Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Music: This Is [Not] Our Last Goodbye


Fifteen years ago today, the world lost an incredible voice and a beautiful young spirit, Jeff Buckley. I'm a tremendous admirer of his work, and if you're not, it takes only a short listening to completely fall in love with his passionate performance. You probably know that voice from his haunting cover of Leonard Cohen's "Halleluah," but listen to Live at Sine-é (as I did on repeat today) to get the full Buckley affect - marvel at his charisma and the unbelievable voice. This is one singer/songwriter who had so much more to give, but we were left with his incredible legacy of pure, raw heart...heard quite perfectly in his music.

"Technically he was the best singer that appeared, that had appeared, probably, I'm not being too liberal about this if I say in two decades. ....He quite clearly had his feet on the ground and he said his imagination was flying, flying way, way out there, beyond, beyond. Jeff Buckley was one of the greatest losses of all.

- Jimmy Page from the BBC Documentary "Everybody Here Wants You"


There's the moon asking to stay
Long enough for the clouds to fly me away
Well it's my time coming, i'm not afraid to die
My fading voice sings of love,
But she cries to the clicking of time
Of time

Wait in the fire...

And she weeps on my arm
Walking to the bright lights in sorrow
Oh drink a bit of wine we both might go tomorrow
Oh my love
And the rain is falling and i believe
My time has come
It reminds me of the pain
I might leave
Leave behind

Wait in the fire...

And I feel them drown my name
So easy to know and forget with this kiss
I'm not afraid to go but it goes so slow

- Jeff Buckley
(Nov. 17, 1966 - May 29, 1997)

"But there's one thing for certain / When it comes my time / I'll leave this old world / With a satisfied mind"
- "A Satisfied Mind," Johnny Cash

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