an idea of the beauty and greatness of his singing, it is worth mentioning that he had a vocal range of five octaves. That's a lot. Don't know what an octave is? Look it up. In other words, he could sing very high notes, and very low notes.

In 1993, he recruited a band and began to put together his first and only studio album, Grace. This album is good. Want proof? Well, you should know that Jimmy Page of Led Zeppelin considered it close to being his favourite album of the decade and David Bowie said it was one of ten albums he would take to a desert island.
This album, his voice. It lifts up my heart. It gives me chills. Big time. Every music lover should own it. What else can I say? Watch. Listen. And thank God that he put this man on earth to bless us with his incredible talent.
Jeff Buckley, rest in peace, we love you.