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Jeff Buckley - Sketches For My Sweetheart The Drunk (Note: David Browne's book Dream Brother, which exhaustively chronicles Jeff and his father Tim's lives, a directly inverse relationship to Columbia's concerted efforts to make . ( reggae), Wild Blue Yonder (roots rock) and Group Therapy (metal). Jeff Buckley Fans Worldwide | See more ideas about Jeff Buckley, Timeline Jeff Buckley Quotes Tim Buckley, Chris Cornell, Popular Music, Music Love, Bible. Despite their estrangement in life, in music Tim and Jeff Buckley had a very close relationship. Both had similar virtuosic voices, and loved to use their voices in.
Tim hoisted his son on to his knees and began rocking him back and forth with a smile as Jeff gave his father a crash course on his life, rattling off his age, the name of his dog, his teachers, his half-brother and other vital statistics. I kept on feeling his legs. He smiled the whole time. The kid seemed very genuine, totally in love with his dad.
It was like wanting to connect.
The folk singer Tim Buckley, who was to become Jeff’s father, married Mary Guibert in 1965.
Tim would be leaving soon on tour, but had some free time. It was the start of the Easter break, so Mary agreed. Tim and Judy lived a few blocks from the beach. As Jeff remembered it, the following five days — the first week of April — were largely uneventful. And that was it. When Jeff stepped off, she noticed he was clutching a book of matches.
On it, Tim had written his phone number. By his teens, Jeff was exhibiting impressive musical skills, as another school band member, drummer Paul Derech, discovered when he visited Jeff in the Guibert home in early Derech, like other kids, sensed immediately that his father was a sore point.
Instead, they talked music. Although punk and new wave were the predominant rock styles of the moment, Jeff had little interest in them. He preferred music that challenged him and transported him to imaginary worlds. In the late 70s and early 80s, that music was prog short for progressive and art rock — bands such as Yes, Genesis and Rush that revelled in complex structures, science-fiction-themed lyrics and virtuosic, fleet- fingered guitar parts that only a few teenagers could hope to master.Jeff Buckley - Grace (Official Video)
Jeff declined to sing, though; he told friends and family he wanted to be a guitarist, plain and simple. She befriended Jeff when he and Mary would visit the Cohen family for dinner. Often sporting his black Hendrix T-shirt, Jeff immediately took to New York, hauling his guitar into the subway to play for change and roaming the streets.
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Read the second part of Remember me? This is an edited extract from Dream Brother: Nothing new about that of course - rock and roll lives and breathes through its self-appointed, self-made, heroic men - but Buckley had sold a merry story about him being a male Phoebe out of Friends, falling in and out of coffee shops and dive bars, playing his songs to anyone who would listen, and, damn it, I'd fallen for it. And now I've grown up.
These days, I find that kind of calculated sexiness deeply spurious. Thirdly, Buckley was a hit-and-miss singer-songwriter. But Grace also hoists on its shoulders the hugely under-par clunky, clompy rocker, Eternal Life.
And don't start me on the stuff on Sketches For My Sweetheart The Drunk - although I'll be less cruel in my criticism, as I know they were sketches, not finished songs. No, I didn't think so.
Fourthly, his interpretation of Leonard Cohen's Hallelujah, lovely though it is, is often seen as the pinnacle of his musical achievements, proof of his masterful way with an arrangement as well as a vocal.
But it wasn't his interpretation. And although Buckley took it to another level - thanks to a quietly restrained, and tender, vocal performance, let me tell you - he very often took the credit for its genesis. Fifthly, there's Buckley's legacy. Not a day goes by when another woe-is-me bleeding heart comes along, someone who's taken his wide-eyed, romantic visions, and his operatic way with a tune, and made them farcical or lily-livered.
Coldplay wouldn't be Coldplay without Buckley. But this isn't Buckley's fault.
Chris Cornell’s red phone on stage in his solo shows belonged to Jeff Buckley
And perhaps I'm being unfair. Perhaps that first concert, attended by a teenage girl experiencing her first feverish flushes of rock star idolatry, was too high a bar to match. For Buckley did have many things - a wonderful voice when he controlled it, a wonderful face, wonderful eyelashes and wonderful cheekbones, and a wonderful way of promoting himself.