The life of Jeff Buckley

Jeffery 1994.jpgJeffrey ScottJeffBuckley (November 17, 1966 – May 29, 1997), raised as Scott “Scottie” Moorhead, was an American singer-songwriter and musician. After a decade as a session guitarist in Los Angeles, Buckley amassed a following in the early 1990s by playing cover songs at venues in Manhattan’s East Village, such asSin-é, gradually focusing more on his own material. After rebuffing much interest from record labels and his father Tim Buckley’s manager Herb Cohen, he signed with Columbia, recruited a band, and recorded what would be his only studio album, Grace, in 1994. In 2004, Rolling Stone listed him at number 39 on their list of greatest singers of all time.

In 1997, Buckley moved to Memphis, Tennessee, to resume work on the album, to be titled My Sweetheart the Drunk, recording many four-track demos while also playing weekly solo shows at a local venue. On May 29, 1997, while awaiting the arrival of his band from New York, he drowned during a spontaneous evening swim, fully clothed, in the Mississippi River when he was caught in the wake of a passing boat; his body was found on June 4.

Jeff Buckley cover of Leonard Cohen’s song “Hallelujah” he attained his first number one on Billboard’s Hot Digital Songs in March 2008 and reached number 2 in the UK Singles Chart that December. Buckley and his work remain popular and are regularly featured in “greatest” lists in the music press.

Buckley’s voice was a particularly distinguished aspect of his music. He possessed a tenor vocal range that ranges between three and a half to four octaves.Buckley made full use of this range in his performance, particularly in the songs from Grace, and reached peaks of high G in the tenor range at the culmination of “Grace”. “Corpus Christi Carol” was sung entirely in a high falsetto. He was primarily a singer and guitarist; however, he also played other instruments on various studio recordings and sessions, including bass, dobro, mandolin, harmonium.

Awards and nominations

  • The Académie Charles Cros awarded Buckley the “Grand Prix International Du Disque” on April 13, 1995 in honor of his debut album Grace.[70]
  • MTV Video Music Award nomination for Best New Artist in a Video for “Last Goodbye”, 1995.[151]
  • Rolling Stone magazine nomination for Best New Artist, 1995.[6]
  • Triple J Hottest 100 awarded No. 14 best song for that year in the world’s largest voting competition for “Last Goodbye”, 1995.[152]
  • In 2006, Mojo named Grace the No. 1 Modern Rock Classic of all Time. It was also rated as Australia’s second favorite album on My Favourite Album, a television special aired by the Australian Broadcasting Corporation on December 3, 2006.[153]
  • Grammy Award nomination for Best Male Rock Vocal Performance for “Everybody Here Wants You”, 1998.[151]
  • Grace was ranked No. 303 of the 500 Greatest Albums by Rolling Stone in 2003.[87]
  • Buckley’s cover of “Hallelujah” was ranked No. 259 of the 500 Greatest Songs by Rolling Stone in 2004.[76]
  • Rolling Stone ranked Buckley No. 39 in its 2008 list: The 100 Greatest Singers of All Time.[154]
  • On the Triple J Hottest 100 of All Time, 2009,[155] Buckley’s version of “Hallelujah” was voted in 3rd place, Last Goodbye was 7th, Lover, You Should’ve Come Over was 56th and Grace came in 69th.
  • On the Triple J Hottest 100 of the Past 20 Years, 2013, Last Goodbye was voted in 3rd place and Hallelujah at number 36.

 

      Jeff Buckley quotes

“I have no advice for anybody; except to, you know, be awake enough to see where you are at any given time, and how that is beautiful, and has poetry inside. Even places you hate.”
― Jeff Buckley
“I want to be ripped apart by music. I want it to be something that feeds and replenishes, or that totally sucks the life out of you. I want to be dashed against the rocks.”
― Jeff Buckley
“I love anything that haunts me…and never leaves”
― Jeff Buckley
“There’s no time for hatred, only questions. Where is love? Where is happiness? What is life? Where is peace?”
― Jeff Buckley
“Words are beautiful but restricted. They’re very masculine, with a compact frame. But voice is over the dark, the place where there’s nothing to hang on: it comes from a part of yourself that simply knows, expresses itself, and is.”
― Jeff Buckley
“She’s a tear that hangs inside my soul forever”
― Jeff Buckley
“my kingdom for a kiss upon your shoulder”
lover you should have come over-”
― Jeff Buckley
“Too young to hold on and too old to just break free and run”
― Jeff Buckley
“My kingdom for a kiss upon her shoulder
It’s never over,
all my riches for her smiles when I slept so soft against her…
It’s never over,
All my blood for the sweetness of her laughter…
It’s never over,
She’s a tear that hangs inside my soul forever…”
― Jeff Buckley
“Dylan and Leonard Cohen and Patti Smith, all dark, all romantic. When I say “romantic,” I mean a sensibility that sees everything, and has to express everything, and still doesn’t know what the fuck it is, it hurts that bad. It just madly tries to speak whatever it feels, and that can mean vast things. That sort of mentality can turn a sun-kissed orange into a flaming meteorite, and make it sound like that in a song.”
― Jeff Buckley
“We are born to live, we are born to understand, we are born to carry a cursed pattern and be transformed by pain.”
― Jeff Buckley
“Music is my mother and my father; it is my work and my rest…my blood…my compass…my love…”
― Jeff Buckley
“Lots of times I feel like I don’t belong to this place.”
― Jeff Buckley
“When all of this music sounds like you know what you want to say, then it will have been of all worth, ever. You will be something complete unto yourself, present and unique.”
― Jeff Buckley
“There is no good singing, there is only present and absent.”
― Jeff Buckley
“Somebody asked me what I wanted to do. I just said I wanted to…just to give back to it what it’s given me. And to meet all the other people that are doing it…just to be in the world, really.”
― Jeff Buckley
“Turn your head away from the screen, my friend. It will tell you nothing more.”
― Jeff Buckley
“I was captured by music at a really early age. I was really captured by it. Everything about it. It was my mother… It was my father… It was my play thing. It was my toy. It was the best thing in my life.”
― Jeff Buckley
“So I’ll wait for you… And I’ll burn
Will I ever see your sweet return?
Oh, will I ever learn?
Oh, Lover, you should’ve come over
Cause it’s not too late.”
― Jeff Buckley, Jeff Buckley Collection
“I surrendered who I was to who you are..”
― Jeff Buckley
“I just want to have a completely adventurous, passionate, weird life.”
― Jeff Buckley
“Be the best. No negativity. No weakness. No acquiescence to fear or disaster. No errors of ignorance. No evasion to reality”
― Jeff Buckley
“But music seems to me to be the most closely identified with my soul. I mean, I feel that it’s the best for me. It just gets into the bloodstream so quickly, for no reason at all. You can close your heart, and you can sleep even with your eyes closed, but you can never close your ears.”
― Jeff Buckley
“love is not a victory march, it’s a cold and it’s a broken hallelujah.”
― Jeff Buckley
“Sensitivity isn’t being wimpy. It’s about being so painfully aware that a flea landing on a dog is like a sonic boom.”
― Jeff Buckley
“Music is endless and even though I’ve heard a whole bunch of music from so many different places and fallen in love countless times with all kinds of different music.There’s still something about it,I guess it’s called Freedom.”
― Jeff Buckley
“I love anything that haunts me and never leaves”
―  Jeff Buckley
“Love heals all wounds and not just time alone.”
― Jeff Buckley
“And what I want people to get from music? Whatever they want. You know, whatever they like. Somebody asked me what I wanted to do, and I just said I wanted to give back to what it’s given me. And meet all the people that are doing it; just to be in the world, really.”
― Jeff Buckley
“I’ll rise like an ember in your name.”
― Jeff Buckley

 

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